First Stage has added National Dance Workshops (including English country folk dance) to its growing portfolio, bringing the joy of European folk dance to all age levels.
Folk dance develops a sense of community and awareness of others. The dancers have the opportunity to study traditional dances, costumes, music and customs.
Classes will follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) National Dance syllabus. National dance is a lot of fun for pupils as it often involves working as a group or with a partner.
The syllabus is wide in range and choice. It is designed to suit all teaching situations, embracing the National Curriculum, Community Dance, Dance Degrees and Ethnic Studies. This leads to its creative use both in the classroom and the theatre.
Folk Dance is important in the present dance scene. Some of the countries that can be easily covered include England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland. Isle of Man, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Greece and The Netherlands.