Would you like a dance?
What to expect
Come Folk Dancing, where the emphasis is on enjoyment rather than dancing to perfection. It is an ideal opportunity for those who may be afraid of looking foolish or who think they have two left feet, to give it a try, because no-one will mind if you make a mistake: that is all part of the fun. You will be learning easy dances from all over the world. Watch the video clip below, and you'll get the idea of what it's all about.
These dances are for everyone, from young children to seniors, for men and for women. There are even dances for men only. It's good exercise, but you could hardly call it a work out. It's entertainment for the whole family, and such fun! It's a great way to break down barriers and get people to mix in a very natural way. These dances are not classes per se, but more like participatory entertainment, where even the instruction is kept light hearted and full of humour.
You don't need to come with a partner, since many of the dances don't require partners or require you to change partners during the dance or even require you to have two partners. So, if you come to the dance alone, you will not be left out.
Each dance takes between 5 and 20 minutes to run through and perform, not perfectly, but well enough to get the hang of them, and to enjoy doing them. There's a lot of variety, different styles, different countries, different speeds, different types of music, etc. These events are times to unwind, have fun and to laugh a lot.
To get a better idea about what to expect, do watch the promotional video above and have a look at the video clips in the "Folk Dance Resources" section. If you still have questions, feel free to contact me.
I plan to put on a Folk Dance workshop one Friday or Saturday evening in the autumn if there is a significant demand for it. It will most probably be held in St Pierre-Jolys, MB at the Bible Fellowship Church, located near the hospital. I am using the occasion to raise money for the Canadian Foodgrains Banks Project, a worthy cause enabling us here in Canada to share our abundant harvests with the less fortunate of the world. Follow this link for more details. If you are interested in coming to this or similar events, do email me, and I will be sure to notify you whenever I put on this type of event.
Organising a social event?
Why not organise a social event involving Folk Dancing? It could be a wedding, a church social, a birthday party, a charity event, a student gathering, in fact if your goal is to create a foundation in which to build relationships, then Folk Dancing is one of the best ways to accomplish this, particularly if there's a meal on offer as well.
Having lead literally hundreds of such events with very positive feedback, feel free to contact me about how to make your event a roaring success. You'll most probably find this will be one of the most enjoyable and cost effective events you've organised.
About the Instructor
I'm from England, and started attending an International Folk Dance Club when I was 17. I loved it so much, it wasn't long before I was instructing. For several years I was instructing at about 40 events a year: church parties, international student gatherings, birthdays, weddings and other social events. I came to Canada in 1998, and was sad to see Folk Dancing does not have the popularity it has in the UK. I hope my enthusiasm to get non-dancers to discover how much fun it can be will help bring about a much needed change for the better.
Hugo, Thank you for introducing us to the wonderful world of folk dance. We appreciate your involvement in this very special celebration. May Folk Dance live forever! Thanks
Andrew Clarke's twin arranged a Barn Dance for their 40th, but it wasn't a patch on one of yours ...Geoff Ashdon - Leeds, England.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the International Folk Dance
Everyone was very impressed by your expertise, and I think you may be hearing from me again, since most people are asking, "When is the next one?'
We thank you for your past help; those of us who have attended have enjoyed ourselves and we look forward to asking you to join us again sometime in the future
How to contact:
Hugo Moule, Box 77, Kleefeld, Manitoba, Canada R0A 0V0
Hugo Moule - April 2008