A light hearted week of Scottish and English country dance with a friendly and experienced team of Frances Richardson, and musicians Ali Messer & Mollie Koenigsberger. 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. Dances every evening include an English Ball on Tuesday, a Scottish Ball on Wednesday; bring costumes/kilts if you would like. Monday and Thursday evenings will be more informal mixed events.
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
Ali Messer (accordion) and Mollie Koenigsberger (violin) have teamed up innumerable times to form a band which is perfect for dancing. Mollie’s versatility enables her to switch, seemingly effortlessly, between the demanding phrasing of Scottish fiddle music to the delicate touch required for many English tunes. Ali’s mastery of her accordion gives her equal command of a wide repertoire, and together they keep a steady rhythm with good lift for Scottish, amplified by flights of variations for English melodies.