There’s no point to hide it – it’s all about couple dancing! Whether you’re fond of them or rather a bit shy about it – with a variety of subjects and approaches you’ll find your way to enrich your couple dancing skills.
All the workshops require a decent knowledge of basis of balfolk couple dances (scottish, mazurka, waltz)
11:30-13:30 Couple dances tricks – Patrice Gesbert (Monsieurs Fruits) [LW1]
13:45-15:45 Creating a space for movement – Mikuláš Bryan [LW2]
16:00-18:00 Love your Mazurka! – Magdalena Dąbrowska [LW3]
16:00-18:00 Balfolk couple dances for beginers – Magda Kowalczyk*
* The entry for these workshops is free for Saturday bal ticket holders and exclusive for them. There will be a separate registration form for those and information will follow
12:30-14:30 Blues up your bal folk! – Mikuláš Bryan [LW4]
14:45-16:45 Just relax! – Line and Mara [LW5]
Please consider arriving 10-15 minutes prior to the starting time of the event.
The workshops take place in Gimnazjum nr 23 im. Szarych Szeregów
Osiedle Jagiellońskie 128, 61-223 Poznań
You can find detailed descriptions of the workshops below. Registering for the workshops is by purchasing the entry trough Ekobilet system, where before finalising your payment you will be asked to fill in a short form. You can buy entries for other people too – one person can register for six people altogether.
1 workshop – 30 pln/person
Workshop Full Pass (5 workshops) – 125 pln/person
Registration opens on 14 Jan at 11:22 am
[LW1] 11:30-13:30 Couple dances tricks – Patrice Gesbert
An approach of couple dances throughout inner listening, to (re)discover what music tells us about… feeling the dance, the impulses and the other(s). Immersing in music will help to understand oneself, as well as read an communicate with our dance partner. We will focus mainly on waltzes, so a good basis of this dance is required.
Patrice Gesbert – known to all mostly as Monsieur Fruits – guitarist, singer, songwriter, but also an experienced dancer and teacher. He searches to show infinite possibilities of musical interpretation that can make a simple dance – unforgettable.
[LW2] 13:45-15:45 Creating a space for movement – Mikuláš Bryan
It’s time to move past those “leading” and “following” clichés. We will try to think out of the folksy box and approach dancing as a mutual activity, where everybody is responsible for his own movement, while creating the space for the movement of the other(s). This will involve developing a comfortable, flexible frame of connection between you and your partner that will allow you to pass on even the complicated ideas with ease. Or not. But we will definitely have some fun trying!
Mikuláš Bryan works hard on promoting bal folk on the Czech scene, while also teaching blues dancing and dance technique on a regular basis. His dancing background consists of tango, swing, salsa and, balboa with jazz and contemporary workshops here and there. Although he approaches every dance with a deep respect for its roots and traditions, he always aspires to broaden its horizons and create a bridge between tradition and modernity.
[LW3] 16.00-18.00 Love your Mazurka! Magdalena Dąbrowska
When it’s being announced heartbeats madly accelerate. The search for a perfect partner is on, all to make the most of the 5 minutes or so ahead. You close your eyes and plunge yourself into the unknown. Music is your map, emotions help to guide the way, you move with your whole body – but what about your partner? How to dance with him/her and not make this feel awkward? How to prepare to share this journey? You know you ABC, you know your ma-zur-ka 1-2-3, but how do you reach this higher level of skills and all that jazz, oh wait – mazurka? Breath in and out and let go of the schemes. Manage your balance and how to communicate with it with your partner, change the dynamics, rotate, listen to the music and wait for it when necessary. Master what you already know and add new ideas, so that you can follow your heart and consciously build your dance. Fall in love with your dancing! Love your mazurka!
Magdalena Dąbrowska – actress, dancer, singer. She conducts theatre and dance workshops all around Europe, co-creator of the Warsaw group Dans Ludica, member of the Association Folk Lab Paris, where for two years she held regular dance workshops for an advanced group and organized bals. Her fascinations and traveling to explore dance and music are endless. She started with classical dance, also trained ballroom and contemporary dance, 15 years ago became fascinated with traditional European and Latin America dances, and recently more and more immersed in swing, charleston and blues. The scene is her second home, but one she leaves whenever possible to move and engage in another theatrical or dance journey, to take part in new inspiring projects.
[LW4] 12:30-14:30 Blues up your bal folk! – Mikuláš Bryan
Blues is to America, what balfolk is to Europe. With a pinch of salt. There are many simillarities, though: it’s a vernacular folk dance style open to evolution of the music and new influences. It also covers a variety of different dances within. And most importantly, it has evolved in a setting very similar to nowadays folk parties and festivals: crowded jook-joints with many people partying to music based on grooves and riffs. There is more than a few things we can take from blues to our European folk dancing. We will try to cover as many as the time will allow for…
[LW5] 14:45-16:45 Just relax! – Line and Mara
In this workshop Line and Mara, two dancing teachers from Berlin, want to help you to relax during dancing. While moving in a couple we often stress out ourselves about how to lead or follow “correctly”, how to dance in the rhythm, how we look like and what our dancing partner might think about us. All this tension goes from our brain directly into our body and we get stuck instead of creating a mutual dance movement. The workshop should help to rip the wall of tension in our minds and find a better connection between our bodies, the music and the dance.
Let´s discover, how easy dancing could be as soon as you start relaxing!
Line and Mara dance and teach Balfolk in Berlin. They grew up with Balfolk-dances since they were around 12 years old. For them dancing fills a big part of their lives and they understand is as one way to connect body and mind. They also believe it should involve meeting other individuals with respect and conscience. They teach regularly in Berlin and occasionally in festivals like Prague Balfolk Weekend.