DANCE WORKSHOPS 17 – 19.05.2019

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 (although good coordination and body awareness will be helpful here).
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 circa 30 participants.

You can still join the workshops. Please come at least 15 minutes before the classes start.

Lollowers & Fleaders | Saskia Sportel | 17.05.2019, 19:00-21:00

How about switching roles in dance… while dancing?! For some this means going out of your comfort zone, which requires confidence and safety. We will cover three practical things to help with that:

1. How to propose a role switch while dancing – leaders perspective.
2. How to propose a role switch while dancing – follower’s perspective.
3. How to switch back.

And very importantly, we will go into topics such as: How do you check if your partner is okay with this? And what do you do if you are the partner and you are not okay with this.

You don’t need to have a previous experience with switching roles in dance, but you should be open to the concept to profit

Branle Béarnais – introduction | Saskia Sportel | 18.05.2019, g. 11:00-14:00

Come to this workshop and you’ll discover one of the more illustrious dances from the south-west of France. This dance has a wonderful cadence and collectivity to it. In the workshop we will start at the beginning and build up from there. A branle béarnais – or branle de la vallée d’Ossau – can be danced either in chain or couple and in the workshop we will focus on the version in chain.

Branle Béarnais in couple | Daniel Detammaecker | 18.05.2019, g. 11:00-14:00

Branle was a famous and well known dance in all the Béarn/Biarn area, but recently its practice is concentrated only in the Ossau Valley. During this workshop we will practise the specific rhythms and typical bouncing, accent emphasizing the link between the music to create a strong collective atmosphere. We will focus on the couple form, but we will also dance in circle and chains to rework the basics.

This is a workshops for people who already learned the branle (in its form in chains) and dance it whenever they can!

Posture & Frame | Remi Kesteman | 18.05.2019, 14:30-16:30

Dancing in a couple can be one of the most rewarding feelings in a bal. It can also be one of the most frustrating, if proper care is not given to the way our body moves. In this workshop we will focus on developing the posture, work on our balance, develop a steady frame and make us look so light on your feet that we just might end up hovering over the dancefloor with our partner.

What you need:
– the will to try new things
– being open to both follow and lead
What you don’t need:
– previous dancing experience
– amazing coordination
– a dance partner

Slängpolska dance it like a pro | Dominik Wóltański i Małgorzata Baran | 18.05.2019, 14:30-16:30

Slängpolska is a Swedish dance, popular especially in Smaland. The first impression of people watching dancers of slängpolska is freedom, incredible opportunity to express ones ideas and a variety of figures.

Its characteristic features are a fixed division into a figure part and rotating. Nevertheless, in recent years, when separated from the preserved sources, this dance has become very popular and evolved.

During the workshops, we will learn and explore the essence of slängpolska dance – the rhythm, pulse and spinning technique. The learning process will focus on the consolidation of basic dance practices to make the movements predictable and easy to understand in a couple. We will learn the figures and their variations so that each of our slängpolska on the dance floor will be a unique composition and we will be curious about each next one.

Enjoy the rondeau(x) | Daniel Detammaecker | 18.05.2019, 19:00-21:00

The objective of this workshop is to have fun with rondeau – both in the version in couple and in chains. The assumed level is ‘open’ – so there will be some time for learning or revising the basics, as well as the time to elaborate some details and variations. We will aim to enjoy the collective ensemble in relation to the music.

Creativity | Remi Kesteman | 19.05.2019, 11:00-14:00

The path to creativity in dance is a never ending process. But luckily, it is within everyone’s reach: curiosity is key, experimenting is vital, having fun is the goal.

In this workshop, we will take a look at the elements of dance : what is the core , what is peripheral , how those elements interact with each other, and how can we use them all in a cocktail of creativity to find our own moves and ways to dance with our partners.

Attending the Posture & Frame workshop isn’t mandatory but recommended for this workshop.

What you’ll need:
– a good understanding of scottish, mazurka and waltz – experience in both leading and following
– a set of ears
– being able to challenge what you know
What you won’t need:
– musical training
– a dancing partner

Verticality & rhythm | Saskia Sportel | 19.05.2019, 14:30-17:30

There are so many ways to spice up or smooth-down your dance. Preferably in connection with your dance partner. Verticality deals with variations on movements in the vertical plane. This is something that can be used as variation, styling and communication in both a leader role and follower role, as well as individually (in dances such as rondeau and bourrée). For example, verticality is a great way to initiate and communicate rhythmic variations. So you can be assured that you will get to experience a lot of fun rhythmical obscurities! We will practice verticality mostly in scottish and mazurka – an easy with basic forms of these dances is required.
You might dance differently than you ever did before! Worth a try.