DANCES AND DANCE WORKSHOPS 2018
8:00pm – 11:00pm WELCOME DANCE – MAIN HALL
With the incredible Gaidhealtachd Ceilidh Band. Fresh from their week-long festival in Whangarei Heads, this dance makes for a great warm up to the weekend!
9:30 – 10:30am PLAYFORD DANCES – MAIN HALL
Beth Harris discovered the pleasures of English Country Dancing while living in the UK a number of years ago. She now helps to run the English Country Dance Group in Auckland. Playford Dances, named after John Playford who compiled and published them from 1651, are charming social dances where dancers weave patterns of varying complexity around the floor, Their survival since the 17th and 18th centuries is testament to their popularity. All with or without experience welcome. Music will be provided by The Rose and Thistle Country Dance Band.
11am – 12pm SCOTTISH DANCE – MAIN HALL
With Katharine Hoskyn. A return of the popular Scottish workshop of country and ceilidh dancing. Learn of the essentials of Scottish dancing with some straightforward traditional and contemporary dances.
12:30 – 1:30 pm ENGLISH EARLY DANCING – MAIN HALL
with Karen Vernon and the Rose and Thistle Dance Band. 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
2pm – 2:30pm FRENCH DANCE DISPLAY – MAIN HALL
2:30pm – 3:30pm FRENCH DANCE WORKSHOP – MAIN HALL
La Bourrée was founded in 1982 to enjoy and perform dances from many regions of France and French Canada, and to introduce these in schools. They have been a popular part of the Auckland festival scene as it has grown, first dancing in the Folk Festival in two earlier venues, and in the big International Cultural Festival and the Rose Festival ever since their inception. They also greatly enjoy sharing the French flavours and fun of community dancing with adults and children. Today their programme will start in the Pyrenées, tour around the Centre of France to see three different forms of bourrée (the uniquely French dance style) and finish back in the south, with an age-old feature of summer festivals in Provence, Li Jardiniero.
4pm – 5pm EURO GYPSY
Eurogypsy Dance Workshop – 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.
5:30 – 6:30pm MORRIS DANCE WORKSHOP
Ragged Robin Morris from the UK will teach dances named Prescott Clock, which commemorates the ending of the clock and watch industry in Prescott Lancashire, and Twiglet. Both of these at stick dances that will be supplied.
8:00pm – LATE – EURO GYPSY – MAIN HALL
With Fiona Murdoch and Tamlin.
10am – 11am WELSH CLOG – MAIN HALL
Huw Williams returns again and 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 – 1:30pm JOY DANCERS OF TAIWAN DANCE DISPLAY – – MAIN HALL
This group lead by Julia Wei will dance the Lantern dance, The girl from the home town, Beautiful girl and Tea picking. These are dances from the native people of Taiwan.
Joy Dancers was established in 2003. The members are folk dance lovers. The principal aim is to instruct international folk dance. We take part in many multicultural events.
Joy Dancers are delighted to meet different cultural folk dance groups and also to make voluntary contributions to communities within the Auckland area.
In the Auckland Folk Festival,we are going to perform four Taiwanese folk dances. One of them will be the Lantern Dance – very popular at the Lunar New Year festivals.
1:30pm – 2:30pm JOY DANCERS OF TAIWAN DANCE WORKSHOP – MAIN HALL
Join Julia who will teach the dances from Taiwan.
3pm – 4pm SOUTH AMERICAN FOLK DANCE – MAIN HALL
With Ana-Maria de Vos Sanchez. Traditional dances from South America, Latino and Spain.
4:30pm – 5:30pm MORRIS DANCE – MAIN HALL
City of Auckland Morris Dancers will teach Morris dancing. Sticks and hankies supplied.