15:00 “Vendeé region dances” – Maxime Chevrier, Arbadetorne

Maxime Chevrier Dance workshops Dancer – researcher – transmitter for… a long time!  Maxime participates in field surveys of former dancers, singers and musicians in the Vendée (part of Poitou), he supervises numerous dance workshops both in France and abroad. His research on the fiddler tradition led Maxime to orient his practice as a memory passer, initially towards the eastern repertoire of the department. Then, as part of the “Informal Collective on Dance in Poitou-Vendée”, he participates in the analysis of filmed surveys on dance in Noirmoutier (URPUPCP, Lancelot Fund), Ile d’Yeu (Lancelot Fund) and in the Marais NordVendéen (Lancelot Fund, J.M Guilcher, Martel). The results of this work will shed new light on traditional dance practice in the Vendée Northwest. Since 2006, Maxime has been conducting a study through the archives that has led him to reconsider what we took for granted. This work is a part of its teaching during workshops.

Internship content Our meeting will be first and foremost an opportunity to search for the secret little happiness of dance! The Vendée is made up of very varied terroirs, including for the dance repertoire, so we can distinguish three stylistic “major domains” in terms of dance: “Le Marais Nord”, the islands of Noirmoutier and Yeu and the Haut Bocage. The repertoire covered in the workshop will allow you to discover or deepen your knowledge of the dances of the different natural regions of Vendée (Rondes et branle des iles, maraîchine, grand’ danse, “avant deux”).

17:30 “Balfolk for beginners” – Crew

Four Hooves of balfolk, Balfolk for beginners

The beginner workshops are free and open for everyone. If you want to dance we will show you how to. The workshop will contain the basic steps of few balfolk dances and some bal-etiquette to prepare you how not to get lost on the dancefloor


12:00 ”The groove: patterns and flow”, earlier part – Remi Kesteman

14:30 ”The groove: patterns and flow”, later part – Remi Kesteman

Groove is rhythm, groove is a cycle, groove is a pattern. Groove is rhythm… Groove is something intrinsic to dancing: it repeats rhythmical patterns in cycles, and allows us to connect with the rhythm in the music. By identifying these patterns, it becomes easier to anticipate, connect and improvise freely with our partners, thus creating a continuous flow of movement on the dancefloor. We will take a look at the inner works of dancing: its structure, its elements, how they connect, and find our own way of manipulating all of it to spice up our moves. From analyzing to experimenting, come have fun with patterns and find your own dancing groove. What you’ll need: A set of open ears – An open mind – To know the base-step of Scottish, Mazurka, Waltz and Polka – Some experience in leading and following What you won’t need: A dancing partner – Mad dancing skills

12:00 “Next level of couple dancing” – Leo Visser

During this deep-dive workshop we will explore the possibilities in the couple dances featured in Balfolk. We’ll look at why we do certain things in couples the way we do them. We’ll question the steps we do in the dances and see if there are any alternatives which also fit the dance. During this workshop you will get a taste of multiple possibilities for variations in different dances. We’ll look at different ways of varying the dances, for example we will let go of the normal dance embrace and see which possibilities will open up. But we’ll also explore the possibilities we have while being in this dance embrace. Besides the dance couple we will also look at the dance floor as a whole and experiment with the group dynamic during a couple dance. 1,5 hour – break of 30 minutes – 1,5 hour

16:30 “Polish dances” – Po Staremu Crew

The most popular polish dance called mazurek is the origin of both french mazurka and swedish polska. Together with passionate polish dancers and musicians we will try to find a connection between these three dances. Diving into sounds of dusty melodies from our masters we invite you for a great journey into wild rhythms of central Poland and unbridled energy of polish mazurkas in the oldest known form.


11:00 “Folk Ninja”, earlier part – Pedro & Magdalena

14:00 “Folk Ninja”, later part – Pedro & Magdalena

Energy – Instinct – Intuition – Creativity – Experiment – Ninja – Vision – Humor …did we say ninja?

You need: Respect for the dojo (venue) and the other ninjas (dancers), alrea dyaccomplished some ninja missions such as the ancient practice of Mazurka,Scottish and Valse.

You donʼt need: ninja belt or stars, any spy or invisibility skills, to speak Japanese.

To start, a ninja needs a strong sense of self control to maintain a strong body, with bravery and skills. We want to discover and improve your dance skills in three dimensions: reposition your own awareness, how to transmit it on your partner and be in control and connection with everything that is happening around you.

Like ninjas, youʼll learn how to use senses to investigate yourself and where you are, what are your strength and turning every imperfection in a new opportunity in the dance. Before coming out of the egg, as a young ninja-dancer, expect nourishing training of mind and body (to develop technique, stability and instinct) and to work on effective communication youʼll need with other dancing ninjas (clarity and concision, empathy and feedback).

What can happen in dojo: Transformation, Inspiration, Movement through space, Protection, Grounded energy, Fulfillment of potential, Spirit and Strength, Vitality, Mastery… Your way, your dance. Are you ready to transform yourself into a Folk Ninja?

The teachers

Magdalena is an actress, musician and dance teacher. Aside theatre she organizes and produces concerts, balls, dance workshops and she is a head of Balfolk Bialystok after giving her heart to FolkLab in Paris. Pedro discovered through “Mazurka Klandestina” that balfolk embraces everything he loves about dancing. Engineer, musician and art-lover, heʼs the president of the association Neapolis Balfolk. Magdalena and Pedro instantly felt they want to create and work together out of the energy that was between them with their natural ability to improvise. They are a spicy mixture of cultures and backgrounds, with energy to inspire and challenge themselves and others. Their passion for theatre and dance is visible in everything they do.

11:00 “Breton Dances for beginners” – Gwerenn

13:00 “Variations in Breton Dances” – Leo Visser

Are you tired of dancing these Breton dances the same way all the time? Well then this workshop is for you! Go with me on a journey through multiple dances from the Breton region. We’ll look at the traditional forms of these dances and then see how they’ve evolved over time. We’ll take this evolution one step further! This workshop will not be your typical workshop in Breton dances where you’ll just learn how to do the steps. During this workshop we’ll take the principles which have been cultivated in couple dances for many years and apply them to dances in chains. People who’ve done this workshop before can come back again, because this time we will not limit ourselves to just the hanter-dro and an-dro. This time we’ll also include the more challenging dances. If you still have difficulty dancing a Koste ‘r c’hoed then this workshop might be very challenging for you, as the goal is not to teach you this dance. 1 hour – 30 minute break – 1 hour

Music workshops: 13:45 Guitar workshops, playing together – Tomek Biela, Gwerenn

Both Remi Kesteman’s and Pedro & Magdalena’s workshops are planned in a way that you can choose to go to both sessions or just one.