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Percussive Dance Weekend

Friday 12 Apr 4pm — Sunday 14 Apr 4pm, 2019

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £240 – single ensuite room
  • £210 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £210 – single non-ensuite room
  • £165 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £155

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £145

Back by popular demand, Hannah James & Nicola Lyons are back for another weekend of percussive dance. This time the Intermediate / Advanced group will be split at times to allow for slower / faster paced learning.

“I had the best time and would love to come back and bring my Mum! Please do it again.” 2018 Participant

In a change to our previously advertised programme, Hannah & Nicola will be joined by Manjeet Singh Rasiya; Manjeet is an incredible classical Indian tabla player and is well versed in many other styles of percussion.

“Through my journey in clog and percussive dance I have been heavily inspired by Indian classical music and the unique way in which the language of rhythm is taught to both the drummer and the dancer in this type of music. I have tried to incorporate some of this language into my work teaching dancers, especially when teaching people how to improvise. Working with Manjeet will be a fantastic opportunity to delve deeper into this relationship between percussion and dance, to learn new ways of approaching rhythmic compositions, and to learn some fantastic rhythm cycles. I can’t wait!” – Hannah James

The weekend is for clog dancers of all abilities with a particular focus on using clog as percussion and on creating new routines and allowing the tradition to evolve.

Beginners Course: Suitable for people who have never done clog or any kind of percussive dance before. This will mostly be led by Nicola with some sessions by Hannah. Dancers will learn a basic routine and some of the main ‘building blocks’ of the dance so they can go on to learn more. Clogs will be available to borrow, please let us know shoe size when booking!

Intermediate/ advanced: Suitable for clog dancers and other percussive dancers who want to learn new steps and take the plunge to start creating their own routines and improvising to music. Dancers will work with Hannah and Manjeet to look at the relationship between clog and percussion and start dancing like a musician. Some of these sessions will be run as one group, and some will split into two for faster or slower paced learning. Hannah has devised a system to help dancers to feel more confident in creating their own steps and improvising on the spot and will give individual help so everyone goes home with a new creation. Participants need to have at least a small repertoire of routines / steps to use as a basis.

Brilliant weekend, really impressed at the level of tuition. I will definitely come back!” 2018 Participant

Who’s it For?

See above! Whether you’re wanting to take your first steps and build your confidence with the basics, or to challenge yourself with new steps and developing your own style, this will be an intensive and fun weekend. Please let us know which course you wish to follow when booking.

The Team

“A true original…you need to see James live to fully appreciate her percussive dance skills.” The Guardian

Hannah James (Lady Maisery) is a rarity in folk music – a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. She has been causing a stir across the folk scene – in all the right ways – with her ground breaking project Jig Doll, which combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way.

“JigDoll brings to the scene a fresh, hyp- notic and invigorating experience, fusing the old and the new to create something which, while authentically personal, is to be seen as but a staging post in a life of perpetual wide- eyed adventure.” –  Froots Magazine

Nicola Lyons is a dancer and fiddle player who began her folk career with the Fosbrooks (directed by Liza Austin-Strange MBE) in Stockport, where from an early age she learned to clog dance in addition to playing both classical violin and folk fiddle. For several years, Nicola was a dancer with The Demon Barbers, which included performances at many of the major UK folk festivals as well as taking part in their acclaimed folk and hip-hop dance show, ‘Time Gentlemen Please’.

She is currently a member of alternative folk quartet 4Square who have appeared at many festivals in the UK and Europe, including Fairport’s 2009 Cropredy Convention, before an audience of 20,000. They went on to sell every last copy of their debut album, 20:20 Manchester, becoming The Cropredy Convention’s 2nd biggest selling band of all time!

Manjeet Singh Rasiya (Tabla): Described as “one of the most exciting and technically brilliant musicians in the British Asian scene”, Manjeet Singh Rasiya is widely recognised as one of the UK’s finest & foremost Indian percussionists. He has used his flair and creative innovative rhythms with Latin and Afro-Cuban drumming. He has worked, recorded & toured with renowned musicians from India and elsewhere including the late legends Shri Jajit Singh, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pepe Habichuela, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, Marianne Faithful, Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber to name a few as well as taking part in collaborative work on the World Music stage.

Manjeet has performed at The Royal Albert Hall, at Highgrove for HRH The Prince Of Wales, for the Indian Ambassador in Sweden, the Indian High Commission & for Sir Elton John.

Manjeet has also appeared on The Jools Holland Show and performed percussion arrangements for films including “Bride and Prejudice” and “Alexander The Great”, for the West End musical, “Bombay Dreams” and “Rafta Rafta” at the National Theatre.