Middle Eastern/European Party Dancing

 - Moroney Family

In many Middle Eastern and European countries traditional dance is still popular at special celebrations - weddings, birthdays etc.. .Specific dances relate to specific pieces of music and when the music starts up the guests just get up and spontaneously fall in - this used to happen in NZ when bands played the Gay Gordons and other such numbers.

In the workshop you will learn a few simple Israeli, Greek and Turkish dances that will later be played at the barndance so that you can 'spontaneously' leap up and show how it's done. Hopefully others will join in.  (Special thanks to the fiddle club who have learnt these for your enjoyment).


Swing Dance - Blues 101

 - Swing Riot

If you love blues music and can’t escape that driving rhythm inside, then this is the lesson for you! Dancing the blues has a rich and varied history, and in this session Kieran and Sibby from Swing Riot will give you a taste of the basics - just in time for the Blues Forum! With just over an hour of class followed by social dancing, Blues 101 will give you everything you need to start exploring the freedom, connection, musicality and joy that is blues dancing!

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Swing Dance - Introduction to Lindyhop

 - Swing Riot

Whether you’ve been dancing your whole life or you’ve never danced before, if you haven’t tried the ‘lindyhop’ yet, now’s your chance! Lindyhop developed in the ‘30s and ‘40s alongside big band music and is characterised by its swing steps. Playful and fun, lindyhop is the perfect dance to try if you’ve never ventured onto the floor before. Kieran and Emma from Swing Riot have prepared the perfect introductory lesson, immediately followed with time for some social dancing so you can try out your new skills! 

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Get ready to swing your legs and wave your arms to the beat with Emma Hay from Swing Riot! Emma’s got a fun and easy class ready for kids and grown-ups of all ages who want to learn to dance. Come along to learn some classic solo Charleston in a routine that will be fun for all the family.

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Swing Dance - Charleston for Kids

 - Swing Riot