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.
(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
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!
We’ll end the year with the quintessential French dance – the bourrée. These are simple dances of connection and expression, flow 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 withless 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.
In June we are delighted to hostFrances 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 rhythmto 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.
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 Pi, Rond 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.