Home' Woodford Folk Festival : Programme 2011-12 Contents Cuban Salsa Dance Workshop
Whether you are an absolute beginner or an
advanced student Jorge Acevedo is your passionate
and experienced teacher of Latin Rhythms,
especially Cuban Salsa. Join Jorge from Bailalo
Latino and learn the joy of Cuban Salsa dance.
WED Dancehall 12:30PM
Egyptian Baladi Dance
Raqs baladi has roots in the ancient Arab tribal
religions. It is the folkloric style belly dance danced
socially by men and women of all ages, usually at
weddings. Learn the basics of the popular and funky
Egyptian folk/urban dances with Amber Hansen.
SAT Dancehall 10:00AM
Flamenco Dance Workshop
Tune into the beat of Flamenco rhythm and music
as you explore traditional Flamenco moves with
Simone Pope. Simone teaches clapping techniques,
feet progression and body movements building
towards a short Flamenco dance. Suitable for
beginners. No experience necessary.
FRI Dancehall 4:00PM
Gypsy and Balkan Dance Workshop
Learn dynamic easy to dance Gypsy Romani
dances from Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia.
Your teacher and guide is the irrepressible Yorgo
Kaporis, a multi-talented dancer and teacher whose
achievements in dance span from folk dancing, to
ballroom to ballet.
THUR Dancehall 4:00PM
Gypsy Dance Basics Workshop
Learn the basic steps and skirt swishing movements
of traditional Slovakian Gypsy dance with Tereza
Lolo from Latche Roma.
TUE Dancehall 12NOON
Kundalini Yoga with Live Music
A unique session led by music therapist and yoga
teacher, Lee Hardisty. A daily full set of yoga
accompanied by a band and finished with deep
relaxation led by saxophone. Open your energy and
get started on a fabulous festival day with Kundalini
TUE THUR Blue Lotus 8:15AM
Latin Bachata Dance Workshop
The Bachata was developed in the Dominican
Republic and is traditionally thought to be
descended from the old romantic dance known as
the Bolero. Join Elisabeth and Helios to learn a lively
and sensual dance now taught all over the world.
TUE Dancehall 3:00PM
Latin Salsa Dance Workshop
For a fun introduction to the Latin Salsa. Join
Elisabeth and Helios from Ritmo Caliente to learn
the basic dance steps and moves of this popular
dance. Easy to learn as a couple or in groups.
SUN Dancehall 2:00PM
Vanessa Rudge from Being Yoga presents a fresh
Vinyasa based flow yoga class, blending ancient
practices in a dynamic yet relaxed way. Stretch out
with your mat or towel to create a beautiful space
for your festival day to unfold from. All levels. Bring
WED – SAT Dancehall 7:30AM
Palestinian Dabke Dance Workshop
Learn the basics of Palestinian folkloric and urban-
style Dabke dance with Amber Hansen. It is a
rhythmic line dance from the Eastern Arab countries
danced by men and women of all ages at weddings
WED Dancehall 4:30PM
Persian Sufi Dance Workshop
A rare opportunity to lear n the art of Sufi dancing.
Movements are taught by Leila Honari and the
main rhythm is provided by Arash Zanganeh on
the daf drum. Described is the philosophy of Sema
dance, the theory of the ritual as well as giving the
experience of whirling and balance.
SAT Dancehall 11:30AM
Ragged Band Morris Dance
Learn to dance in the tradition of Border Morris
Dancing. Ragged Band will teach you the boisterous
energetic stick dancing from the Welsh border of
THUR Dancehall 11:00AM
Swing Dance Workshop
Join this absolute beginners swing dance workshop
to learn the fundamentals of the stylish and fabulous
fun swing dance style from the 1940s and 50s.
Taught by Kam and Leigh Davis from the popular
Empire Swing Dance School based in Brisbane.
TUE Dancehall 5:00PM
Synergy of Zenthai Yoga to Live
This partner based yoga workshop explores the
creativity and therapy behind zenthai shiatsu. No
need to bring a partner. Your own yoga mat is
helpful. Complete with live music from Kevin James
WED SAT Blue Lotus 8:15AM
Tai Chi for Health and Wellbeing
Find out through this hands-on workshop how
a slow and gentle exercise like Tai Chi has such
extensive benefits. Get a taste of the simple yet
powerful techniques of Tai Chi to develop and use
your chi (life energy) for health and well being.
TUE SUN Dancehall 10:00AM
Tango Dance Workshop
Glimpse the mystery of Argentine Tango in a
beginner’s basics lesson with Oscar and Elischa,
then join them, with the musicians from Tangoyna to
dance to the Tango live or just take a seat to enjoy
the spectacle of Tango music and dance.
SUN Dancehall 12NOON
Tango for Everyone
Always wanted to learn how to Tango? This
workshop will transform you into Tango dancers in
an hour. Come and join in the fun, even if you have
never danced Tango before. Personal Tango trainers
Rosemary and Greg from E-Tango will assist you.
WED Dancehall 11:00AM
Tibetan Cham Dance Workshop
Tibetan Cham is a contemplative dynamic dance.
The movements are slow and deliberate, like tai
chi. Join the Monks of Tibet to learn the dance
movements considered to be meditation in action.
WED Dancehall 9:30AM
watkins academY oF
This talented group has produced many State and
National Irish dance champions. Its dancers have
been ranked in the Top 10 in the world. Watkins
dancers also tour regularly overseas in top Irish dance
productions and have performed alongside Michael
Flatley. They present traditional and contemporary Irish
dance, highlighting its magic and complexity.
WED Folklorica 2:35PM 6:35PM
Kabita Guatam from the Cairns
Bhutanese Youth Community
performs and teaches Nepali
dances rarely seen in Australia.
WED Folklorica 2:00PM
THUR Folklorica 1:00PM
Zumba Fitness Party Class
Ditch the workout, join the party! Using easy to
follow moves to vibrant and sexy Latin rhythms,
this Zumba Fitness Party Class is a fantastic
TUE Dancehall 8:15 PM
Dancing styles from Bhutan
and Tibet are performed
by Kabita Gautam and the
Monks of Tibet. Kabita
performs a popular up
beat Bhutanese Nepali
dance. The Monks present
a Cham mythological
dance of immense
religious significance in the
THUR Folklorica 1:00PM
Transylvanian Hungarian Dance Party
Welcome to Budapest, Hungary, where Transylvanian music and
dance is cool to do and very popular with the locals. Learn to
dance just like Dracula and discover why he had so much fun!
Great dancing, fabulous music.
FRI Dancehall 10:30PM
Twilight Woodford Irish Ceili Dance
Dance social Ceili dances from Celtic parts of
Ireland, called and demonstrated. Irish musicians
with a license to play Ceili, with lots of fiddles and
funky rhythms. This dancing is guaranteed to use
up lots of energy and put a big smile on your face.
THUR Dancehall 6:00PM
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