Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2018


Brian Stanton

Brian Stanton

Odd Occupations (Jolly Jobs) with Keeping Thyme
A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon with Keeping Thyme: Some of Brian's favourites which are less strenuous physically but might well require the little grey cells to be alert.
The Tunes of Charlene Thomson with Persons of Quality

Brian has been busy since the New Fetival Callers Showcase two years ago, with events at Halsway Manor and in the Midlands.  He is a mkeen member of his club’s Playford display team and regularly performs in period costume at local events and historic buildings.
He loves dancing Playford, modern English and American styles. His workshops will reflect his enthusiasm by encouraging dancers to think of the two big Ts – Timing and Technique.

Corry Verheijen

international Corry 150Unfortunately Corry has hurt her knee and has been advised not to teach at EIFF2018. We wish her speedy recovery and welcome her back in 2019.
She sends her best wishes to the Eastbourne Dancers

She says "My most important aim is Having Fun in dancing. Pleasure in dancing is more important than making the right steps. Just dance and forget the world around you!"

Dalila Heath

DalilaDalila will teach "Dances from my travels" including "do-able" dances with nice music from Turkey, Holland, Armenia and Italy.

Dalila discovered folk dancing in her early 20s and has not stopped since. For many years she performed with the Oranim Israeli Dance Troupe and was a principal dancer of the Arax Armenian Dance Group. She has travelled with the groups both in England and abroad.
Dalila is a founder member of the Akhtamar Armenian Performance Group, an all-female performing group, and runs a monthly Armenian folk dance class for all.

A natural dancer and an enthusiastic teacher who has accumulated a large repertoire over many years, Dalila has studied with many choreographers and has attended seminars in America, Holland and Armenia. She is the SIFD's principal Armenian dance teacher and regularly takes workshops up and down the country as well as giving solo performances for charity and multi-ethnic events.


Gog Magog Molly Dancers

gog magogThe multicoloured menace of the Fens!    We all enjoyed them so much in 2016 that we asked them back for 2018!   Enjoy their workshops on Sunday

Formed in 1996, Gog Magog Molly draw from the traditional dances of the Cambridgeshire fens as well as a range of other inspirations including Harry Potter, a one-way system, a doctoral thesis and local punting hazards, all done with our own distinctive geometric precision and danced to a high-energy step-hop.
Gogs are an easily spotted kaleidoscope of colour right up to (and beyond!) our carefully unco-ordinating faces.

We will be running two workshops on Sunday, a simpler dance from 2-3:15 and a more complicated dance from 3:45-5, though both will be self contained so do show up for either/both. It's an energetic dance form, there's a reason no dance lasts more than 3 minutes, so be prepared and do bring supportive shoes or trainers (gym with sprung floor)


Hervé Dréan & Rachel Goodwin

mad tom"Personne n'y danse, que les amoureux..." ("Nobody dances, except for lovers...")
Friday 8pm till late
Euro-bal ! Dances from France, Brittany… and more!
Hervé Dréan sings dance songs from his native Southern Brittany and plays various whistles, recorders and bagpipes, accompanied by Rachel Goodwin on piano, in a wide range of dance forms from the French Bal Folk repertoire. Whether you know the dances or not, most are easy to pick up, so come and try them out and enjoy a great evening “à la française” !
Breton song and dance workshop (in French!) : Most Breton dance songs are sung by a lead singer and the rest of the dancers repeat all or part of each phrase. Hervé will teach simple repetitive songs and the dances which go with them (Tour, An Dro, Hanter Dro, Rond, Contre-rond, Bal à 4 sauts...), and can also provide you with the words if you prefer!
Hervé and Rachel will also lead a Breton tune session for all instruments. Music provided.


Irish Set Dance with Maggie Daniel

Maggie DanielMaggie 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!


Jill Bransby

Jill Bransby

Jill will be teaching workshops under the title "Broaden Your Horizons" for dancers who are less familiar with the international side of the festival.
She will also be leading the Saturday Night International Dance with live music provided by Cloudburst.

Jill has been dancing ‘with the world’ for a long time. As a teacher of international folk dance she is well known for her enthusiasm and energy, especially at her local club which she founded 40 years ago. She is delighted to participate in this years’ Festival as, in past years, she helped to organise it, called at dances, taught workshops, played music and also came as a carefree punter.



Maggie O'Regan

Maggie OReganMaggie will teach Gentle Bulgarian and Romanian dances and will also MC the Sunday Balkan-Extra evening, assisted by Dalila.


Maggie O'Regan started dancing as a child in Australia, and only started International folk dancing when she came to live in England. She quickly discovered that her main areas of interest were the Balkans and Eastern Europe. She danced with Greek and Romanian performance groups in London and attended many seminars abroad, in Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Macedonia and Ukraine, and studied with Lykion Ton Hellenidon in London.

Nigel Close

Nigel CloseNigel has danced for most of his adult life and was dance director of the display team Woodfidley for many years. He calls for Playford balls, club nights and ceilidhs; has taught a range of workshops including Welsh, Manx and dance technique; and leads the Winchester club ‘as many as will’.

His philosophy is that dancing should be enjoyed and part of this enjoyment is in listening and responding to the music – making the music visible in dance.

In his spare time he is the token man in a circle dance group!

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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