Thursday 14th April: Four Person Bourrée Workshop, followed by Eurosession

Hip hip bourree! Celebrate spring with some stylish moves!

Put a spring in your step with some interesting bourrée dances!  No previous experience is necessary and we always love to introduce newcomers to the wonders of European dance as well as providing a refresher and further tips for those who already have some experience. We’ll continue from the workshop to our usual eclectic Eurosession.

Dance workshop: 8pm – 9pm BST / UTC+1
         Eurosession: 9pm – 11pm BST / UTC+1
                 Venue: Shakespeare’s Pub ~ S3 8UB
Zoom: See below for details

Keep on caring!
Eurosession is a welcoming community and we want everyone to feel safe.  As dancing can involve being in close proximity to others, please consider taking a lateral flow test beforehand, and stay home if you feel unwell or have tested positive for Covid.

About the workshop:

Traditional Bourrée, as danced at the Fête des Chavans
Traditional Bourrée, as danced at the Fête des Chavans

For April we are heading to the very centre of France to the Berry / Bourbonnais region in order to learn some interesting bourrée dances for four people.  Anna Pack will take us through the moves for some favourite and lesser known dances, such as Bourrée des Jeunes and Bourrée de Sarzay, which we will dance to the energetic and exciting clarinet playing of Jo Veal, along with Anna on diatonic accordion. 

This style of bourrée is danced very close to the ground using small steps, as the dancers weave in and out and around each other in different formations. By the end of the workshop we hope you too will be able to respond to the driving music with the contained energy and effortless panache characteristic of the style.  As a taster to whet your appetite, this YouTube video demonstrates four different dances in succession. We will cover some of these moves in the workshop. 

No partners are required and these particular dances do not involve physical contact with others.  Smooth-soled flat shoes are recommended.

We suggest a £5 cash donation for the workshop, although if you give more then we can better support our teachers and musicians with fair payment.

We plan to stream again from Shakespeare’s into our usual Zoom room so you can tune into the pub from your home. You can obtain the Zoom details in return for a small donation – see our Donations page.

Save the date:
There’ll be a bonus Scandinavian extra on Thurs April 28th, with teachers Isa Holmgren and Samuel Lundh for a music workshop, dance workshop, and combined session.

See you soon,
xx Eurosesh