Cliff College, CALVER near SHEFFIELD

BelcoI am delighted to welcome back the renowned and charismatic Bulgarian folk dance teacher Belčo Stanev in November.  Anyone who has danced with him will know that his workshops are thoroughly entertaining as well as instructional, and are not to be missed.  Belčo is a kind and generous person with a warm heart and a great sense of humour.  He is everyone’s friend!  It is no wonder that dancers love him.  He has made a significant contribution to the promotion of Bulgarian folklore throughout his life, and is highly respected for his knowledge and his unique skills in teaching dancing.  His dances are already known and appreciated all over the world.  Some which you might recognise are Bačkovsko Horo, Brestaška Râčenica, Pitat me Mamo, Isu Nedo, Kate Kate, Drijanovska Racenitsa II, Madro and Momino.  He is particularly adept at selecting dances to suit his audience, and above all he delights in sharing his love of Bulgarian folkdance and music with others.  This course is residential, so you will have the opportunity to spend more time with, and get to know this unique and inspiring dance teacher and choreographer.                   

DANCE PROGRAMME (provisional)


 4:30pm                                             Arrival and check-in at Cliff College

6:00pm                                             Evening meal

7:30pm (approx) – 10:30pm       Evening social dance


9:30am – 4:30pm                         Dance course

6pm                                                   Evening meal

7:30pm (approx) – 10:30pm      Evening social dance


10am – 1pm                                     Dance course

1:00pm                                              Sunday lunch


The venue is the charming Derbyshire village of Calver in the Peak District National Park, and the course will take place in Cliff College.  We have enjoyed staying at Cliff College in the past.  It has an excellent dance space with slightly springy floor (important for preserving dancers’ joints!), and modern, comfortable and well-equipped rooms.  There are a good number, of single rooms, and a limited number of twins and doubles.  All are of a high standard with ensuite facilities, tea and coffee making facilities and use of a shared kitchenette to prepare drinks.  Meals are served in the college cafeteria.  The menu has a limited choice, but the food is well prepared and wholesome.  Special dietary requirements can be accommodated if arranged in advance.  Teas, coffees and hot drinks are available to help yourself to throughout the weekend.  Alcoholic drinks are not permitted.  Everyone staying in the college is warmly invited to join the social dances in the evenings.Cliff College 1

Cliff College


We will be staying in a lovely area for walking with a great variety of landscapes – wild moors, rolling hills, river valleys, woodlands and small attractive villages.  Phil will be pleased to accompany friends and family who would like to go walking.


www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   is useful.

By car: The Cliff College post code is S32 3XG.  The College is on the A623, between Baslow village and Calver crossroads.

By air: From Manchester airport, take the train to Manchester Piccadilly, then to Sheffield or Grindleford (Grindleford is closer to College, but you will need to pre-book a taxi in advance to get to and from Cliff)

By train: Head for Sheffield, Chesterfield or Grindleford (again, you will need to pre-book your taxi from Grindleford).

By bus:  www.derbyshire.gov.uk/buses      www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk/

Please plan your journey carefully if you are travelling by bus, especially on a Sunday.

By taxi from Chesterfield:  this will cost in the region of £20 – £25 before 11pm.

By taxi from Sheffield:  There are usually taxis outside the station in Sheffield.


The cost includes 2 nights’ accommodation with full-board from Friday evening meal (served at 6pm) to Sunday lunch (served at 1pm).  Teas, coffees, hot drinks etc are available throughout the weekend.

Residential dance course:                                        £205

Residential only:                                                         £150

Single room supplement (2 nights)                       £10


To reserve a place, please complete  a Belco 2017 website booking form and send it with a deposit of £50 per person or the full amount to: Cathy Meunier, 23, Church Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4DX.  The final payment is due before 10th July.  There is limited space on the dance course and bookings will be taken in the order in which they are received.