A light-hearted week of Scottish and English country dance with Frances Richardson as your caller alongside top-notch accordionist Leonard Brown.
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
Leonard Brown will be supporting this folk dance week with live music and a specialism for country dancing.
Leonard became involved in music at the age of four when he started piano lessons in County Durham showing a natural flair for music. He pursued music throughout his school years, sitting numerous exams through the associated board of the royal school of music (ABRSM) and achieved his Grade 8 at the tender age of 15! Newcastle University accepted him on their Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classical Music in 2009 and Leonard graduated with a 2:1 in July 2012.
Leonard is an accordionist, he first picked up an accordion at the age of eleven. He was an Irish dancer for four years from the age of seven with the McElvogue School of Irish Dancing and after winning 120 medals and 17 trophies, he decided to retire and take up the accordion under instruction from his dancing teacher’s sister, Sheena McCaffrey. A self-taught accordion player, Leonard has with a keen interest in Scottish music and cited as a hero, the great Tom Alexander MBE from the famous Alexander Brothers. Leonard is much in demand as both a player, and session musician, with 11 albums to his name! Since 2017, Leonard has been touring Theatres with The Leonard Brown Show which features The All Star Band and many special guests from all over the U.K and Ireland.