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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!

     

 

Celtic Ceili workshop

Discover the cheerful group dances of Ireland and Scotland in the Celtic Ceili workshop. These dances are usually arranged in pairs and are danced in either a circle or a row. Already familiar with Balfolk or other folkloric dances from Western Europe? We’re sure you will recognise some aspects, in most traditional Celtic cultures the same movements are preserved. They are easy to learn so everyone is welcome in the workshops – whatever age, fitness or dance experience!

The Celtic Ceili workshop will be musically accompanied by Itchy Fingers.

 

Che Tango

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! I do that with the great dancer and teacher Cecilia Brands. Together with you 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.

Balfolk

Of course there will be several Balfolk workshops at Keltfest this year!

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.
 
The different dances wille be explained step by step in various workshops, both beginners and advanced. Everybody can join, with or without dancing experience, young or old, farmer or princes, troll or fairy.