A light-hearted week of Scottish and English country dance with Frances Richardson as your caller, and top-notch live music from Chris & Julie Dewhurst.
There are dance workshops each morning, with afternoons free for you to explore the sights this lovely area has to offer, or to relax and enjoy the Manor and grounds, and dances every evening; bring costumes/kilts if you would like.
The morning workshops will be educational and fun, stretching skills for English and Scottish dancers. You will have the chance to improve your own technique in each style, and if you’ve not tried one of the styles you will find out what joys you have been missing so far.
Who’s it For?
The week is aimed at dancers with some experience – of either English or Scottish dance – to explore a new dance style, or brush-up on existing dance skills. We will look at similarities and differences in styles and formations plus timing and phrasing. Although some footwork will figure in the sessions we promise it won’t be arduous!
Frances Richardson: Your teacher for the week is well versed in both dance styles. Frances started dancing in her teens with a University group that specialised in English country dance. She has been calling for over twenty years, with regular bookings at most of the major Festivals, dance weekends and Saturday night events. She came to Scottish dancing a little later, completing her RSCDS* Teaching Certificate ten years ago, since when she splits her dancing and teaching time fairly equally between the two genres.
*RSCDS is the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Chris and Julie Dewhurst enjoy playing for English and Scottish dancing in equal measure, playing regularly on both dance scenes for clubs, festivals, weekends and private events throughout the country. The two traditions share many common features, but the musical styles for each are quite distinct, reflecting the differences between the two dance forms. In each case, however, danceability and ‘lift’ are vital ingredients, for which Chris and Julie are well-known, together with their sense of fun, and their deep-rooted love of playing for dancing. They look forward to meeting old friends and new, and to this rare opportunity to enjoy both dance forms concurrently.