(you can find my workshop offer as .pdf at the end of this page)
My workshops are aimed at dancers of different levels:
(*) = Absolute Beginners
(**) = Medium level dancers wishing to expand their repertoire or go deeper in a (type of) dance
(***) = Advanced dancers looking for specific tools, or wanting to (re)discover / explore a specific dance repertoires
(The use of several stars - for example * / ** - means this workshop can be opened to several types of public at the same time without causing progression problems to some, or frustration or others)
Whatever the subject, I will combine learning or going deeper in a repertoire, dancing technique, the relationship between music and dance, and pleasure. If the number of participants allows it, dancers will receive individual feedback and corrections.
As often as possible, I go to France, to train with masters such as Hughes Rivière and Bernard Coclet (Berry-Bourbonnais), in Les Brayauds training centre (Auvergne), with Gilles Lauprêtre (Berry & Limousin)... Bourrées are one of my favourite subjects.
This is another repertoire I love very much, and I don't miss a chance to meet and learn from my sources of inspiration Pierre Corbefin & Philippe Masac, Guillaume Lopez & Cyril Brotto, Daniel Detammaecker, Laurent Balabau ...
This can be a short one (min. 2h) which will cover only valse musette, java and 1 - 2 other dances; or else as a full day workshop with more dances, techniques and variations.
I also have a project together with a live musette orchestra, and we offer the format "workshop (& concert) & bal musette"
These three workshops are intended for dancers of all levels - beginners to advanced. Indeed, these are topics & exercises a dancer can approach, and repeat at any time in their development. The first part (internal dynamics) has lots of exercises on the floor. They can be seen independently or as three parts of the same workshop (minimum 2 days).
Generally, I suggest a minimum of 4 hours a day, and the ideal time is about 5 - 6 hours with a good break.
It is possible to offer very specific workshops of +/- 2 hours (also for the format “workshop in several parts” mentioned below).
Two workshops in the same week(end) allows work on more difficult themes, and/or going much deeper in a subject, if the majority of participants follow the two parts.
Some of these workshops may be viewed as series, where one can discover at regular intervals (several days in a festival, monthly, yearly ...) new or more and more complicated things (bourrées & choreographies, Sud-Ouest, rhythmic variations for scottish or mazurka, variations and diverse forms of the waltz …). This pre-requires a regular group of dancers.
Most subjects also work well as workshop in several parts (distributed over a weekend, for example). Participants have the time to assimilate (and possibly practice during ball night) a first layer, before continuing on the following day. This format also allows me to offer a level (* / **) workshop followed by a level (** / ***) and participants can choose to follow one or both parts, according to their level.
Photo: Workshop in Mattstedt, Germany (June 2015)
Transport: I do not have a car, but live in Brussels, which is well connected via rail and air.
Accommodation: I appreciate it if you can provide for a real bed, so as to offer me the sleep necessary for a good working day.
Dietary requirements: If possible, I avoid gluten, dairy products and meat. But I can adapt.