Some dance experience is needed -
Circle Dance or World Dance; or International Folk Dance if you
are happy to fit in with the different approach taken in Circle
I am also still looking for other venue suggestions for foreign
and UK residentials. See separate Pilion
page on this site for my previous Greek trips.
Venue La Maison Anglaise, an award winning
ethically-run guest house in the ancient walled market town of
Taroudant. Average March daytime high temperature is in
the low 20's (degrees C), low is around 10 degrees. (NB
different sources give varying figures, as usual, and these are
averages, so it can be hotter or colder on any given day).
We’ll be looked after in Morocco by the 7 staff, who are
experienced in running successful circle dance holidays (a
manageress, 2 guides, a driver, a cook, a cook/masseuse and an
“all rounder”). We'll normally discuss the group’s needs, menus
and activities after breakfast and supper each evening.
La Maison Anglaise also supports a variety of
charitable and community
projects. There will be opportunities to visit and support
some of these.
Much more info is at LA
website. You can also see many reviews on TripAdvisor.
Meals The venue is renowned for its food.
Vegetarian meals are provided (half board), with a small
supplement of around 20 dh (about £1.50) for fish and meat-based
meals. Special diets are catered for.
Lunches are available for 50 Dh (about £3.70) - either a picnic
lunch (usually bread, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce,
avocado, cheese, hard boiled egg, sardines, tuna, mackerel and
fruit - often bananas and clementines or satsumas) or if served
at the guest house soup, bread, salad, fish & fruit.
Prices & booking details £480 per
person sharing a twin/double room incl. airport transfers to and
from Agadir, dinners and generous breakfasts, dancing and
several activities, as described below. Possibility of some
singles (£120 supplement). Some non-dancing friends or partners
are welcome, at £350. To book, or for any queries about the
venue, flight options, and Morocco, email or phone Jane Bayley -
she can then confirm your place and send further details. A
deposit of £100 will be required. Contact Jane at
holidays-with-heart.co.uk (replace "at" with @"), tel: +44
(0)1239 615499. It might be easier to email first and
arrange a time to phone or Skype, in case Jane is out of the
Getting there The
nearest airport is Agadir, which is just 50 minutes drive from
Taroudant. There are Tuesday UK flights from London Gatwick
(EasyJet). Monarch have stopped flights from Manchester to
Agadir, but it is highly likely that the service will resume
with another carrier; otherwise Manchester to Marrakesh is an
option. Flight costs (not included) are from £80 for Gatwick if
booked early - Manchester may be a little dearer. Airport
transfers are included on the flights that we agree work best
for the group (one minibus could collect 8 from Marrakech;
another 8 from Agadir). It's too soon to see how that works out
for Feb./March 2017 flights, but in any case don't book
a flight until Jane confirms we have enough takers and which
flights are going to work best for the group. For
non-UK dancers, look for flights to Agadir and Marrakesh, and
liaise with Jane. NB you must take out your own travel insurance
- please do this when you book, so you are covered in case you
have to cancel for any reason.
Programme The "default" plan is at least
10 hours of Circle Dance in the evenings, plus 2 excursions, "A
Feast for the Senses" on the last night, 2 cultural experiences
chosen from several, e.g. a therapeutic cleansing at the local
steam baths, a cookery lesson or a guided tour around town in a
traditional horse-drawn taxi. Optional extras (i.e that you pay
for at the time) include an extra trip or trek, and a session of
live music and dancing with local Berber women. Lots
to do! And you may want to laze in the sun in the afternoons, or
just spend time wandering round the town....Last time we managed
to fit in some extra dancing too, on the other evenings, on one
morning, and also the odd dance on trips out - we'll see what
people want when we're there. Some dance experience is needed -
e.g. Circle Dance, World Dance, or International Folk Dance.
Other activities are also available at extra cost,
e.g. argan oil massage - see LA
website activites page.
About me I live in York, UK, and have
taught dance since 1992. I have been told I am very clear in my
teaching, and I like to teach with some humour. I particularly
like Balkan, Romanian and Greek traditional dances as well as
some modern and meditational ones. My choreographies
include Ever-Flowing Spring, Ebb And Flow, Twilight, Dreamers'
Song, Breton Carol and Winter Earth. I am interested in how the
whole body is used in
dance - using dance to improve posture, and vice-versa. I
also sing, drum and play bouzouki. For more info, see DANCE
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