Folk Dance Remixed have a unique style of mixing folk dance from around the world with street dance, traditional tunes and hip-hop grooves, to create an exciting high energy twist on social folk dance for the 21st century.
In this workshop there are three activities to choose from and by the end you’ll bring them all together to create an exciting new ‘remixed’ dance with lively new music.
Dancers – you’ll learn our unique style of English social folk dance remixed with street dance and other folk-dance forms from around the world – with an emphasis on the sociable! You’ll work with Co -Artistic Director Kerry Fletcher and Frank Wilson, street dance specialist. We’ll also be getting creative with your own moves and devising figures for the dance too, so whether you’re new to dance or a seasoned bhangra or folk dancer, and anything in between, bring your moves with you.
Musicians – you’ll get a choice of beatboxing or mixed instrument ensemble. The beatboxers will work with UK champion beat boxer ABH, who’ll get you adding beats and hits to remix the vibe.
Instrumentalists – you’ll join fiddle player and band leader Deborah Chalmers to create an arrangement to go with the unique dance being created by the dancers.
The beat boxers will start on their own, learning some skills, and then join the band to be part of the arrangement. Towards the end of the workshop, the band and dancers will come together to play and dance in a full-out celebration of music and dance.
Instrumentalists – all instruments are welcome, but the workshop is not suitable for absolute beginners. The music will be learnt by ear, with backup music notation for those who would like it. Music notation and mp3 can be sent in advance, for those who would like it, though there is no expectation to learn the tune in advance. If you have an instrument in an unusual key and wish to tell us in advance, then please do!
Dancers – please wear comfortable loose clothing and suitable footwear you can dance in – clean non-marking indoor sports shoes are ideal