Cancelled: Thursday March 12: Eurosession and workshop: musical communication

Sorry folks, we are cancelling tonight’s event to help people to stay well for longer in the current context.

All the best, Eurosesh xx

Note different venue and timings for March!

Venue: Crookes Social Club, S10 1TD
8pm:       Eurosession will open early for balfolk music offers and dance requests
9:30pm:  Workshop for both musicians and dancers
10pm-11pm: More Eurosession

So in our March get-together, you can settle in from 8pm for Eurosession tunes and dances. We’ll take a break at about 9:30pm for a workshop on musical communication involving both musicians and dancers, and then free up for more open Eurosesession after the workshop.

Communication between musicians and dancers
Illustration by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Photo by Ben Reid.

The workshop will be led by experienced dancers and musicians within Sheffield Eurosession. The aim is to focus on the relationships between musicians and dancers through the medium of simple melodies.
We will explore our capacities as musicians and dancers to attune to others within the room, and to generate and respond to different feelings or impulses within the framework of a traditional dance tune and form.
This workshop is for both musicians and dancers – so grab your instruments and/or dance shoes and your curiosity, attention and playfulness for a journey beyond melodies and into musical communication. The workshop will use simple tunes and dances, and newcomers to balfolk are welcome to join either as musicians, dancers or both!

Contributions: £5 donation if you can afford it. Newcomers free. All welcome.

See you soon, Eurosesh xx  

Thursday 13 February: Portuguese workshop and Eurosession

Although the formalities of Brexit are fast unravelling the formal ties with our European allies, we can still come together to enjoy the wonderful dances from multiple European traditions.

For February, we’ve an exciting offer of Portuguese from André Dias, so come on down for the 8pm workshop to acquire a little sashay in your hips and a sparkle in your eye.

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Image from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLpeiIjZFz8

We’re planning to pack in the Regadinho (a stylish mixer), Repasseado (a lively mix of greeting and celebration), and Mazurka Cabo Verdiana (which returned somewhat sassy from a lengthy trip to Cape Verde).  We’ll have music from the ever versatile Jo Veal on clarinet.

To be followed at 9pm by our usual open Eurossession of offers and requests.  
Normal venue: Upstairs in Shakespeare’s. 
£5 if you can afford it. All welcome!

All the best, Eurosesh

Swedish Dance Workshop (Boda)

This January, we’ve shifted Eurosession from our usual Thursday to next week (Thursday 16th) instead, so we can welcome the lovely HesterandRolf Dahlstrom from Stockhom for a Scandinavian dance workshop.

Hester and Rolf have many years’ experience performing and teaching dancing and will be looking at a variety of traditional dances, particularly Boda, in which a lifting musical style is used to create a pendulum of balance between the partners.   Music will be provided by fantastic fiddle player Nicky McConkey.

And instead of Shakespeares or Hagglers… just to keep you on your toes…  we will now be in the lovely Sheffield Yoga School on South Rd in Walkley.
Please bring indoor shoes or danceable socks to wear so we can keep it nice and clean, and bring instruments for a session after the workshop. Magic.

4 January – New Year Bal with ‘Trois Pas D’Ici’

Sheffield Eurosession are delighted to welcome Trois Pas d’Ici – a great new trio of three young women from the south of France.

Booking form available here – reserve your place now

This young French trio play wonderful traditional music from Poitou in the south of France, as well as Auvergne and Sweden. With two driving fiddles and diatonic accordion, they produce some great dance music from their region of Poitou including the Congo, Avant-deux, Maraichine and Bal Limousine. But they also play standard balfolk dances such as bourées, mazurka, scottish, valse, etc. and some less known such as Rond d’argentons or Bourée 3 temps from the Morvan region. And to top it all they also sing in harmony for dancing – a beautiful experience.

As they say “hear our strings (vocal and steel), bellows, keys and bow.” with Nina Lachia and Marie Peyrat both on violin and Lucile Marsac on diatonic accordion, as well as voices and bellows. Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/3pdchttps://fr-fr.facebook.com/3PasdIci/

Programme:

4pm-5.30pm Poitou dance workshop £5

6pm-7.30pm join us at Blue Moon cafe for dinner https://www.bluemooncafesheffield.com/

8pm-10.30pm bal (a mixture of balfolk and Poitou dance) £10/8

10.30pm onwards music session for all. Bring your instruments!