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 Eurosession is aligned with both traditional and balfolk styles and we 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, Portuguese, 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.
(Note that there is normally a pre-booked musician for the workshop).
We also hold extra occasional gigs with bands and teachers from other places. Here are the next few dates coming up after our summer break

Thursday 11 October – Eurosession ad Kost Ar C’hoat workshop
Thursday 8 November – coming soon
Thursday 13 December- coming soon
Sunday 6th January 2019 – Salmanazar Bal * Save the date *   

Contact & List

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

Kost Ar C’hoat and October Eurosession

For your entertainment and delight this Thursday eve on the 11th, there comes an opportunity to acquaint your feet with the Kost ar C’hoat.
Tis a fine picadelle of a dance – a mere 8 beats long. Nevertheless it offers a fine opportunity to learn how to tie your brain in knots and untangle your feet, and to levitate in communion with your neighbours an inch or so off the ground. Ok, enough hype. Come along, and have a giggle!

Workshop is at 8pm, followed by regular Eurosession at 9pm. All welcome.  Donation £5 requested.  Venue: Shakespeare’s upstairs room.

Thursday 13 September: Magical mazurkas

What better way to get in the zone for the Naragonia gig than with a Mazurka workshop?
The mazurka is a beautiful and intriguing couple dance; with a marvellous and mesmerising lilt and twist. The workshop will demonstrate and explain its mysteries, and provide variations for those who are already initiated!. You can expect to experience a strange restlessness in your body, tune your responsiveness to your partner, and make new neural connections along the way. Bring shoes that turn easily.
Venue: Shakespeares upstairs room. All welcome. £5 contribution suggested.
And yes, don’t forget – Naragonia heaven is only 9 days away.
Or [by the magical time twisting powers of balfolk] if you go to the Hathersage Hop first, then it’s only 7 days away!

Thursday 12 July: Bourrees

Yay it’s really time for Eurosession again!

Postcard depicting of Auvergnat Bourrees
Types d’Auvergne – La Bourrée (carte postale).jpg from Wikipedia

We’ll end the year with the quintessential French dance – the bourrée. These are simple dances of connection and expressionflow and creativity, and they energise the dancefloor.

Most people quickly become familiar with the basic form, so we’ll move quickly on to develop a wider repertoire and play with less familiar styles, formations and variations from different regionsof France.

So this workshop will share ideas about what’s fun and possible when we bend the rules of the basic bourrée, try different possibilities, and see how to tune in to ourselves and to our partners to create that connection.

8pm Bourrée workshop; 9pm usual dance and music session.
Venue: Shakespeares upstairs room.
Payment: Suggested donation £5.

Come one, come all, come play with us…

xx Eurosesh

Thursday 14 June: Singing for Dancing

In June we are delighted to host Frances Watt for a ‘Singing For Dancing workshop, in which we will learn a few songs which sung as dance music in French, Breton and Swedish traditions. These examples will include features such as ‘call and response‘, counting backwards in strange languages(!), and above all, the embodying of rhythm to drive different dance types forward. 

Frances is both a musician (flute) and singer. She is a singing leader for a community choir, has run a variety of voice workshops for community groups, and has set up French music & dance clubs in Norwich and Leeds. Expect an enjoyable workshop, with rewards for our ears, vocal chords, breathing, bodies, and confidence!
The workshop will start at 7:30pm in Shakespeare’s,with our usual music and dance session with offers and requests from 9pm.

Thursday 10 May 2018: Breton Circles

Why watch our politicians go round in Brexit circles, when we can dance Breton circles instead?  Get down to Shakespeares in May for some simple and lively traditional dances from just across the channel.

On the menu we have Pach PiRond de Landéda, and Rond de Saint Vincent. These dances develop our skills in looking after each other, give a chance to experience some unusual  coordinated disassociation betwixt arms and legs, and provide an opportunity for a gentle workout, with mild euphoria on the horizon.

The workshop will be from 8pm, followed by our usual open session for Eurofolk offers and requests from 9pm.  Venue: Shakespeare’s upstairs room. All welcome.  Donations of £5 suggested.

PS.  Have you saved the date?: Workshops and bal with the wonderful Naragonia on Sun Sept 16.