Bal Folk with Kate Young & Raphaël Decoster

How to play for Bal Folk with
Kate Young and Raphaël Decoster

Saturday 24 June, Dungworth Village Hall
11.30am – 3.30pm
All levels and all instruments
£15/£10 concession (Student/Unemployed)

Book here!

What is Bal Folk? A fun, easy form of dance popular across Europe, a bit like a European ceilidh!


Join Kate and Raphaël for a day of playing and dancing before coming along to see them perform at Royal Traditions in the evening! If you’d like to come along to their gig, you can buy tickets here.

“This workshop will explore different ways to play European Bal Folk music, based on the dance structures and rhythms.  In order to understand the dance rules and to be able to cross them while keeping the dancer happy, we will learn traditional and contemporary tunes and play them through different interpretation.”

11.30am – 1pm: Arms playing and legs dancing

In order to understand what makes a good dancing tune, we need to dance it, play it, and then try both at the same time. We will experiment with different melodies and different dances (anterdro, Scottish, mazurka…) and get different body movements and feelings connected to the music.


2pm – 3:30pm: Freedom and boundaries – rules of the game

In this second part, we will explore different rhythms and play around with them. We will escape from the rules, exploring the freedoms in the dance and the music and then come back to the right steps. We will think about the progression of a bal in terms of energy and dance (collective, couple, fast, slow).

Come dressed appropriately for movement.

All instruments and abilities welcome (repertoire will be based on C/G melodeon tunes)