DANCES AND DANCE WORKSHOPS

 

Friday:

 

8:00pm – 11:00pm WELCOME DANCE – MAIN HALL

With the incredible Gaidhealtachd Ceilidh Band. Fresh from their week -long festival in Whangarei Heads, they bring their callers as well. Great stuff!

 

Saturday:

 

9:30am – 10:30am ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCING – MAIN HALL

with Beth Harris, Karen Vernon This workshop will include modern country dances from the 20th century.  Most of them are similar to the older Playford dances from the 17th and 18th centuries, with one completely new formation.  They are social dances which are fun to do and requires no previous experience

 

11am – 12pm SCOTTISH DANCE – MAIN HALL

A return of the popular Scottish workshop of country and ceilidh (less formal party) dancing. Learn of the essentials of Scottish dancing with some straightforward traditional and contemporary dances.

 

Is it possible to have a few lines about Scottish country dancing in the section where you give contact details for dancing groups:

 

Scottish country dancing – to find out about dancing in Auckland, Northland and around New Zealand. So many places where you can have a go Scottish dancing.  See the website of the Auckland Region www.aucklandscd.org.nz or phone 0800 693262

 

12:30pm – 1:30pm MORRIS DANCE – MAIN HALL

City of Auckland Morris Dancers foreman, Eric, will teach Princess Royal a beautiful handkerchief dance

 

2pm – 2:30pm RENACER EN AUCKLAND CHILEAN DANCE DISPLAY – MAIN MARQUEE

Renacer will be performing at the main stage and workshop one of the most famous and important performance of our culture called “Huasos”.

 

Huaso is a Chilean countryman and skilled horseman, similar to the Mexican cowboy. A female huaso is called a huasa, although the term china is far more commonly used for his wife or sweetheart.

Huasos are found in Chile’s central valley. They ride horses and typically wear a straw hat called a chupalla, a poncho over a short waist jacket and tooled leather legging over booties with raw hide leather spur holders that sustain a long-shanked spur with 4-inch rowels.

 

Huasos are an important part of Chilean folkloric culture and are a vital part of parades, fiestas, holidays, and popular music.The dancing of the cueca our “National Dance” in which the coy china is courted by the persistent huaso, both traditionally attired, is de rigueur on such occasions.

 

This is followed by a procession back to the Hall…

 

2:45pm – 3:45pm RENACER EN AUCKLAND CHILEAN DANCE WORKSHOP – MAIN HALL

 

4pm – 5pm FOLKLORE CHILENO LATINO – MAIN HALL

A dance from South America and Spain taught by Ana-Maria de Vos Sanchez

 

5:15pm – 6:15pm INDIAN FUSION – MAIN HALL

With Ratna Venkat and Jon Sanders Indian Dance Workshop

1) Introduction of dance styles in India. Differences between classical and folk dance traditions.
2) Rhythm Structure- Explanation and demonstration of the 4/4 time scale.
3) Demonstration of basic footwork, hand gestures and facial expressions
4) Journeying across India- Tutorial of an Indian Fusion folk dance piece set to live music

 

 

Sunday:

 

10am – 11am WELSH CLOG – MAIN HALL

Huw Williams welcomes clog dancers of all standards from beginners to improvers and beyond.  An opportunity to learn the art of traditional Welsh stepping.  The workshop will cover subjects such as- how to dance the basic steps, how to produce clear sounding rhythms and how to put them together.  Suitable for people who are new to clog dancing and for those dancing at a higher standard if you haven’t had previous experience of Welsh stepping. It is traditionally danced wearing clogs but shoes can work just as well.  You don’t need to speak Welsh and Huw delivers the session in his own unique and entertaining way.  You will get slightly out of breath-mostly due to laughing.

 

11:30am – 12:30pm IRISH SET DANCING – MAIN HALL

with our local expert, Noel Armstrong.

Irish Set Dance originated from French Quadrilles having been introduced to Ireland by Soldiers returning from the various Continental Wars. The earliest Set Dance being recorded in Dublin in about 1812. The formations of the Quadrille dances were retained and dances to the local dance meters. Through time tunes characteristic of the local area predominated such that dance to reels were frequently found in Clare and polkas in Kerry and Cork.

This year Noel will tutor the lively Castle Set which is well known in the Sliabh Lucra area on the border of County’s Cork and Kerry.

Danced to Slides and Polkas this dance is sure to quicken the heartbeat of musicians and dancers alike. Solid, preferable leather, soled shoes capable of sliding recommended. Young persons of 12 years and above preferred.  

 

1pm – 1:30 DANCE DISPLAY – MAIN HALL

by Black Joak Morris

 

1:30pm – 2:30pm BLACK JOAK MORRIS DANCE WORKSHOP – MAIN HALL

Learn the morris dancing you’ve always dreamed about with Black Joak Morris from Sydney. Come along and learn both a traditional dance from the English Cotswolds and a modern morris dance written from Australia.

 

3pm – 4pm EURO GYPSY

Channel your inner nomad and travel across Europe through dance. Fiona Murdoch, Director of Dance Folkus (Hamilton), will be your tour guide and teach you fun folk dances in circles, chains, and squares to various beats. You will be dancing to the music of The Eurogypsy Band

 

4:30 – 5:30 ENGLISH SWORD

with Kirsty Bromley