Workshop program

You can find some additional practical information at the bottom of this page.
Sign up for a music workhop here.
Sign up for the “Blindsight Journey” here. – full, waiting list
Sign up for “Create your own dance workshop” here. full, waiting list

For the dance workshops, you don’t need to sign up.

You can go to the info stand at the festival to get information about the workshops.

Thursday 18th of October

18.30 – 19.15

Jolanda Snellenberg Dance instruction for beginners

A crash course in Balfolk dances. Everyone can join! You don’t need to bring a partner.

Friday 19th of October

13.00 – 15.00

Jolanda Snellenberg & Janniek Wester Mazurka

Dance workshop
Haven’t got a lot of experience on the dance floor yet? And you’d like to be able to dance with more ease? Can’t get those Mazurka steps in your system? We’re going to work on all that during this workshop! We’ll look at the basic steps of the Mazurka, and we’ll pay a lot of attention to what makes dancing feel “good” : dancing together, a good posture, and changing things up without variations. So that after this workshop you can finally dance that mazurka with ease – and probably even the other dances will go better.
Level: Beginners
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Koen Dhondt Sauts béarnais

Dance workshop
We’ll discover the Béarn-version of the Sauts Basques: circle dances with a choreography of different steps. ‘Les 7 sauts’ (the 7 jumps) is the most famous dance of this repertoire. Come to the workshop and you’ll be able to dance 7 sauts during the bal of Cocanha!
We will learn 7 sauts, Pantelon, Peiroton, Mariana, Saut de Garona, and maybe La Craba… and some variations.
Level: You don’t need any previous knowledge of this repertoire. The beginning of the workshop will be easy, and after that we build up towards more complicated dances.
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Wouter Kuyper (BmB Light) Intro to Diatonic Accordion

Music workshop
Have you always wanted to try out diatonic accordion? Curious how these instruments work? Or have you started playing recently, and could you use some help? Then join this beginner workshop!
Level: Everybody is welcome. At this moment we have as much participants without an instrument, as we have extra instruments to use. So you can still participiate, but only if you bring your own diatonic accordion!
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).
Don’t wait too long! We have a limited amount of instruments.

Pascale Rubens (Naragonia) Diatonic accordion

Music workshop
This workshop is intended for GC diatonic accordions. During this workshop, we will focus on learning to play for dancers. Which tempo is best? Where do you place specific accents for a bourrée, a mazurka, …? How can you bring more swing into your tune? Don’t forget your recording material!
Level: Semi-advanced to advanced. Perfect knowledge of the bass side, and the ability to quickly pick up a simple melody by ear, are required.
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).

Toon van Mierlo (Naragonia) Playing together

Music workshop (all instruments)
This time, we’re not going to work with a specific song; we are going to build a new song ourselves and play it together. So no melody, but matching patterns will be created and played to make a story. Musicality, fantasy, harmony, complexity, storytelling and mathematics meet in this workshop. It’s going to be extremely fun. So everybody: join!
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).

15.30 – 17.30

Floating Sofa Quartet Dancing Polska

Dance workshop
We will do a crash course in one of the most popular of Nordic dances; the lovely polska.
Sweden is a long and great country with many regional styles of this particular dance. We will focus on the two main types of polska: the Southern Swedish hit variation, the “slängpolska”, and a more general “rund polska” (round polska). Both are couple dances.
Slängpolska is characterized by a great deal of improvisation, and the round polska can be danced to most kinds of polska music.
We’ll work on how to do the specific steps and the movements, but also how to hold your body and get a good balance within yourself and with your dance partner.
Level: The level will be beginner/intermediate and everyone is welcome (with or without a partner). If you’re an experienced dancer, this might be a chance to further improve your dance techniques and get deeper into the polska grooves.
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Rafael Correa Prieto & Nele De Beck The Dancing Orgy

Dance workshop
In this workshop, we will delve into your knowledge and familiarity of topics like connection, floorcraft, creativity, musicality, improvisation, and adaptation to sudden and unexpected changes. We will mix these elements up, connecting them in possibly unexpected ways. We will look for the boundaries of their applicability, and try to expand them, hoping to push them and your social dancing beyond your wildest dreams.
By the end of the workshop, we will be ready to engage in what we like to call extreme partnership dancing . But most of all, the workshop will be about having fun. Lots of it!
Intrigued? Join the party. Submerge yourself in The Dancing Orgy.
Disclaimer: though it might be about the flowers and the bees, this workshop is strictly NOT about sex. (Or is it?)
Level: This workshop is especially suitable for experienced dancers.
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Saskia Sportel & Arthur Abeillé Branle béarnais (“Branle d’Ossau”)

Dance workshop
Come to this workshop and you’ll discover one of the more illustrious dances from the south-west of France. This dance has a wonderful cadence and collectivity to it. In the workshop we will start from the beginning and build up from there. The branle béarnais – or branle de la vallée d’Ossau – can be danced either in chain or couple and in the workshop we will focus on the version in chain to get this cadence and the steps into our bodies. And after the workshop? Both Faburden and Cocanha play these dances!
Level: For all levels, except true beginners
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Floating Sofa Quartet Playing Polska

Music workshop (all instruments)
In this ensemble workshop we will dive into different polskas – different grooves, different tempos, different feelings. We will mainly focus on two types of polskas: The “slängpolska” with it’s bouncy and groovy feeling and a “normal polska” with an accented 1 & 3 beat.
We will play some simple melodies that demonstrate the different feelings and moods.
Level: All levels and instruments are welcome; we will pick tunes that are fun and challenging to play at many levels, and maybe do some small arrangements, so that everyone has a chance to join in. The music will be taught “by ear”, but we will have copies of the music if needed.
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).

Draailier & Doedelzak Intro to Bagpipes

Music workshop
Have you always wanted to try out bagpipes? Curious how these instruments work? Then join our introduction workshop, with Menno Wester!
In this workshop, we’ll talk a bit about the history and sound of bagpipes, but most of all we’re going to play ourselves! Together we will try to make a first melody.
Do you have no musical experience? Can’t read musical notes? Perfect!! It’s an introduction workshop, especially for beginners.
We’re going to focus on the pipes which are traditionally played in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Maybe you know them from paintings of Jeroen Bosch or Pieter Breughel? We won’t be playing Scottish or Irish pipes.
For whom? Playing experience or knowledge of music is not required, just a bit of enthusiasm and daring. You don’t need to bring a bagpipe: we’ll provide them!
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).
Don’t wait too long! We have a limited amount of instruments.

Draailier & Doedelzak Intro to Hurdy-Gurdy

Music workshop
Have you always wanted to try out a hurdy-gurdy? Curious how these instruments work? Then join our introduction workshop, with Lies Sommer!
In this workshop, we’ll talk a bit about the history and sound of the hurdy-gurdy, but most of all we’re going to play ourselves! Using a simple but beautiful melody, you can try your first steps with a hurdy-gurdy.
Do you have no musical experience? Can’t read musical notes? Perfect!! That’s what an introduction workshop is for!
For whom?
Everybody is welcome. Playing experience or knowledge of music is not required, just a bit of enthusiasm and daring. You don’t need to bring a hurdy-gurdy: we’ll provide them!
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).
Don’t wait too long! We have a limited amount of instruments.

Catarina Ascensão Blindsight Journey Full

Movement – Perception workshop
This very special workshop takes 4.5 hours (13:00 – 17:30) … and all this time, with closed eyes. Catarina creates a very safe space, which you’ll explore alone and together.
You need to bring a scarf (or something else that you can use as a comfortable blindfold), and clothes you feel free to move in. Lunch is included. That’s all we’ll say for now – a more detailed workshop description will follow soon.
For whom? Everybody is welcome.
Practical: We ask a small additional fee (5-10 euros) to pay for the food, and to be able to give a bit more to the teacher for this extra long workshop (if the money is an issue for you, let us know).
Please sign up in advance, so we can take into account any dietary needs/food allergies.
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).

Saturday 20th of October

11.00 – 13.00

Adriana Leite & Joana Martins Contact Improvisation

Dance workshop
Contact-Improvisation is a Contemporary Dance technique created by Steve Paxton. In Contact Improv, you get in contact with your inner self, find your own truth, making an extention of who you are, connecting to the others.
To Folk dancers specifically, it will enhance the sense of awareness about the other, “listening” skills and creativity while dancing with a partner, for example in mazurkas, walses, scottish or bourrées.
This workshop allows participants to explore improvisation as a dancing experience in itself, focusing on movement and musicality as a playful and embodied research.
It will involve the exploration from one’s body in contact with others, by using the fundamentals of sharing weight, touch, falling off balance, counterbalance, learning the mechanics of the body in order to handle someone else’s weight or be lifted, breathing techniques, being kinetically mindful of one’s self and others.
It also promotes awareness about touch in itself, it’s limits, confort or discomfort about the experience of dancing with others.
Level: All levels, no previous experience needed.
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Bart Boskaljon Chacarera

Dance workshop
The Chacarera is an Argentine folk dance with structures quite similar to the ones we know from European folk dances like the Bourrée and Tarantella, but with a latin touch! The basics are relatively simple and in the workshop you’ll learn enough to be able to dance a Chacarera.
We’re not going to do just the steps, but we’ll also search for the emotions and the feeling that we can find in the Chacarera. We’ll listen together to the rhythms, and piece by piece, we’ll create this amazing dance. Even though the Chacarera is a couple dance (man + woman), you don’t need a partner to join the workshop.
About the teacher: Bart Boskaljon has years of experience in dancing folk and Argentine Tango. He lived in Argentina for a year to research tango, and worked as a Gaucho (an Argentine cowboy) to get to know the folk culture. He learned how to dance the Chacarera from one of Argentina’s most famous folk dancers, Daniel Urquilla.
Level: All levels, no previous experience needed.
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Rafael Correa Prieto & Nele De Beck What to do in case of emergency?

Dance workshop
Picture this. The weekend is finally there, the CaDansa weekend!
You’ve been looking forward to this moment since a long time. At last, you’re at the ball. You feel the excitement grow inside you, and take your first step onto the dance floor.
You invite someone to dance, or someone invites you. It’s going to happen, the carefree bliss of dancing, together with somebody else.
And then something goes terribly wrong, and your little house of cards comes crashing down.
We all know the situation. We’ve all been there. A lot.
Let’s explore the setting, the feelings and emotions involved, and look for ways deal with them, to rebuild with a more solid foundation, and even better, to avoid the crash to happen in the first place.
Level: This workshop is suitable for all dancers who know the basic steps and want to experience more freedom and carefreeness while dancing!
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Wouter Kuyper (BmB Light) Intro to Diatonic Accordion

Music workshop
Have you always wanted to try out diatonic accordion? Curious how these instruments work? Or have you started playing recently, and could you use some help? Then join this beginner workshop!
Level: Everybody is welcome.
If you already have a diatonic accordion: great, bring it! Don’t have one? No problem! Wouter will bring a few instruments as well.
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).
Don’t wait too long! We have a limited amount of instruments.

Draailier & Doedelzak Intro to Bagpipes

Music workshop
Have you always wanted to try out bagpipes? Curious how these instruments work? Then join our introduction workshop, with Menno Wester!
In this workshop, we’ll talk a bit about the history and sound of bagpipes, but most of all we’re going to play ourselves! Together we will try to make a first melody.
Do you have no musical experience? Can’t read musical notes? Perfect!! It’s an introduction workshop, especially for beginners.
We’re going to focus on the pipes which are traditionally played in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. Maybe you know them from paintings of Jeroen Bosch or Pieter Breughel? We won’t be playing Scottish or Irish pipes.
For whom? Playing experience or knowledge of music is not required, just a bit of enthusiasm and daring. You don’t need to bring a bagpipe: we’ll provide them!
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).
Don’t wait too long! We have a limited amount of instruments.

Selma Emiroglu Circle Singing

Singing workshop – FULL
Singing without words, playing with our own voices, jamming and improvising vocally. Circle Singing is an old style of singing in community, celebrating the magic of the “here and now”. Sometimes it sounds harmonically, sometimes funny, sometimes mystically. Little musical patterns get sung repeatedly in circles, a second voice gets added, a group joins with a rhythm, perhaps somebody sings a solo… It’s a mistake-free zone. What matters is the joy of creating and listening to the sound spaces.
Level: All voices are welcome in their uniqueness – loud, soft, shy, confident, experienced, or recently discovered…!
How to sign up: No places available anymore, you cannot sign up for this workshop.

13.30 – 15.30

Koen Dhondt Irregular Waltzes

Dance workshop
A workshop on 5, 8 & 11 time waltz + variations. We will focus on communication, leading & following. Program:
* listening exercises & musicality
* 2 different basic steps
* easy rhythmical variations
* more difficult rhythmical variations, and some very difficult for advanced dancers
Level: Intermediate & advanced. It is necessary to be familiar with the concept of leading and/or following, and to have mastered proper dance posture. Experience with irregular waltzes is not necessary.
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Anita van Brunschot Dutch Dances

Dance workshop
It’s strange, if you think about it: a Dutch dance festival without Dutch dances..! That is why we’ve decided to (finally!) offer this workshop, covering a varied selection of Dutch dances. Because who still knows how to dance a “baonopstekker” or “ijswals” ?
We are going to work on learning older and newer Dutch dances. We’ll build up the steps and patterns, from fairly simple to fairly complex.
About the teacher: Anita has close to 25 years of experience as a dancer in traditional Dutch group ‘Pieremachochel’, including several years as a teacher. She also dances ballroom, Balfolk and Swedish dances.
Entry Level: Some dance experience is recommended, in order to be able to do the entire workshop.
How to sign up: No registration in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Jolanda Snellenberg & Janniek Wester How to create a workshop-workshop FULL 

A great dancer doesn’t always make a great teacher. A great teacher doesn’t always make a great workshop. But what does?
The most important part of a workshop happens way before you’re actually in the classroom or on the dancefloor. What do you need to think about? What do you need to make a good workshop, and maybe more importantly, what do your students need?
In this workshop, Jolanda and Janniek are going to figure this out together with everybody present. Bring pen and paper and be prepared that in this workshop, you’ll also be doing a lot of talking! No previous teacher or organiser experience is needed.

Anna Jehanno (Solomalé) Polyphonic songs of Occitania

Singing workshop – FULL
Level: All voices are welcome.
How to sign up: The workshop is full. Signing up is no longer possible.

Raphaël Maillet (Accordzéâm) Masterclass Violin / Fiddle

Music workshop
Raphaël Maillet, Accordzéâm’s violonist, is also a known fiddler from France. With his classical and musicologic degrees, he plays regularly in orchestral formations and teaches violin and fiddle at festivals and international workshops.
Without renouncing his classical heritage, he also plays the “fiddle” – the violin without a bow tie – and then participates in Bluegrass and Oldtime (American folklore), Country, Irish, Quebec, Corsican, Romanian, jazz, rock, traditional balls, tango, and records many records.
You will be able to learn for example a specific melody or a specific music style, how to backing up a melody, how to improve, how to sing while playing, how to practice, etc… depends on the number of participants, your individual wishes and levels !
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).

Draailier & Doedelzak Intro to Hurdy-Gurdy

Music workshop
Have you always wanted to try out a hurdy-gurdy? Curious how these instruments work? Then join our introduction workshop, with Lies Sommer!
In this workshop, we’ll talk a bit about the history and sound of the hurdy-gurdy, but most of all we’re going to play ourselves! Using a simple but beautiful melody, you can try your first steps with a hurdy-gurdy.
Do you have no musical experience? Can’t read musical notes? Perfect!! That’s what an introduction workshop is for!
For whom?
Everybody is welcome. Playing experience or knowledge of music is not required, just a bit of enthusiasm and daring. You don’t need to bring a hurdy-gurdy: we’ll provide them!
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).
Don’t wait too long! We have a limited amount of instruments.

Catarina Ascensão Blindsight Journey

Movement – Perception workshop
This very special workshop takes 4.5 hours (11:00 – 15:30) … and all this time, with closed eyes. Catarina creates a very safe space, which you’ll explore alone and together.
You need to bring a scarf (or something else that you can use as a comfortable blindfold), and clothes you feel free to move in. Lunch is included. That’s all we’ll say for now – a more detailed workshop description will follow soon.
For whom? Everybody is welcome.
Practical: We ask a small additional fee (5-10 euros) to pay for the food, and to be able to give a bit more to the teacher for this extra long workshop (if the money is an issue for you, let us know).
Please sign up in advance, so we can take into account any dietary needs/food allergies.
How to sign up: Click on the link at the top of this page, and fill out the form.
If there are places left, you can also sign up during the festival (at the info-stand).

Sunday 21st of October

12.00 – 14.00

Wilco & Anita Dance workshop for children

Children’s workshop 1, 12:00 – 13:00
This workshop is specially meant for younger children, about 4 to 8 years old.
Together we’ll do a number of old-Dutch children’s dances, such as the ‘Jan and Piet’, Zevensprong (‘the 7 jumps’), the ‘Rivier de Rôhne’ (the Rôhne’ river), and other fun dance- and movement games.
Please note that the workshop is not intended as day care: we expect an adult to stay nearby to accompany the child if necessary.
Children’s workshop 2, 13:00 – 14:00
This workshop is meant for children aged approximately 8 to 12. We start with a gallop and build this up to a cercle and / or a jig. It’s going to be fun!
About the teachers: Wilco and Anita have given children’s dance workshops for more than 15 years at different festivals, such as Folkwoods and Parkfest. Their focus is simply to enjoy moving to music. They do this using movement games and dances in chains and circles. Because you are never too young to dance!
How to sign up: No need to sign up in advance. Just be there on time! 🙂

Workshops

We dance at the ball during the evenings, but during the daytime we got a great workshop program!
At Friday and Saturday we offer all kinds of music- and dance workshops. Besides this, we try to inspire you each year with some special ‘different type of’ workshops. These workshops are perhaps the less obvious choice for a dance- and music festival, but we think they do have a good impact on your dancing. Such as meditation- or yoga-workshops, for example.

Dance initiation

Before the first band starts at Thursday, there’s a short introduction for all who haven’t danced balfolk (a lot) yet. You learn the basic steps in just an hour, so you can participate in the most common dances!

Access to workshops

A weekend ticket includes access to all workshops.
A day ticket does not! You can buy a workshop passepartout for 25 euros at the cash register at CaDansa, or at the workshop location.

Registration for dance workshops

You can’t enroll for this kind of workshop, so be on time!

Registration for music workshops

For the music workshop, you need to register in advance, because here the capacity is much more limited. You can find the link to register at the top of this page. For music workshops that are not filled up in advance, you can also sign up during the festival at the info stand.

Guarding your instruments

There’s a ‘consigne’ where you can leave your instrument when your not playing. This is at your own risk, but we’ll do our best to keep your instruments safe, either by locking the door, or one of our super-volunteers will guard them with their life!

 

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