Every year at the Swanage Folk Festival we run a number of workshops. Each workshop is run by an expert in their subject, most of which are also performing in the festival. There is a small extra cost for the workshops, unless you have a ticket for the whole weekend.

Click on any of the entries below to get more information. At the bottom of this page is a map of the festival locations.

Circle Dancing

No experience is needed for you to enjoy learning dances from all over the world with an experienced teacher to lead the way.

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Lindy Hop / Charleston

Clare Nicholas is a professionally qualified dance teacher who will explore these two popular dance styles from the 1920’s – 1940’s with you.

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Latin American

Watch the basic steps of the American dances (jive, samba, cha cha, Salsa etc., and get the chance to try them with Clare Nicholas.

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Thomas Hardy in Swanage

A short guided stroll taking in the Cottage that Hardy stayed at while living in Swanage shortly after his marriage to his first wife, Emma. 

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Jam with Bram

A fun music making session lead by Bram Taylor. Bring an instrument and join him in the music marquee for an informal session to start your day with a swing.

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Sea Shanty Workshop

During this workshop the Wareham Whalers will perform and explain the origin and purpose of some of these shanties as. You are welcome simply to listen or to join in the rousing choruses.

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During the workshop, Richie will be teaching some of the social steps that make up the dance of Hip-Hop, such as running man, Bart Simpson and many more..

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French Dance

Learn French Dance with Steve Earwicker, accompanied by Alasdair and Gill on Cello

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