Cancellations – Updates

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Good News! Our Sunday programme will proceed as planned:

The weather has done its worst and moved on. The river levels have come down one meter. So now we are up and running again, with a big sigh of relief.

Anyone who had a ticket for the cancelled events should go to our Hub at the Town Hall and either swap for an event today or get a refund.

We hope to see you all there!

Saturday 21st October 2017

The flooding of the rail line between Manchester and Hebden Bridge meant that the leaders of the ‘Collegiate Shag’ session could not reach us and that session had to be cancelled. The sounding of the flood sirens also meant that the Town Hall had to halt any further sessions so ‘Disco Dance for Life’ also had to be cancelled. We are all very disappointed that this has been forced on us.

We hope to resume with our full programme on Sunday 22nd, but as the bad weather may continue into that morning, please keep an eye on our ‘News’ for further updates.

We are sorry to announce, that Alileau missed his flight from France, so
Whirling Dance” [YC2] & “Qigong/Chi Kung” [RS4] are cancelled!
Your single event ticket can be used for ANY other single event of your choice – or: your money can be refunded at the Town Hall hub.

SORRY: the Town Hall Café can’t serve meals on Friday evening – just cakes (staff shortage)

Please check this News post for any future changes before you set off to a dance event

We are ready to dance

Our Dance Festival organisation team (Sophia, John, Ralph, Jane, Diana & Hannah) is ready to dance – after a lot of organisational work.

The Festival hub info desk in the Town Hall foyer will be open:
Friday 6pm-8pm Saturday 10am:30-5:30pm Sunday 10:30am-5:30pm.

At the info hub we’re happy to answer your questions and collect your feedback.
You can exchange your day and weekend ticket for  a wrist band, buy tickets for single events and check if the workshop of your choice is likely to be full – or cancelled.
Volunteers and dance leaders can collect their free single tickets or day wrist bands (or upgrade for a w/e wrist band).
The Town Hall Café will be open:
Fri 20th Oct
: Food available from 8.30am-7pm, drinks until 9pm
Sat 21st Oct: Food available from 9am -7pm, drinks until 10pm
Sun 22nd Oct: Food available from 10am – 7pm, drinks until 9pm

The café will serve proper food as well as the usual drinks and treats


Ticket Sale now @ Hebden Bridge Town Hall

In addition to our on-line tickets for one day or all weekend, we’ve got paper tickets for our second Hebden Bridge Dance Festival (20-22 Oct. weekend) on sale at the Town Hall reception:
Mon-Fri 9-5pm (+Sat 14 Oct 11am-4pm)

• Any one workshop (90 minutes): £8 (£5)
• End of day dance (2 hours) Ceilidh / 5Rhythms / Disco / Breton-French Bal: £9 (£6)
We also sell Day Tickets:
• Saturday all day: £25 (£20), Sunday all day: £20 (£15) – and the Full Dance Festival Weekend ticket: £50 (£40).
(Concessions: Children aged 13 and over, disabled people, students, seniors, unwaged. Children aged 12 and under are free)

HBdanceF Posters & postcards ready for distribution!

Our colour postcards (to take away) and A5 posters  (for public display) are now printed and can be collected from the Town Hall reception (open Mon – Fri & this weekend!) and Tourist Office (open 7 days) in Hebden Bridge.
Please let us know if you can display A4 or A3 posters.

We plan to have our paper programmes ready in the 2nd week of October, and sell tickets from the Town Hall reception from 9-5pm.

If you like what we’re doing:
why not register as a volunteer for the weekend?
Or add a link to this web site on your web page / Facebook / twitter

If you live further away, you can print posters from the file below:

2017 Hebden Bridge Dance Festival 2up on A4

Press Release: Swinging Start to Hebden Bridge Dance Festival

New website launched for programme details and online bookings.

postcard seize ad Online ticket sales have opened for the second annual Hebden Bridge Dance Festival, bringing a vibrant array of 26 dance events to four venues in Hebden Bridge. The festival takes place from 20 – 22 October 2017 and tickets can be purchased through the festival’s brand new website:

After the success of last year’s event, the festival is back to share the joy and celebration of dance forms from across the world – and some a little closer to home! Now funded by Calderdale Council’s Festivals and Events Grant, this year’s festival hopes to engage wider audiences in Calderdale with different dance styles. From Argentine Tango to Morris Dancing, the programme promises a variety of fun workshops open to all. Classes such as DanceSyndrome and Dance For All offer inclusive spaces for people with learning disabilities as well as seated classes suitable for anyone curious about moving while seated. There is no previous dance experience required to take part in the festival, so why not hop, prance or skip down and try something new?

The festival will be launched with a good old-fashioned ceilidh at The Town Hall, 7.30pm on Friday 20 October, led by local ceilidh band Peace Works, bringing energetic square sets and circle dances to shake off the cobwebs and get Hebden Bridge onto the dance-floor! Or if you don’t fancy a ceilidh, you can head down to The Methodist Church Hall at the same time to discover the art of 5Rhythms, a simple but profound movement meditation practice designed to release the free, spontaneous dancer that lives in us all.

The festival programme will continue on the Saturday and Sunday from 11am onwards with a variety of participatory classes hosted by a range of experienced teachers, choreographers and dance practitioners who each bring expertise in traditional dance forms from around the world.

For families looking for something fun for kids, local dance practitioner Anna Holmes will host Little Rascals, a fun and innovative workshop for youngsters to tap into their creativity through a series of theatrical dance games at 11am on Saturday 21 October at Riverside School. Anna is a graduate of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and member of the Northern Rascals performance company.

And for anyone who just needs to let their hair down… at 9pm on Saturday 21, The Town Hall is the venue for the Dance for Life Disco. The night will be hosted by Roger King, who creates a space where there are no fixed steps, no right or wrong moves, simply a place to dance like nobody’s watching!

To book tickets and find out more about the festival visit:

Or get in touch:, 01422 647157 (Ralph) / 01422 843000 (Sophia).

Alternatively find the festival on Facebook and Twitter: @hbdancef

Throughout October information and tickets can be found at the festival info hub at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. 

Print out 2 A5 posters (on A4 landscape below):
2017 Hebden Bridge Dance Festival 2up on A4

Biodanza with Noel Watkins

Biodanza Noel[“MC2”] Saturday 11am, Methodist Church   – tickets – programme

Biodanza (dance of life) is a system of human integration (practiced in 53 countries around the world) originally devised in Chile, south America by Rolando Toro Areneda. It uses an eclectic range of music, exercises, dances and group encounter to help us access our emotions (especially our joy) and to be fully in the moment (the vivencia). The sessions stimulate the five lines within us which need to be fully expressed so that we can achieve our true potential and be truly happy. These five lines are vitality, creativity, affectivity, sexuality and transcendence.
A session (vivencia) provides us with a complete work out and relaxation programme for body, mind and soul

Noel Watkins – Biodanza

Noel Watkins is West Yorkshire’s only fully trained Biodanza facilitator and one of only a handful of individuals qualified to train others to be teachers. He is an engaging storyteller and has over 25 years teaching experience in mainstream primary education. He is very passionate about helping others realise their full potential and is committed to the creative process in building sustainable communities of the future.

Nia with Julia Wilson

[“MC4“] Saturday 4pm,  methodist church  – tickets – programme

Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice which invites you to move your body’s way to feel joyful, relaxed and alive. Our dance session will combine 52 simple moves with dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts, it is non-impact, practiced barefoot, and adaptable to individual needs and abilities.

During my first Nia class I smiled inside from my core! Over the last 8 years it’s been my weekly anchor and brought a lightness and so much fun to my life.

I teach public classes in Hebden Bridge, and it’s a real privilege to offer a weekly class to teachers in a Halifax school on a Friday to help them shake their week out!
Here is a new video describing Nia dance:

Facebook: Niabarefootdancewithjulia

Qigong / Chi Kung with Alileau (France)

SORRY! This event is CANCELLED – see News Update
[“RS4“] saturday 4pmriverside school  – tickets – programme

Touching the  heart – movement to reinforce and strengthen the heart. Practicing Qigong / Chi Kung is a chance to:

– Relaxing the body
– Stimulate the meridians
– To calm down emotions
– To preserve or to get back health​

“Qi-Qong is my every day’s life, I have practiced very seriously Martial Art and dance for 20 years, and Qi-Qong has always been the practice that makes me feel very free and at peace, because with Qi-Qong, I do not have to show anything to anyone, it is a practice which allow the participant to experience life forces, freedom, in intimate and sensitive way, related to the Art of Chinese Medicine. I studied Qi-Qong for years with a Master in his style from China, a very serious dedicated man, and secondly and fortunately, I continued studying Qi-Qong with Brother Phap Lu, a monk from the Buddhism tradition from Vietnam, a great man who is doctor-acupuncture and phytotherapist and passionate about body evolution.”

Dances of Universal Peace – with Mo’unisa (Vitalija) & Ralph

[“RS5“] saturday 7.30pm, riverside school  – tickets – programme

Singing / chanting while dancing in a circle is a dynamic meditation in movement: from fast, high energy dances to slow contemplative walks, attuning to love, harmony and beauty, dipping into the heart of many religions, as well as touching the universal truth in various spiritual traditions: dancing inter-faith.

We move, breathe and sing together, holding hands – like one organism. Like a cell in the body, remembering being part of something much bigger than the small self. The separated individuality may dissolve into a blissful state of oneness with the group.

The Dances of Universal Peace are a spiritual practice: all chakras get involved or even activated. A deep, soulful sense of joy may be felt. Tears may flow, when the soul begins to remember its deep longing…
The dances can be a bridge to awakening, connecting with the Divine.
Your voice may open up, and your breathing can become deeper and free. We sometimes hug each other. These hugs can be very healing and comforting…”

Mo’unisa & Ralph are based in Hebden Bridge. They lead the Peace Dances with intensity, depth, heart, humour and lightness, supported with drum & guitar. They love playing with polarities by offering a mix of fiery ecstatic dances and slow meditative flowing movements.
Ralph accompanies with drum, Mo’unisa with guitar – and today Robert will support with 2nd guitar.
More: web site – facebook – youtube – Dances of Universal Peace UK

Les Panards Dansants, dancers & band (Breton and French Dancing)

[“TH10“] sunday22,  7:30pm-9:30pm,  town hall  – tickets – programme

Traditional French dancing takes many forms. Depending on the area they originate from, the dances can be performed in circles, lines, open circles or couples. But what they all have in common is they are very attractive, addictive and accompanied by fascinating and vibrant music.
Still very much alive in France, those dances can be seen performed on stage by the “groups folkloriques”, or danced at “bals folks”, where dancers of all ages and abilities can participate, dancing to live music.
In the workshop Geli, Monica and Toni will be teach simple dances from various French regions to live instrumental music from ‘Les Panards Dansants’ band or singing. No partner is necessary. Fun is guaranteed at the Bal – with our live band. Les Panards Dansants