News: International Workshop Festival 07

Wednesday 18 July 2007

Fancy a spot of pole dancing ‘in character, costume and heels’, or need to brush up your Renaissance dance skills? Perhaps your fan work could use some development, not to mention your erotique baroque…And then there’s traditional Long Sword dance from N.E. England, Chinese dance and the chance to ‘sprinkle your act with stardust’ with the legendary Jo King, Queen of New Burlesque.

Yes, The International Workshop Festival is back. It’s 20th London season runs from 28 August to 27 September – and is now open for bookings.

Luke Dixon, Artistic Director and himself leading a workshop or two says “I’m always looking for new areas to explore and new ways to blur boundaries. In recent years we have done work in depth on Maori dance and dance from the Sudan as well as launching the neo-burlesque revival.

“So this year for the first time we step into the worlds of period dance and English folk tradition, the start we hope of exciting new areas for us. And we are combining period dance with our burlesque and erotic themes in our Erotique Baroque workshop.

“I spend a lot of time talking to potential teachers, matching teachers with ideas and working with them to create the workshop formats”.

So what makes the International Workshop Festival so special? “It creates a safe and fecund space for dancers of every persuasion to come together and cross boundaries. It’s also a fun place to find new skills and styles that can be incorporated in work or just inspire and stimulate” says Dixon.

We’ve sifted through the listings to find the most dance relevant workshops here

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