Summer workshops for intermediate & advanced dancers (July / August 2021)

Intensive summer dance workshops: Bourrées, dances from Gascogne, Béarn, Poitou, Bretagne …

For intermediate and advanced dancers, with Elena Leibbrand


at EléDanse’s, in a beautiful dance tent with a good dance floor

Various options for accomodation and food


July 2021 : Wednesday July 7 – Sunday July 11 (5 days)

Pre-Boombal 2021 : Monday 23 – Wednesday 25 August (3 days)


COVID: The dances will be chosen, and accommodation and / or meals will be organized (disorganized?), According to the « health standards » of the moment.


NEW: If you can’t be free from Wednesday to Friday, you can participate for a few days. Contact Elena to define your perfect solution (Saturday + Sunday will be Bourrée auvergnate).




Content of the workshop

Morning and evening circles, various practices to reconnect with oneself and with each other, relaxed and joyful meal times, and of course lots of dancing!

If you are a musician, bring your instruments!

In terms of the dances, we will probably still have to adapt to certain health standards. But in general terms, we can choose between the following:

  • Straight bourrées and « auvergnat » style bourrées, danced in pairs or in groups
  • Dances of Basque and Béarn countries, such as diverse Sauts, Carnaval de Lantz, possibly Fandango and Arin Arin
  • Dances from Gascony such as rondeaux for 2 or 4 dancers or in chain, rondeaux-jeux, branles or congos
  • Dances from Poitou and Bretagne: Circle dances (with or without hands), possibly with singing, Avant-deux
  • and possibly some couple dances (possibly with fixed partner or mask)

The intention of this workshop is above all to rediscover the pleasure of dancing, to review many repertoires of intermediate and advanced level, and to have fun!

As always, Elena will give you indications on technique, comfort, connection (to oneself, to music, to others) and musicality.

Possibly, if the group is interested, we can prepare a little something to show off at the outdoor balls this summer.


« DIY-workshop »

You can choose between several options, with or without meals and / or accommodation.

We will take care in teams of setting the table, preparing meals with Elena, cleaning up, doing the dishes, etc.

The evenings will be co-created by the participants: relax, play or listen to music, barbecue, go for a walk in the beautiful country side, swim in the nearby pond of Renipont (special access for EléDansers) …

EléDanse will adapt to the « health » standards of the moment, thank you for your understanding if certain options should change.
Contact Elena on +32 476 99 80 51 if you would like to know more or be reassured.




Dance level & target audience

Intermediate and advanced level:

For dancers who already have some experience in folk / trad. dance, or a solid experience in another structured dance.

The basics will be (re)done, but we will move quickly towards a good number of simple to complicated dances. The dances envisaged for this course (bourrées, Gascogne, Béarn, Bretagne, Poitou) are not quite dances, even if we will learn to dance them without getting (too) tired.

Do you have trouble deciding on your level? Then contact Elena on +32 476 99 80 51.

Dance partner

You can register alone, as a couple or as a group, since we will cover a lot of dances with a variable number of dancers. Depending on the « health » situation, we may only dance « contactless » dances, or perhaps also couples dances (with or without a fixed partner).

Languages spoken

Depending on registrations, this workshop will be given in French, English, Dutch and / or German or a mix of all that!



Want to be there ?

Price & Information on accommodation and meals

Dance workshop

45€ per person per day for intensive dance workshop + entertainment


Complete healty meals made with love, mostly vegetarian. Possibility without gluten and lactose, but no other limitations. At least one barbecue per week. Included: water, juice, tea, coffee, 1 glass of wine or 1 beer per meal. Other alcoholic drinks on sale, or you can bring whatever you want.

8€ for a breakfast (tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit, bread, butter, jam, spreads, muesli, milks …)

12€ for a lunch (big salad or light meal with salad)

15€ for an evening meal (main course, salad, cheese or dessert)

5€ per day for snacks (coffee, tea, herbal teas, water, fruit, snack cookies, aperitif cookies)

You can bring or buy at the local grocery store all the drinks and other supplements you want!

« Luxury » Accommodation

Accommodation on a real mattress, sheets and bath towels provided + use of sanitary facilities, cleaning … for 10€ pp per day

Rooms are in construction for the moment. When signing up, please let me know if you would like

  • a double room (double mattress)
  • a single mattress in a shared room (will be 2 ou 3 people)

« Basic » Accommodation

Use of sanitary facilities and cleaning for 5€ pp per day, and a choice of:

a) « indoor camping »  with your own mattress, bedding, bath towels, etc.

b) pitch a small tent in the garden (max 2 pitches)

Summary of options & prices

You benefit from the reduced rate if you register on time, pay the deposit as planned, and pay the balance on the first day of the course at the latest.



To reserve your place, there are two things to do:

Send an email to with your first name, last name, mobile number, chosen course (dates) and chosen package (preferred accommodation, etc.). You can also tell me if you have a preference among the proposed dances (see description).

and pay a deposit of 50 € per participant to the account of the ASBL EléDanse:

Elena Leibbrand – IBAN BE24 0689 3524 6038 – BIC GKCCBEBB – Communication: « Stage zomer 2021 » (and NOTHING else please !!)


Cancellation policy

If the course should be canceled by EléDanse (corona or other force majeure) you will be reimbursed in full. If you cancel your participation no later than 2 weeks before the course, by MAIL to, you will be fully refunded.

For any cancellation on your part less than 2 weeks before the course your deposit of 50 € will not be refunded, unless you find a replacement.

Exception: if you present a medical certificate dated no later than July 7 / August 23, you will also be reimbursed, so if you have covid symptoms, please do not take any risk (and let me know as soon as possible so that you can possibly accept someone else).


Since June 2021, EléDanse has installed a large dance gazebo with a beautiful parquet floor!

Address: Chaussée de Rixensart 7, 1380 Lasne, Belgium

Dates & times JULY

Tuesday 6 July

Arrival possible from 6 p.m., for a first evening (shared meal, bring your speciality)

If you wish to arrive on Tuesday, please book an extra night, Wednesday’s breakfast is offered.

Wednesday 7 July

Arrival possible from 9 a.m. to settle in.

Beginning of the course at 11 a.m. sharp, until around 5.30 p.m.

Thursday 8 – Sunday 11 July

Course from around 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (to be confirmed with participants on day 1), various activities or excursions or barbecue in the evening

Sunday 11 July

Departures possible from 6 p.m., or you can stay for dinner.

Possibility of staying on Sunday evening. Please book an extra night, Monday’s breakfast is offered.

Please participate for the entire duration of the workshop.

Dates & times Pre-Boombalfestival

Sunday 22 August

Arrival possible from 6 p.m., for a first evening (shared meal, bring your speciality)

If you wish to arrive on Sunday, please book an extra night, Monday’s breakfast is offered.

Monday 23 August

Arrival possible from 9 a.m. to settle in.

Beginning of the course at 11 a.m. sharp, until around 5.30 p.m., then aperitif / barbecue / entertainment

Tuesday 24 August

Course from +/- 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (to be confirmed with participants on day 1), then aperitif / barbecue / entertainment

Wednesday 25 August

Workshop from +/- 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and then evening + night at EléDanse, or departure for Boombalfestival for those in a hurry


Please participate for the entire duration of the workshop.