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Do you feel like dancing at Keltfest, but not that confident about your skills? Don’t worry! There will be several workshops at Keltfest so that you can show off your newly learned ability with every dance!



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Balfolk Workshops

Balfolk Workshop

Of course there will be Balfolk on Keltfest.
While, in the old days, the upper class was dancing boring walses, the plebeians were having a party much more fun! They danced their own kind of dances which nowadays are known as balfolk. For centuries balfolk brings people together to enjoy dance and live music.
We will explain the basics of different dances step by step in this introduction workshop. Everybody can join, with or without dancing experience, young or old, farmer or princes, troll or fairy.
We can enjoy the dances we’ve learned straight away while listening to live music.

Tussen de workshops zorgt Folkie DJ Bram voor een divers aanbod aan muziek, zowel traditioneel als modern. Beginner of gevorderd, iedereen kan komen dansen. Met een lach en een knipoog worden de nummers aan elkaar geregen en weet je wat voor dansje je op het volgende nummer kan doen, of juist niet.

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Dance on with Folkie DJ Bram

Come to the dance floor for a selection of balfolk tracks, brought to you by Folkie DJ Bram. In between the workshops, he will provide the best songs to keep on dancing.
What started out as a funny distraction between bands has now matured to a full-on balfolk DJ set that will move your feet. Bram has ample experience in playing, listening and dancing to this genre. Thanks to this, he will present you with the finest tunes balfolk has to offer, both traditional and modern. Just starting or well experienced: everybody can join. Every track will be introduced with a smile and a wink to make sure there is time to prepare for the next dance.

Tango – Balfolk workshop

Tango with a twist

Bart has been dancing and teaching Balfolk and Tango for many years. But why would we keep those dances separate? During his workshop, you’ll learn to implement Tango elements into your favourite balfolk dances!

“More than 10 years ago I came into contact with Balfolk. Immediately seized by the pleasure and improvisation that we find in Balfolk, I travelled to France many times in the summer to dance and learn more about European dances. Shortly thereafter I came into contact with the Argentine Tango. The music and precision of the dance grabbed me and I immediately became addicted. After having given Balfolk workshops in the Netherlands and abroad, living in Argentina for a year and giving Tango workshops and performances in Europe, South America and Asia, it is time to combine these two together! Together we look at how we can apply elements from the Tango in Balfolk.”

Tango experience is not necessary, Balfolk experience will help you a lot.

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Workshop Highland Dancing

Workshop: Highland dancing

During Keltfest 2019 you’ll get the chance to learn the basics of Highland Dancing in the dance tent! The workshop covers the basics of dancing and will learn you more about the historical background. Let’s dance!

Highland dancing is a competitive and technical dance form requiring technique, stamina, and strength, and is recognised as a sport by the Sport Council of Scotland.

In Highland dancing, the dancers dance on the balls of the feet Highland dancing is a form of solo step dancing, from which it evolved, but while some forms of step dancing are purely percussive in nature, Highland dancing involves not only a combination of steps but also some integral upper body, arm, and hand movements.

Some Highland dances do derive from traditional social dances, however. An example is the Highland Reel, also known as the Foursome Reel, in which groups of four dancers alternate between solo steps facing one another and a figure-of-eight style with intertwining progressive movement. Even so, in competitions, the Highland Reel dancers are judged individually. Most Highland dances are danced solo.

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Ierse Dansworkshop by Rosalie Wagenaar

Workshop: Learn the basics of Irish Dance!

Have you always wanted to learn the basics of beautiful Irish jigs and reels? This year, none other than Rosalie Wagenaar from the Rose Irish Dance School teaches workshops at Keltfest. She gets musical guidance of accordion player Erik de Jong!

Rosalie has been dancing for over ten years at the theater shows of Rapalje and is also the owner of the successful dance school ‘Rose Irish Dance School’. Since 2014, she has been one of the six certified teachers of Irish Dance in the Netherlands (for organisation CLRG). Furthermore, Rosalie has been one of the lucky ones who could participate for three years in a row at the Riverdance Trinity College International Summer School (2015, 2016, 2017).  Tere she has worked with professional dancers and big names in the Irish dance world.

The Rose Irish Dance School got a chance to participate in many special performances, including Najib & Jandino Live at De Kuip, the TV program Circus Gerschtanowitz, the National Tattoo in Ahoy and Belgium’s Got Talent.

No dancing experience is required for the workshops at Keltfest. Let yourself be transported to Ireland through the cheerful group dances, where pleasure is paramount!