Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2018

Social Dance

André van de Plas

Andre van de PlasAndré is a professional folk dance teacher and a trained primary school teacher from the Netherlands.Over the past three decades he has taught international dances in the Netherlands as well as abroad.He works with different age groups, accommodating all levels from beginners to highly advanced.

He completed the two-year Folkdance Teacher Training Course in the Netherlands in 1976 and specialises in dances from Romania and Hungary as well as in children’s dances.
Studied Romanian dance in Romania several times, sponsored by the Dutch government.

Outside the Netherlands he has taught in many European countries, Hong Kong, Taiwan , Australia and New Zealand. He has visited Australia every year since 1986, each time taking a new repertoire. He has held workshops for school and music teachers, recreational folk dance groups and has been guest teacher at many residential workshop weekends.

Most of all, he believes that the process of learning should be fun at all levels, at all times, for everyone. As such the focus is not so much on how to perfect certain steps, but rather to dance to the music and relate to the cultural and social aspects of the dance.

Irish Set Dance with Maggie Daniel

Maggie Daniel first tried Irish Set Dancing at Bromyard Folk Festival in 1996. This was followed by her first trip to Ireland in 1998 where she was really bitten by the bug, and has never looked back! Maggie began calling for set dancing about ten years ago, and now runs two Irish Set Dancing clubs in Devon. During this weekend Maggie will try to pass on the joy of set dancing to the workshop participants, and maybe set them off on a similar journey!


Lisa Greenleaf

Lisa Greenleaf

Saturday 7.30pm  Squares and Contras with  Mollie & Ali

Sunday 7.30pm Main American Evening with ECDB

Lisa Greenleaf calls regularly in New England and has been a staff member at dance camps and festivals throughout North America and Europe. Her specialties include traditional and contemporary contras, fun squares, challenging dances of all shapes and sizes, and caller's training.
Lisa likes to emphasize community and communication in her workshops, guiding participants to get the most out of their dancing experience. Her sense of humor is infectious both on and off the dance floor, and she really loves being at dance festivals!

Persons of Quality, USA


18th-century England meets 21st-century California.
What a wild and wonderful mix! These three very talented musicians play an imposing array of instruments. Irreverent and improvisatory, Persons of Quality is highly danceable, with plenty of lift and drive.

Jon Berger has played fiddle for English, Irish, Scottish, French, and American folk dancers for over 35 years.

Rebecca King plays English and contra dance in the greater San Francisco Bay area and has been on staff at west coast dance camps, weekends, and balls and at Pinewoods, USA.

Jim Oakden performs on an absurd number of instruments, including accordion, mandolin, several styles of bagpipes, recorders, whistle and zurna. A dancer himself, he specializes in playing for dancers in a bunch of bands for ECD, contra, morris, Irish, Breton/French, Greek, and Bulgarian.

(Persons of Quality n. 1: Emigrants, religious exiles, political rebels, serving men sold for a term of service, apprentices, children stolen, maidens pressed, and others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations 1600 – 1700.)

Renaissance Footnotes

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Renaissance Footnotes present the music and dances of the distant past in an interesting and entertaining fashion. Come and enjoy the performance and then have a go at the dances.


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