Dates & News

Happy New Year Everybody!

Hope you all had a fabulous festive season and 2022 brings you marvellous music and delectable dance, wherever and however possible, and here’s wishing you all much joy!!

I’ve a few great things to tell you - Eurobash Bal, Folk dance Remixed’s new show Hope on tour, Dance Around the World festival, and my regular classes too – get a cuppa and read on!...

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Eurobash 2022 Bal in Zoomland! Sat 15th Jan at 7pm

We'd hoped we wouldn't have to say this, but COVID still stops us holding Eurobash in person, so we're going digital again with the event taking place in Zoomland!

We have two wonderful bands for you! Heather White, Ravi Sawney & Jane Bird, who'll be playing from Oxford, and Chris Walshaw, Frances Watt, Anna Tabbush & Anna Pack, playing from Kent – hopefully, each band will be playing together in one room – now that’s going to be a real treat!!!

Click here for the details and to book:

https://www.lesbatons.org/general-5

And… keep an eye on the website for notice about the Les Batons session the Sunday 16th Jan too!

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Folk Dance Remixed

Our new show HOPE is going on tour - BOOK NOW!!

Sunday 6 Feb – (matinee) Cecil Sharp House, Camden, London

Sunday 13 FebThe Stables, Milton Keynes, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Wednesday 16 FebThe Point, Eastleigh, Hampshire

We had a fantastic reception at our opening night on 20th November… so please do share where you can and let your friends and family know about this, it’s suitable for ages from 10 upwards – it’s the first tour of our new work and we’d love to have a friendly audience – thanks!

Below’s some information and you can see some photos from the show and a short trailer from our research and development period earlier this year…

https://folkdanceremixed.com/hope/

And check out our facebook too!!

HOPE

Stronger than fear, fuelled with love, this is a defiantly joyous new show from Folk Dance Remixed, created in response to the challenging times we share. In it we take a 21st century look at the ancient story of Pandora's Box, when all the evils of the world were unleashed and Hope remained to protect and defend us all.

Live musicians and dancers explore wondrous realms with a stunning electronic soundscape, poetry and storytelling.

Bring with you your own hopes for the future; and get ready for bursts of colour, shoots of growth, branches of dreams and a riotous celebration of connectivity, interdependence and resilience, as we find our way back to hope from despair and co create a vision of a brighter future in which all our wildest dreams can come true.

Hope was conceived by Folk Dance remixed and Bernadette Russell in response to her brilliant new book “How To Be Hopeful". "Hope" was commissioned by the English Folk Dance and Song Society and is funded by the Weston Culture Fund of the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Creative team:

Tom Fairbairn - show musical director/associate artist

Kerry Fletcher- co-director /choreographer

Rachana Jadhav- set and costume designer

Natasha Khamjani- co-director /choreographer

Stacey O’ Shea - lighting designer

Bernadette Russell- writer/dramaturge/co- director

DJ Walde- composer/musical director

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Dance Around the World returns on 19th & 20th March 2022!

It’s a fabulous festival and I’m delighted to say us Appalachian dancers will be stepping out with a workshop and performance on the Saturday – hope you’ll be able to join us!!

Tickets are now on sale

https://www.efdss.org/whats-on/27-dances/10701-dance-around-the-world-190323

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Folk Dance Remixed's Solo Ceilidh Cardio - get yourself Folk Fit!!

Here it is, just click on this!

Natasha and I, with guest artist Damien Anyasi, went into the fabulous Kennedy Hall at the English Folk Dance and Song Society's HQ to film this - so get your dancing shoes on and join us at home!


My regular classes and events

Dates and details below!...

Email me for the link/s:

kerry@kerryfletcher.co.uk... and then please share as widely as you can - just not on public social media - thanks!

Look forward to a dance with you soon!

All the best, Kerry


Regular Classes:

So, here’s all the information about the Appalachian and European dance classes. They are currently running in person and in Zoomland simultaneously (although please do check below as a few are Zoomland only) - and please feel free to share with other dancers around the country as you can zoom in from anywhere!

I’m not taking any absolute beginners in the Appalachian dance classes just now because I don’t think it will be a good start in the circumstances. However, if you’ve done lots of dance and/or any kind of percussive dance before, then get in touch!

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If you'd like to join a class in Zoomland, please email me for the Link

kerry@kerryfletcher.co.uk

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Appalachian Dance

Thursday evenings - term time (CreekSide Cloggers, Faversham & Zoomland):

10 weeks from 20th January to 31st March, with a half term break on 17th Feb and in Zoomland only on 24th Feb and 3rd March, due to building works at the hall.

6pm - 6.45pm Catch Up class - great if you're new to the classes!

7pm - 8pm Class 1 - Mixed level, including beginners to the group

8.15pm - 9.15pm Class 2 - Improvers, for those with a few years clogging under their feet

9.15 - 10pm Intermediate, for a faster paced class

In person: St Catherine's Schoolroom, Preston Lane, Faversham, Kent ME13 8LG

If you haven't been before, it's in the churchyard of St Catherine's, as you come into the car park, turn left down the lane towards the footbridge over the railway line - you wouldn't know there was a little hall there but there is! Call me if you can't find it 07703 639 720

Zoomland - contact me for the link!

Termly Cost (payable termly or half-termly): Catch Up class £40 / Mixed and/or Improvers £65 (£55 conc) / Improvers and Intermediates £105 (£85 conc) OR by donation if you have been affected financially by Covid-19, on a low income or Zooming in

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Monthly Saturday mornings (Holwell & Zoomland):

Jan 29th, Feb 19th, March 19th (then off to Dance Around the World!), April 9th, May 7th

9.30am -11:00am Class 1 - Mixed level, including beginners to the group

11:15am – 12:45pm Class 2 - Improvers, for those with a few years clogging under their feet

1pm – 2pm Class 3 - Intermediate, for a faster paced class

In person: Holwell Village Hall, Pirton Rd, Holwell SG5 3SS

Zoomland - contact me for the link!

Cost: £9 (£7 conc) Mixed/Improvers / for both £15 (£11 conc) / £6 (£5 conc) Intermediates/Musicians OR by donation if you have been affected financially by Covid-19, on a low income or Zooming in

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European Dance - class and social dance Bal

Monthly Monday evenings (Faversham & Zoomland): Jan 10th (in Zoomland ONLY), Feb 7th, April 4th, May 9th, June 6th

7.30pm – 8.30pm Teaching

8.30pm – 9.30pm Social Dance Bal

In person: St Catherine's Schoolroom, Preston Lane, Faversham, Kent ME13 8LG

If you haven't been before, it's in the churchyard of St Catherine's, as you come into the car park, turn left down the lane towards the footbridge over the railway line - you wouldn't know there was a little hall there but there is! Call me if you can't find it 07703 639 720

Zoomland - contact me for the link!

Cost: £8 / £6 conc OR by donation if you have been affected financially by Covid-19, on a low income or Zooming in

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NEWS

Nomination for a One Dance UK award!!

I'm delighted and utterly honoured to have been nominated and have made it to the long list! It's in the category of... The Inspirational Community Dance Practitioner Award and is for a practitioner whose work within the community creates a positive impact with groups or a group of people. They use the power of dance to engage and motivate those who they work with, and create opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to dance. Click here to see the long list and more about One Dance UK. The shortlist will be announced in September.

Folk Dance Remixed are celebrating their 10th birthday!!!

It’s been 10 years since Natasha Khamjani and Kerry Fletcher met in the garden at Cecil Sharp House. With a maypole as inspiration and boundless enthusiasm they began to create an exciting and unique mix of folk and street dance styles. Joined by Frances Watt, they are now a leading company that, until lockdown, could be found taking their maypole and fabulously talented, diverse company up and down the land.

And, to celebrate 10 years together, they’ve made a fantastic film with company members old and new – Enjoy!!

It would be fabulous if you can make some comments and share where you can – thanks!!

Whilst we fight the voracious virus by staying at home, all my Clogging and Euro Dance classes are now available on Zoom. I’m not currently taking on new students, though will be running the occasional beginners class, so keep an eye out here and I’ll post the details or email me: kerry@kerryfletcher.co.uk

All classes, workshops and Bals are currently free, though if you’d like to make a donation, it will be most gratefully received! You can make a donation here: paypal.me/folkdanceKerry

The Folk Dance Remixed tour is also cancelled, hopefully, mostly postponed till next year. We’re working on ways to keep in touch and dance with you so keep an eye out on our website, facebook and twitter on watch our wonderful Folk Dance Remixed Fridays videos celebrating the joyous talents of our amazing crew!

It’s very nearly… the first week in August… and it is of course Sidmouth Folk Festival Online – FREE!!

I’m thrilled that fabulous musicians, Chris Walshaw and Frances Watt, with some guest star appearances on film of the fabulous melodeon player, Anna Pack, will be playing for my European dance workshops and a Bal on Friday night too… the programme is out so check it out and sign up to join us now!!

​ALL EVENTS ARE FREE TO ACCESS

Please consider donating to help secure the future of The Sidmouth Folk Festival crowdfunder.co.uk/the-sidmouth-folk-festival

Please, please, please do pass this around, copy and paste on to your socials and share, share, share – thanks

​Hope to see you in your living room, on the patio​, outside on your street… next week!

Happy dancing, Kerry