24 - 27 May 2024
24 - 27
May
2024
Timetable: Folk Dances
The calling/teaching style for each ceilidh and folk dance event is specified in its event description.
  • The code (P) indicates that an event will be called/taught positionally (i.e., emphasising patterns, flow and relationships between dancers, e.g., neighbour, opposite, people facing the windows, first corners, and using those ideas rather than role terms).
  • The code (G) indicates that an event will be called/taught with some use of gendered role terms (e.g., men/women, ladies/gents).
  • The code (A) indicates that an event will be called/taught with some use of nongendered role terms (e.g., larks/robins or, for some couple dances, lead/follow) instead."
Culture and community expectations at folk dance events

Currently known Folk Dances for 2024, there may be more

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Folk Dances on Friday 24th May 2024
WhenWhatWhereDescriptionPrice
19:30 to 22:30Mixed dance Town Hall(G/P)

With: Fran Bulpit, Philip Rowe & Dave Yeomans, Nicola Scott

Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 to 22:30Mixed dance St Paul's Church(G)

With: Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst, Mike Courthold

Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 to 22:45Contra danceNeeld(G)

With: WillPower, Lynne Render

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20:00 to 22:30Bal Olympiad: RiverbankAn evening of dance music ranging from exquisite mazurkas to joyful bourrées. (A)

With: Portmanteau

Weekend or Day tickets Only
22:35 to 23:30Balfolk Session & Dance Olympiad: RiverbankA post-bal afterparty! Bring your instruments and/or dancing shoes. (A)

Weekend or Day tickets Only

Folk Dances on Saturday 25th May 2024
WhenWhatWhereDescriptionPrice
09:30 to 11:00American workshop Neeld(P)

With: Contra Sutra (USA), Nicola Scott

Weekend or Day tickets Only
09:30 to 11:00Mixed workshop Town Hall(G)

With: The Falconers, Mike Courthold

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09:30 to 11:00(Re)introduction to folk dance Olympiad: Riverbank(P/G/A)

With: Tom Evans, Rachel Shapiro Wallace

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09:30 to 11:00Pat Shaw dancesOlympiad: Sports HallPat Shaw wrote many wonderful dances (and tunes), mainly Playford-style - some quite complicated. He wanted people to dance them well, not just scramble through them - and so does Colin! (G)

With: Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst, John Hymas, Colin Hume

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11:15 to 12:45American workshop Neeld(G)

With: Contra Sutra (USA), Lynne Render

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11:15 to 12:45Faking zestTown HallZest without the lemons. Daunted by ‘Zesty’ dances? Use rhythm and connection to make your dancing seem lively and energetic while protecting your body and energy levels. (P)

With: The Falconers, Daisy Black

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11:15 to 12:45Connection in partner dance Olympiad: Riverbank(P/A)

With: Tom Evans, Lindsey Kennedy & Jos Style

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11:15 to 12:40English workshop Olympiad: Sports Hall(G)

With: Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst, John Hymas, Bruce Hamilton (USA)

Weekend or Day tickets Only
13:00 to 13:40Callers' roundOlympiad: RiverbankAn opportunity for callers to meet up and exchange notes, hosted by Mark Elvins.

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14:00 to 15:30Maggot Pie dancesNeeldMaggot Pie was the first new collection of set dances for over 200 years, which was very controversial. With nothing to guide them, Heffer and Porter produced a terrific collection. (G)

With: Fran Bulpit, Philip Rowe & Dave Yeomans, Colin Hume

Weekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 to 15:30Irish set Town HallExperience the range of regional styles of Irish Set Dance. No prior knowledge required. Event tickets available from Box Office. (G)

With: Kevin & Carol Monaghan

Weekend, Day or Event tickets Only
14:00 to 15:30Balfolk 1 Olympiad: RiverbankAn introduction to the key dances from France and elsewhere that you'll need to enjoy tonight's Bal with Hartwin Dhoore & Ross Grant. (A)

With: Portmanteau, Jenny Norris & Jos Style

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14:00 to 15:30American workshop Olympiad: Sports Hall(G)

With: Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer, Lynne Render

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15:45 to 17:15Theatre Playford 1NeeldA playful workshop exploring how Playford’s dances reflected the theatre and characters of their times, then using this knowledge to dance them.Clowns, monarchs, villains and all dancers welcome.(P)

With: Fran Bulpit, Philip Rowe & Dave Yeomans, Daisy Black

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15:45 to 17:15Irish set Town HallExperience the range of regional styles of Irish Set Dance. No prior knowledge required. Event tickets available from Box Office. (G)

With: Kevin & Carol Monaghan

Weekend, Day or Event tickets Only
15:45 to 17:15Balfolk 2 Olympiad: Riverbank(A)

With: Portmanteau, Jenny Norris & Jos Style

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15:45 to 17:15Kentucky running set Olympiad: Sports Hall(G)

With: Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer, Mike Courthold

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17:30 to 19:25Zesty contra Olympiad: Sports Hall(G)

With: Bearded Dragons, Lynne Render

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17:30 to 18:30Playing for English Country DanceTown HallSimple tunes suitable for all instruments and levels with an emphasis on playing with style. Basic techniques for working effectively as a dance musician and playing music that is great to dance to.

With: Fran Bulpit, Philip Rowe & Dave Yeomans

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19:30 to 20:25Balfolk Session & Dance Olympiad: RiverbankA warm up for the main bal! Bring your instruments and/or dancing shoes. (A)

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19:30 to 22:30Playford Ball NeeldDances from "The Dancing Master" of John and Henry Playford and John Young: some well-known, some unknown, some fast and energetic, some slow and graceful, some easy, some difficult. (G)

With: Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst, John Hymas, Colin Hume

Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 to 22:30Mixed dance Town Hall(G)

With: The Falconers, Mike Courthold

Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:45 to 22:45Contra dance St Paul's Church(P/A)

With: Contra Sutra (USA), Rachel Shapiro Wallace

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20:30 to 22:45Bal Olympiad: RiverbankAn evening of dance music ranging from exquisite mazurkas to joyful bourrées. (A)

With: Hartwin Dhoore & Ross Grant

Weekend or Day tickets Only

Folk Dances on Sunday 26th May 2024
WhenWhatWhereDescriptionPrice
09:30 to 11:00English or mixed workshop Neeld(G)

With: Fran Bulpit, Philip Rowe & Dave Yeomans, Bruce Hamilton (USA)

Weekend or Day tickets Only
09:30 to 11:00Theatre Playford 2Town HallA playful workshop exploring how Playford’s dances reflected the theatre and characters of their times, then using this knowledge to dance them. Theatre Playford 1 is not a prerequisite for this (P)

With: The Falconers, Daisy Black

Weekend or Day tickets Only
09:30 to 11:00Callers' workshop: Contra dancesOlympiad: RiverbankWith: Lynne Render, Rachel Shapiro Wallace, Bearded DragonsWeekend or Day tickets Only
09:30 to 11:00American workshop Olympiad: Sports Hall(P)

With: WillPower, Nicola Scott

Weekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 to 12:45English workshop Neeld(G)

With: Fran Bulpit, Philip Rowe & Dave Yeomans, Mike Courthold

Weekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 to 12:45Festival band practiceTown HallCome and join the Festival Band! Everyone welcome. Music available here: [link to follow]

With: The Falconers

Weekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 to 12:45Something Olympiad: Riverbank(P/A)

With: Bearded Dragons, Charlie Turner

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11:15 to 12:40Squares and Contras without a WalkthroughOlympiad: Sports HallFive or ten minutes explanation and from then on it's solid dancing. For dancers who know their figures, can react quickly and not panic if things go wrong, and will turn up on time! (G)

With: WillPower, Colin Hume

Weekend or Day tickets Only
13:00 to 13:40Callers' roundOlympiad: RiverbankAn opportunity for callers to meet up and exchange notes, hosted by Rhodri Davies.

Weekend or Day tickets Only
13:40 to 13:55Callers' showcase meet-upNeeldFor callers in the callers' showcase.

With: Bob Morgan

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14:00 to 15:30Callers' showcase NeeldCome and dance to the calls of a preselected group of callers, new to calling at Chippenham. (P, G & A)

With: Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer, Bob Morgan

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14:00 to 15:30Irish set Town HallExperience the range of regional styles of Irish Set Dance. No prior knowledge required. Event tickets available from Box Office. (G)

With: Will Allen, Kevin & Carol Monaghan

Weekend, Day or Event tickets Only
14:00 to 15:30Theatre Games for Playford dancersOlympiad: RiverbankFun games from physical theatre and movement training to improve the co-ordination, style, rhythm, connection and group communication of your dancing. All dancer levels welcome. (P)

With: Bearded Dragons, Daisy Black

Weekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 to 15:30American or mixed workshop Olympiad: Sports Hall(G)

With: Contra Sutra (USA), Mike Courthold

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15:45 to 17:15Festival band dance NeeldCome and dance to the music of the Festival Band as they play for a mixed programme of dances comprising a selection of well known favourites. (G)

With: The Falconers, Nicola Scott

Weekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 to 17:15Irish set Town HallExperience the range of regional styles of Irish Set Dance. No prior knowledge required. Event tickets available from Box Office. (G)

With: Will Allen, Kevin & Carol Monaghan

Weekend, Day or Event tickets Only
15:45 to 17:15American workshop Olympiad: Sports Hall(P/A)

With: Contra Sutra (USA), Rachel Shapiro Wallace

Weekend or Day tickets Only
17:30 to 19:25Zesty Playford Olympiad: Sports Hall(P)

With: Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer, Daisy Black

Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 to 22:30Mostly English dance St Paul's Church(G)

With: Fran Bulpit, Philip Rowe & Dave Yeomans, Bruce Hamilton (USA)

Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 to 22:30Irish ceili Town HallExperience the range of regional styles of Irish Set Dance. No prior experience/knowledge required. Event tickets available from Box Office. (G)

With: WillPower, Kevin & Carol Monaghan

Weekend, Day or Event tickets Only
19:45 to 22:45Contra dance Neeld(G)

With: Contra Sutra (USA), Lynne Render

Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:45 to 22:45Techno-contra Olympiad: Riverbank(P/A)

With: Bearded Dragons, Rachel Shapiro Wallace

Weekend or Day tickets Only

Folk Dances on Monday 27th May 2024
WhenWhatWhereDescriptionPrice
09:30 to 11:00American or mixed workshop Neeld(G)

With: Chaotic Good, Lynne Render

Weekend or Day tickets Only
09:30 to 11:00Defensive dancingTown HallEver felt uncomfortable or off-balance on the dancefloor? Positive ways to change uncomfortable holds, assert personal space and communicate during ceilidh, contra, English and balfolk. (A)

With: The Falconers, Daisy Black

Weekend or Day tickets Only
09:30 to 11:00The Craft of Calling: Tools for Your BeltOlympiad: RiverbankWith: Bruce Hamilton (USA)Weekend or Day tickets Only
09:30 to 11:00English or mixed workshop Olympiad: Sports Hall(P/A)

With: Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst, Nicola Scott

Weekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 to 12:45American or mixed workshop Neeld(P/A)

With: Chaotic Good, Rachel Shapiro Wallace

Weekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 to 12:45English or mixed workshop Town Hall(G)

With: The Falconers, Mike Courthold

Weekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 to 12:45Positional American SquaresOlympiad: RiverbankA ground-breaking workshop of traditional-style American Squares called positionally - no men, women or birds! For those with some experience of American Squares who like a challenge. (P)

With: Vic Smith, Colin Hume

Weekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 to 12:40English workshop Olympiad: Sports Hall(G)

With: Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst, Bruce Hamilton (USA)

Weekend or Day tickets Only
13:00 to 13:40Dance organisers' roundOlympiad: RiverbankAn opportunity for dance organisers to get together and discuss all things dance organising. Hosted by Jen Cox (Oxfolk/BunkFest/Open Morris/EFDSS) and Jane Curry & Andrew Findlay (London Barndance).

Weekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 to 15:30English or mixed workshop Neeld(G)

With: Contra Sutra (USA), Nicola Scott

Weekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 to 15:30Working with PA and/or recorded musicTown HallWith: Mike CourtholdWeekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 to 15:30Scandi 1Olympiad: RiverbankAn introduction to some staple dances of the Swedish folk dance scene. Schottis, slängpolska and more! All levels welcome; wear smooth-soled shoes. (A)

With: Confluence, Rosie Bryce & Michael Cade-Stewart

Weekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 to 15:30American or mixed workshop Olympiad: Sports Hall(P/A)

With: Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer, Rachel Shapiro Wallace

Weekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 to 17:15English workshop Neeld(G)

With: Contra Sutra (USA), Bruce Hamilton (USA)

Weekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 to 17:15Scandi 2Olympiad: Riverbank(A)

With: Confluence, Rosie Bryce & Michael Cade-Stewart

Weekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 to 17:15American or mixed workshop Olympiad: Sports Hall(G)

With: Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer, Lynne Render

Weekend or Day tickets Only
17:30 to 18:55Ultimate contra dance Olympiad: Sports Hall(A/G)

With: Bearded Dragons, Daisy Black

Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 to 22:30Mixed dance Neeld(G)

With: Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer, Bruce Hamilton (USA)

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19:30 to 22:30Mixed Final DanceTown HallFor more experienced dancers who like variety, a challenge or two, and probably some repartee between band, caller and dancers. (G)

With: The Falconers, Colin Hume

Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 to 20:10Balfolk/Scandi Session & Dance Olympiad: RiverbankA warm up for the Balfolk & Scandi Dance! Bring your instruments and/or dancing shoes. (A)

Weekend or Day tickets Only
20:15 to 22:30Balfolk & Scandi Dance Olympiad: RiverbankA Grand Tour of Balfolk and Scandi dances. (A)

With: Confluence

Weekend or Day tickets Only

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