Dates & News

Three important Whitstable May Day things you need to know!


1. Be part of Whitstable May Day Celebrations! Would you like to join Whitstable May Day Morris for the day and accompany the Jack-in-the-Green in the dancing procession through the town??! Then join us at a FREE dance workshop on Thursday 28th April, 5pm – 6.30pm at The Umbrella Community Centre, 10 Oxford St, Whitstable CT5 1DD. If you can’t attend, let me know – we’ll make a video!

Info here!


2. Fund Raising Ceilidh on Sunday night 1st May, also at the Umbrella Community with the wonderful Climax Ceilidh Band and fabulous Chris Rose calling. If you’re dancing in a morris side in the procession or joining Whitstable May Day Morris, you can get a discounted ticket for £10 using the code MORRISDANCER when booking – hope you can make it!

Book here!

3. Whitstable May Day Celebrations on Monday 2nd May. Dancing starts at the Library 10am… with the procession through the town. The Jack in the Green, with his band of musicians, Maid Marian, Robin Hood, Jim the Hooden Horse and his lad, and Boris the Bear all come out and joins the procession at 1pm in Harbour Street dance up to the harbour, where Whitstable’s Samba Pelo Mar are playing from midday… then the procession will dance up to the Castle to sing the Whitstable May Day song at 2pm, with festivities continuing at the Castle by the Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club (stalls and entertainment all day!). Along with Whitstable May Day Morris, there will be Whitstable’s Deahorse Morris and Broomdashers, with their Jack too, CreekSide Cloggers and, for the very first time, Captain Sam the Whitstable giant will be joining in too!!

Keep an eye out on Jack's facebook page and website for more information!

https://www.facebook.com/whitstablejack

http://whitstablejack.co.uk/


The Whitstable Jack in the Green procession is one the oldest in the country, having been revived in 1976 by Duke’s Folk, the Whitstable Folk Club. For most of its life since the revival, the procession has been organised by Dixie Lee and Oyster Morris and in conjunction with the Whitstable and Herne Bay Lions Club. Sadly, Oyster decided to hang up their hankies at the end of the dancing season in 2019. Dixie and a team are cracking on with organising the logistics of the procession – so that just leaves the fun bit - the dancing! We really hope you can join us and be part of this amazing tradition!!



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