24 - 27 May 2024
24 - 27
May
2024
Olympiad
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Olympiad comprises of:


CURRENT PROGRAMME OF EVENTS (Others may follow)

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Events on Friday 24th May 2024
TimeWhatWithPrice
20:00 - 22:30
Riverbank
Bal
An evening of dance music ranging from exquisite mazurkas to joyful bourrées. (A)
PortmanteauWeekend or Day tickets Only
20:00 - 23:45
Sports Hall
Friday Night Ceilidh
Friday Night Ceilidh
Fee Lock (Caller) Relentless (Band)Weekend or Day tickets Only
22:35 - 23:30
Riverbank
Balfolk Session & Dance
A post-bal afterparty! Bring your instruments and/or dancing shoes. (A)
 Weekend or Day tickets Only

Events on Saturday 25th May 2024
TimeWhatWithPrice
09:30 - 11:00
Riverbank
(Re)introduction to folk dance
(P/G/A)
Tom Evans Rachel Shapiro WallaceWeekend or Day tickets Only
09:30 - 11:00
Sports Hall
Pat Shaw dances
Pat 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)
Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst John HymasWeekend or Day tickets Only
Colin Hume
11:15 - 12:45
Riverbank
Connection in partner dance
Focusing on connection and communication in dance.Expect some fun exercises exploring lead/follow technique.The principles are relevant to any partnered dance.The music will have a balfolk flavour.(A)
Tom Evans Lindsey Kennedy & Jos StyleWeekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 - 12:40
Sports Hall
English workshop
(G)
Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst John HymasWeekend or Day tickets Only
Bruce Hamilton (USA)
13:00 - 13:40
Riverbank
Callers' round
An opportunity for callers to meet up and exchange notes, hosted by Mark Elvins.
 Weekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 - 15:30
Riverbank
Balfolk 1
An introduction to the key dances from France and elsewhere that you'll need to enjoy tonight's Bal with Hartwin Dhoore & Ross Grant. (A)
Portmanteau Jenny Norris & Jos StyleWeekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 - 15:30
Sports Hall
American workshop
(G)
Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer Lynne RenderWeekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 - 17:15
Riverbank
Balfolk 2
(A)
Portmanteau Jenny Norris & Jos StyleWeekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 - 17:15
Sports Hall
Kentucky running set
(G)
Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer Mike CourtholdWeekend or Day tickets Only
17:30 - 19:25
Sports Hall
Zesty contra
(G)
Bearded Dragons Lynne RenderWeekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 - 20:25
Riverbank
Balfolk Session & Dance
A warm up for the main bal! Bring your instruments and/or dancing shoes. (A)
 Weekend or Day tickets Only
20:00 - 24:00
Sports Hall
Saturday Night Ceilidh
Saturday Night Ceilidh
Nick Walden (Caller) Melrose Ceilidh QuintetWeekend or Day tickets Only
20:30 - 22:45
Riverbank
Bal
An evening of dance music ranging from exquisite mazurkas to joyful bourrées. (A)
Hartwin Dhoore & Ross GrantWeekend or Day tickets Only

Events on Sunday 26th May 2024
TimeWhatWithPrice
09:30 - 11:00
Riverbank
Callers' workshop: Contra dances Lynne Render Rachel Shapiro WallaceWeekend or Day tickets Only
Bearded Dragons
09:30 - 11:00
Sports Hall
American workshop
(P)
WillPower Nicola ScottWeekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 - 12:45
Riverbank
Something
(P/A)
Bearded Dragons Charlie TurnerWeekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 - 12:40
Sports Hall
Squares and Contras without a Walkthrough
Five 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)
WillPower Colin HumeWeekend or Day tickets Only
13:00 - 13:40
Riverbank
Callers' round
An opportunity for callers to meet up and exchange notes, hosted by Rhodri Davies.
 Weekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 - 15:30
Riverbank
Theatre Games for Playford dancers
Fun 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)
Bearded Dragons Daisy BlackWeekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 - 15:30
Sports Hall
American or mixed workshop
(G)
Contra Sutra (USA) Mike CourtholdWeekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 - 17:15
Sports Hall
American workshop
(P/A)
Contra Sutra (USA) Rachel Shapiro WallaceWeekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 - 17:00
Swimming Pool
AquaCeilidh
Saturday Night Ceilidh
Tom Kitching (Caller)Weekend or Day tickets Only
17:30 - 19:25
Sports Hall
Zesty Playford
(P)
Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer Daisy BlackWeekend or Day tickets Only
19:45 - 22:45
Riverbank
Techno-contra
(P/A)
Bearded Dragons Rachel Shapiro WallaceWeekend or Day tickets Only
20:00 - 23:45
Sports Hall
Sunday Night Ceilidh
Friday Night Ceilidh
Threepenny Bit (Caller) Lisa Heywood (Ceilidh caller)Weekend or Day tickets Only

Events on Monday 27th May 2024
TimeWhatWithPrice
09:30 - 11:00
Riverbank
The Craft of Calling: Tools for Your Belt Bruce Hamilton (USA)Weekend or Day tickets Only
09:30 - 11:00
Sports Hall
English or mixed workshop
(P/A)
Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst Nicola ScottWeekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 - 12:45
Riverbank
Positional American Squares
A 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)
Vic Smith Colin HumeWeekend or Day tickets Only
11:15 - 12:40
Sports Hall
English workshop
(G)
Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst Bruce Hamilton (USA)Weekend or Day tickets Only
13:00 - 13:40
Riverbank
Dance organisers' round
An 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 - 15:30
Riverbank
Scandi 1
An introduction to some staple dances of the Swedish folk dance scene. Schottis, slängpolska and more! All levels welcome; wear smooth-soled shoes. (A)
Confluence Rosie Bryce & Michael Cade-StewartWeekend or Day tickets Only
14:00 - 15:30
Sports Hall
American or mixed workshop
(P/A)
Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer Rachel Shapiro WallaceWeekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 - 17:15
Riverbank
Scandi 2
(A)
Confluence Rosie Bryce & Michael Cade-StewartWeekend or Day tickets Only
15:45 - 17:15
Sports Hall
American or mixed workshop
(G)
Mollie Koenigsberger & Ali Messer Lynne RenderWeekend or Day tickets Only
17:30 - 18:55
Sports Hall
Ultimate contra dance
(A/G)
Bearded Dragons Daisy BlackWeekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 - 20:10
Riverbank
Balfolk/Scandi Session & Dance
A warm up for the Balfolk & Scandi Dance! Bring your instruments and/or dancing shoes. (A)
 Weekend or Day tickets Only
19:30 - 23:00
Sports Hall
Monday Night Ceilidh
Monday Night Ceilidh
Tom Kitching (Caller) Simon Care’s All StarsWeekend or Day tickets Only
20:15 - 22:30
Riverbank
Balfolk & Scandi Dance
A Grand Tour of Balfolk and Scandi dances. (A)
ConfluenceWeekend or Day tickets Only