With workshops for all interests and standards from complete beginner to accomplished performer Make this the year YOU learn something new and remember – entry to workshops is included in the Season Ticket or you can just buy individual tickets. Come and join in!
Progressive workshops take place over several days; see how much progress you make by the end of the week! You can learn the ukulele, limber up with some Appalachian, English or Welsh Clogging, learn a Flat-footing routine, join the Festival Choir or be part of the English Dance Band. Exclusive for 8 to 17 year olds, Shooting Roots are on hand from Sunday to Friday, and Panic Circus are up at the campsite all week. Then demonstrate your skills at the end of the week show.
This is a brief guide to the workshops this year. For more details please see the souvenir programme, available from mid June.
Workshops this year include:
Contras, Rapper, East European Dances, Ukulele, Harmony Singing, Fiddle, Harp. Guitar, Tunes for Sessions, Anglo Concertina, Playford, English Clog, Circus Skills, Ceilidh Dancing, Accordion, Banjo, Melodeon, Cajun & Zydeco Dancing, Dancing Heys & Reels
Dances by Shaw, Festival Choir, French Dance, Guitar, Fiddle, Melodeon, American Squares, Dance Callers, Circus Skills, Loop Pedal, Cajun Fiddle, Bodhran, Irish Session Tunes,
Running Set, Festival Choir, Ukulele, Melodeon, Read Music, Banjo, Blues Guitar, Street Dance, Contras & More, Flatfooting, Dance Callers, Circus Skills, Tunes for Parts, Story Telling, English Dance Band, Bouzouki & Mandola, Welsh Clog
Running Set, Festival Choir, Ukulele, Guitar, Storytelling, Dance Tunes of Benjamin Rose, Hisotry of the Blues, Harmony Singing, Solo Jig, Country Dances with Tune Freedom, English Clog, Circus Skills, Bones, Knitting Socks, Recorders, Beginning Singing, Traditional Songs, English Dance Band, Diatonic Harmonica, Benjamin's Book Dances
Contras American Style, Festival Choir, Ukulele, Appalachian Dance, Performance Skills, Guitar, Blues & Slave Music, Cajun Music for Melodeon, Contras, Flatfooting, Circus Skills, English Dance Band, Flutes & Whistles, Mandolin, Fiddle, A Feminist View of Women in Anglo-American Traditional Song, Welsh Clog,
Singing for French & Breton Dancing, Rapper, Ukulele, Zulu Rhythms, Song & Dance, Songwriting, Concertina, Slide Guitar, Spoon Playing, Accordion, Courtesy in Country Dancing, Circus Skills, English Clog, Guitar Accompaniment, Whistle, English Dance Band, Welsh Clog, Cajun Dance, Playford
Dances by Roodman, Ukulele, Appalachian Dance, Harmonica, European Country Dances, Contemporary American Dances
Contra - Longways dances in the American style, usually fast and done with a relaxed and smooth walk.
Playford - 17th and 18th century English country dances, or modern dances in the old styles. Lots of formations and steps, musical styles and rhythms. Think Jane Austen!
Square- Four couples arranged in a square. Square workshops usually mean American Square danced with a smooth, relaxed walk, but there will also be some English traditional squares, which are stepped. One of the oldest forms is the exciting Running Set, originating in the Appalachians
Traditional Dances - collected from English Villages: varied formations and steps plus modern community dances.
Callers; Cis Hinkle, Madeleine Smith, Andrew Swaine, John Sweeney, John Turner
plus Tea Dances, Evening Dances, a Playford Ball and some Callers workshops for all standards
Ceilidhs every day at the Pavilion or Bandstand with some of the top bands and callers, make sure you check out the Pavilion page for details of some other amazing dance music including the famous Broadstairs let-your-hair down late-nights!>