Discover French dance and develop your dance horizons for an evening of French and Breton Bal, an easy style of dance popular across Europe. Think – European Ceilidh. You’ll be joining participants on our French and Breton Dance week. The dance will be led by our expert tutors:
Peter Clifton is an expert tutor of French and Breton Dance, and teaches regularly at the French Dance Stroud monthly events. He has also run workshops at Pentreffest, European music and dance festival (Kinnersley), Shrewsbury folk festival and the Festival des Panards.
Christine Planel was brought up in France in a family whose roots are solidly set in Brittany & the Auvergne. She has enjoyed a career in teaching (students & adults in particular) using methods based on acquiring & communicating language skills rather than dry knowledge; enthusiasm & energy are uppermost in her approach.
She has a life-long passion as a singer and a dancer in the French folk dancing tradition. She has been playing & singing for dancing with a Devon-based band for over 10 years for dance groups, twinning organisations and local gigs. She regularly attends French dance festivals & workshops in all areas of France, and joined a French band in Brittany last year as a singer
Christine has contributed to the French & Breton Dance Week at Halsway Manor for the last 2 years, teaching easy-to-learn French songs that can be applied to well-known dances, and practiced during the week at workshops and evening bals.
Richard Heacock (violin) began playing for folk dance with The Vale Islanders Playford group and Icknield Way Morris. He later joined English traditional group Boldwood, and produced their first CD “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.” He discovered French and Breton dance music in 2004 and played in a duo with accordionist Becky Price at Kinnersley, Horsley and Ide. He currently plays in Breton trio The Andro Sisters, and with Paul Hutchinson. Richard is a frequent visitor to Halsway, and has taught and played on the Playing Playford, French Dance and Poldark Dance courses.
Paul Hutchinson is a member of the much-loved duo Belshazzar’s Feast (nominated for Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards in 2010) and fusion duo Pagoda Project. Regarded as one of the top accordionists in the UK, Paul is the resident accordion tutor at Cecil Sharp House, and a regular tutor and musician at Halsway Manor. Paul is much in demand as a player for dancing which has resulted in appearances at festivals in the UK, Europe and the USA.