Global dance classes

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on January 10, 2020

TWO workshops will be held this weekend in Albany to give people the opportunity to learn different dance styles from various parts of the world.

The International Folk Dance Albany Workshop will be hosted by dance teacher Palenque Blair this Sunday, January 12 at Albert Hall at the Uniting Church on Duke Street.

An adult beginner and intermediate class will be held from 2-4pm followed by a family class at 4pm.

During the family workshop, parents and guardians are expected to dance with their children. Ms Blair said dances from Transylvania, Scandinavia, Israel and Greece would be among those taught on the day.

“International Folk Dance is a dance ‘style’ that started in the USA with the collection together of immigrants from Europe during the 20th century who were keen to maintain some of their heritage, or just to dance,” she said.

“This was taken on by the broader community as a multicultural activity – an activity that builds community, maintains a level of fitness, improves coordination and keeps your mind active, and is fun, particularly if you also enjoy listening to world music.”

Ms Blair said two visiting dance teachers, one specialising in Israeli dance and one the founder of Perth International Dance Group, would contribute to the workshop teaching.

The participation cost is $10 per person for the adult class and $7 for the family session, with $1 to pay for each additional child.

Bookings can be made to Ms Blair by calling 0423 834 439 or emailing palenqueb@gmail.com