Stage folk & tango in the Drôme region

18 Jul 2023 14:00


25 Jul 2023 14:00

Domaine La Clé de Sol – Drôme
1145 Chemin des Marais
26260 Marsaz
Target audience : Advanced
Registrations are over, pleasecontact us if you wish to attend this course.
Registration is closed for this event
Impro Koen & Laure
Tango Laure
Impro Koen & Laure

Advanced summer workshop Folk & Tango with Laure Fourest & Koen Dhondt

Last update of this text: 01/03

After the big succes of the previous editions, Laure Fourest and Koen Dhondt are giving a 7-day dance workshop at Domaine La Clé de Sol in Marsaz, a small village in the Drôme region in the south of France. Get ready for a great stay full of joy and fun, learning, laughing and meeting people, delicious food prepared by Anamaria, sun and swimming, and lots of dancing!

Advanced workshop

This workshop is open for people who have already followed a Folk & Tango workshop with Laure and Koen, as well as for experienced folk dancers who already have some basic knowledge of tango (at least some hours of initiation). Please read the paragraph "Level" at the bottom of this page!


Approximately 5 hours of dance lesson per day: folk couple dances, tango & traditional dances. There will be two half days free to go swimming or explore the area! Lots of free practice time. Each morning will start with 30 minutes of body warm-up (stretching, massage, etc).

This week's workshop aims to provide you with all kinds of tools and experiences to enrich your way of dancing, mainly in couple dances, but also in some trad dances. The main purpose of the tango classes offered is to refine your body skills in the folk couple dances.

  • Further refine your body awareness to gain more freedom, precision and comfort 
  • Deepen your knowledge of each of the couple dances and learn to give relief to your dance by adapting it to their specificities
  • Develop your ability to guide and/or follow, and apply it to new variations
  • Refine your musical listening skills and expand your rhythmic vocabulary
  • Work on your ability to improvise while doing justice to the specific tastes of each dance
  • Explore the specific movements and body styles of some traditional dances

The work on body awareness in dance will allow us to dive into the exploration of this great mishmash called "musicality" and of the dialogue that we, as dancers, are led to initiate with the musical proposals that are made to us: to open our ears, to become aware of the rhythmic and melodic richness of the pieces, to get out of our usual movements by developing new types of vocabulary, to be able to choose the musical elements that we want to interpret, etc…

In our opinion, what makes a beautiful couple dance is the comfort of the abrazo, the quality of the connection, and the harmony found by the three of us: you, me and the music. This workshop will explore these three notions in greater depth.

Each teacher will also give classes around his or her own speciality. We have 2 rooms and can therefore separate the group if necessary.

  • Laure: Argentine Tango, body warm-up, musicality, posture and body work based on some anatomy notions (Folk'anatomie)
    The tango workshops will be used to explore body sensations and to work on the finesse and precision of the connection
  • Koen: dances from the South West & Centre France, improvisations, musicality & rhythmic variations in couple dances, …
    Koen will teach some traditional dances to choose from: rondeaux, congos, bourrées, sauts béarnais, branle béarnais, fandango, arin arin …

A part of the programme will be fixed on the spot according to the proposals, preferences and/or needs of the participants. Laure and Koen will give individual suggestions and corrections, so that everyone progresses.

Other activities
  • Bal open for external dansers. Reservation necessary.
  • Practica – a folk ball with recorded music – on most of the other evenings
  • Relaxation, siesta, walks, games, swimming in a lake 15 minutes away…

Have a look at the photo albums of the previous editions

We invite you to read the text Code of conduct & dancing tips that applies for all of our activities.

Additional info

At the bottom of this page, you will find information about the level, languages, accommodation, meals, registration …
If you have questions about the program and level (see below), do not hesitate to contact Laure: +33 6 32 58 96 84 ou  or to contact Koen

Practical Info


Registration opens on 24/02 at noon for participants of the previous workshops, and on Friday 3/03 at noon for everybody. The price covers

  • A full week of workshops with 2 experienced teachers in a beautiful 150 m² dance space. A folk ball with live music, and practicas most of the other evenings.
  • a fair trade salary for the teachers/organisers, the cook and the musicians
  • accommodation from Tuesday evening to Tuesday at lunchtime
  • Bio & local meals, as far as possible.
  • Domaine La Clé du Sol in the Drôme region in the south of France, 20 minutes from Valence TGV station.
  • There are 3 rooms with 2 beds and 2 rooms with 3 beds, and a dormitory for 11 people. You can find information and prices here. The rooms are assigned in order of registration!
  • Bed linen can be rented for 5€. Possibility to bring your own bedding.
  • Biological and vegetarian meals with -as far as possible- local ingredients
  • Breakfast (bread, butter, marmelade) is optionnal for an extra 25€.
  • Afternoon snack/fruit is included
  • Please let us know if you have any food allergies well in advance
  • Meals are included in the price of the summer workshop, but drinks are not, except for coffee and tea.
Time table / planning
  • Refresher course on Tuesday  18 July 2022 from 2pm to 4pm
  • The workshop starts Tuesday 18 July at 17h.
  • Possibility to arrive on Monday 15 July from 19h onwards by paying a supplement of 35€.
  • End of the summer workshop on Tuesday 25 July at 2 pm
  • Approximately 5 hours of classes per day, between 9.30 am and 6:30 pm
  • Ball 
  • Practica  folk ball with recorded music – on most of the other evenings
  • Relaxation, siesta, walks, games, swimming in a lake 15 minutes away…
Outside shoes are forbidden in the main dance space, so be sure to bring dancing shoes!
Good dancing shoes help you to dance better and with less effort. Bring light, comfortable shoes with a smooth sole and no heel! Feel free to bring more than one set of clothes per day, a second pair of dance shoes, a fan, …
We will add the prices soon
Standard price in an 11-bed dormitory: 810€.
  • 50€ discount for everybody if there are more than 20 participants, refunded at the end. Invite your friends!
  • 75€ discount for everybody if there are 24 participants, refunded at the end.
  • 80€ discount for all those who do not work
  • 100€ supplement for a room with 2 or 3 beds
  • Contact us if your income does not allow you to join the summer workshop

Possibility of a donation for solidarity

We want to guarantee a fair remuneration for all the professionals who make this summer workshop possible. At the same time, we think it is important that people living on a limited budget also have access to quality learning. That is why we offer you the possibility to make a donation to enable someone with a lower budget to attend the Workshop at a lower price than the advertised rates. Contact us for more details.
Registration & conditions 
This workshop is organised by Corps Dansant and Frisse Folk. You can register via the website of Frisse Folk. By registering, you accept the following conditions.
  • Payment of the summer workshop upon registration.
  • Possibility to pay in 2 times: 400€ upon registration and the rest before the 18 of june by bank transfer: Frisse Folk   IBAN  BE40 7805 9142 3763   /   BIC  GKCCBEBB
  • Cancellation before 18 May: total refund    
  • Cancellation before 18 June: 50% refund  
  • No refund if you cancel after 17 June, regardless of the reason for the cancellation. 
  • Possibility to find somebody with the appropriate dance level to take your place. 
  • Full refund if the organisers have to cancel the summer workshop
If you have any questions after reading this page, please do not hesitate to contact Laure: +33 6 32 58 96 84 ou  or to contact Koen


Depending on the participants, the workshop will be given in French OR in English, with short translations into the other language if really necessary. Koen and Laure are fluent in different languages, so you will get individual feedback in the language of your choice.


Workshop for advanced folk dancers.
This workshop is open to participants of the 2 previous stages with Koen & Laure, and to advanced folk dancers who already have a small base of tango (you must have followed at least a few hours of initiation). You have to master the dance position of folk dance without any difficulties. You should be fluent in the basics of mazurka, scottish and waltz, be familiar with improvisation and with leading and/or following, and preferably also be open to changing roles. 

We assume that you need at least 2 years of intensive dance experience -with lessons and workshops- to reach this level. Some of this experience may have been gained in other couple dances (tango, salsa, forró, …). 

If you have never done an intensive workshop with Koen or Laure, please contact us so we can evaluate your level together. To ensure the advanced level of this workshop for all participants, the organisers reserve the right to reject candidates based on their dance level and/or learning speed.

There will be a refresher course on Tuesday 18 June from 2 to 4 p.m. It is compulsory for those who have never done an intensive course with us, and warmly recommended for other participants who have not kept up with the material from previous courses.

Dance Partner

It is not necessary to register as a couple for this dance workshops. We will often change partners. Therefore, you can register alone, as a couple, with friends …


Frisse Folk & Corps Dansant
Frisse Folk & Corps Dansant