2019 Highlights

Big Top at Barefoot Festival ™ 2019

The big top is back!

Back by popular demand, we are delighted to announce that Barefoot Festival™ 2019's base will once again be the stunning Big Top.

With oodles of space to dance, watch, learn and play we just couldn't resist the lure of the fabulous Big Top this year. Come watch our evening performances, join in with some amazing workshops or just hang out and socialise with friends old and new, all in this glamours venue.

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Confirmed workshops...

Line Dancing with Tilly Calow Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Line Dancing with Tilly Calow - Tilly is a skilled performer and teacher who specialises in Cuban salsa, Turkish Roma belly dance and traditional dances from different areas of the world. She has a strong love of traditional dances and strong cultures and is always learning and discovering old dances and their origins.

Tilly is proud to work with companies such as Chaînes dance, Havana salsa and charities such as Caberesque and Danceaid.

Visit Tilly Calow's Facebook page »

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Hula Hooping with Hooper Hoops Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Hula Hooping with Hooper Hoops - Get hula hooping with Hooper Hoops - Wiggle, jiggle and giggle!

Join Lyndsay from Hooper Hoops and learn how to hula hoop on your waist and other flashy tricks using different parts of your body in the beginners class, and level up with 2 hoops in the Double Hoops for beginners workshop.

A selection of sizes and weights to chose from during the workshop but do bring your own if you have them.

Lyndsay Hooper, (actual surname!) has been hooping for over 10 years and is an international teacher.

Want to own your very own hula hoop? We can have yours ready in time for the event. Visit www.hooperhoops.co.uk and head to the shop to get yours delivered to the festival.

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Aerial Hoop/Cube with Lauren Red at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Aerial Hoop with Lauren Red - Lauren Red is a multi award winning performer and qualified gym instructor, who blends her unique skills of dance, flexibility and fitness training to make classes exciting, fun and positive. She currently owns and runs a 5,000 square foot alternative fitness centre called Flight Fitness, based in Leicester.

Flight Fitness offers: Pole Dance for Fitness, Aerial Hoop, Trapeze, Silks / Tissu, Conditioning and Flexibility Training.

Visit Flight Fitness's website »

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Capoeira and Maculele with Christos Espirro at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Capoeira and Maculele with Christos Espirro - Capoeira is a martial art that combines elements of fight, acrobatics, music, dance and rituals in a very elegant and magnetic way.

Christos first encountered Capoeira while training for open martial arts tournaments, now known as mixed martial arts. The initial attraction for taking Capoeira on as his main style was the high cardiovascular workout and not sporting black eyes at work every week! However what really kept Christos captivated was the complexity and variety of the game, the rhythm, the mental aspect as well as the physical.

Come join in this energetic and inspiring practice with it's rhythmic beats!

Visit Senzala Midlands website »

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Oriental Style Bellydance with Andrea Chaînes Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Oriental Style Bellydance with Andrea Chaînes - Andrea is an international dance artist, professional performer, teacher, choreographer, costume designer and show producer. She is mainly known for fantastic stage presence and original style.

Andrea is a proud owner of Chaînes dance and fitness studio in Leicester dedicated to more than 22 dance styles. Chaînes Dance Company provide top quality entertainment in a variety styles including Bellydance, Bollywood and Cabaret.

Visit Andrea's website »

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Burlesque with Maisie Martini Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Burlesque with Maisie Martini - Maisie Martini is a dance teacher and performer. Maisie has been offering workshops since 1999 and has loads of experience in 'just for fun' taster sessions. Maisie is qualified and fully insured.

Don't worry about your fitness level either this is great fun.

Visit Maisie Martini's website »

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Poi with Poietry in Motion at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Poi and Contact Staff with Vic Ruspin - Roll Up, Roll Up, come run away with the circus! Learn the ancient art of Poi with the master Vic Ruspin from Poietry in Motion. Suitable for beginners through to advanced, there is always something to learn, it's fun for the whole family.

Poietry in Motion sell unique home made cherry stone sock poi - environmentally friendly made from recycled materials and clean/sterilised cherry stones.

Visit Poietry in Motion's website »

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PiYo and Dance Hall Mash Up with Karolena Mazurek at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

PiYo and Dance Hall Mash Up with Karolena Mazurek Fitness and Dance has always been Karolena's passion since she was a young girl. She teach's a number of classes which include Zumba, Street dance, Insanity, Piyo and spinning. However being introduced to MIU allowed her to bring out the inner emotion she has for fitness and dance.

Karolena's first class with Alicja was amazing she fell in love with MIU because the music allowed her to to express herself in a way my others classes didn’t. MIU is truly about letting yourself go and being free with the music. It is all about having fun.

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Bellynesian (Hula Bellydance) with Shaddy at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Bellynesian (Hula Bellydance) with Shaddy Enjoy a taste of Summer with Shaddy, with this Bellynesian class. The style elements of belly dance with island inspired hula sway. Beautiful smooth movements, earth-shattering Tahitian shimmies and graceful Hawaiian arms with joyful Polynesian music.

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Netball with Val Kindred at Barefoot Festival™ 2019

Netball with Val Kindred Val's experience in netball spans 50 years starting with getting a taste of the game at junior school, playing for her county and club moving into coaching (level 3) and officiating (‘B award).

Her experience helped her to secure her role as a county netball development officer, working to encourage and improve netball for all abilities and ages. This also has led to her volunteering in different capacities for her region/county e.g. as lead for Regional Performance Athletes development, coaching the under 19’s Loughborough Lightning National performance League.

Val’s has also involved the Special Olympics came in Glasgow (2005) when she went as a coach for Southfield Netball club who won gold…the event captured her heart watching the athletes achieving their goals and enjoying the event. This fuelled her passion to want to contribute more so when the games came to Leicester in 2009 and she was offered the role of Competition Manager there was no hesitation in accepting this and again in 2017 in Sheffield.

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