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Workshops this year were very popular.
This is the workshop programme for 2017.
In 2018, we will update this to show workshops available for ou4r next festival.





Dancing Workshops





Circle Dancing

Sandra Gent's Circle Dancing workshop is a popular and regular feature of Swanage Folk Festival. Sandra teaches traditional and modern choreographies from around the world. Suitable for dancers of all abilities. Dancing is in bare feet or soft shoes.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Saturday 9/9/17

Time:   10.00am



Border Dancing
This will be a great opportunity to learn some of the basic steps and moves of this highly entertaining form of dance with a side known for their enthusiasm and vigour. their style is well rooted in the traditions of border dancing but with their own added style. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as improvers.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Saturday 9/9/17

Time:   11.15am



Belly Dancing

This workshop is run by Bahara, a local based group of dancers. Women of any age are welcome to join this workshop. A few basic moves will be taught and joined together to create a short dance to traditional eastern music.
Please note that this dance workshop is in the Mowlem Committee room.



Venue: URC Hall

Day:    Saturday 9/9/17

Time:   2.00pm









Family Ceilidh:
Maiden Oak has developed an interesting repertoire of dance
tunes and party pieces, and have moved forward by adding saxophone to the traditional line-up of fiddle, squeeze-boxes, guitar and percussion. Maiden Oak are delighted to be performing at this year's family Barn Dance for the Swanage Folk Festival. Although the barn dance is aimed at children and young people, we hope Mums and Dads will join in too to make it an event for the whole family. Our Caller will take participants through each of the dances, so no previous dancing experience is necessary.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Saturday 9/9/17

Time:   1.45pm









Slovakian Dancing Introduction:

this is a workshop in Slovak dance for all levels. Conducted by a professionally-trained dancer and teacher from the Morena Dance Group, the workshop will teach some of the steps used in
Slovak dance. Open to all ages and abilities-it will not be hard work but it will be fun!




Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Sunday 10/9/17

Time:   12.00pm








Rapper Dancing
This is an introduction to rapper dancing led by the local sidem Dorset Buttons Rapper. It will serve as an introduction to this style of dance which originates from the North East mining villages. The dance uses rapper swords whichare not strictly swords but bendable blades that were originally used to clean pit ponies. Suitable for all abilities including complete beginners.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Sunday 10/9/17

Time:   1.15pm









Music Workshops









'Jam' with Bram


A would be for all musicians and singers alike, to come along with their instruments and voices for a relaxed, fun session, together playing with Bram and his material.




Venue: Sandpit Field Marquee

Day:    Saturday 9/9/17

Time:   11.00am








Acapella Singing with Local Vocals

An opportunity to come and sing acapella with a members of Local Vocals. This workshop is suitable for all abilities and no musical knowledge is required. Most of the songs are personally arranged by Lesley in four parts and she teaches everything by ear. with Lesley's support and guidance you will quickly find yorself joining in.


Venue:
URC Hall

Day:    Saturday 9/9/17

Time:   12.15pm








Ukulele for All:

This is a fun group for absolute beginners, to get started on
the ukelele. It is suitable for all ages but is aimed to help introduce children to playing a musical instrument. Please bring your own ukelele.


Led by Chris Pullen.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Saturday 9/9/17

Time:   12.30pm











Hands on Harp Beginners' Workshop

Come and take this unique opportunity to 'have a go' at playing the harp under the direction of experienced teacher and director of the Cornwall Harp Centre-Sarah Deere-Jones. In this informal and friendly hour-long workshop you will learn how theinstrument works and how to start gaining strength and the correct methods of playing with your fingers and hands. By the end of the session, we will be able to play a short traditional piece together!
No previous musical experience necessary.


As this workshop is for a maximum of 10 people, Sarah will run two sessions.
If you wish to attend, you will need to book a place at the Information tent and obtain a ticket.
Tickets for this event will be 5 (including performers) but will be free to weekend wristband holders.



Venue: Mowlem Committee Room

Day:    Sunday 10/9/17

Time:   11.00pm

and 12.15pm












Workshop/Performance
These are more of a performance with an emphasis or learning more about them with plenty of opportunities to join in or simply listen to.












Sea Shanty Workshop

Wareham Whalers are once again putting on a workshop. This is an opportunity not only to listen to a wide variety of shanties and join in with if you are so inclined, but also to learn something about how these shanties were used to help sailors perform the many tasks needed on board the sailing ships. The workshop will not only be entertaining and informative but also loads of fun. The Whalers clearly enjoy what they are doing and this is infectious, so come along and enjoy yourselves!


Venue: Mowlem Committee Room

Day:    Sunday 10/9/17

Time:   1.30pm










West Gallery Music:

Purbeck Village Quire is a group of singers and instrumentalists who enjoy meeting together to perform ‘West Gallery’ and folk music, much of which was composed by people who lived and worked in the Purbeck villages. A large part of the repertoire consists of music written in celebration of the main seasons of the year; i.e. Christmas and Harvest. Again, this is a session
where you can simply sit back and listen to or join in with.



Venue: Mowlem Committee Room

Day:    Sunday 10/9/17

Time:   2.45pm









Other Workshops












Dowsing with the Dorset Dowsers

Dorset Dowsers have supported Swanage Folk Festival many years, running their popular workshop. They return once again with their workshop to help you to discover how to dowse with pendulums and rods. Dowsing is about searching for answers to questions that might be out of our view or knowledge, as well as its use in locating water, energy lines or lost articles. This is an opportunitiy to practise new found skills with interesting little experiments.


Venue: Catholic Church Hall

Day:    Sunday 10/9/17

Time:   2.30pm