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IVFDF WORKSHOPS – SATURDAY

 

9-10:15 am

 

Beginners’ Ceilidh with Charlotte Rich

Taking basic moves and transforming them into enjoyable dances. We’ll be focusing on moving with the music, phrasing dance moves and interacting with your partner.

Beginners and experienced dancers welcome.

This workshop will be taught by Charlotte Rich, a caller from Warwick University with music from Warwick musicians, Rowan and Tim.

charlotterich.folkdancing.co.uk

 

Contra Switch with Jake Wood assisted by Anna Spearing-Ewyn

Want to know how to swap roles seamlessly in the middle of a dance?  We’ll be exploring ways to switch roles while you’re dancing:  how, when and when not to.

jakewood.folkdancing.co.uk

 

Improvised Clog / Step Dancing (Intermediate) with Lucy Huzzard

Lucy will be running a clog workshop using rhythmic motifs to flex our improvising skills and to create layered rhythms together. Come ready to get creative as a group and try out some non-traditional ways of using clog dance! For those with some basic experience of clog, rapper,tap or other percussive dance, shoes not provided so please wear something which makes a noise! Generously sponsored by the Nottingham Folk Dance Group.

 

Leading and Following in Balfolk with Rosie Bryce and musician Simon Dumpleton

Rosie Bryce is a community dance artist with a love of balfolk. In this workshop you will be encouraged to experiment with both leading and following through playful exercises, reflection and role-swapping. Rosie says on her website that the best feeling in the world is “where the music and your partner guide your body, so there is no ‘I’ or ‘me’, just the dance.” Understanding how these roles work and how to use them will help you get closer to this place!

rosiebryce.wixsite.com/dance

 

Advanced Ceilidh with Phil Davies

The aim of this workshop is to take a more detailed look at those tricky ceilidh dances which may leave you feeling confused after they don’t go so well at the ceilidh! We will be focussing on square set dances, all welcome but some basic ceilidh dance knowledge will be required so probably not suitable for complete beginners.

 

Beginners’ Calling with Lisa Hewyood

Build up your confidence and get plenty of insider calling tips with Lisa Heywood. The focus will mainly be ceilidh, but will also be relevant for budding Contra and Playford callers too. Bring a dance to work on if you like, but don’t worry – dances will also be provided!

 

Weird Tune Sharing with Yourselves

Got a tune that you’ve always wanted to play at sessions, but is just too weird and confusing for others to pick up, and too obscure for anyone else to know? Come and share it / teach it to others! This workshop will be unmoderated; please ensure you clear the room in good time for the next workshop, which start at 10:30. (Or stay if you want to learn Scandinavian tunes with Nicky!)

 

Learning by Ear & Ornamentation in Irish & Asturian Music with Michael Walsh

A workshop to develop ornamention and “learning by ear” skills used in Irish and Asturian music. Be brave, leave your music stand behind and bring your heart.

Michael Walsh is a tutor and PHD candidate at the University of Sheffield and a renowned traditional flute player.

traddad.com

 

Melodeon for Beginners with Pete Grassby

A melodeon workshop for beginners. Concentrated on G/D instruments, some will be provided, feel free to bring your own ( whatever key it is in!) The basic playing techniques will be taught and advice given on choice of instruments. You should finish up being able to play a simple tune.

 

Welsh Clog with Elisa Morris

Come along to this Welsh Clog for beginners’ workshop. Learn some basic Welsh steps and tricks.  Bring along clogs or hard soled shoes to make some noise but trainers and dance shoes are perfect to pick up the basics.

 

10:30-11:45 am

 

Display Ceilidh Practice with University societies and Patrick Rose MC

Is your university society performing at the Display Ceilidh? Come to this practice for a final dress rehearsal and to discuss cues and running order with the band and caller. Chaired by Patrick Rose, one of our callers for the Display Ceilidh.

 

Beginners’ Contra with Bob Morgan

Do you want to know the difference between a dosido and a mad robin, did you go to the techno contra and fancy knowing what you did in daylight? Bob will be covering most of the core moves in contra and giving a few technique pointers including getting a feel for the timing.

bob.folkdancing.co.uk

 

Contra Next Steps with Charlie Turner

Contra has so much room for interpretation and experimentation! If you’ve got the basics, how can you take your contra dancing to the next level? We’ll discuss how to be a great contra dance partner, learn and practise flourishes and extras, share strategies on how to recover from mistakes and add some extra pazzazz to the contra dance floor!

 

North West Morris with Silkstone Greens

Come and learn North West Morris with Silkstone Greens! Silkstone Greens take their name from the coal seam that runs beneath their home of Dodworth, Barnsley. They were formed in 2007; ten years later they are still going strong, dancing self-penned dances in traditional North-West style. They focus on smart, precise lines and movement. Oh, they also focus on partying when they get the chance!

silkstonegreens.org.uk

 

Highland Steps for Scottish Country Dancing with Stephen Mitchell

Have you ever been at a Scottish Country dance and all of a sudden people are doing strange Highland dance steps all around you? Do you want to learn how to do some of these steps and (just as importantly) when you should actually do them? In this workshop I’ll be covering some basic Highland steps that are commonly used in Scottish Country dances and then putting them into dances where you can use them.

Some experience of Scottish Country dancing is desirable (beginner level, no need to be an expert) but experienced set dancers in general are also welcome.

 

Govend (Kurdish Dance) with Ozgur Atas and Sophie Morrison

Govend is mixed-gender or non-gendered dances. It’s a form of a circle dance. Govend is the umbrella name for all Kurdish dances. Ozgur & Sophie will be teaching three types of dance.

 

Beginners’ Clog Dancing with Robyn Chicot

The beginners workshop will take steps from Sam Sherry’s Beginners Hornpipe, danced off both feet. As many clog dancers’ first dance, it shows examples of many steps used in other dances and gives a good overview of traditional Lancashire style clogging (as danced by many teams across the country). Some clogs provided, bring your own if you have them.

Body and Room Awareness with Gus Morrice

A rather experimental workshop, a “dance” workshop with neither “dance” nor “music”. We will be taking the idea of “listening” and its partner dance connotations and running with it, or rather moving slowly or not at all. We will be exploring the concept of awareness, within one’s own body and then awareness of a partner and then a whole room. Ideal for all people.

 

Scandinavian Tunes with Nicky McConkey

Come and learn some beautiful and exciting dance tunes from Scandinavia. Typically in 3 time, these have a distinct rythmic style and unique feel to them. Nicky is a Sheffield-based musician and dancer with an obsession for Scandinavian music. In this workshop we will learn a couple of tunes and get to grips with the feel and style of the music.
 

First Aid for Folk Dance with Mary Fortune

Informal first aid training, with an emphasis on folk dance.

This is the place to come before you have an accident. One of the dancers slips; how serious is it? What should you do if someone has had a bit too much to drink? How do you tell if someone needs medical attention (and, if you are at a festival, how do you get medical attention)?

Mary has experience providing first aid cover at events, including folk festivals. She is happy to take questions from the audience, cover topics of interest, or run practical scenarios.

 

Balloon Animal Basics with Sacha Jackman

If you fancy a break from physical activity, come along! You’re guaranteed to leave with a new faithful companion. We’ll be making the basic dog body, which is the basis of more complex animals such as the horse, giraffe, fox and dinosaur. No need to bring your own balloons!

 

Robot Wars with Blake Robotics

Blake Robotics is a Robot Wars team that shows what happens when folkies have access to power tools. In this workshop we will take you through the process of building a combat robot.  Starting from the point where your drinking in a pub talking about building a robot, then designing it, through to construction and testing. We will be bring the robot we are currently working on, and be open to answering all the questions you might have.

 

12-1:15 pm

 

Display Ceilidh Practice with University societies and Patrick Rose MC

Continuation of the morning workshop.

 

Balfolk (all levels) with Jean-Christophe Denis

Bal Folk are social dances from Western Europe. This workshop is aimed at people who are not familiar will bal folk and will cover all the most common bal folk dances, and provide useful bal fok tips, to make sure you have a fantastic time at the evening bal! Real French accent provided.

 

Dance Angels with Jen Morgan

How do you make new dancers want to come back for their second, third, nth dance?  In this workshop we’ll be looking at some practical techniques for dancing with beginner dancers:  how to support their learning and help them have an awesome time.  We’ll be discussing ways to make the dance floor feel like a welcoming, forgiving and friendly place.

jen.folkdancing.co.uk

 

Scottish Country Popular Variations with Sabina Lawrie and Lee Fotheringham

If you believe that written dance cribs are more sort of guidelines than actual rules, this is the workshop for you. We’ll be finding the space to play in Scottish country dances with extra spins, claps, dancers, t-rex arms and the occasional shimmy.

 

Dances from Italy with Davide Panzeri

Hailing from the sweet hills of northern Italy, Davide is back at IVFDF in spite of likely public dismay. From the Occitan valleys of Piedmont to the sunny south, you will have the chance to learn some fun traditional and revival dances that are danced in the Bel Paese. The workshop will include a refreshing mix of slow and more energetic group dances to get you going for the day.

Rapper with Warwick Rapper

Rapper dance is a fast-paced style of sword dance from north-east England involving speed, stepping and lots of fun! Come and learn with Warwick Rapper, an energetic student team with national acclaim.

warwickfolk.co.uk/rapper

 

Maypole with Elizabeth and Bob Lawson

Dancing round a maypole with ribbons is just the best. Largely an invention of

the Victorians, it’s now done in a surprising number of countries (and

continents). It’s both fun and accessible, but there’s a bit of a knack to getting

it right. We’ll be both sharing the figures we know and explaining how to avoid

some of the pitfalls. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

havemaypolewilltravel.com

 

Scratch Band Practice with Charlotte Robinson

Want to play at the Survivor’s Ceilidh? Come and practice and learn tunes! Some sheet music provided. All abilities welcome. Led by Charlotte Robinson of Sheffield CeilidhSoc. First workshop of two.

 

Improvised Chord Backing for Guitarists (Improvers/Intermediate) with Nye Farley

Improvised Accompaniment for Intermediate Guitarists will cover everything you need to know to analyse the harmony in traditional music by ear in real time. We will also be covering the modes used in traditional music, chord substitutions and use of “jazz” chords and rhythmic variation to keep your backing interesting and provide movement over the course of a set of tunes.

The workshop is aimed at intermediate guitarists with some knowledge of “standard” chord shapes and basic music theory but is suitable for guitarists with little to no previous experience of playing traditional music.

Nye Farley is a musician and guitar teacher who has years of experience playing for dancing.

finaleguitar.co.uk

 

Advanced Calling with Andrew Swaine

Andrew is one of our callers for the Friday evening Playford dance and is well-known as a contra and ceilidh caller with an inventive and energetic repertoire. In this workshop Andrew will be taking you through some of the finer points of calling more complex dances. Suitable for callers with some experience.

swaine.me.uk

 

Impromptu Workshop Slot with whoever signs up!

Throughout the weekend we have scattered a few Impromptu Workshop Slots. If you missed the deadline or would like to try running a workshop without the pressure of being in the programme, this is for you! Sign ups at the front desk; updates will be publicised there and via Facebook. We unfortunately cannot provide amplification for impromptu workshops.

 

Mazurka with Sheffield Eurosession

The mazurka is a beautiful and intriguing couple dance; an exotic cousin to the waltz with a marvellous and mesmerising twist. The workshop is offered by Sheffield Eurosession with entrancing live music, and will include demonstrations, explication, practice and variations. Join us to encounter, revisit, refresh and/or reshare this much-loved dance. Bring shoes that turn easily. Partners will be provided.

eurosession.org.uk

 

5-6 pm

 

Impromptu Workshop Slots (x2) with whoever signs up!

Throughout the weekend we have scattered a few Impromptu Workshop Slots. If you missed the deadline or would like to try running a workshop without the pressure of being in the programme, this is for you! Sign ups at the front desk; updates will be publicised there and via Facebook. We unfortunately cannot provide amplification for impromptu workshops.

 

6-7 pm

 

Beginners’ Scottish with Liz and Kirsten Ferguson-Jones

Welcome to Scottish! Aimed at those who have had little to no prior exposure to the style, but all very much welcome.

We’ll whizz you through some tips and tools to help you get the most out of the evening’s programme. Between us we’ve taught/scared/befriended many a beginner since about 2002, so we like to think you’re in safe hands. IVFDF anoraks might like to know that (between us) we’ve attended 27 IVFDFs, lead workshops at 3 of them, and hosted one.

Liz and Kirsten Ferguson-Jones are our callers for the evening Scottish Country dance.

 

IVFDF WORKSHOPS – SUNDAY

 

9-10:15 am

 

Molly Dancing with Gog Magog Molly

Molly is the ritual dancing of East Anglia, described by the founder of EFDSS as “degenerate”. This workshop will teach one of Gog Magog Molly’s Native Fenland Dances, from Cambridge, and as much stamping and shouting as you can take*.  Wear strong, sensible shoes, and your silliest hat.

*maybe not all that much shouting; it is 9am on Sunday after all …

gogmagogmolly.org.uk

 

Balkan / Israeli with Rhodri Davies

Sample some classic Israeli and Balkan dances. These are community dances done in a circle with footwork rather than the progressive figures of ceilidh or contra. If you have every wondered just what that Cherkassia Kfula that gets done at the Survivor’s Ceilidh was all about, here is a chance to learn it and some similar dances. Open to everyone, though being able to tell left from right at speed may be useful.

rhodri.net

 

Dances with a DIfference with Richard Mason

Social dances with a twist, perhaps best described as filling the gap between ceilidh and contra. Come and be entertained and hopefully not too befuddled with Richard Mason.

 

Catalan Dance with Xavier Oliver

Come have fun and learn dances from Catalonia! Try some couple dancing with a Caribbean longing, bounce around with your arms up in the air, learn the ancient National Dance and experience The Pumpkin – oh, The Pumpkin!

 

Nantgarw Welsh Dances with Elisa Morris

Come and try these energetic traditional vibrant Welsh social dances from the village of Nantgarw in South East Wales. The dance tradition developed in this area because of industry and the Nantgarw China Works said to have produced some of the finest porcelain ever made. Although the dance tradition was repressed by the religious revival in 1904, we have a record of the dances thanks to Catherine Margretta. This workshop is suitable for dancers of all abilities.

 

Making the Switch to Gender-Free Calling with John Brown

Are you a caller who wants to learn how to run your dance events gender-free? Or maybe you  just want to figure out how to adapt the dance you want to call at the Survivor’s Ceilidh? Come and join this discussion workshop to find out! John Brown is an experienced Sheffield-based caller who regularly calls for Sheffield CeilidhSoc, who started running all their ceilidhs gender-free in 2015.

ceilidhcalling.co.uk

 

Impromptu Workshop Slot with whoever signs up!

Throughout the weekend we have scattered a few Impromptu Workshop Slots. If you missed the deadline or would like to try running a workshop without the pressure of being in the programme, this is for you! Sign ups at the front desk; updates will be publicised there and via Facebook. We unfortunately cannot provide amplification for impromptu workshops.

 

Bal à la Voix (Singing for Balfolk) with Gus Morrice & Clare Rose

There is a huge overlap between songs and dances in the French tradition; many songs have a dance rhythm, and many dance tunes have words ranging from a simple refrain to a lengthy narrative. Come and learn to sing for French balfolk dances. Some knowledge of French helpful (translations given), words and dots provided.

 

What is Dance? (discussion) with Lisa Heywood

Inspired by a recent disagreement about what constitutes dancing, Lisa Heywood, our Friday night contra caller, asks what actually is dance? Does it mean different things to different people? Bring a beverage and partake in a bit of Sunday morning armchair philosophy as we find out what “dance” means to the people of IVFDF.

lisaheywood.net

 

Impromptu Workshop Slot with whoever signs up!

Throughout the weekend we have scattered a few Impromptu Workshop Slots. If you missed the deadline or would like to try running a workshop without the pressure of being in the programme, this is for you! Sign ups at the front desk; updates will be publicised there and via Facebook. We unfortunately cannot provide amplification for impromptu workshops.

 

10:30-11:45 am

 

Dances for the Brave with Jacob Steel

Doctor Steel is a mentally unstable choreographer with a PhD in chaos. Since he is unable to afford a laboratory under a disused volcano, he needs YOU to act as guinea pigs for his untested and potentially dangerously unstable dances, or possibly to stop him before it’s too late. A mix of harder social and contra dances, aimed at those who want an extra challenge. For Science!  

This year’s “Dances for the Brave” will be brought to you by the number “3”.

 

Blues with Green City Blues

Come and learn the entrancing art of blues dancing! Green City Blues are a Sheffield-based group who focus on “connection to the music and to the person we’re dancing with, as well as playfulness and creating conversational partner dances”. No experience necessary.

greencityblues.org

 

Appalachian Clogging with Janet Hutchinson

Try Appalachian clogging, step dancing with English, Irish, Native American and African influences.  We will take you through the basics and instruct a whole dance during the workshop.  Wear hard soled shoes or taps.

 

Cotswold Morris with Five Rivers Morris

Five Rivers Morris (who are also organising our Morris tour) dance traditional Cotswold Morris with energy, vigour and enthusiasm. Come and learn to jump and twirl in a safe and fun environment. No experience is necessary. Wear supportive shoes.

fiveriversmorris.org.uk

 

Fancy Footwork for the Terrified with Elizabeth & Bob Lawson

Think you’ve got two left (or two right) feet? Feel that moment of absolute panic when a dance includes a little bit of stepping – would like to be able to rant but don’t know where to start? We’ve all been there. This beginner-friendly workshop is about having the confidence to both do basic steps and start putting them together to create something a little more interesting.

havemaypolewilltravel.com

 

Playford with Lauren Wilson

 

Scratch Band Practice with Charlotte Robinson

Want to play at the Survivor’s Ceilidh? Come and practice and learn tunes! Some sheet music provided. All abilities welcome. Led by Charlotte Robinson of Sheffield CeilidhSoc. Second workshop of two.

 

Safety Dance: Designing a Code of Conduct For Your Dance Group with Jen Morgan

When you’re running a dance, whatever the context, you want your dancers to feel safe.  We’ll be discussing ways to promote a safe dance environment and how to go about drawing up a code of conduct or etiquette guide to clarify what behaviours are acceptable.  This will be a thinking and talking workshop, aimed at organisers, although callers, dancers and musicians are welcome too.  This will be a safe space to bring any thorny awkward questions for discussion.  

jen.folkdancing.co.uk

 

Playing for Contra with Julie Vallimont

Julie Vallimont, pianist and accordionist from Boston MA, is well known for her contra playing around the US. In this workshop, we’ll explore the ways that music fits the contra dance. Possible topics include choosing tunes, providing solid danceable rhythm, different kinds of grooves, chord choices, tempo, phrasing, matching tunes to dances, textures, working with other instruments, and more. This workshop is for people of all levels. Callers are also welcome to observe and learn more about the musical side of things.

buddysystemband.com

 

Bodhran and Bones with Pete Grassby

A bodhran workshop for beginners; some bodhrans and a selection of tippers will be provided. Feel free to bring your own. Basic playing techniques will be taught. A brief introduction to playing the bones will be included.

 

Playing for Cotswold Morris with Lewis Wood

Cotswold Morris Dance is unique, or at least unusual, in several ways. For one, the slower it is danced, often the more impressive it can be. Also, every side, and to an extent every dancer, dances slightly differently. Such a dance form requires specific accompanying techniques. Good playing can enhance the dancing no end; likewise dancing can also be ruined by bad or inappropriate playing. In this workshop Lewis will cover some points that he has noticed during his last few years playing for Cotswold Sides, and we will play through a few examples.

Open to all abilities, aimed particularly at people who are new to playing for Cotswold, or would like to hear another perspective

 

12-1:15 pm

 

Border Morris with Boggart’s Breakfast

Boggart’s Breakfast are a mischevious mixed Border Morris side from Sheffield with a love of sparkly blue things. In this workshop you will learn a Border Morris dance from their repertoire. Wear supportive shoes.

www.boggartsbreakfast.org.uk

 

Polska Crash Course with The Third Beat Dance Collective

An introduction to the music, feeling and basic technique of Swedish polska with the Third Beat Dance Collective. Beginners encouraged, everyone welcome!

facebook.com/thethirdbeatdancecollective

Generously sponsored by Nottingham Folk Dance Group.

 

Scottish Step Dance with Nickie Dailly

If Scottish Country was danced solo, Ballet was danced to folk music, Highland dance got told to just relax and enjoy life a bit more, and then all of that got combined into one dance style, Step would be pretty close to what you’d get. It’s flowy, precise but not too sharp, and focuses on fancy(ish) footwork. And it looks Scottish.

This workshop will lead you through one of the original Step dances recorded in 1841, decoded in the 1950s and taught alongside more recently written dances at the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society’s Summer School ever since.

Everything will be taught from scratch, so no experience needed. Please bring soft-soled, flexible shoes if possible.

 

Morris Reinvented with Rattlejag Morris

Rattlejag Morris is proud of developing “new dances from old recipes”; by combining historical research into the dance traditions of Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire with their own creativity and innovation. Hailing from Retford, they have been bringing their own unique brand of morris dance to events across the country for 15 years now. The side will introduce you to Plough Morris.

rattlejagmorris.org.uk

 

Waltz with Jake Wood & Anna Spearing-Ewyn

Contra dance evenings often finish with a waltz and some ceilidh dances incorporate waltz steps. But how do you actually waltz? In this workshop, we’ll cover the basic waltz step and learn a few moves you can do in an improvised partner waltz.

jake.folkdancing.co.uk

 

12th-15th Century Dances with The Historical Dance Society

Some mediaeval romps, a stately pavan, quirky 15th-century dances: would these dances be familiar to Chaucer’s Wyfe of Bath, or student Nicholas (before he was branded on the bum)? And were the dancers in those source pictures really naked? Leaders Ann Hinchliffe and Andrew Swaine love early music and dance and think you will too.

historicaldance.org.uk

 

IVFDF Reps Meeting with your society!

Come and decide who will host IVFDF 2020! Each society may send up to two representatives. Anyone is welcome to attend and observe, but only the representatives will be allowed to vote.

 

Impromptu Workshop Slot with whoever signs up!

Throughout the weekend we have scattered a few Impromptu Workshop Slots. If you missed the deadline or would like to try running a workshop without the pressure of being in the programme, this is for you! Sign ups at the front desk; updates will be publicised there and via Facebook. We unfortunately cannot provide amplification for impromptu workshops.

 

Nap & Story Time with Christian Reynolds & Ellie Reed

Is IVFDF too exhausting? Flop, chill out, come and have a nap and listen to a story. #BOYBR (bring your own bed roll).

 

Getting to Know Your Fiddle (Beginners/Improvers) with Heather Charlton

A discussion and teaching workshop where you will have a chance to ask questions and try out ideas regarding any aspect of fiddle technique. Suitable for beginners and self-taught fiddle players who want to become more familiar with their instrument.

 

Get Better at Learning Tunes by Ear with Zachary Franck

Do you enjoy playing music but have absolutely no idea how to pick up tunes or play along in a session? Then this is the workshop for you! Zachary Franck is a multi-instrumentalist with experience in several different styles of traditional music. In this workshop he will play you a tune and give you pointers on the best way to pick it up without relying on sheet music. Suitable for all instruments; some musical ability required.

 

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