This course has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We will reschedule this event for 2022 and provisionally transfer bookings (check back for details). Please contact us to transfer to an alternative event, or to arrange a refund. Thank you.
As a way of getting back into some dancing safely, and perhaps explore new dances, we are running a couple folk dance week. With two morning workshops each day, and a dance every evening, we hope to give the traditional ceilidh, contra, and social dancers a new insight into the world of couple folk dance. You are free to relax, walk or sightsee in the afternoons.
The workshops and dances will take place in the Long Room, the main dance area at the Manor. The floor will be divided into 3m squares, with the ambition of each couple dancing in their square. There will be daily temperature testing, lots of hand sanitising and ventilation, as part of a raft of housekeeping measures intended to keep everyone safe.
We’ll need to limit the numbers of participants to ensure physical distancing.
You’ll need to attend as pre-arranged dance couples, and stay in your couple for the dance element of the course.
We plan to teach and dance a variety of dances. Certainly from Great Britain, France and Scandinavia, but we’re taking dances from a whole range of countries and genres, all with the simple theme of couple dance.
The teaching and calling will be shared between Megan Hatto, and Erin Mansfield. The music is Will Allen on melodeon and fiddle, and Christine Dyer on fiddle and nyckelharpa. The week is hosted by Gareth Kiddier, and you’re welcome to contact him – or Halsway – in advance of the course with any queries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who’s it For?
If you’re a regular folk dancer and you’re missing the fun of live folk dancing, this is for you. Covid-safe folk couple dancing. Whether you’re from the English, French, or Swedish dance tradition, there will be dances to learn and enjoy.
Megan Hatto lived in Sweden for a period of nine years during which she trained in both folk music and dance. Her dance training began at the Erik Sahlström Institute in Tobo, Sweden, and continued at the Folk Music Conservatory in Falun. She has since then taught a large number of workshops at both regular events in Sweden and the UK. She will teach polska, schottis, vals and minuets, and some French couple dances.
Erin Mansfield is a young caller, musician and dancer from London. She has a firm grounding in English traditional dance, starting first in the Morris and ceilidh scene; she has since trained in English Country Dancing, being the first to participate in the EFDSS Traineeship programme.
Will Allen is the melodeon (and fiddle) playing half of ‘Brown Boots’ and leader of the Chiltern Hundreds Morris team. He plays traditional dance music from all over the world, particularly the UK and Canada.
Chris Dyer is a fiddler and nyckelharpa player, and also MC of the London Scandi Session. She’s a regular performer and workshop leader at UK festivals and dance clubs and is a guest player with Boda and Aspeboda spelmanslags in Sweden. She is often to be found in French and English sessions and dances.