After the successful introduction of the historic Music Room at Sidholme Hotel with its glass chandeliers, magnificent painted dome and musical-motif frieze, we will be using it again as the home of folk dance.
The tried and tested formula in the Folk Dance programme – big mornings, challenging afternoons and fun evenings – is back again for 2020.
Big Mornings include American Dance with THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, a bunch of up-and-coming English contra callers who are beginning to get busy, with music by CONTRASAURUS and NOZZY. English Dance will be overseen by BROOKE FRIENDLY (USA) with music provided by THE TWO PAULS (Hutchinson and Sartin), MOLLIE KOENIGSBERGER and RICHARD JONES.
Afternoon sessions feature Irish Set from KEVIN MONAGHAN and IN HELEN’S SHOES; Danish Dance from JEREMY NEWTON and DE SMÅ GRÅ; Scottish Country Dance with BRIDGET FLETT and Early Dance and Music with HELEN RICHARDS and EGLAMORE.
Beginners are in the safe hands of SOL LORETO-MILLER, with music by JOSEPH ROWE and THEO PARMAKIS. There will also be a very special pair of weekend workshops by HANNAH MOORE on dancing with your partner- come and learn how to be the partner everyone wants! We’re also hosting a special series of workshops by CHLOE MIDDLETON-METCALFE on her Forgotten Social Folk Dances project, with music by JAKE MIDDLETON-METCALFE.
Every evening there will be a Festival Dance Club with FRANCES RICHARDSON in charge of mixed fun social dance, assisted by the music of JOVIAL CREW. Alongside that will be a full programme of English and American dances, the spectacular Playford Ball, an Irish Set Dance Ceili, Eurobal Nights with Patrick Bouffard’s CENTRALBAL and a final Celebration Contra to round off the week. The hardest part will be choosing what to go to!
And more to come, with two more special events hatching soon.