Thursday 16th May – Eurosession plus “Dancing by Eye” workshop.

How to join in bal folk dances you don’t know!

Eurosession is delayed a week in May but we’ll return to Shakespeare’s on the 16th May, and our pre-session dance workshop is on ‘Dancing by Eye’ – all about how to recognise common bal folk dances, and how to successfully join in a new dance even if you’ve never done it before.

After the workshop we’ll continue with our usual Eurosession, and you are free to play, sing, request dance tunes, chat, drink, and put the world to rights.  Bring comfy shoes that turn easily, and/or instruments if you want to play later on in the session.

Dance workshop: 8pm – 9pm
Eurosession: 9pm – 11pm
Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB

About the workshop
Bal folk is a collection of regional dances from across Europe and it’s impossible to know them all. Folk musicians often learn tunes “by ear”. In this workshop, we’ll be talking about the dancing equivalent – let’s call it dancing “by eye”. We’ll be sharing tips on how to recognise common bal folk dances, and how to successfully join in a new dance even if you’ve never done it before. This workshop is perfect for anyone new to bal folk. If you’re not-quite-a-beginner, there will be opportunities to try out taking a lead in group dances in a small, friendly environment.

Jenny Norris will be teaching, with music from Jo Veal

Jenny and Jo on the dancefloor.
Jenny and Jo on the dancefloor. Credit: Luc Rocher.

Jenny only discovered bal folk seven years ago but has experience in salsa and blues dancing as well as English dance traditions. Jenny has taught at festivals such as Skint, IVFDF and Cenizas, and at bal folk events in Bristol. She enjoys finding the common threads between dance traditions, as well as digging into what makes each style unique. Her teaching focuses on improvisation and connection in lead/follow dancing.

Jo has played French traditional dance music on clarinet since the early 90s, ranging from high-energy, driving bourrées, through to subtle, slinky mazurkas. Her experience as a skillful musician includes playing with top ceilidh band Hekety, klezmer band Minnie Moosika, and the Bell Hagg Orkestar, duos with Andrew Swaine and Anna Pack, and the enthralling improvisations of the Emergence Collective.

Donations
We suggest a £5 donation for the workshop, although any extra helps us to keep Eurosession inclusive and offer fair rates to teachers and musicians. We accept cash or transfers via PayPal (see our donations page).

Keep on caring!
Eurosession is a welcoming community and we want everyone to feel safe.  Please stay home if you feel unwell.

PS.  Mark your diary: Sunday 16 June
Another fab gig – this time with French duo: Turbobal.
– Listen at: https://lucasthebaut.jimdofree.com/accueil/turbobal/
– See more at: https://www.facebook.com/Turbobal/

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

Thursday 11 April – Eurosession, with gavotte des montagnes dance workshop

Coordination, oxytocin, community and endorphins

Did anyone make it to the Sheffield Sessions Festival? What a fab weekend! Eurosession returns to Shakespeare’s on the 11th April, with a pre-session dance workshop on gavotte des montagnes.

Come to the workshop, learn the secrets of coordinating feet and arms with the music, experience the oxytocin embrace of synchronicity, with a community of other dancers, and end up with a sweet endorphin rush.

After the workshop we’ll continue with our usual Eurosession, and you are free to play, sing, request dance tunes, chat, drink, and put the world to rights.  Bring comfy shoes that turn easily, and/or instruments if you want to play later on in the session.

Dance workshop: 8pm – 9pm
Eurosession: 9pm – 11pm
Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB

About the workshop

Gavotte des Montagnes is dance from Brittany, where you can still experience these vibrant dances that bring the whole community together.  In this dance, people link up together to form a circle or long snaking chain. It has a 3-part structure, so people firstly have the opportunity to get in synch, secondly to rest while showing some precision listening, and thirdly to let off some energy and demonstrate stamina.

In the workshop, we’ll begin by hearing the rhythm in the music, then teaching our feet to work neatly with the music, and then learn how to enhance the flow of the dance by using the energy in our arms. No partners necessary, just follow the flow of the line. 

This dance provides an absorbing workout for bodies and brains, and is an exhilarating experience on a packed dance floor.  This workshop is brought to you by Susannah Diamond (teacher) and Jo Veal (musician).

Photo credit: Ben Reid


Keep on caring!
Eurosession is a welcoming community and we want everyone to feel safe.  Please stay home if you feel unwell.

Donations:
We suggest a £5 donation for the workshop, although any extra helps us to keep Eurosession inclusive and offer fair rates to teachers and musicians. We accept cash or transfers via PayPal (see our donations page).

PS.  Mark your diary: Saturday 16 June
Another fab gig – this time with the French duo: Turbobal.

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

Thursday 14 March – Eurosession, with Congo de Captieux dance workshop

An exhilarating challenge for brain and body

We return to Shakespeare’s as usual on the 2nd Thursday of March, with a pre-session dance workshop for the Congo de Captieux, a dance with many levels of intrigue. Come to the workshop and all will be revealed!
After the workshop we’ll continue with our usual Eurosession, and you are free to play, sing, request dance tunes, chat, drink, and put the world to rights.  Bring comfy shoes that turn easily, and/or instruments if you want to play later on in the session.

Dance workshop: 8pm – 9pm BST
Eurosession: 9pm – 11pm BST
Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB

About the workshop
Congo de Captieux is a four-person dance from from Gascogne, with the elastic dance style of the rondeau/rondo, a story line with characterful intrigue, and intricate dance figures through which flirtations are played out.
In the workshop, we’ll begin by finding our feet with the beautiful asymmetrical synchrony of the rondeau step, and then learn how to finesse that with the precise stops and stylish turns that are the building blocks of each character’s story. This dance provides an exhilarating challenge for both brain and body, and is a pleasure to achieve successfully. This workshop is brought to you by Susannah Diamond (teacher) and Anna Pack (musician).

Images from the L’Atelier du Couarail and Folk Dance Federation of California

Keep on caring!
Eurosession is a welcoming community and we want everyone to feel safe.  Please stay home if you feel unwell.

Donations:
We suggest a £5 donation for the workshop, although any extra helps us to keep Eurosession inclusive and offer fair rates to teachers and musicians. We accept cash or transfers via PayPal (see our donations page).

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

Thursday 15 February: Slängpolska with Eurosession

Create a quietly playful bubble on the dancefloor

It was great to see so many new faces enjoying the Airboxes gig last weekend. We’ll be back in Shakespeare’s for our Februrary Eurosession, albeit one week later than usual.
We invite new-comers and old-timers alike to come to our pre-session workshop on Slängpolska – a mesmerising dance from Sweden.
After the workshop we’ll continue with our usual Eurosession, and you are free to play, sing, request dance tunes, chat, drink, and put the world to rights.  Bring comfortable shoes that turn easily, and/or instruments if you want to play later on in the session. No need to bring a partner. 

Dance workshop: 8pm – 9pm BST
Eurosession: 9pm – 11pm BST
Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB

About the workshop

Slängpolska is a partner dance from Sweden that has potential for a magical experience of connection to the music, your partner, and the present moment.

In the workshop we’ll explore how to create a quietly playful bubble with your partner, and we’ll share a few variations from a more conservative structured style to a more free-flowing version.

We’ll unpack the mysteries of taking your place and your time in the dancefloor dynamic, riding the music, creating centrifugal spin, and enjoying the unfolding flow of possibilities. The footwork is easy – if you can walk with a beat, you can enjoy this dance.

This workshop is brought to you with music from Anna Pack, and teaching from Susannah Diamond.  Come ride the soundwaves, and share a sweetly dizzying, drug-free, legal high.

Laughter at Skint 2022 in Ashover. Photo credit: https://rocher.lc/photography/

Keep on caring!
Eurosession is a welcoming community and we want everyone to feel safe.  Please stay home if you feel unwell.

Donations:
We suggest a £5 donation for the workshop, although any extra helps us to keep Eurosession inclusive and offer fair rates to teachers and musicians. We accept cash or transfers via PayPal (see our donations page).

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

Sunday 4 February: Airboxes – Workshop and Bal

Airboxes are a dynamic accordion duo from Flanders. With their compelling musical cameraderie Bert Leemans (chromatic) and Guus Herremans (diatonic) perform original compositions for balfolk dance transporting their audience to a magical world. We are thrilled to be able to host them in Sheffield.

See more about the band at: www.airboxes.be

Details
5:00-6:00 pm: Music workshop
6.15-7:00 pm: Beginners dance workshop
7.30-9.30 pm: Bal
9.30pm onwards: Session


Venue and hospitality
Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane, Sheffield S10 2FD
There is no bar at the venue so feel free to bring your own bottle.
Also, if you are joining both the workshops and the Bal, we invite you to a bring and share meal – to participate bring a dish to contribute.

Tickets
~ Music workshop: £10
~ Bal + beginners dance workshop: £10/£12/£15

Buy tickets via Promotix in advance and secure your place at this fabulous event!
(Tickets may be available on the door on the night, or possibly not if tickets have sold out in advance.)

Save the date and tell your friends!

All the best,
Eurosesh xx

Thursday 11 January: Eurosession and Poitevin dance workshop

Let’s welcome in the New Year in style with some lively and popular dances from western France. Forget the gym! Come and burn off those seasonal excesses with some twirling and foot-tapping communal dances.

After the workshop we’ll continue with our traditional session of offers and requests. Musicians are invited to collaborate with their favourite instrument, and dancers are recommended to wear comfortable shoes that turn easily.

Dance workshop: 8pm – 9pm
Eurosession: 9pm – 11pm
Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB

About the workshop

Dancing people, with lively footwork, and a wooden dancefloor with evening lighting.
Photo credit: Anna Pack

In this workshop, led by Susannah Diamond with music from Anna Pack, we will cover the Bal Limousine, an exciting and beautiful circle dance, and the Avant Deux à Coutant, with its joyful foot-tapping rhythms.

Both dances are staples of the popular Poitou/Vendée dance repertoire. In the Bal Limousine, based on a 3/8 bourrée rhythm, a circle of dancers swirl and twirl around each other in a mesmerising pattern. The Avant-Deux is a dance which exists in numerous forms up and down the western part of France. We will look at one particular version which features unusual footwork and rhythms. Come prepared to have some fun!


Caring for others
Eurosession is a welcoming community and we want everyone to feel safe.  Please stay home if you feel unwell.

Donations
We suggest a £5 donation for the workshop, although any extra helps us to keep Eurosession inclusive and offer fair rates to teachers and musicians. We accept cash or transfers via PayPal (see our donations page).

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

PS. Date for the diary:
Also mark your diary for our bal and workshop with Airboxes on 4 Feb, in Broomspring Community Centre.

Thursday 14 December: Eurosession and Menuet de la Chaîne

Tis the season to be feasting, so we invite you to Eurosession to work off a little of the excess. Of course we can’t prevent generous individuals from turning up with a few winter treats, but there is an immediate remedy… come dance/play all night for your wellbeing fix.

Our workshop last month was the Swedish Minuet. This month we keep some of the stately and mischievous themes from that workshop, but instead orientate towards Walloon (in Belgium) to revisit the very enjoyable Menuet de la Chaîne.

After the workshop we’ll continue with our traditional session of offers and requests. Musicians are invited to join the session with a collaborative attitude. Dancers are recommended to wear comfortable shoes that can turn easily.

Dance workshop: 8pm – 9pm
Eurosession: 9pm – 11pm
Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB

Photo credit: Ben Reid, at Shakespeares, in 2020

About the workshop

The Menuet de la Chaîne is a communal dance in three parts, choreographed by Marc Malempré, who describes himself as passionate about tradition and creation, and is a dancer, choreographer, musician, and singer. He won’t be here in person, so this workshop is brought to you by Susannah Diamond (dance facilitator) and Jo Veal and/or Emily Bowden (musicians). 

Menuet de la chaîne is an enjoyable dance, which pleasingly includes both moments of enjoyable simplicity and intriguingly unfamiliar nuances. Along the way to polishing the dance you’ll learn to share elegant courtesy with those you encounter, respond with alacrity to the call of the music, feel part of the wider community, and possibly even learn your right foot from your left (although this last bit is not essential! ).

Caring for others
Eurosession is a welcoming community and we want everyone to feel safe.  Please stay home if you feel unwell.

Donations
We suggest a £5 donation for the workshop, although any extra helps us to keep Eurosession inclusive and offer fair rates to teachers and musicians. We accept cash on the day, or via PayPal (see our donations page).

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

Monday 27 November: Siger Duo

Siger Duo Bal: 8pm – 10pm (doors 7:30pm)
Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB
Tickets: Promotix or on the door £8 | £11 | £15
also on our Facebook page

Known for their innovative instrumental compositions rooted in Flemish traditional music, siblings Ward & Hartwin Dhoore have been roaming international stages together for over 15 years. They have been the oiled engine behind award-winning bands & projects such as Trio Dhoore, Estbel and The Flemish Folk Caravan, just to name a few. For those with long Eurosession memories we’ve already enjoyed Ward Dhoore playing as part of Snaarmaarwaar in January 2018, so we know it’ll be a great night.

We are very excited to have them play for this special event in Sheffield as part of their UK tour. Read more about them at www.siger.be, and we look forward to a lovely night on 27th; don’t miss this opportunity to dance/listen to their fantastic music!

Thursday 9 November: Eurosession and a minuet dance workshop

The evenings are suddenly seeming long and dark, so following on from last month’s excellent bakmes workshop, in November, Eurosession again invites you to follow us north and flex into some less familiar Scandinavian territory, this time with the Swedish Minuet.

After the workshop we’ll continue with our usual Eurosession of offers and requests with dances from Brittany, France and further afield.

Dance workshop: 8pm – 9pm
 Eurosession: 9pm – 11pm
                 Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB

Anton Schneider & Anna Öberg dancing Swedish folk minuet.

About the workshop

With this workshop we hope to introduce the Swedish folk minuet into our Eurosession repertoire. This is a dance that began to sweep across France in the 17th century, and remained popular in parts of Finland until well into the 20th century.

It’s a hypnotic dance that can flex between a stately elegance and a more dynamic lilt. Furthermore whilst it’s essentially a couple dance, it’s even more compelling when danced in coordination with more than one couple.

If you’re interested to acquiring the gently lilting stride of a Scandinavian dancer, improving your balance, and playing with non-verbal communication with a partner, then come and join us.

The workshop is brought to you by Susannah Diamond (dance teacher) and Emily Bowden (fiddler). Wear comfortable shoes that can turn easily.  No need to bring a partner!

For some demonstrations of the minuet, see the following links:

Caring for others
Eurosession is a welcoming community and we want everyone to feel safe.  Please stay home if you feel unwell.

Donations
We suggest a £5 donation for the workshop, although any extra helps us to keep Eurosession inclusive and offer fair rates to teachers and musicians. We accept cash on the day, or via PayPal (see our donations page).

Save the date
Plus, please make a note in your diary for an extra Eurosession event on Monday 27 November; a bal with the rather marvellous Siger (Hartwin & Ward Dhoore)

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh

Thursday 12 October: Eurosession with a Scandi dance workshop

Hot on the heels of last night’s lovely Bal with Steve Turner, we can confirm that we’ll be meeting next week as well for our regular Eurosession evening. Plus we’ve an exciting pre-session workshop with two stars of the UK Scandi dance teaching scene, Ella and Lucy, from the Third Beat Collective. After the workshop we’ll continue with our usual Eurosession of offers and requests.

Dance workshop: 8pm – 9pm
         Eurosession: 9pm – 11pm
                 Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB
Zoom: See below for details

Two dancers at the nearby Skint Festival in Ashover.

About the workshop
Our workshop leaders Ella Sprung and Lucy Huzzard spent a year in Sweden, benefiting from some of the best traditional dance teaching in Sweden, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to have their dance expertise and musicianship at Eurosession. They will extend our skills and confidence in one of the extended features of Scandinavian turning dances, so not focusing on the polska but rather on the bakmes – an additional element that can bring a sense of elasticity, balance and togetherness to your turn. No previous experience necessary.
No need to bring a partner. But do bring smooth-soled shoes that can turn easily.

Caring for others
Eurosession is a welcoming community and we want everyone to feel safe.  Please stay home if you feel unwell.

Donations:
We suggest a £5 donation for the workshop, although any extra helps us to keep Eurosession inclusive and offer fair rates to teachers and musicians. We accept cash on the day, or via PayPal (see our donations page).

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh