Dance Holiday in Portugal with Nanni Kloke
August 31st - September 7th 2013
Fado (translated as destiny or fate) is a music genre that can be traced
back to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In
popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and
lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor.
The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade (that
has no match in English but it could be understood as nostalgia felt while
missing something or someone important), a word describing a sentiment.
Nanni has choreographed some gorgeous dances to some FABULOUS Fado music.
It is VERY special to dance to this music in the land of its origins. Nanni
will teach for three hours every morning and for one and a half hours late
afternoon/early evening before supper.
There will be a guided walk of the Domain on our first afternoon.
The last night of our holiday will be spent in Porto. We will have dinner
together and enjoy a Fado concert and stay in a nearby hotel.
There will also be many additonal activities which you
can take part in during your free time, e.g. for the serious walkers amongst
you, hiking in the Serra de Estrelain; mountain biking in the valley and
Serra; horse-riding - a tour of a few hours or lessons; Portuguese cooking
workshop or painting/drawing in the open air workshop.
The holiday is open to dancers from all countries. The minimum number
required to make this holiday viable is 15. The maximum is 28.
The venue is situated 12km from the privincial city of Guarda and 50km
from the Spanish border.
Qunita das Corujas
Dominio Vale do Mondego
For more information about the venue look at their website:
The dance space (Qunita das Corujas) is designed by Nanni and we dance on
a professional dance floor set on wood. The temperature should be in the low
to high 20s. Bring a hat, as we will sometimes be dancing
in the open air. It will obviously be cooler in the evenings.
There is a swimming pool for us all to use.
Accommodation is either:
- Shared Quintas (converted farmhouse) with twin or double rooms
- Canvas Lodges
There is a very limited number of single rooms, allocated on a first
come, first served basis. Ask Judy for more details.
The cost depends on your level of accommodation:
- Twin/double in a double tent (with proper bed): €895
- Single in a double tent (with proper bed): €925
- Twin/double in Quinta or Canvas Lodge: €955
- Single in Quinta or Canvas Lodge: €985
- transfer to and from Porto Airport
- all accommodation and food at the Domain
- all dance sessions
- the last night dinner, concert and overnight stay in hotel in Porto
It does NOT include:
- your air fare
- Nanni's workshop CD and notation
- workshop DVD
- alcohol taken with your meals
- any additional outings you take individually or we spontaneously
decide to do as a group
- food when we are in Porto (apart from the concert dinner)
The closest airport is Porto. The coach transfer will leave at a set
time. Please check with Judy before booking your flight.
How to Book
To book your place, please send Judy a non-returnable deposit of €200
(euros). Please contact me for my bank account
You MUST take out holiday insurance for this week. Due to various
financial commitments in runnng this course, we are unable to offer refunds
on your deposit if you have to cancel.
As I'm sure you can appreciate, trying to organize a foreign holiday this
far ahead is very challenging! I have made the best estimates on price that
I can, taking inflation into account, but I'm sure that you can appreciate
that I can't pin down prices exactly. I will do everything in my power to
make sure that the price does not increase, but I must reserve the right to
charge a supplement if prices do go haywire.