A participatory workshop tour of European rhythm, song and dance
Fun and friendly!
For beginners - no partner necessary
Workshop Package One
A workshop in each of the following (1 ½ hours) :
Singing for Dancing with Frances Watt: A chance to learn traditional mouth music from
Sweden, Brittany and Ireland specifically for dancing.
Dance Rhythms with Jo May: Learn some European dance rhythms using global
percussion. Bring an instrument with you if possible.
Dance with Kerry Fletcher: Step out and try some of Europe’s traditional circle, set &
European Dance Party (1hour) A culmination of the three workshops giving participants
the opportunity to try out their new skills.
Workshop Package Two
Dance workshop (2 ½ hours) Led by Kerry Fletcher with live music and singing from Jo May
and Frances Watt. Learn some of Europe’s traditional circle, set & couple dances, from a lively
Dutch Polka to a whirling Danish Waltz, a snappy Swedish Mazurka to a fancy French Jig.
Kerry Fletcher is a traditional dancer of many styles from clogging to waltzing. She currently dances with the acclaimed
Appalachian Clogging company Broken Ankles and the unique dance project The Chase which works with new music & dance
based on European traditions. Kerry has spent much time in Europe, particularly Sweden and France, both working and of
course, learning dances! Kerry is a certified community dance leader, and has been teaching for many years at festivals and
dance clubs all over the country. She has also performed in the folk projects The Everlasting Circle and The Return of the
Complete Dancing Master.
Frances Watt fell in love with French music & dance many moons ago, and then stumbled on the Swedish traditions amongst
others, and fell in love with them too. She sings, plays flute & dances whilst running various music & dance festivals around the
country. She set up French music & dance clubs in Norwich and Leeds, and was one of the founding organisers of the Massif
Village Orchestra, a massed band of hurdy-gurdy & bagpipe players. Frances has also run a variety of voice workshops for
community groups, and sings for dancing. She has helped publish a number of booklets on French & Swedish music & dance
with Yorkshire Dales Workshops.
Jo May is a trained percussionist/timpanist who began her career as an orchestral player, working with groups such as the
BBC Symphony Orchestra, English National Ballet and Grange Park Opera. A trip to Sidmouth folk festival a few years later
sparked an enthusiasm for traditional music, and has led to her involvement with folk groups, including the ceilidh band Token
Women, and the European group Freyja. Jo is also involved in smaller scale projects and contemporary ensembles such as
the Continuum Ensemble. She teaches percussion at the University College School and has tutored on a number of National
Children's Orchestra courses. Jo uses a wide variety of percussion instruments throughout her work with Caracole, such as
congas, djembe and bodhran.
For more information please contact: Kerry Fletcher T: 07703 639 720 E: firstname.lastname@example.org