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WORKSHOPS

We are pleased to say that workshops in 2016 were well attended.
Here you can see the range of workshops that we offered.
2017 workshops will be available soon.




Dancing Workshops





Circle Dancing

Sandra Gent's Circle Dancing workshop is a popular and regular feature of Swanage Folk Festival. Sandra teaches traditional and modern choreographies from around the world. Suitable for dancers of all abilities. Dancing is in bare feet or soft shoes.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Saturday 10/9/16

Time:   10.00am


North West Dancing

North West Dancing team, Old Palace Clog will be running this workshop for those who are interested in Clog are bsed in Croydon and were formed in 1984/85 and was named jointly after the Archbishop's Palace and the old Crystal Palace.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Saturday 10/9/16

Time:   11.15am








Irish Set Dancing

Originally danced in the kitchens of small cottages all over Ireland, Irish Dancing has seen a massive revival since the 1980s. It is always danced in squares to reels, jigs, polkas, slides, flings or horn pipes and usually each dance consists of five or six figures. Easy steps...nothing like Riverdance with figures not too complicated.  A partner is not necessary.



Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Saturday 10/9/16

Time:   12.30pm









Rapper Dancing

This is an introduction to rapper dancing led by the local
side, Dorset Buttons Rapper. It will serve as an introduction to this style of dance which originates from the North East mining villages. The dance uses rapper swords which are not strictly swords but are bendable blades that were originally used to clean pit ponies.
Suitable for all abilities!




Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Sunday 11/9/16

Time:   12.00pm









Family Ceilidh:
Maiden Oak has developed an interesting repertoire of dance
tunes and party pieces, and have moved forward by adding saxophone to the traditional line-up of fiddle, squeeze-boxes, guitar and percussion. Maiden Oak are delighted to be performing at this year's family Barn Dance for the Swanage Folk Festival. Although the barn dance is aimed at children and young people, we hope Mums and Dads will join in too to make it an event for the whole family. Our Caller will take participants through each of the dances, so no previous dancing experience is necessary.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Saturday 11/9/16

Time:   2.00pm









Slovakian Dancing Introduction:

this is a workshop in Slovak dance for all levels. Conducted by a professionally-trained dancer and teacher from the Morena Dance Group, the workshop will teach some of the steps used in
Slovak dance. Open to all ages and abilities-it will not be hard work but it will be fun!




Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Sunday 11/9/16

Time:   1.15pm



Music Workshops










Acapella Singing with Local Vocals

An opportunity to come and sing acapella with a members of Local Vocals. This workshop is suitable for all abilities and no musical knowledge is required. Most of the songs are personally arranged by Lesley in four parts and she teaches everything by ear. with Lesley's support and guidance you will quickly find yorself joining in.


Venue: Mowlem Committee Room

Day:    Saturday 10/9/16

Time:   10.30am








Ukelele for All:

This is a fun group for absolute beginners, to get started on
the ukelele. It is suitable for all ages but is aimed to help introduce children to playing a musical instrument. Please bring your own ukelele.

Led by Chris Pullen.

Venue: Mowlem Committee Room

Day:    Saturday 10/9/16

Time:   12.15pm







'Jam' with Bram
A would be for all musicians and singers alike, to come along with their instruments and voices for a relaxed, fun session, together playing with Bram and his material,

Venue: Mowlem Committee Room

Day:    Saturday 10/9/16

Time:   2pm







Workshop/Performance
These are more of a performance with an emphasis or learning more about them with plenty of opportunities to join in or simply listen to.











Sea Shanty Workshop

Wareham Whalers are once again putting on a workshop. This is an opportunity not only to listen to a wide variety of shanties and join in with if you are so inclined, but also to learn something about how these shanties were used to help sailors perform the many tasks needed on board the sailing ships. The workshop will not only be entertaining and informative but also loads of fun. The Whalers clearly enjoy what they are doing and this is infectious, so come along and enjoy yourselves!


Venue: Mowlem Committee Room

Day:    Sunday 11/9/16

Time:   1.15pm










West Gallery Music:

Purbeck Village Quire is a group of singers and instrumentalists who enjoy meeting together to perform ‘West Gallery’ and folk music, much of which was composed by people who lived and worked in the Purbeck villages. A large part of the repertoire consists of music written in celebration of the main seasons of the year; i.e. Christmas and Harvest. Again, this is a session
where you can simply sit back and listen to or join in with.



Venue: Mowlem Committee Room

Day:    Sunday 11/9/16

Time:   2.30pm









Other Workshops












Dowsing with the Dorset Dowsers

Dorset Dowsers have supported Swanage Folk Festival many years, running their popular workshop. They return once again with their workshop to help you to discover how to dowse with pendulums and rods. Dowsing is about searching for answers to questions that might be out of our view or knowledge, as well as its use in locating water, energy lines or lost articles. This is an opportunitiy to practise new found skills with interesting little experiments.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Sunday 11/9/16

Time:   2.15pm