Vikki Lewis has been clogging since she was fifteen, originally learning to dance with Padiham Panache before moving to Sheffield and dancing in several teams including Strictly Clog. She is currently building a new team based in and around Sheffield. She predominantly dances in the Lancashire style but enjoys dancing a range of styles. She has performed at festivals since she began to clog and has run clog workshops at various festivals, including Chippenham, Shrewsbury and Whitby.
Vikki plans to teach a routine of hornpipe steps developed by Carys Reckless in the Lancashire competition style and originally taught by Carys at a Lancashire Wallopers Clog Weekend in Leyland around 1999.
We are very excited to be bringing Frank McConnell from the north of Scotland to Bristol. Frank was born and brought up in Glasgow of a family with strong Hebridean ties. He trained as a PE teacher but found an escape route into dance from which he has never returned. He is the founder of three of Scotland’s significant dance companies – Scottish Dance Theatre, Dannsa and plan B; he moved to the Highlands in 1994 to work as dancer-in-residence for Ross and Cromarty District Council and today is a highly respected artist throughout the UK. Frank has an international reputation for his expertise in traditional Scottish Step-Dancing, Old Scotch Reels and Scotland’s earlier dance heritage
In May 2000, he was one of the first people in Britain to be awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA)
The workshop will also look briefly at steps in strathspey timing but will mainly focus on a routine for jigs and reels.
Jane Sheard is a founder member of City Clickers, has long been a dance enthusiast and, sadly for us, recently moved back to be near the rest of her family in Cornwall.
She has been teaching, performing and dancing at festivals and dance events for 30 years. She learned many of her steps from Pat Tracey, Sam Sherry and Lynette Eldon, and latterly whilst living in South Wales from Huw Williams. She has choreographed steps into winning routines for City Clickers, developing the presentation of clog and step dance in a contemporary way whilst remaining true to the styles of the traditional dancers.
Prior to her move back to Cornwall Jane lived for over 20 years in South Wales and became fascinated by the Welsh style of clog dancing and learnt from a number fo people including Huw Williams. She is coming back to us this year to teach steps in waltz time. Welsh steps can be fast and intricate, and typically have very few shuffles.
We regret we cannot take any more bookings for this class as it is full. Clearly folks were entranced by the squirrel.
Places for the workshops will be limited to ensure that all attendees get the best value for their money - so you are advised to book early
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