DANCE WORKSHOPS

We kindly ask you to read the workshops descriptions carefully – some of the classes are available for people with little experience, or even a complete lack of it .
However, for some classes, it will be advisable to have specific, mentioned skills that will allow you – and the whole group as well! – to benefit fully from the proposed workshops.

The groups will count maximum 30 participants. The classes take place at Retro Dance Studio, Wielka 19/7, in a comfortable room (with wooden floor and mirrors).

🧡 BRETON DANCES | Tomasz Kowalczyk | 05.10.2019 g. 12:00- 14:30 🦖

An invitation to a whirling, trance circle that captivates everyone seeking contact with other people. A circle in which no one remains anonymous and the repetitive rhythm of the steps together with movements of the joined arms gives a sense of community and natural bond that is so lacking in today’s speeding world …

During these workshops, you will have a chance to learn one of the most popular dances in the Breton repertoire, which, don’t happen to infiltrate the balfolk floors so often. However, there will surely be an opportunity to practice them during the evening ball with the band Gwerenn.

The workshop programme will focus on the following dances: ridée 6 temps, laridée (ridée 8 temps), suite Loudéac and kas ha bahr.

As in all of these dances, arm movement is crucial, we will focus on mastering the coordination and sometimes difficult art of co-creating a uniform dance circle to form a sense of mutual bond among participants, to give the joy of spending time with other people.

The workshops are primarily addressed to people who already have some dance experience, but who have not had the opportunity to learn Breton dances before. Beginners in balfolk, but with experiences in other styles and ready for intensive learning, are also very welcome. The workshop will be conducted in Polish (with English translation possible).

Tomasz Kowalczyk – a French philology graduate, runs the Artistic Agency promoting the culture of Celtic Brittany in Poland. Since 1997, he has been teaching Breton dance workshops throughout Poland. He learned his skills directly in Brittany during thematic workshops (Center Amzer Nevez – Ploemeur), in cercles celtiques in Pluneret and Lorient, as well as from dance teachers including Jean Baron, Solenn Boennec and at numerous festivals.
In Poland, from the beginning, he was cooperating with La Maison de la Bretagne in Poznań, where he was giving regular dance workshops for beginners and advanced in 1998-2012. It’s impossible to count all the animations and workshops that he led as part of events that had anything to-do with Brittany!

🧡 FOLK INTRO| Ewa Olejnik & Małgorzata Miecznikowska | 05.10.2019 g. 12:00- 14:30 🦖

At these workshops, you will learn the core dances that appear on every ball. We will discuss the basic elements of dance technique and some of the possible variations that could appear.

You will be able to learn much more than during quick instructions happening during dance events and practice with more attention to details.

We invite beginners and people who want to consolidate their basics, especially if they have not had the opportunity to participate in workshops before, and learned the dances only during balls. We encourage everyone to participate – regardless of age or previous dance experience. Workshops will be conducted in Polish (with English translation possible).

Ewa Olejnik and Małgorzata Miecznikowska – fascinated with traditional dances and music, co-founders of the Bal Folk Poznań association. They regularly participate in workshops and festivals of traditional music and dances in Poland and abroad. Their interests aren’t limited to folk and extend into areas as diverse as Irish dancing, hula, and tango.
They especially like to introduce to the dance community those who have always thought that dancing is not their cup of tea, just to show them that it can be completely the opposite!

🧡 IRREGULAR WALTZES | Line & Clara (Berlin) | 05.10.2019 g. 15:00- 17:30 🦖

There are 11, 8 and 5 time waltzes. All of them are irregular and wonderful – and make many people struggle.

Let´s change that!

In this workshop, we want to show you the beauty of irregular waltzes. So you will be able to feel, see, and understand their structure, find little variations and finally start to play with the music for real! As it seems there will be some lovely irregular waltzes played during the evening ball – this is a great opportunity to prepare yourself and profit both of this workshop and the ball.

The workshop is aimed at the people who enjoy dancing regular waltzes without problems. The workshop will be given in English.

The workshop will be given by Clara and Line, who dance and teach Balfolk in Berlin and love to travel abroad to experience the Balfolk-world and their regional specialties!