• Olympic Success!

    Wow! We had a fantastic weekend at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 8-9 August 2015!

    Thanks to East London Dance, we curated our own festival as part of Go East Fest! and took over the fountain stage with Step Hop House, Street Dance the Maypole workshops and Ceilidh Jams.

    We also invited Corey Baker Dance to join us with their Maori dance and Haka workshops.

    Thanks to Tilly Rose Eames for this great shot of the maypole in action!

    Step Hop House at Olympic Park (by Tilly Rose Eames)

    Step Hop House at Olympic Park (by Tilly Rose Eames)

  • CarFest North – more recruits!

    We travelled up to Cheshire for CarFest North – and it was FAB!

    Here’s one of our happy workshop crew!  We’re back at CarFest at the end of August – this time in Hampshire.  Hope to see you there!

    CarFest North - Street Dance the Maypole workshop

    CarFest North – Street Dance the Maypole workshop

  • Celebrate our new commission!

    We are thrilled to announce that we have been commissioned to create a new piece by Brent Council to celebrate the opening of their new Cultural Space in Willesden and to celebrate the Rugby World Cup. The new commission will be performed on 12th September, followed by an almighty Ceilidh Jam!

    This means we have received our 3rd batch of funding from Arts Council England…do we get to be in Wikipedia yet? Pleased to say that the talented Dogan Mehmet will be composing as well as performing this new piece… There won’t be a Maypole insight!!

  • Bristol Ahoy!

    We had a great time at Bristol Harbour Festival!  We found some more recruits at our Street Dance the Maypole workshop!  Check out our Dates page and come and join in soon!

    Bristol Harbour Festival 2015 - workshop crew

    Bristol Harbour Festival 2015 – workshop crew

     

  • Missed the show? Check out the photos!

    We had the pleasure of filling Camden Market with our Step Hop House show, Street Dance the Maypole workshops and Ceilidh Jam on Friday 10th July.

    Catch up with us in Flickr-land

    Next stop: Bristol Harbour Festival Saturday 18 July!

    Ceilidh Jam in Camden Lock Market (by Talie Eigeland)

    Ceilidh Jam in Camden Lock Market (by Talie Eigeland)

  • Folk Dance Remixed Artist Sharing 27 April 2015

    Looking for professional folk and hip hop dancers, beat boxers and musicians.

    Folk Dance Remixed is a groundbreaking company creating unique fusions between Folk and Hip Hop styles with live music. Led by Artistic Directors Kerry Fletcher and Natasha Khamjani, the company rediscover old traditions through contemporary forms.

    We are hosting an artist sharing day where dancers will have the chance to learn some hip hop & folk dance, and beat boxers will collaborate with musicians. It’s a fantastic opportunity to join in a creative, inspiring and fun workshop day and meet new artists. To get a taste of our work check out our media page.

    We are partnered and supported by East London Dance and the English Folk Dance and Song Society and are currently supported by Arts Council England. We are creating a new show, Step Hop House, and developing our Street Dance the Maypole workshops and Ceilidh Jam experience. We’ve had 2 hugely successful summer tours so far and we’re looking forward to making 2015 the best yet!

    ‘I walked away with a smile! It was like seeing an old black and white Charlie Chaplin movie and watching it change into colour, traditional styles of dance, music and mime mixed with the new, beautiful and genius….’ Lil Tim, breakdancer 

    We’ll be on the lookout for new company members for our summer tour so, if you are up for joining a groundbreaking company, are prepared to learn new moves and fuse folk with hip hop, love working outdoors, can be part of a team to build and strike the set with grace and good humour, who will camp on the odd occasion and put their all into the show – then co

  • Artist Sharing with Folk Dance Remixed!

    Folk Dance Remixed are looking to expand our company pool by hosting an Artists Sharing day on Mon 27 April, 10am-4pm at Cecil Sharp House, London NW1 7AY.

    If you’d like to come, check out the info on our Artist Sharing page.

    If you think you’re free for them all please send links, CV and a short paragraph of 100 words as to why you’d like to be involved and what you will bring to the project, to [email protected] by 14 April, we’ll get back to you by 20 April at the latest to confirm if you have a place. Please note: places are limited.

    We’d love people to dress in character (see gallery for vibe!) – and bring a couple of bandanas if you can!

    Many thanks, Natasha and Kerry

  • Good news!

    We are overjoyed to tell you that we have been successful with our Arts Council funding for this summer 2015 – thank you!!!

    Also, with huge thanks to our partners, East London Dance and the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and to all those who have performed with us, supported us, liked a post, been to a show, taken part in a workshop – your support has been fabulous!

    We will be developing our performance work and Ceilidh Jams with a fabulous bunch of talented dancers and musicians and can’t wait to get going! We’ll then be getting out there to YOU on our tour of festivals and events all over the country. So keep your eyes on the dates page, Facebook and Twitter!

    We’re going to Spring into Summer!

    See you soon, Natasha and Kerry

    Street Dance the Maypole (by Frances Watt)

    Street Dance the Maypole

  • Krupa’s got a Brand New Maypole!

    Krupa’s got a Brand New Maypole!

    Here’s a video of one of this summer’s short showsKrupa’s got a Brand New Maypole, filmed at Borough Market’s St George’s Day Celebrations

  • Spring and summer 2014…

    We’ve been out and about this spring and summer with Street Dance the Maypole workshops, Pop Up Ceilidh Jams and occasional performances of our short shows. We’re also delighted to have been working with members of the brilliant Climax Ceilidh Band and, with our fabulous fiddle player and beatboxer, we now have a brand new band, The Ceilidh Jammers. They’ve been getting people up and dancing with our fabulously fun, folky, funky Ceilidh Jams! 

    Step Hop House - Borough Market (by Peter Brock)

    Step Hop House – Borough Market (by Peter Brock)

    Here’s where we’ve been…

    Sunday 6th April 2014

    Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Opening, Stratford, London

    We had a great day running Street Dance the Maypole workshops at the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford. 

    http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/whats-on/events/2014/3/park-opening-weekend-saturday

     

    Monday 21st April 2014

    Feast of St George, Trafalgar Square, London

    We performed our short show to wonderful crowds as part of the amazing Feast of St George.

    http://www.london.gov.uk/get-involved/events/feast-of-st-george-2014

     

    Wednesday 23rd April 2014

    St Georges Day Celebrations, Swindon Town Centre, Wiltshire

    We had 150 school children at our Street Dance the Maypole workshops and performed our short show in Swindon town centre as part of their wonderful St Georges Day celebrations – Giant St George was there too!

     

    Friday 25th April 2014

    Bites Remix: The Albany, Deptford, London

    We were delighted to be asked to perform a short extract from our show and host a Ceilidh Jam social dance for all to join in with. Our first collaboration with the fabulous Climax Ceilidh Band and incredible sound artist Randolph Matthews – great night!

    http://www.thealbany.org.uk/event_detail/1110/Theatre/BITES:-Remix

    http://climaxceilidhband.co.uk/

    http://www.randolphmatthews.co.uk/

     

    Sunday 27th April 2014

    St Georges Day Celebrations Borough Market, London Bridge, London

    Continuing to celebrate St Georges Day, we joined the Catalans with our own short Folk Dance Remixed show, for a day of sharing our patron Saint George, music, dance and delicious food!

    http://boroughmarket.org.uk/celebrate-st-georges-day-at-borough-market-sunday-27th-april

     

    Sunday 6th July 

    Regent’s Street Festival, London

    We were there with the Big Dance Bus for an afternoon of Street Dance the Maypole workshops, Ceilidh Jam Pop Ups and our short show – the city was buzzing!

     

    Friday 11th July 

    Camden Lock Live Festival, Camden, London

    Street Dance the Maypole workshop and Ceilidh Jam with FDR & Climax Ceilidh band – the place was jumping!

     

    Sunday 20th July 

    Milton Keynes Fringe Festival

    Street Dance the Maypole workshop, our short show and a full-on evening Ceilidh Jam with FDR and Climax Ceilidh Band in the beautiful Chrysalis Theatre – it was a blast!

    http://mkfestivalfringe.com/2014-pix/

     

    Thursday 24th July

    Glasgow Green Commonwealth Games Festival 

    We headed North for another a morning Street Dance the Maypole and afternoon performance of our short show. We were delighted to be part of this amazing festival!

     

    Friday 25th July 

    Brent Celebrates: a world of Dance, Wembley, London

    We topped the bill for this evening’s show – it was full of wonders!

     

    7th – 10th August 

    Wilderness Festival, Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire

    Street dance the Maypole workshops and Pop Up Ceilidh Jams with some great people, young and old, all joined in at this fabulous festival!

    http://www.wildernessfestival.com/info/getting-to-wilderness/

     

    Sunday 7th September

    Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, London

    We hosted workshops by the Cutty Sark and Ceilidh Jam at the bandstand… with Climax Ceilidh band and the amazing beatboxer, Grace Savage! The Tall Ships were a wondrous sight too! 

    http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/tallships/whatson

     

    Saturday 20th September

    Mimbre Circus Central Festival, Hackney, London

    We were delighted to be invited back to Mimbre’s fabulous Circus Central Festival! We performed our shortest show, Keeping it Real with the 5 Hand Reel, and got the audience up with a Street Dance the Maypole workshop and Ceilidh Jam – much fun!

    http://www.mimbre.co.uk/mimbre-circus-central-is-back/

     

    Saturday 27th September

    City Diversions Festival, Chelmsford, Essex

    Our maypole was centre stage right in the city centre! Working again with the fabulous Climax Ceilidh Band, we ran Street Dance the Maypole workshops and Ceilidh Jam Pop Ups in the day and a Ceilidh Jam early evening as part of the grand Finale… brilliant day!

    http://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/citydiversions