We kindly ask you to read the workshop description carefully before you decide to participate.
A decent knowledge and some practice of basic scottish, mazurka & waltz are necessary to participate in all these workshops.
If you’re a complete beginner in balfolk – please join our introduction class on Saturday 15.02.2020 15:00-17:00 – there’s no separate ticket for it, you just have to buy the STARTER PASS which includes both entry for the dance workshop for beginners and entry for the ball on 15.02.2020
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).
All the workshops will be held in English.
≡ BODY MECHANICS | GREG DYKE | 15 – 16.02.2020 ≡
15.02.2020 | 11:00-14:30 (3h with 30 minutes break)
16.02.2020 | 12:00-14:00 (2h)
Leading and following with confidence often seems like rocket science, only mastered by those with a PhD in tango. Although it may be difficult, it’s actually quite simple and these two workshops will show you how. When we move our bodies in a biomechanically integrated and logical way, all the parts of the body come together to tell a single story that is:
→ clear (not 5 contradictory stories)
→ flowing (what happens next makes sense with what happened before)
→ easy for someone else to mirror (because a human body is doing it in a logical way, another human body will find it easy to do the same)
→ efficient (there is no effort or discomfort, that would pile up over a night of dancing)
Once our body tells a single story, leading is as simple as moving our body (while paying attention to the music and our partner). Following is as simple as paying attention to what our lead is doing and choosing to do the “same” thing.
On both days we’ll work on the same principle – using our body in an integrated way to make leading and following simple, but as the two days focus on different body parts, you can decide to take one or both workshops during the weekend.
On Saturday, we will work on steps and rhythms. By the end of class, you will understand how your body moves to shift weight or take a step and be able to confidently take steps and share improvised rhythms with your partner. And even the rare times you miss a step, you’re only ever one step away from catching up!
On Sunday, we’ll explore rhythms in other body parts than the feet and steps. By finding movement in our spine, we’ll add rhythms in our hips, rib cage and shoulders, again drawing on the body’s innate capacity to imitate other bodies in order to lead and follow.
≡ GUIDE TO GET LOST | SARA & PAULO ≡
15.02.2020 | 15:00-17:00 (2h)
As dancers, we perceive dance as a dialogue, in every perspective. This is the key-word for our work and constant research in European folk dance.
We believe that only in a state of pure deep conversation can one achieve true beauty and that is exactly what we mean to propose.
With this workshop, our main goal is not to teach dancers how to dance, but to enable them to enhance their ability to sense, listen, react, interpret, create and therefore, talk without words.
≡ SAVING ENERGY | SARA & PAULO ≡
16.02.2020 | 14:30-16:30 (2h)
Every living being relies on energy to be able to perform any sort of activity, physical or cognitive. If we view our body as a rechargeable battery, every time we move or even only think about moving (which truly consists of physical activity itself) we are consuming part of the energy that we have left at a given moment.
The basis of this workshop is, above all, to gain awareness of this process and finding the right tools that allow us to perform better management of energy consumption while dancing.
You can check out more about the teachers here