Nikolay Svetkov is widely considered to be amongst the top Bulgarian folk dance teachers.  He is immensely popular, and highly regarded as a teacherNikolay photo 2

of traditional Bulgarian folkdance.  He has taught all over Europe, Japan and the USA, so a visit to the UK is long overdue.  It is a privilege to have him with us, and I am quite certain that, if you enjoy Bulgarian dancing, you will love dancing with Nikolay.  He will teach dances from all over Bulgaria.

He performed with the Pirin State ensemble, State folk ensemble Trakia and the Bulgarian National Folk Ensemble Bulgare, and is currently a university professor in Blagoevgrad, Pirin, where he teaches Bulgarian folkdance, dance composition, and dance teaching methods.  He is a beautiful dancer and a delightful and friendly person.  Don’t miss him!


Braithwaite institute, Braithwaite near Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5RY

(provisional) Programme

 Saturday 6th Ocober  

11:30 – 17:00              Dance course

20:00 – 22:30              Social dance

 Sunday 7th October  

10:30 – 16:00              Dance course


Saturday course & evening dance                  £30

Sunday course                                                    £20

Weekend package                                              £40

Evening social dance                                           £5


By road:    20 minutes from M6 junction 40 (Penrith).  Free car parking next to the hall.

By Rail:  To Penrith station, then public bus or taxi (20 miles).

By National Express Coach:  To Keswick, then public bus or taxi. (2.5 miles).


All kinds of accommodation is available in and around Braithwaite:– hostels, campsites, B&B, self-catering and hotels.  Braithwaite is convenient for the hall, but there is plenty more to choose from in nearby Keswick and other surrounding villages.  An accommodation listing is available if you would like it.


To reserve a place, please complete  a Nikolay in Braithwaite website booking form and send it, together with your payment to: Cathy Meunier, 23, Church Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4DX.


FRIDAY 5th – SUNDAY 7th APRIL 2019


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Petros Selkos is amongst the most well-known, highly regarded and well-loved folk dance teachers from Greek Macedonia.  Every summer he runs a wonderful seminar in the village of Orma in northern Greece.  He says he will bring us some of his most beautiful traditional dances from northern Greece.  And for a bit of variety I have asked him to teach his ever popular Hassapiko.  With the exception of the Hassapiko, his dances are generally unchoreographed village dances with traditional music.  This is something that Greece still has, and many other countries have lost largely.  Petros does not speak English (well not much!) but he is able to communicate through the language of dance, and he has a great sense of humour.  The course is residential, but if you prefer not to stay at the college there is a non-residential option too.  

 DANCE PROGRAMME (provisional)

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

6:00pm                                                 Evening meal

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

Saturday:              09:30am – 4:30pm                              Dance course

6pm                                                     Evening meal

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

Sunday:                 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.


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.

By train: Nearest stations are: Sheffield, Chesterfield or Grindleford.

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

Travel from and to rail stations:  If you let me know well in advance I will try and make sure that you get a lift to or from a station, particularly on the Sunday.

Alternatively there are usually taxis outside the station at Sheffield.  Grindleford is the closest to the college, but you will need to pre-book a taxi.


The residential option includes 2 nights’ accommodation with full-board from Friday evening meal (served at 6pm) to Sunday lunch (served at 1pm).  The non-residential option includes Saturday lunch and dinner plus either Friday dinner or Sunday lunch

Teas, coffees, hot drinks etc are available throughout the weekend.

Residential dance course:                                            £205

Residential only:                                                            £155

Single room supplement (2 nights)                             £10

You can omit Friday evening meal and / or Sunday lunch  –   deduct £10 for each meal not required

Non-residential dance course option                       £115


 To reserve a place, please complete a Petros 2019 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 by 5th December.  There is limited space on the dance course and bookings will be taken in the order in which they are received.

For More Information:  Please contact Cathy Meunier, 23, Church Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4DX.

email: cathy_meunier@hotmail.com.  Website: http://www.balkanfolkdance.org