DANCE WORKSHOPS

All the dance workshops are suited for dancers having already some experience and wanting to improve their skills.

We don’t expect you to sign up for the workshops in pairs, but please pay attention that in the case of two workshops focusing on dance technique in couple dances: LET’S OPEN …! and PLAYING WITH YOUR FRAME, CONNECTION AND BALANCE IN MAZURKA you should be able to lead and follow on the most basic level.

The groups will count circa 30 participants.

MARCHOISES – DANCES FROM POITOU | 22.02.2019 | Friday | 19:00–21:00
Teacher: LucasThébaut
Location: KLUB RONDO, ul. Przybyszewskiego 56, Poznań

Initiation and discovery of the marchoises, the regional form of 3 times bourrée coming from Haut-Poitou

These dances of the center-west of France are the ideal choice for amateurs of vigorous expression in a dance. Get ready for a playful, varied and extremely dynamic repertoire.

No previous experience with 3 times bourrée is required, however you should be prepared fora lot of turning and some intensive dancing.

You’ll need a pair of knees in good condition, two feet kept firmly on the ground and above all unlimited dose of good mood 🙂

BOURRÉE IN 2 TIMES – ADD EVEN MORE FUN TO IT | 23.02.2019 | Saturday | 11:00–14:00
Teacher: Elena Leibbrand
Location: SALSA SIEMPRE, Św. Marcin 24, Poznań

Let’s meet on bourrée-playground and learn some choreographies! Simple enough to remember, practical enough to dance at any ball, fun (of course!) and also including some challenges for the more advanced dancers.

If needed, Elena might review some bourrée-basics to begin with, but the participants should have some basic knowledge of the dance in its most common form.

LET’S OPEN! | 23.02.2019 | Saturday | 14:30–17:30
Teacher: Lucas Thébaut
Location: SALSA SIEMPRE, Św. Marcin 24, Poznań

The aim is to focus on the posture of an ‘open couple’, very common in Latin dance, swing, etc. but relatively rare in folk dance. This workshop will offer exercises around fundamental notions essential for a form of improvisation in couple dances. 

To participate and benefit from these workshops you should be able to lead and follow without difficulty the basic forms of scottish, mazurka and waltz.

PLAYING WITH YOUR FRAME, CONNECTION AND BALANCE IN MAZURKA | 24.02.2019 | Sunday | 11:00–14:00*
Teacher: Elena Leibbrand
Location: SALSA SIEMPRE, Św. Marcin 24, Poznań

How to make any mazurka 10 times more interesting without any figures, rhythmical variations or tricks? Just using consciousness of the frame, connection to your partner and your own balance – in short: a very good technique. You’ll get a chance to analyze and improve your skills and afterward, you should be able to add these ‘frame-games’ to any of your actual habits, in mazurka and any other couple dance.

To participate and benefit from these workshops you should be able to lead and follow without difficulty the basic forms of mazurka.

*due to the great interest we have decided to add a second option to participate in workshops devoted to this subject – they will take place on February 23, the program will be the same

*PLAYING WITH YOUR FRAME, CONNECTION AND BALANCE IN MAZURKA| 24.02.2019 | Sunday | 11:00–14:00
Teacher: Elena Leibbrand
Location: SALSA SIEMPRE, Św. Marcin 24, Poznań

Tickets will be on sale on Sunday 13.01. at 12:00 (noon) on the site: https://bilety.balfolkpoznan.pl/en/

PLEASE NOTE!
Due to the “extra” status of these workshops and the capacity of the room, these workshops are NOT included in the FULLPASS package. 

MORE ABOUT THE TEACHERS

LUCAS THÉBAUT – France

Photo: Véronique Chochon Photographies

Lucas is musician and dancer from the Haute-Poitou region. Co-founder and member of many important and well-known bal folk bands, including Duo Thébaut, Le Gros Trio and Ballsy Swing. He also performs with a solo program, in which he skillfully combines virtuoso mastering of the instrument with a perfect sense of the mood of the listeners and dancers.

He’s been regularly invited to lead dance workshops, among others at the biggest bal folk festivals in France, Belgium and Portugal, which are very popular among the participants. His specialties are dances from his native Poitou region and dance technique in couple dances, for the latter he often draws inspirations from other dance styles (eg latino, swing), and above all from his outstanding creativity.


ELENA LEIBBRAND – EleDanse – Belgium

Photo: Fot. René Schaeffer

Elena has been trained in a wide range of dance styles since 1995, from traditional to social and contemporary dances. In 2011, she started teaching folk dances (with FrisseFolk) with great enthusiasm and passion. In May 2018, she launched her own dance school, EleDanse, where she offers classes, workshops, and folk balls.

Whether when teaching in Brussels for her weekly classes or during her workshops in Belgium and abroad, Elena aims to pass on to others what makes dancing so special to her, namely that subtle combination of human warmth, exploration of movement, precision and tradition of the form/style, improvisation and playful atmosphere!

She enjoys both the great potential for improvisation offered by more contemporary dances such as folk, Latin dances and impro, as well as what surrounds the more traditional dances, with their specific beauty, their precision, and their connection to a territory – as she experienced and learned herself thanks to the great generosity of some dance masters.

In Folk & Trad, she has a soft spot for bourrées, waltzes, dances of the Bal Musette, as well as those from the South-west of France. She is also involved in two contemporary dance groups, one as a choreographer, and the other one as a dancer.

You can learn more about her and her activities on the website: http://eledanse.be/