Folk Dance Remixed

Natasha Khamjani and Kerry Fletcher

Creative Mission

Folk Dance Remixed is a groundbreaking company creating unique fusions between folk and hip hop styles with live music. Led by Artistic Directors Kerry Fletcher and Natasha Khamjani, the company rediscover old traditions through contemporary forms. Folk Dance Remixed is about generating a creative playground to grow new and innovative ideas of mixing folk dance and music of many cultures with contemporary and street dance styles by making new work and creating a new and exciting fusion.

About the company

The initial idea of Street Dance the Maypole was launched by East London Dance at Big Dance in 2010 where Natasha and Kerry worked with several schools and arts festivals, including the Barbican, to create upbeat performance pieces and participatory workshops for all ages to join in. In 2011/12 they continued to build and develop the workshop programme, at events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Battersea Park, and began to develop their new company, Folk Dance Remixed, and devise the show, Step Hop House. Alongside the show they created the Ceilidh Jam social dance and pop-up performances and workshops. In 2013 they received their first Grants for the Arts award from Arts Council England. Following a tremendously successful tour over the summer of 2013, including appearances at Sidmouth Folk Week and Stratford Rising Festival, they are excited by the high demand for their work and look forward to more remixes in the future!

Future Plans

Currently Kerry and Natasha are working towards another funding bid to take the show, workshops and Ceilidh Jam on a national tour in 2015. This will include the development of a youth dance company and a programme of holiday courses for young people. With a wealth of ideas for new work during the next few years, for example Remixed Rapper Sword Dancing and creating a full-length family show, they will be nurturing new partnerships to enable them to take their vision of magical, spectacular performances and participation forwards.

Education work

Folk Dance Remixed are most often programmed as part of free arts and community festivals and events and each event has a participatory element with either Street dance the Maypole workshops and/or the Ceilidh Jam Pop Ups and social dances.

Current Projects

Step Hop House

A high-energy 30-minute professional performance offering a unique remix of maypole, clogging and ceilidh with street styles including house & breakdance & international folk styles including African & Bhangra…. All set to a live soundtrack with fiddle, banjo, percussion & beatboxing. Performed by a cast of 9 diverse dancers with 4 musicians, this is folk dance like you’ve never seen it before!

Street Dance the Maypole

A workshop programme that gets the audience learning a funky street dance routine and mixing it with maypole moves, such as the Chrysanthemum Wrap and the Ripple.

Ceilidh Jam

Audiences can learn a traditional ceilidh formation dance and fill it with their best freestyle moves and hip hop grooves.

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