We ran this event annually from 2003-2005. We are not currently running it.

Friday 23 - Sunday 25 September 2005


drawing of Rookhow Centre

A Circle Dance Residential
Led by Helen Oak and Paul Boizot

A weekend to relax between Summer and Autumn, sharing circle dance together in a beautiful, peaceful environment.

Will include some live music.


Please note I just use this venue once a year, I am not the proprietor. You can contact the Rookhow Centre on 01229 860231.

NB You can download the info on this page (i.e. the 2005 details) as a leaflet in .rtf format (reads in or MS Word); 
- with the graphic of Rookhow Centre (as above) 371k, looks nicer, takes longer to download
- without the graphic 35k

We offer a flexible programme. As well as dancing to recorded and live music, options in previous years included - 
* singing to start the day
* drumming workshop or session
* sessions outside if the weather is good
* quiet space in yurt in the woods
* time to explore the area.

Other possible 2005 options to be decided! Maybe an extra session of dance with attention to posture?

Some dance experience is needed.


Rookhow, originally an 18C Quaker Meeting House and Stables, sits in 12 acres of woodland in the hamlet of Rusland, only a mile from the borders of the Grizedale Forest, Lakeland. We will also have use of the Parish Rooms for dancing. Click for location map at


The main sleeping area is in single beds in 2 small, comfortable dorms at the Rookhow centre. Several double rooms are also available next door at 'The Old Vicarage', where local dancer Nigel Woodhouse lives; an extra night's stay here before or after the event may be possible. There are some camping spaces; some non-residential places may be available. Ring for details.

Helen Oak leads dance groups in Greater Manchester and Cheshire and has for many years led special seasonal celebrations, combining her love of circle dance, song and live music. She is a powerful and sensitive vocalist and also plays drum or recorder in the band.

Paul Boizot lives in Sheffield and has taught since 1992. He is noted for clear teaching and humour. His choreographies include Ever-Flowing Spring, Wise Maid, Twilight, and Butterfly Jig. He particularly likes Balkan and Greek traditional dances as well as some modern ones. He sings, drums and plays bouzouki.

Prices sorry, these have gone up by 4 per person for 2005 to reflect increases in the price of hiring the Rookhow Centre. Please note the deadline for the "early booking discount" is 2 weeks earlier than before.

74 at Rookhow if booked by July 30th
86 at Old Vicarage if booked by July 30th
10 surcharge after that date
Deposit of 30 (non returnable)
Note: Residential space limited to approx. 20 spaces - so book early!

Bring food to share so that we can all help with catering (vegetarian).


Arrivals: from 4.30pm Fri for dancing @ 8.00
Departure: 4.00pm Sunday at the very latest!

Further details/ bookings

Paul Boizot, 9 Sturton Rd, Sheffield S4 7DE
0114 256 1708

(Please tell us your e-mail address if this can be used for our reply) 

You can download the info on this page as a leaflet in rtf format (reads in MS Word,, etc.)

Page last updated 24.07.08

My address from 30.04.12 is 14 Holly Bank Grove, York YO24 4EA, U.K.

contact me on: 01904 621510
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