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HOPE - Folk Dance Remixed at CECIL SHARP 20 NOV 2021.pdf

Hello!

In case you haven’t yet booked tickets for the world premier of our new show Hope, they are going fast and are limited - so BOOK NOW!!

Here’s some more about it and please share too - thanks!

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Folk Dance Remixed and the English Folk Dance and Song Society would like to invite you to our new show ‘Hope’ on Saturday the 20th November at 7.30pm at Cecil Sharp House in Camden.

Here’s a short trailer from our research and development period earlier this year…

https://youtu.be/IlHLLOQIq8U

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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Ticket link:

https://www.efdss.org/choose-seats?EventInstanceId=15201

We will have more dates in February 2022 if you can't make this one – so far, we have Sunday 6th February (matinee) at Cecil Sharp House, Sunday 13th at The Stables in Milton Keynes and Wednesday 16th at The Point in Eastleigh, more information about those performances will be on our website soon.

And check out our facebook too!!

So hope you can make it!

Cheers, Kerry

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!...

Hello!

The daffs are out, the birdies are singing and I can see blue sky and sunshine down here in sunny Kent : ) !!! So, even though we can't meet in sunny Kent - we can meet and dance together to great live music in Zoomland!

Email me for the link:

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

Look forward to a dance with you soon!

All the best, Kerry

What to do about paying: The classes will remain by donation - I don’t want anyone’s financial situation to be a barrier to attending, whether it’s to dance or just watch and listen.

Donations can be made here: paypal.me/folkdanceKerry or email me for my bank details or address if you’d like to pay another way.

Zoom: I realise that Zoom is not the easiest way to learn so please get in touch if you need any particular help, in terms of the actual dancing, and if anyone would like a tutorial on using Zoom, then please let me know and I’ll set up a session with you.


Regular Classes:

So, here’s all the information about the Appalachian and European dance classes on Zoom - 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 because I don’t think it will be a good start as I can’t see how you’re really doing in a mixed class. 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, please email me for the Zoom Link

kerry@kerryfletcher.co.uk

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Appalachian Dance

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

5.30pm - 6.30pm Catch Up class - great if you're new to the classes!

7pm - 8pm Improvers 1

8.15pm - 9.15pm Improvers 2

9.15 - 10pm Intermediates

Monthly Saturday mornings (Holwell Cloggers): 17th April / 8th May / 12th June

9.30am Open Zoom Room for hellos & tech check

10am - 11am Mixed Level

11.30am - 12.30pm Improvers

12.35pm – 1.30pm Intermediates

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European Dance - class and social dance Bal

Monthly Monday evenings (Faversham): 10th May / 7th June

7pm Open Zoom Room for hellos & tech check

7.30pm – 8.30pm Teaching

8.30pm – 9.30pm Social Dance Bal

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Request - please arrive in plenty of time, so I can get you all in and start on time or let me know if you're going to be late - thanks

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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