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Dance and Movement workshops


tribal belly danceBellydance with Bella Hancock

"The Red Tent" - This will be a workshop for women only- a safe, healing space where women come together exploring the sacred sensual movements of Bellydance, in an atmosphere of joy and sharing, women dancing together for themselves, for each other. 

"Saidi" - Saidi is an Egyptian dance from Upper Egypt. There is a male form and a female form. The male dance has its roots in Egyptian martial art called Tahtib, and echoes the movements of horse's steps, also a lot of work with sticks. The female dance is a more playful version, with strong earthy hip movements, shimmies, simple arms and echoes of the male dance. Women and men are both welcome to this workshop!

"Oriental Duende-Bellydance" - this is an approach to Middle Eastern dance, from the perspective of Danza Duende. creative improvisation and awareness of space,  feminine energy, rigor (technique) and virtue (the intrinsic goodness of ourselves as humans) using bellydance techniques as support. 

Bella Hancock has been bellydancing for 10 years and teaching for 6. She began learning Tribal Bellydance and was a founder member of Akasha Tribal Troupe for 3 years. She has studied traditional folkloric styles from Egypt, Morocco, Turkey and Gypsy dances of the middle east.  She is a long time student of Danza Duende, an international network of teachers and students dedicated to dancing ones life!

5 Rhythms with Catriona Ni GhiollaphadriagCatriona NiGhiollaphadraig

Movement is life and life is movement. This can be movement of your physical bodies, feet, hips, heads, hands; it can be thoughts moving across your minds or it can be the movement of feelings in and out of your hearts. 

5 rhythms is a physical way for us to ground ourselves in Flowing, centre ourselves in Staccato, release stresses and tensions from our bodies in Chaos, experience lightness of spirit and creative possibilities in Lyrical  and to find the stillness we require to be quiet and free in Stillness. They teach us how to move through our insecurity, self-consciousness, and fear into fascinating, unpredictable, spontaneous, authentic beings. They demand that we be original. So get down and find out what your hands, your shoulders, your elbows, knees and, most importantly, your hips and feet have to say about it.

Authentic Movement with Joan Davis 

The name "Maya Lila" is taken from the Sanskrit words for illusion and play. It explores the illusory nature of our perceptions within the play of life, relationship and nature. Maya Lila combines Body Mind Centering, Developmental Movement Patterns and Authentic Movement to explore its body based approach to therapy, the arts, performance and spiritual practice.. 

Joan Davis has been exploring the nature of creativity most particularly from a body based perspective for over 30 years. She pioneered Contemporary Dance in Ireland in the 70's & 80's and has consistently experimented with collaborative art as a professional artist and therapist.
Joan is a Body mind Centering practitioner, has studied authentic movement with Janet Adler and voice work with Chloe Goodchild and Rajeswar Bhattacharya. She has studied process-oriented psychology (Mindell) and is a Hakomi Sensorimotor trauma Psychotherapist.

circle dance Circle Dance with Tony Wrench and Faith

Circle Dancing draws from an ancient tradition. We dance simple dances from many folk cultures, including Greek, Romanian, Armenian, French and Russian. Some dances are energetic, some gentle. We teach each dance before dancing it. The chief aim is enjoyment, rather than technique, and the experience of moving together as a circle. The music will be live. Click here for a short video clip taken at Unicorn camps England with Tony joined by other musicians and singers. 


West African Dance 

Aoife has been travelling to Africa for the past ten years studying drumming and dancing. She has trained with many Malinke masters including Famoudou Konate and Mamady Keita.  Aoife plays and sings with Wassa Wassa drum and dance ensemble. Her workshops are a fun and accessible way explore and delve into the cultural roots of  traditional and contemporary West African dance and rhythm. Come explore your wild side!

Flamenco with Fatima Lucia

Amber ElderfieldIn these workshops I will introduce you to the basic technique and various elements of Flamenco dance movement:  body awareness, posture, arms and hands, hips, torso, footwork and clapping.  This will be done through basic steps to 'Tangos'  (a 4 beat rhythm). 

Fatima Lucia was the first Flamenco dancer to teach in Ireland. She started teaching in Galway in 1993, when she arrived from Cadiz, her hometown in Andalusia.  She has taught many workshops in Dance Centers and Universities around Ireland, including the Master of Arts in Ethno choreology and the Master of Arts in Dance Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. She also teaches at her home studio in the Burrren, Co.Clare.

Sasa with Chrys Blanchard

Sasa is a highly energetic clapping and movement form, hilarious and challenging at the same time. Based on Polynesian clapping Sasa is great fun to watch as well as to participate in.

adrienneOpen Dance with Adrienne Brown

Little Dance, based on practices of contemporary dance techniques and improvisation, will work towards bodily integration by encompassing gentle stretch, strength and co-ordination exercises, and simple improvisations; addressing each person to their own body towards confidence and power. The aim would be to allow participants, through simple but fun movement games, to start to move freely, and to interact with each other.

Big Dance will be an open evening of personal dance, based on principles that allow people to access movement that is instinctive and authentic in its relationship to the body. It will take the form of a guided movement journey on a theme such as nature/the elements, chakras, or some other transformational material. The purpose would be to allow people to enter a deeper physical/emotional/spiritual connection with themselves through the body.

Adrienne Brown was born in Dublin, began her dance education with ballet classes and later at LONDON CONTEMPORARY DANCE SCHOOL where she studied for three years. She founded NEW BALANCE DANCE COMPANY in 1987, with which she danced and choreographed for extensively. From 1991 - 1998 she attended the MARTHA GRAHAM CENTER OF DANCE in New York. Adrienne is a founding member and current chair of Dance Ireland.

Movement through Neutral with Sam Viana

Sam"There are three masks:
The one we think we are,
The one we really are,
And the one we have in common" (Jacques Le Coq).

As human beings, we are not neutral. But through the search for neutrality we can discover the story of our own bodies. The neutral mask allows us to explore a state of pure presence, one without memory or projects, past or future. It allows the wearer to explore the very essence of his or her movement.
Developed to give actors a balanced and focused inner core on stage, we use it here to gently explore the feeling of wholeness and silence it can leave us with.
"With the neutral mask, we reach the silence before the beginning of the storytelling"
(Giovanni Fussetti)

Sam gives workshops regularly in Ireland, England and Portugal. He teaches in the Espaco Evoe, Theatre and Dance School, in Lisbon Portugal (where he is currently based). His workshops at Earthsong come from a variety of sources, a blend of "formal" theatre training, meditation retreats, co-counselling, and the natural world around him.

"Play is the new work" -shops with Donal Gannon


Laughter Yoga
Laughter Yoga reminds us that anyone can Laugh for No Reason, without relying on external stimulus or even a sense of humour. Laughter is invoked using games and exercises in a group; with eye contact and childlike playfulness, it soon turns into hearty and contagious laughter.
Laughter truly is the best medicine and in the words of Victor Hugo: "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face"

Circus Skills 
Ever dreamt of running away to join the circus? Well, now is your chance. We'll be teaching Ball and Club Juggling, Poi Swinging, Staff Spinning, Contact Juggling and/or Devil Sticks.

Group Games for (not so) Grown ups
"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play" - Heraclitus.
Playing together in a safe and open space gives us permission to reunite with our inner child, one of careless enjoyment and free spirit. Games of all shapes and sizes gathered from around the world specially to help grown ups grow down.

A highly energetic clapping and movement form, hilarious and challenging at the same time. From Polynesia, via Chrys Blanchard, SASA is great fun for participants and spectators alike.

Feldenkrais MethodThe Feldenkrais Method with Anet Moore

A gentle, precise and graceful approach to movement and expression. This method addresses how we learn through movement giving us a direct experience of our own learning process.

Anet Moore is a qualified practitioner in the Feldenkrais method of Awareness through Movement. "a gifted and experienced facilitator" find feldenkrais method galway on facebook

Dancing the Rainbow

"Our aim in Dancing the Rainbow is not to be beautiful or expert but  truthful in our expression of ourselves through movement." (Lani O'Hanlon, co-founder of Dancing the Rainbow) 

All are welcome to join in this dance though the chakras. No previous experience is required; movement is organic and inspiration comes from within, from one another, and from the natural world around us. Through dance and art work, voice and meditation, together we will explore, create, and play.

Aisling has been exploring healing work, spirituality and the creative process for over ten years. She is deeply inspired by the natural world, by somatic studies and authentic movement, and the work of Contemporary Yoga and Dancing the Rainbow, both of which she is qualified to teach. She lives in Co.Clare and is currently doing an M.A to research an embodied approach to healing, creativity, and spirituality.

Dances of Universal Peace with Angie Pinson 

From the beginning of time, sacred movement, song and story have brought people together, at times of seasonal ceremony and celebration, as part of everyday life and life passages, in daily renewal and meditation. D.U.P is part of this timeless tradition of Sacred Dance. 
The Dances use simple music, lyrics, and movements to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves and others. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required and everyone is welcomed to join in. Participation, not presentation, is the focus. The movements and songs include themes of peace (both inner and outer), healing (the Earth, individuals, and the global family), and the celebration of life's great mystery. Dancers focus on peace and harmony creating a sense of solidarity and community while celebrating the underlying unity of all the spiritual traditions of the Earth. 

Moving meditation with Doris Affeldt

DorisUnderstanding life as a play of consciousness, using movement and guided meditations, we explore how our believes and patterns play out on the physical, emotional and mental level. This leads to more acceptance, peace and gentleness within ourselves.

Workshop 1: Abundance; We explore the issues self-respect and self-confidence and how they effect our self-worth and subsequently the abundance we attract. 

Workshop 2: Freedom; In this workshop we become more aware of our individual perceptions and subconscious judgments of our selves and all around us and how this effects our sense of freedom.

Doris Affeldt has been exploring and deepening her understanding of the interconnectedness of mind/body/soul and karma through dance, authentic movement, and meditation over the past 15 years.Since 2010 she is an accredited ELPH coach and teacher.

Ratu Bagus Shaking meditation

This meditation will take place each morning in the woods close to camp, weather prevailing.


Dance & Movement Camp - more info: 

Adult Workshop Program
- Dance and Movement Workshops
- Drumming and Singing Workshops
- Healing Arts and Creativity
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