About Eurosession

Sheffield Eurosession is open to all. Anyone who wants to play can lead a tune or join in at their own level and the musicians are always happy to take requests for dances. The session is run by a small group of volunteers. If you’d like to offer help or make suggestions, please do so! Sheffield Eurosessioners are willing explore any kind of dance originating within Europe, without being too fussy about how to define this. Sessions so far have been influenced by Breton, French, Scandinavian, Klezmer, Basque and Bulgarian traditions.

Sessions are normally monthly, starting at 8pm if there’s a themed pre-session workshop, or 8:30pm if not, and the evenings continue to 11pm and beyond.  We also hold extra occasional gigs with bands and teachers from other places. Here are the next few dates coming up:

  • (Please note we do not have a Eurosession in August)
  • Thurs 14 Sep 2017: Eurosession
  • Thurs 12 Oct 2017: Eurosession

Contact & List

For more information or to be added to our email list, contact sheffield.eurosession@gmail.com.
Our facebook page also sometimes has more recent updates immediately before events.

Past events

Here’s a selection of some of the amazing events of the past few years.

  • Thurs 13 Jul 2017: Eurosession and leading and following workshop with Rosie Bryce
  • Thurs 15 Jun 2017: Music workshop, concert and bal with Daniel and Emma Reid
  • Thurs 8 Jun 2017: Eurosession and Slängpolska dance workshop with Third Beat Dance Collective
  • Thurs 11 May 2017: Eurosession and playing for dancing workshop with Helena
  • Thurs 13 Apr 2017: Eurosession and Scandinavian dance workshop
  • Sat 18 Mar 2017: Dance workshop and bal with Daniel Detammaecker
  • Thurs 9 Mar 2017: Eurosession
  • Thurs 9 Feb 2017: Eurosession and Fandango dance workshop with Helena
  • Sat 3 Jan 2015: Dance workshop, music workshop and bal with Expire, Moussaka and Big Jeans
  • Thurs 8 Dec 2016: Eurosession and waltz and polka dance workshop
  • Thurs 17 Nov 2016: Eurosession Breton dance workshop with Bernadette
  • Thurs 20 Oct 2016: Music workshop, dance workshop and bal with Philippe Plard and Solenn Boënnec
  • Sun 2 Oct 2016: Dance workshop and bal with 21 Boutons
  • Thurs 8 Sep 2016: Eurosession and singing for dancing workshop with Yannick
  • Sat 23 July 2016: Eurosession at Tramlines
  • Thurs 14 July 2016: Eurosession
  • Thurs 9 Jun 2016: Eurosession with Scandi tune workshop with Nicky
  • Thurs 12 May 2016: Eurosession and bourrée dance workshop
  • Thurs 21 April 2016: Music workshop and bal with Steve Ellis and Marion Ludwig
  • Thurs 10 Mar 2016: Eurosession and mazurka dance workshop with Helena
  • Thurs 11 Feb 2016: Eurosession and Scandi dance workshop with Lucy Huzzard and Jamie Huddlestone
  • Thurs 14 Jan 2016: Eurosession and making progress on the dancefloor workshop
  • Thurs 10 Dec 2015: Eurosession and Auvergnat bourrées dance workshop
  • Thurs 12 Nov 2015: Eurosession and the ‘fresh from SKINT’ workshop
  • Thurs 8 Oct 2015: Eurosession and bal basics dance workshop
  • Thurs 10 Sep 2015: Eurosession
  • Thurs 9 Jul 2015: Eurosession and Melparring dance workshop with Lucy
  • Thurs 11 Jun 2015: Eurosession and Flamenco taster dance workshop
  • Thurs 14 May 2015: Eurosession and Slängpolska dance workshop
  • Thurs 9 Apr 2015: Eurosession
  • Thurs 12 Mar 2015: Eurosession and Portuguese dance workshop
  • Thurs 12 Feb 2015: Eurosession and 3 time dance workshop
  • Sun 8 Jan 2017: Workshops and bal with Expire, Moussaka and Big Jeans

Others

Nordic-British Exchange – 5 Oct 2013

Recordings for three pieces proposed by the workshop artists – Second Bridal PieceLongdanceEnglisher [NB. Expect some delays whilst files download]

September 2013 Eurosession 
Menuet de la Chaine: Sheet music | Listen on YouTube

Tunes Session 12 April 2012:
Andro Mod Koh : Dots in PDF | Listen on YouTube
Smaaland Slangpolska efter Juringius : Dots in PDF |  | Download the MP3
Scottish Urbaine : Dots in PDF | Listen on YouTube | Clearer YouTube recording

Links

French Music and Dance Events in the UK – French Diary UK
http://frenchdanceleeds.wordpress.com/french-diary-uk/

Dance Events in the UK – Webfeet
http://www.webfeet.org/

Ockbrook Music and Dance Sessions
On the 4th Wednesday on the month at The Royal Oak Public House, Ockbrook village near Derby.
http://www.frenchdance.co.uk/about_us.htm

Hartington Hop
A relaxed weekend in the Peaks in September. Contact Pat Lindop for details.
http://www.emade.org.uk/hartington.php

Panards Otley Festival
Excellent workshops and bals.
http://frenchdanceleeds.wordpress.com/

Skint (Scandinavian and International Dance Festival)
A low cost Euro/International weekend with a chance to sample an eclectic selection of music and dance, situated in the Peak District.
http://davidheath.org/skint/

Sheffield Ceilidh Society
Regular lively ceilidhs and a weekly music session.
http://www.ceilidhsoc.org/

South Riding Folk Network
Local events and contacts listings.
http://www.folk-network.com/

Folk In South Yorkshire
A selection of local event links.
http://www.fisy.freeserve.co.uk/

Duo Skeller
Skeller have been playing for English and French dance and teaching inspiring and fun workshops in various guises for over a decade.
Skeller are: Helena Reynolds (voice, fiddle, bagpipes) and Martin Keates (melodion, hurdy-gurdy)
http://www.skeller.eu

Trip the Light
Trip the Light is a European folk quintet comprising fiddles (Rowan Rheingans, John-Francis Goodacre, Ella Sprung), nyckelharpa (Ella Sprung), cello (Anne Wyatt) and clarinet (Jo Veal). The group play music inspired from the folk music traditions of Scandinavia, France and beyond. Playing for both dance and concert audiences, their music is energetic, fun and exuberant, balanced with subtlety and reflectiveness. Drawing from a wide range of influences, including the English folk tradition, klezmer, eastern European, world music and more, gives the band a unique flavour. Band members also play in several other nationally acclaimed festival bands, including Lady Maisery, Hekety, Outre Manche and Bright Season.
https://soundcloud.com/trip-the-light-folk

 

Directions

How to find Eurosession

We can be found at ‘Shakespeares’ in their upstairs function room:

Shakespeares
146-148 Gibraltar Street
Sheffield, S3 8UB
0114 275 5959


Shakespeares, coming from the direction of West Bar roundabout and Sheffield city centre


Shakespeares, coming from the direction of Gibraltar Street and Hillsborough

Other Venues

We may occasionally hold events in the beloved Walkley Community Centre, on Fir Street, Sheffield > map

Buses: Take the 95 bus from Sheffield centre to South Road, Walkley. (NB. Don’t confuse Walkley Community Centre with the Walkley Centre on South Road. The Walkley Community Centre is up Fir Street on the left.)

Photos by: David Chang and Simon Crossley