Back home, a few thoughts about Les Volcaniques and Paléo (see my previous post).
First Les Volcaniques: a week of immersion in the Bourrée culture: lots of dancing, including incredible workshops encouraging us to explore the existing dance repertoire and take part in its evolution; lots of music, for dancing of course, but also for listening, by musicians who have a passion for the music of this region; incredible meals, also rooted in the place. This week also allowed me to meet fantastic people and have wonderful dances, which I hope to find again on a dancefloor soon.
Then Paléo: tree mad days, between the few concerts I could listen to on the Dôme stage in the “Village du Monde” (this year centered around “celtic” music, which we often hijack with balfolk dances) and teaching and dances in the night, in a tower-tent (see picture) filled to the brim with people, a mix of dance and music enthusiasts, as well as those here for the good beers. The atmosphere was great, and bringing dancing to this kind of places is always a joy to me!
While the classes in London will be on hold this summer, I will be traveling to improve my dancing and share it with others. On the learning side, I will be at Les Volcaniques to deepen my knowledge of Bourrée d’Auvergne, and at Mountain Blues Camp to enrich my Blues dancing.
On the teaching front, I’m very excited to be a part of a huge music festival in Switzerland, Paléo Festival Nyon! This festival started as a folk festival in the 70s, and is now recalling some of its roots and inviting folk dancing to the party! I will be there to introduce the general public to these wonderful dances, and I’m really happy about it!
I joined a dance training group! In Blues dancing, it’s not easy to find higher level training, so with a few friends we decided to get together and film ourselves dancing every week. Some in the group will keep their videos private, but I decided to release them to the public (subject to the consent of the eventual partners and/or live musicians).
If you’re interested, you can follow this adventure on my YouTube channel, where the first video is already available: