North West Morris workshop with Persephone

[“TH2“] saturday 11am, town halltickets – programme

Our North West style of Morris dancing grew out of the processions common at holiday times in the north west mill towns in Victorian times. We dance in sets of 8 people, in 2 lines of 4 moving forwards and backwards and performing various “figures” or patterns interspersed with a chorus figure. There are two basic steps: a “single step”, similar to skipping, and a “rant” or polka type step. We hold sticks, mill bobbins or garlands. Our music is mainly traditional, played on accordions, melodeons, clarinet, whistle and drums.

In performance we wear clogs, with rubber on the soles rather than the traditional irons which many men’s teams wear. For the workshop, trainers or similar are ideal. Fairly loose fitting or stretchy trousers are best for easy leg movement.

Persephone first performed in 1978, dancing in the North West Style. Many of the dances originate from the following of the rushcarts, the annual event of bringing new rushes for the church floor, in a ceremonial procession. This processional style further developed once the streets of the industrial towns of the North became paved.

There is a long tradition of clog stepping in the north of England which needed a hard floor. With the paving of the streets, clog stepping quickly became inseparable from the processional Morris of the North West; their large bands made it possible for the music to be heard over the sound of the clogs. Women dancers have always been a part of this type of dance, and today women’s, men’s and mixed teams can be seen.

Persephone is easily recognisable by the dancers’ black kits with bright green and yellow sashes and ribbons, whilst the band wears black and striking top hats with green and yellow ribbons; the side all wear black clogs with bells. The exuberant style and standard of dancing is maintained by weekly practices throughout the year at Hunsworth Community Centre, near Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire.

Persephone dances a mixture of traditional and new dances written specially for the team, using bobbins, garlands, sticks and slings. The band comprises accordions, melodeons, clarinet, whistle, a large drum, and a snare drum.

Persephone can be seen at venues throughout the country, dancing at festivals, in processions, at weekends of dance and all manner of other events, summer and winter alike.

Persephone is always keen to welcome new female dancers and musicians (female or male), both new and experienced.

 www.persephonemorris.co.uk , Facebook: Persephone Women’s Morris team

Jive Class 40s/50s with Sue Aldham

[“TH3“] saturday 1:30pm, town hall – tickets – programme

My partner Nigel and I teach jive which is s blend of 1940’s Swing Jive and 1950’s Rock n Roll to absolute Beginners and to the more advanced Jiver’s.

At the Hebden Bridge festival we will be doing demonstrations and teaching people new to Jive, showing them the basic footwork, a few easy moves and a couple of strolls which, unlike jive for which you will need a partner, are individual dances, similar to line dances but done to jive music.

If you are bitten by the bug, you can come along to our Jive Class in Halifax the following week.

See www.jiveclass.co.uk for full details.

Circle Dance Around The World with Sophia Hatch

[“TH4“] Saturday 4pm, town hall – tickets – programme

I came across Circle Dance at Findhorn Foundation over 30yrs ago when I was looking for healing and I was immediately hooked! I then trained there and started teaching, sowing many seeds of the dance in the North of England making Circe Dance my vocation and living. I teach regular local groups as well as days/weekends and weeks.

This session I will teach a variety of simple dances from around the world – both traditional and recent. Some will be lively and upbeat and others gentle or meditative. The music is equally eclectic / worldwide from Bob Marley to Bach! – So maybe we have a dance from the Shetland Isles / South Africa / Bolivia / Bulgaria / East European Gipsy / a meditational dance with music by Ravi Shankar with words that are a peace mantra. There are thousands of dances and moods! Some dances are very ancient and others recently choreographed.

The aim is about creating JOY, UNITY ,COMMUNITY, RAISING ENERGY and PEACE .

 

You DON’T need a partner and NO experience needed. Children are welcome but must come accompanied by an adult and be wanting to give it a go! Barefoot or flat soft shoes. Wear layers so you can peel off and on as you feel! Bring some water and an open mind and heart! Feel free to contact me if you have any queries;

www.sophiafreedancer.co.uk

Collegiate Shag with Malte and Grace, Manshagster

[“TH5“] Saturday 7.30pm, town hall  – tickets – programme

Collegiate Shag (or just “Shag”) is a partnered uptempo Swing dance 
originating from the beginning of the swing era in the 1920s. It is
usually danced to faster (180-220 bpm) swing, pre-swing and jazz music.
 Collegiate Shag had a worldwide revival in the last few years, from
 only a few enthusiasts dancing Shag to a wide phenomenon within British
 and many European swing dance scenes.
 Sometimes fast, sometimes silly, and always a funny dance, Collegiate
 Shag is sometimes referred to as the “Happy Dance”.

Malte and Georgie started weekly Collegiate Shag classes in Manchester 
in January under the name Manshagster.
 Malte started partnered dancing in 2009 and went through various styles 
and different music, before he fell in love with Swing dances a few 
years ago because he liked the openness of the people and the amount of
 expression that jazz music makes possible. Among the swing dances, 
Collegiate Shag is his favourite for the amount of energy, foolishness,
 and musicality it allows. 
Georgie fell in love with Shag on the first night. Having explored a
 few swing dances, Collegiate Shag is her absolute favourite, and she 
can equally be found on dance floors across the country, always smiling, 
with her camera, and up for a Shag-related joke.
PS: Georgie can’t come, so Malte will teach with Grace

Facebook: Manshagster

The first link is a video of the “original” Collegiate Shag, the second
link is a dance performance:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5trc70HEI8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wasM8nF9gg

Disco – dance for life with Roger King

[“TH6“] saturday 9-11pm, town hall  – tickets – programme

I just love playing music that releases fear stress and heartache and attracts authentic miracles for love and forgiveness. I listen to so many tracks for each dance for life!
Come together & move your body & soul. Bring your friends, anyone who wants to dance free.
No fixed steps. Nothing is right or wrong. A place to dance like nobody is watching, with beautiful music. Bring nibbles to share! My love Roger King

“I work with abused and traumatised men and women. I take them from survival mode into living mode where they find their wisdom, courage and inner power to create new beliefs to build a beautiful life. I Skype all over the world.” – Roger King
Roger has just completed his 7th book: A Little Book of Love.

www.rogerking.info

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

Middle Eastern Dance with Anne Kingston

[“MC3“] Saturday 1:30pm, methodist church – tickets – programme

I have been dancing since the age of 3, ballet in those days (and asked to leave as I was too wild!)  To me dancing is an expression of individuality but can also be very much about the collective (as with folk/group/circle dances). 

With Middle Eastern dance, there is the opportunity to express the aspects of life that connect us to each other, to nature and ultimately to joy.  It offers direct response to how the music moves the individual, a mixture of spontaneity and discipline, an interplay of dark and light, sharp and soft, fast and slow.

My workshops and performances have a strong emphasis on pleasure – fun, laughter, enjoyment, learning, healing and mutual support and encouragement.  When we dance together we connect in an honest natural way, we realise the beauty that shines through all of us. We realise that we all breath the same air, share the same emotions and have a common destiny.

As well as teaching Middle Eastern dance throughout the UK for over 20 years Anne also organises trips to the Moroccan Sahara and other areas of Morocco, for dancers, musicians and anyone who wants an adventure. 

Find out more about Anne and her adventures at www.annekingston.com or find her on Facebook annekingston22.

Whirling Dance and Freedom with Alileau

SORRY! This event is CANCELLED – see News Update
[“YC2“] Saturday 11amyoga centre  – tickets – programme

Workshop session about Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes Dance

Programme of the session:
1) Relaxation-Meditation
2)
Preparation
3)
Tour study-balance
4)
Whirling

Please could participants wear white dress (white loose pants and shirt), that would be nice for the spirit of the practice.

“Come, come, whoever you are
Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving
It doesn’t matter
Ours is not a caravan of despair
Even if you have broken your vows a thousand times
Come, yet again come, come.”

 Dalal-Ud-Din RUMI

 Alileau Alileau became Semazen in the Order of Dancers in Istanbul in the tradition of Mevlana Rumi in June 2016, following his work supporting Syrian refugees in Turkey practicing Body Arts, music and circus skills, practises of Qi-Qong, and Do-In (Self Shiatsu) After a hard training, Sheikr (master) Yakup Baba invited me to celebrate the ceremony of the benediction of trust in the Sufism path and offered my robe (whirling dance dress), to enter in the path of becoming a Semazen whirling dancer in the order of Mevlevi tradition in Istanbul of Mevlana Djalal-ud-Din RUMI.

Natraj Meditation with Madhuri

[“YC3“] saturday 13:30  yoga centre  – tickets – programme

Nataraj Meditation was devised by the mystic Osho, as an opportunity to let “the dancer become the dance.” It consists of 40 minutes free-form dancing – eyes closed as much as possible – to beautiful, wild, stirring music; then 20 minutes lying on the back, in Corpse pose; then 5 minutes more of dancing.
Natraj is the name of Shiva when he is dancing. This is a free-form, inward-looking yet fully expressive Osho moving meditation with a silent phase as well.
The dancer can become the dance…and silence blooms after movement.

Nataraj - free dance meditationThat’s all; but in that time the energy moves profoundly, comes to deep watchful rest, and then rises again. One emerges all silent and reborn, the body fluid and glowing, the face like a Buddha’s.

Madhuri Z K Ewing lived in Osho’s communes from 1973 to 2003. She is a poet, artist, metaphysical healer, and meditation teacher. The most recent of her five books, The Poona Poems, came out in January. Born in California, she has lived in Hebden Bridge since 2012.

 

Liberate the inner dancer – Clowning with Tim Gibbons

[“YC4“] saturday 4pm, yoga centre  – tickets – programme

Clowning liberate the inner dancer 

Using theatre games and interactive exercises specially focused around dance we explore a space of wonder, spontaneity and authenticity.

We welcome all that emerges as we seek our unique inner clown. This an improvisational style of modern French clown based on play, openness and togetherness.

Tim Gibbons is a workshop leader of 20 years experience having previously worked as an drama and dance teacher in schools.

Web: multiklune.co.uk

Little Rascals – a creative workshop in Physical Dance Theatre for Kids

[“CA2“] saturday 11am  Combined Arts – tickets – programme

Anna Holmes’ love of dance began here in Hebden Bridge as soon as she mastered the ability to walk. At the age of 15, she was selected on the Centre of Advanced Training scheme at the prestigious Northern School of Contemporary Dance; after six years of intense contemporary and balletic training, Anna left with first-class honours.

Since then, she has been touring nationally with JV2 – the professional development scheme of the Jasmin Vardimon Company. She has had the privilege to collaborate with choreographers such as Jasmin Vardimon, Marilena Dara, Jukstapoz and Sally Marie. During her training, Anna, and her partner, have created their own company ‘Northern Rascals’, a multi-disciplinary company that they hope to bring to a venue near you!

This fun and innovative workshop will allow youngsters to express and tap into their bounds of creativity through a series of theatrical dance games. We aim to create an awareness of how powerful the combination of voice and movement can be in expressing a variety of themes and scenarios. For example, we will play with our imagination to enter a world where anything can exist, from floors made of treacle to morphing into scary and very silly monsters! The class will be focussed on letting go, having fun and really finding our inner (or outer) clown. So sign up, come down and let’s get silly!

Open to all ages, young and old, so stick around parents and get stuck in! Maybe double-headed monsters can exist too…

Everybody Dance with DanceSyndrome

[“RS3“]Saturday 13:30, riverside school  – tickets – programme

All our dance activity is led and informed by people with learning disabilities. DanceSyndrome activities give people confidence, respect, value and self-belief through our philosophy of ‘anything is possible even though you have a learning disability’.

Dancesyndrome is an inclusive charity for all. We offer an inclusive and innovative way for everyone to improve their health, wellbeing and confidence –regardless of age or ability

Everybody Dance is a fun, accessible and inclusive dance session for anyone who wants to get moving and have a good time. The sessions include both upbeat and gentle dance, together with movement to music, which all helps participants to build their confidence, exercise their creativity and have fun…

Come along and enjoy a fun accessible workshop.

For more info:  dancesyndrome.co.uk

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