|Chilled Cider Fest with Corncrow|
Square and Compass, Worth Matravers
(one of the finest ale houses in Britain!)
I'm known as a folk arts educator with the Folk Educators Group, and a member of the Instep Research Team, participating in group discussions, running #cornishdance workshops and joining the infamous Rugby Club Steppin' Time sessions at Sidmouth Folk Week.
I can speak a little bit of Cornish, am fluent in German, have a working knowledge of French, and can figure out Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Greek.
And I'm a coeliac.
So if you need a multi-lingual Cornish dance workshop or ceilidh, a display of Cornish dance, any gluten-free baking tips, have any questions on step dancing around the world, or just need a good Cornish dance workout, give us a shout!
Dance biographyLearnt ballroom as a youngster, picking up dance styles from salsa to jive, African to Irish, Bangra to English on my travels, performed in cross-cultural collaborations with Barb Jungr, Robb Johnson and Roger Watson ('Flame and Flower', 'Wheels of Change').
|Asteveryn - Cork, 2005|
Occasionally, I'd join Second Wave Dance Arts for a display or two, and to co-facilitate workshops with the Guides as 'Cornish Dance Ambassadors'.
|Polperro Furry 2007|
One of the audience members was really excited and wanted to learn how to dance the steps, and the challenge to find at least 20 equally keen people and a venue was set.
The first 'foot-stompin' Cornish dance fun' workshops began a couple of months later in the British Legion Club, with Polperro Furry emerging in time for Polperro Festival in the summer.
We took the workshop into Polperro school on a couple of sunny mornings to teach the children Polperro Furry so that they could join the festival procession.
In 2009, I joined Cornish-Celtic band Dalla at Lorient Interceltic Festival, as a dance lead for a few sets of "Noze Looan" ("happy night") Cornish dances, including this little Mr Martin's Reel in the Asturian tent.
I returned a year later with the newly formed Kemysk Cornish Dancers with a set of specially choreographed Cornish dances at the Lorient Interceltic Festival, and continued dancing with the group at a number of prestigious festivals and events across the Duchy and beyond.
|Bodmin Heritage Day 2017|
The Childrens Dance
the revival of The Children's Dance on Bodmin Heritage Day (2016/17)
#cornishdance and #cornishmusic sessions in Bude with the support of Bude Folk Festival and Bude Folk Club
a new furry dance and Cornish dance workshops for Callington MayFest (2014/15/16)
|Mr Martins Reel with Y4 Bude Junior School|
Bude & Stratton Folk Festival 2018
I continue to run Cornish dance workshops for schools, communities, special events and festivals, and occasionally dance out and call for ceilidhs in Liskeard and beyond.