Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2018


Brian's workshops

Saturday with Keeping Thyme
Odd Occupations
(Jolly Jobs)

Sunday with Keeping Thyme
A Relaxing Sunday Afternoon  Some of Brian's favourites which are less strenuous physically but might well require the little grey cells to be alert.

Monday with Persons of Quality
The Tunes of Charlene Thomson

Nigel's workshops

Saturday and Monday with Keeping Thyme
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.

**THE Playford Ball** - Andrew Shaw & Persons of Quality (USA)

Our Costume Ball is always a very popular event and tickets have all been allocated to the earliest Earlybirds.
Andrew will be teaching workshops throughout the weekend, and his Sunday evening dance is called "Not quite the Playford Ball"

If you were not quick enough to book a Playford Ball ticket, ask to go on the waiting list when you buy your season ticket.


Lisa's workhops

Saturday with E.C.D.B.
Unusual Progressions
Contras with surprising transitions.

Saturday with E.C.D.B.
No Improper Dances!
Different contra formations and orientations.

Sunday with Mollie and Ali
Double Feature Dances
Unusual squares and contras with double formations or double movements.

Sunday with Keeping Thyme
Elegant Geometry
Dances of various shapes, with beautiful flow

Monday with Mollie and Ali
Square Shaped
Squares, contras with square-shaped moves, mescolanzas..

Andrew's workshops

Saturday with Mollie and Ali
Early morning Early Playford: dances from the first 4 editions of The Dancing Master (1651-1670)

Saturday afternoon with Keeping Thyme
A Trip to the Dance:
Excursions to places of interest - with a pub.

Sunday morning with Persons of Quality.
Next of Kynaston: Dances from the early 18th century collections of Nathaniel Kynaston

Sunday afternoon with Persons of Quality
Flemish Vagaries: Dances of Philippe Callens

Monday morning with Persons of Quality
Rude Dances: 18 certificate (proof of age may be requested)!

2018 Evening Programmes

Friday 4 May
5.30 stewards arrive
7pm EIFF newbies welcome reception
7pm All other dancers  - collect your tickets from the Cafe and spend a little time chatting and having a snack!

7 - 8.30pm Scarletts Dance shoes

7.30pm International Welcome Party  MC Ron Wilks
8pm An American Welcome with Lynne Render and ECDB
8pm Joy of Dance (mixed) with Kalia Kliban (USA) with Persons of Quality (USA) and display by Renaissance Footnotes
8 til late Euro Bal with dances from France, Brittany… and more! Hervé Dréan and Rachel Goodwin in a wide range of dance forms from the French Bal Folk repertoire. - enjoy a great evening “à la française” !

Saturday 5 May 7.30-10.30pm
Puddle Jumping!  a mixed Evening with Kalia Kliban (USA) and Keeping Thyme
Squares & Contras with Lisa Greenleaf (USA) and Mollie & Ali
Dances from Round the World  MC Jill Bransby
**THE Playford Ball** - Andrew Shaw & Persons of Quality (USA)
Late 17th/ early 18th century dances from the team responsible for Farnicle Huggy and Elephants Stairs - specialists in obscure dance titles!

Sunday 6 May 7.30-10.30pm
Not quite the Playford Ball with Andrew Shaw & Persons of Quality (USA)   The Playford castle gates are open: expect anything - within reason!
Mix and Match  (Mixed but mainly American) with Lynne Render and Mollie & Ali
Main American with Lisa Greenleaf (USA) and ECDB and Gog Magog   Event sponsored by Beckenham FD Group
Eastern European Party  MC MAggie O'Regan

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Saturday 5 May 2-5pm
New Festival Callers Showcase with MC Mike Courthold and Mollie and Ali

Sunday 6 May 2-5pm
Tea dance with host John Green and ECDB featuring Amy and Bubbles, from 2017 New Festival Callers Showcase

Lynne's workshops

Friday 8pm with ECDB
An American Welcome

Saturday with ECDB
“Cary" on dancing
A selection of interesting contras by Cary Ravitz

Saturday with Keeping Thyme
Half a Dozen
A mix of dances using the number 6 in some way. 3 couple, 6 couple, or ‘6’ in the title.

Saturday with ECDB
Be there and be square
Mostly squares with a few other dances thrown into the mix.

Sunday with Mollie and Ali
Dancing More and “Mohr”
A mixture of contras either written by Rick Mohr or containing the Rory ‘o More move

Sunday 7.30pm with Mollie and Ali
Mix and Match!

Monday with Keeping Thyme
Interactive sets
Squares and contras where the sets interact with those next to them.


Draft programme for ticket holders

A draft programme will be emailed to all ticket holders during Easter weekend.  Last minute changes will be posted on the notice board in St Catherine's Main corridor.

Kalia's workshops

Friday 8pm with Persons of Quality
Joy of Dance (mixed) welcome to the weekend!

Saturday with Mollie & Ali
Disorientation Station, a selection of dances offering distinct orientation challenges.
Dancers attending this workshop should be comfortable with triple minor progression and heys.

Saturday 8pm with Keeping Thyme
Puddle Jumping – dances from both ides of the pond!

Sunday with Persons of Quality
Cruising Altitude, where we can just dance and enjoy each others' company without our brains getting too sweaty.

Sunday with Mollie & Ali
Fur and Feathers a collection of English and American dances referencing birds and animals
A mix of ECD and contra, Some of the dances may be challenging.

Monday with Mollie & Ali

Welcome reception for newcomers to the festival

We're looking forward to welcoming newcomers in the CHILL OUT ROOM at St Catherine's at 7pm on Friday 4 May for ticket collection.  This is a social occasion for you to meet each other, the organisers and any callers or bands who are not busy setting up for the evening dance.

It gives you a chance to ask questions and IS NOT COMPULSORY!

At 7.45pm, a steward will lead the way to Langney School and Langney Village Hall so that you don't miss the beginning of those dances if that's where you would like to be!

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