Led by Paul Boizot

Following three great trips to Taroudant in 2015, 2017, and 2019, we're running another week there in late 2021 - this was due to run in late 2020, and 2021, but was postponed due to covid. This week will be at the exciting new premises - the Ecolodge.If you would like 2 weeks of circle dance, then you can also book with Adrian Pointon and Cindy Kelly's the week before mine; or Lilly Sell the week after.


  Mountain view           town walls

 See the brochure as available on the venue's website - different content to this page

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.

  Pomegranate room           

NB photo is of a bedroom at the current premises, not the new Ecolodge.

Venue  La Maison Anglaise, an award winning ethically-run guest house in the ancient walled market town of Taroudant. Average Nov. daytime high temperature is 22 degrees, low is 12 degrees Centigrade. (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 9 staff, who are experienced in running successful circle dance holidays and who manage the programme, guide, drive and cook for you.

The new premises - the Ecolodge - will have a large (8 metres x 8 metres) indoor dance space with sprung floor, and the option to dance outdoors on the roof terrace. Bedrooms - and everything else except the roof terrace - are on the ground floor. No stairs! There is a pool and gardens. There will be a small solar-powered hammam and a massage room, but we will still have the optional visit to a local hammam; I am told that the best one in town is nearby.

Much more info is at LA MAISON ANGLAISE website. You can also see many reviews on TripAdvisor. La Maison Anglaise also supports a variety of charitable and community projects.

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

Lunches are available for 50 Dh (about £4.50) - 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.

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Prices & booking details; £610 per person sharing a twin/double room incl. airport transfers in Morocco, dinners and generous breakfasts, dancing and several activities, as described below. Possibility of some singles (£140 supplement). Some non-dancing friends or partners are welcome, at £490. 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 (replace "at" with @"), tel: +44 (0)1239 615499.

Getting there The nearest airport is Agadir, which is just 50 minutes drive from Taroudant. In 2019, Ryanair started flights from Manchester to Agadir. There have also been regular Tuesday UK flights from London Gatwick (EasyJet). Obviously these may change due to the impact of covid. Flight costs (not included) are from £90 return 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. In any case don't book a flight until Jane confirms we have enough dancers and which flights are going to work best for the group. For non-UK dancers, look for flights to Agadir, 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.

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Programme  The "default" plan is at least 10 hours of Circle Dance in the evenings. We sometimes manage to fit in some extra daytime dancing too; that should be easier with the new dance space. Some dance experience is needed - e.g. Circle Dance, World Dance, or International Folk Dance.

Also included are 1 excursion and 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 extra trips or a trek, massage, and maybe other items. Lots to do! - see LA MAISON ANGLAISE website activites page. And you may want to just laze in the sun, or spend time wandering round the town....

See also the La Maison Anglaise general page on Dance and Culture holidays.

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, Shadows Of Greece, Circle Mazurka 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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Download flier - the brochure as available on the venue's website - different content to this page - in .pdf A4 format.

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