PAUL BOIZOT - CIRCLE DANCE AND MUSIC

CULTURAL AND DANCE HOLIDAY AT LA MAISON ANGLAISE, TAROUDANT, MOROCCO

TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY TO 7 MARCH, 2017

Led by Paul Boizot

Following a great trip to Taroudant in November 2015, we're running another week there. A few details may differ - there is the possibility of a different programme for trips out, to cater for those who have been before, depending on numbers involved.

 

  Mountain view           town walls

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Some dance experience is needed - Circle Dance or World Dance; or International Folk Dance if you are happy to fit in with the different approach taken in Circle Dance.

I am also still looking for other venue suggestions for foreign and UK residentials. See separate Pilion page on this site for my previous Greek trips.

  Pomegranate room           Top roof terrace


Venue  La Maison Anglaise, an award winning ethically-run guest house in the ancient walled market town of Taroudant. Average March daytime high temperature is in the low 20's (degrees C), low is around 10 degrees. (NB different sources give varying figures, as usual, and these are averages, so it can be hotter or colder on any given day).

We’ll be looked after in Morocco by the 7 staff, who are experienced in running successful circle dance holidays (a manageress, 2 guides, a driver, a cook, a cook/masseuse and an “all rounder”). We'll normally discuss the group’s needs, menus and activities after breakfast and supper each evening.

La Maison Anglaise also supports a variety of charitable and community projects. There will be opportunities to visit and support some of these.

Much more info is at LA MAISON ANGLAISE website. You can also see many reviews on TripAdvisor.

Meals The venue is renowned for its food. Vegetarian meals are provided (half board), with a small supplement of around 20 dh (about £1.50) for fish and meat-based meals. Special diets are catered for.

Lunches are available for 50 Dh (about £3.70) - either a picnic lunch (usually bread, olives, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, avocado, cheese, hard boiled egg, sardines, tuna, mackerel and fruit - often bananas and clementines or satsumas) or if served at the guest house soup, bread, salad, fish & fruit.

supper

Prices & booking details £480 per person sharing a twin/double room incl. airport transfers to and from Agadir, dinners and generous breakfasts, dancing and several activities, as described below. Possibility of some singles (£120 supplement). Some non-dancing friends or partners are welcome, at £350. To book, or for any queries about the venue, flight options, and Morocco, email or phone Jane Bayley - she can then confirm your place and send further details. A deposit of £100 will be required. Contact Jane at holidays-with-heart.co.uk (replace "at" with @"), tel: +44 (0)1239 615499. It might be easier to email first and arrange a time to phone or Skype, in case Jane is out of the country.

Getting there The nearest airport is Agadir, which is just 50 minutes drive from Taroudant. There are Tuesday UK flights from London Gatwick (EasyJet). Monarch have stopped flights from Manchester to Agadir, but it is highly likely that the service will resume with another carrier; otherwise Manchester to Marrakesh is an option. Flight costs (not included) are from £80 for Gatwick if booked early - Manchester may be a little dearer.  Airport transfers are included on the flights that we agree work best for the group (one minibus could collect 8 from Marrakech; another 8 from Agadir). It's too soon to see how that works out for Feb./March 2017 flights, but in any case don't book a flight until Jane confirms we have enough takers and which flights are going to work best for the group. For non-UK dancers, look for flights to Agadir and Marrakesh, and liaise with Jane. NB you must take out your own travel insurance - please do this when you book, so you are covered in case you have to cancel for any reason.

bananas                  jewellery

Programme  The "default" plan is at least 10 hours of Circle Dance in the evenings, plus 2 excursions, "A Feast for the Senses" on the last night, 2 cultural experiences chosen from several, e.g. a therapeutic cleansing at the local steam baths, a cookery lesson or a guided tour around town in a traditional horse-drawn taxi. Optional extras (i.e that you pay for at the time) include an extra trip or trek, and a session of live music and dancing with local Berber women. Lots to do! And you may want to laze in the sun in the afternoons, or just spend time wandering round the town....Last time we managed to fit in some extra dancing too, on the other evenings, on one morning, and also the odd dance on trips out - we'll see what people want when we're there. Some dance experience is needed - e.g. Circle Dance, World Dance, or International Folk Dance.

Other activities are also available at extra cost, e.g. argan oil massage - see LA MAISON ANGLAISE website activites page.

Photo; Paul Boizot

About me  I live in York, UK,  and have taught dance since 1992. I have been told I am very clear in my teaching, and I like to teach with some humour. I particularly like Balkan, Romanian and Greek traditional dances as well as some modern and meditational ones. My choreographies include Ever-Flowing Spring, Ebb And Flow, Twilight, Dreamers' Song, Breton Carol and Winter Earth.  I am interested in how the whole body is used in dance - using dance to improve posture, and vice-versa. I also sing, drum and play bouzouki. For more info, see DANCE & MUSIC.


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