Folk Association of South Hants


FASH workshops and events

We run around eight workshops between September and April. Most are on various forms of dance e.g. Playford, Contras, Squares, Country dancing and anything else that we think people might like. We have live music and excellent callers. Most of the dancers are quite experienced, and if you are a newcomer to folk dancing you will probably find it easier to try a ceilidh or a dance club first, to learn the basics, but everyone is welcome, with a partner or on their own. These are workshops, as against "a dance night", by which we mean that the dances will be taught. We might focus on improving some aspects or different styles or dancing in different positions. We had one workshop a while back where the music changed part way through the dance from a jig to a waltz and then a tango! From which comment, you may be able to infer that these Sundays are meant to be enjoyable and informal. Read more


Below is a list of our workshops for the 2018/2019 season. Much more information about the winter/spring workshops will be included in the December/January edition of 'Solent Waves'. A copy of the workshops flyer is available here.

14th Oct 2018 Twyford   

Lisa Purkiss with Andrew Purkiss - 'Dances Old and New'

4th Nov 2018 Soberton   

John Turner with Andrew Purkiss - 'From Playford to Shaw'

9th Dec 2018 Twyford   

Getting Rhythmic with FolkActive - a "Do Something Different" day!

20th Jan 2019 Twyford   

Mike Courthold with Andrew Purkiss - 'Something Borrowed – Squares & Contras, both with figures borrowed from Modern Western Square Dancing'

10th Feb 2019 Soberton   

Ivan Aitken with Pete & Sue Hall - 'Mathematical Nightmare from Gary Roodman
and ‘Sets in Order’ – Square Dances 1948 to 1985'

24th Feb 2019


The Madding Crowd - West Gallery Music
Come to sing, play an instrument or just listen.
Booking required - email or phone 01243 531497

10th Mar 2018 Twyford

Nigel Close with Pete & Sue Hall - 'A Polychromic Gentleman - dances by Chris Turner'

7th April 2019 Soberton Ray Goodswen with Andrew Purkiss - 'Crossing Borders and the Pond - Dances from both sides of the Atlantic & Scottish style'

12th May 2019

Soberton FASH AGM, followed by cream tea and dance. AGM starts at 4.00, dance starts at 6.00 - Caller Karen Ilott with Pete and Sue Hall.

For those of you who plan a long way ahead............ Read more

Southern Stepping workshop led by Simon and Jo Harmer with JigFoot at Twyford. March 2014


Pat Shaw workshop led by Madeleine Smith at Soberton. March 2014


West Gallery workshop led by Mike Bailey of Madding Crowd. February 2014


And some of the comments we have received about our workshops........

Mentally challenging but their dances were very interesting
Very clear instructions so it was easy to dance
Good dancing which seemed to be enjoyed by everyone
They are such skilled musicians and make it so easy to fit the steps into their music. Brilliant quality
Great music made you want to get up and dance


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