Swanage Folk Festival 2019

Dance Workshops

If you’re interested in trying out everything from Stave Dancing to Bollywood, you can find all the dance workshops listed below at the Catholic Hall, Rempstone Road.

If you have a festival wristband, entry to all the workshops is completely free of charge. Go to the tickets page for more information on how to buy the wristbands.

Alternatively, without a wristband, it is £2 for adults and £1 for children (under 15).


9.30 – 10.15 – Stave dancing with Fleur de Lys

Fleur de Lys Ladies Side was formed in 1970’s and Roy Dommett taught them Stave dances which evolved from the traditions of the Friendly Society Annual Club Walks.
Come and have a go at learning a fun and elegant Stave dance, no experience necessary and Staves will be provided. Wear soft comfortable shoes.

10.30 – 11.30 – Circle Dancing with Janet Mason

Janet teaches dance at a local U3A class. No experience necessary, you will learn dances from Russia, Israel, France and other countries in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Please wear soft comfortable shoes and loose clothing. No partner required.

11.45 – 12.45 – Line Dancing with Donna Diebelius

This is a fun packed workshop, great for all ages and abilities. The dances taught will be easy to follow to some great music. Please wear loose clothing, shoes with a small heel if possible. No partner required

1.00 – 2.00 – Latin American for Beginners with Donna Diebelius FISTD

Donna teaches in Purbeck and was world dance finalist and brings all her skills to her workshops. Come and have lots of fun learning to dance the Cha Cha Cha and Samba with her. Suitable for all ages with or without a partner. Wear loose clothing and shoes with a small heel if possible

Bollywood with Jasdeep Chattha

Unfortunately, the Bollywood Workshop has been cancelled.

Jas has been dancing professionally for over 10 years and in 2014 was spotted and given a role in a Bollywood film and since then has been in films music videos and teaches regularly across the UK. Bollywood dance is high octane, high energy, vibrant ,it incorporates all dance style and is fun.

Jas’ classes are all inclusive and encourage all ages and ability. She adapts and modifies her choreography and teaching style to suit the class. At the end of the workshop you will feel energised and have an understanding of the Bollywood style of Asian dancing.

Please wear loose clothing, trainers or other soft shoes – bare feet!

3.30 – 4.15 – Medieval Dance with Tim Walker

A completely participative workshops notated from medieval Europe such as Bransies, Farandoles, Pavannes and other such period dances, dancing to pre-recorded period music.

At the end of the session you will have and understanding and have experienced these simple dances and fun dances. No partners required and no previous experience is needed. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear.


11.30 – 12.15 – Cotswold Morris with Sarum Morris

A taste of Cotswold Morris Dancing. Join Sarum Morris and learn a dance from scratch. No experience necessary, accompanied youngsters welcome, sensible, flat shoes should be worn. Some of our dances are based on records of traditional dances, and some are very recent, in the traditional style. Come and learn to perform one of our own creations, “Pacing the Steam”. A dance with special significance for Swanage, as it is a celebration of the age of steam trains.

12.30-1.30 French Dance with Steve Earwicker

Come and have some fun at learning folk dances of France. You will be taught to Bourree to Schottische, to Waltz (French Style) and Mazurka – maybe an odd Breton dance as well!

Confluence will provide the music – Gill on cello and Alasdair on accordion. Together Steve and Confluence ran French Dance Workshops at Chippenham Folk Festival. Last year, they also run French and Breton dances at Ibsley in the New Forest.

This is a beginners workshop, please wear soft comfortable shoes.

1.45-2.45 – Lindy Hop (Swing dancing) with Martin Chilvers and Tash Guilford

Martin has been dancing and teaching Lindy Hop for over 20 years whilst Tash started in 2014 and has attended many workshops in USA, Greece and UK so together they are brilliant team.

You will be introduced to the basic footwork, moves, style and energy of the Lindy Hop, so by the end of the workshop you will be able to Jitterbug the night away. No partners are required.

Wear loose comfortable clothing with a couple of pairs of shoes, one with a slightly grippy sole in case the floor is slippery and a pair of slightly slippy soles in case the floor is grippy.