<![CDATA[SOPHIAFREEDANCER.CO.UK - Events]]>Wed, 10 Apr 2024 22:04:31 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[May 4th Beltane celebration]]>Mon, 08 Apr 2024 23:48:46 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/may-4th-beltane-celebration
​Saturday May 4th Beltane celebration
of earth + fire !
11 am – 4.00 pm
@ St Johns Church Cragg Vale Nr Hebden Bridge
Open to men + women ..
Open up to this wonderful time of  greening + burgeoning .. Dances both traditional + recent ..Lively + gentle …to celebrate this Celtic Fire Festival !
Bring food to share for lunch – hopefully get outside a bit briefly  + we may have a small fire .
EARLY BIRD £20 by Friday 12 April £30 thereafter…cheque or on line .
On line : Please email me or text me if you go for the on line option.
Sophia Hatch 
00164170. (Halifax bank)
<![CDATA[Saturday June 22 nd Balkan dance day with live music !]]>Sat, 16 Mar 2024 22:34:18 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/saturday-june-22-nd-balkan-dance-day-with-live-music]]><![CDATA[Extra Balkan Session in Hebden Bridge]]>Thu, 30 Nov 2023 00:00:00 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/winter-solstice-circle-dance-celebration-16th-of-december-2023Extra Balkan Session in Hebden Bridge

​ May 18th 2:00 - 4:15 pm at Hebden Bridge Methodist Church Hall

Last one till 
<![CDATA[Dates for 2024 !     please scroll down ...]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2023 00:00:00 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/november-19th-2023]]><![CDATA[Balkan dance]]>Tue, 28 Nov 2023 00:00:00 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/balkan-night !IF you like BALKAN dances  come to Hebden Bridge  for the following afternoons
2- 4.15 pm  at the Methodist Church there on Market St .
We dance a variety of dances from Bulgaria / Armenia / Romania / Turkey/ E European  Roma dances / Latvia / Albania etc .. some simple,  some complex , some fast, some slow/ Some fun & some more contemplative  - Always a big mix ! I teach everything clearly in advance .. come + give it a go  - you are very welcome :)

Its £10 cash on the door or £9 in advance OR commit + pay  up front to all three then £24 .
Please let me know if you  intend to just turn up on the door .

We have a tea break ½ way + I bring teas + biscuits . You are welcome to bring cake !!

Hello women friends of Hebden & beyond !
Maybe you would like to dance a little ? Get your energy moving ??
Beat  the rainy day blues 😜
I’m leading a session of circle dances from around the world for women - a belated International women’s day event ! This one is for women only on March 30th . Many are mixed events .
There will be dances from Africa ; India ; UK ; France; Greece  & Eastern Europe too. A big mixed bag !  .. some very simple other more challenging ; some slow ; some lively .. you can sit out the ones you are not up for …Yes there are steps to be learnt which I teach in advance .. you don’t need to be “ a dancer “  and it’s ok to do variations !! If you can walk you can dance as they say in Africa 🤗☀️And we have a tea break with cake / biscuits ! 
The aim is community making ; uplifting and joyful and finding peace within too .
..wear soft flat shoes or barefoot and wear layers of clothes to peel off if you need to !  No partners are needed but you are welcome to bring a friend !
Best let me know if you intend to come as I reckon 23 is about the maximum in the hall .


You can send a cheque to S Hatch 
3 Boston Hill Hebden Bridge HX7 8SS W Yorks 

OR  contact me re on line booking ....sophiafreedancer@talktalk.net

<![CDATA[November 26th, 2023]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2023 00:00:00 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/circle-dance-day-with-sophia-hatch-to-celebrate-the-spring-equinox

<![CDATA[CIRCLE DANCE  WEEKEND AT ROBIN HOOD’S BAY with ALL LIVE music !]]>Sat, 25 Nov 2023 00:00:00 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/circle-dance-weekend-at-robin-hoods-bay
JULY 5th /6th / 7th 2024
with Sophia Hatch
Musicians: Bob Minney, and Paul Boizot and Jo Denham
ROBIN HOOD’S BAY . N. YORKS YO22 4RA  At FYLINGDALES VILLAGE HALL( At the top of Robin Hood’s Bay village )
Dancing part of the weekend cost;£150 -£165  Self Select – the price increase is due to the hall DOUBLING their prices – we have not !
What a RARE treat to dance to LIVE music ALL week end with 3 very talented + experienced musicians .
Start Friday night 8pm -10pm.Saturday 10am- 10pm with lunch +  afternoon breaks !. Dance  on the beach if we can  Saturday pm – tides + weather willing . . Dancing after tea  till 10pmish.Sunday 10am - 3pm.

£25  non-refundable deposit  as from 1st January 2024 .  Please send a cheque if possible (dated 1/06/2024  )
Please make sure you have somewhere to stay first As the Bay is a VERY popular place for holiday makers I advise you look into accommodation NOW – yes now ! And THEN get back to me once that is in place . 
This wend is intended for experienced dancers, dancing your socks off, enjoying a wide variety of dances both recent + traditional, lively + slow  . And some dances that we dance for longer than usual recordings ..This year it’s a “Musicians choice “ in which dances are picked, but “Oldie Goldie’s “ are going to be high on the list !
More info early 2024 re the programme . BOOK early to get yourselves a place !
More info / booking to Sophia : sophiafreedancer@talktalk.net
3 Boston Hill Hebden Bridge HX7 8SS W Yorks 
01422 843000

<![CDATA[Song & Dance event : August 22 nd - 27 th - Unstone Grange]]>Thu, 16 Nov 2023 00:00:00 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/song-dance-event-august-22-nd-27-th-unstone-grange
Song & Dance event : August 22 nd - 27 th at Unstone Grange near Sheffield.
 Circle dance with Sophia ; Sing with Yvonne Burgess & much much more . Shared rooms or camp . Fully catered . 
More details nearer the time . Contact Sophia 
<![CDATA[FOR THE FIRST TIME IN GREECE WITH BETHAN !]]>Wed, 15 Nov 2023 00:00:00 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/november-27th-2023
18th - 25th September 2024
 A circle dancing holiday on the Greek island of Paros with inspirational teachers Bethan Freedman and Sophia Hatch.
Dancing and other treats including:
·      An introduction to the Alexander Technique 
·      A trip with meal out to the ancient hill-top town of Lefkes. 
·      Dance demonstrations and tuition from our local Greek dancer friends.
Dancing takes place in a studio with a beautiful wooden floor, and meals are taken on the restaurant terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea with breath-taking views across to Naxos. 
The traditional family run Hotel Paros Philoxenia sits right by the sandy New Golden Beach with shallow waters perfect for swimming in.
The week includes full board and caters for most dietary needs:
·      £935 for a twin or double room. 
·      A single room supplement is £20 extra per night.
·      Option to pay an additional supplement for a superior room with a sea view
Discounted Prices:
·      EARLY BIRD discount £895 by February 14th 2024
·      PLUS a small group discount of £45 per person (4 people or more)
·      There is a discount of £175 for non-dancing partners. 
 The week is designed for circle dancers with experience and therefore isn’t suitable for beginners.
Booking Process:
·      Please email Anna Park to reserve your place annapark@ntlworld.com
·      £100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking. 
Please send a cheque made out to Bethan Freedman: 87 Lacey St, Ipswich IP4 2PH. 
OR: If you don’t use cheques, please pay online to Sophia:
Sophia Hatch 
00164170. (Halifax bank)
 Please note:
·      There are quite a few steps and changes in level around the resort. 
·      Flights/travel/transfers and optional trips are not included in the price. 
Getting there:
Most people book a flight or a ferry crossing from Athens to Paros.
Paros airport and Parikia ferry port are both a 25-30 min taxi transfer to the hotel 
There are also ferry crossings from Santorini, Mykonos and Naxos. 
General enquiries to Sophia: sophiafreedancer@talktalk.net
 Hope to see you there!
<![CDATA[Saltaire Dance group]]>Mon, 31 Jul 2023 07:28:00 GMThttp://sophiafreedancer.co.uk/events/saltaire-dance-groupSaltaire Dance group at Saltaire Methodist church hall
Saltaire Dance group
Saltaire Methodist Church Hall 
Saltaire Road Saltaire Shipley 
BD18 3HJ 
Wednesday’s …

 10.30-12.30 pm .With a tea break ½ way through . I provide hot drinks + biscuits .
RE start Wednesday January 10th 2024 ..
Here are the dates + details:  10.30 am – 12.30 with break for tea + coffee + biscuits  @ Saltaire Methodist Church Hall
9 weeks …
24 th
( ½ term break 14 th February )
13 th
Pay for ALL 9 weeks  up front - Reduced block price : £63.00 .
Pay as you go £8 - 10 self-select .

If paying in advance you can bring me a cheque or pay on line . Please enquire .
I’m expecting to do a “Celtic week “ next block + a “South  American week ”  too …
It’s always helpful to me to hear with an email or text from you   that you will  be able to commit for the block especially as travel over in these winter months is a bit of an ordeal !
A mixed bag of dances + themed mornings....
No testing but don’t come if you are unwell ……………Lots of fresh air so wear your layers !

Contact me for more info : sophiafreedancer@talktalk.net

 Please scroll for photos below
Photos below are of the group -Thanks to Manda Thompson for them.