Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2018


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!"

Kalia Kliban

KaliaFriday 8pm with Persons of Quality

Saturday 7.30pm with Keeping Thyme

Kalia Kliban has been part of the California Bay Area of USA traditional dance scene since the mid-1980s, performing and teaching in a wide range of styles. At dance camps and festivals across the country she has taught morris, longsword, English and American clogging, English country dance and contra, and she's a regular contra and English caller in the vibrant Bay Area dance community. Her welcoming and relaxed teaching style has helped dancers of all levels experience the joy of traditional dance.

Kalia's workshops

Saturday "Disorientation Station," a selection of dances offering distinct orientation challenges, triple minor progression and heys.

Sunday morning "Cruising Altitude," where we can just dance and enjoy each others' company without our brains getting too sweaty.

Sunday afternoon "Fur and Feathers," a collection of English and American dances referencing birds and animals. (mixed ECD and contra) Some of the dances may be challenging.

Lynne Render

Lynne RenderFriday 8pm American with ECDB

Sunday 7.30pm Mixed but mainly American with Mollie and Ali

Lynne Render is a dancer and caller from Loughborough in Leicestershire.
She is a regular caller at local clubs and also calls for dances, ceilidhs and workshops at clubs and festivals throughout the country.
Lynne calls for dancers of all abilities and has worked with many well-known bands.
She has called at Sidmouth, Chippenham, Eastbourne, Lichfield and Bromyard festivals, at Casterton and other dance weekends and is a regular caller for The London Barndance Company at Cecil Sharp House, the Alcester contra series and the Peeping Tom ceilidhs.
Lynne likes to call a mixture of American and English dances and is always on the lookout for interesting, but nicely-flowing dances to add to her repertoire. She firmly believes that a clear explanation will enable the less-experienced dancer to enjoy a good dance.
Lynne enjoys a wide range of dancing herself through social dance, ceilidhs and Appalachian clogging.

Nigel Close

"Mined out of Thyme"
Keeping Thyme have dug out a rich seam of their favourite tunes and Nigel has excavated the dances that fit them.   Nothing too complex or energetic to start the day, but some glittering nuggets are here to be picked up.

Nigel Close 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!

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