La Dolce Vita Women's Dance Holiday 25 May - 1 June 2019
La Dolce Vita Women's Dance Holiday is a fabulous women's only dance holiday in Southern Italy. The backdrop for the week of daily Ballroom and Latin American dance workshops, (covering all levels from complete beginner to advanced) and social dancing will be held at a luxurious villa in Martina Franca.
All women are welcome to join us, no dance partner or experience required.
Your week includes:
- 7 nights' accommodation in either the villa or a nearby hotel
- Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Tea, coffee and water available throughout the day
- Welcome Prosecco and buffet style dinner on first day
- Dance lessons and social dancing nights
- Various excursions out
- Transport from and to Brindisi or Bari airport included**
The cost for an the week is GBP 1,000, based on two sharing a room. Pricing does not include airfares or insurance.
See below for more information on what is included.
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Whether you're a complete beginner to ballroom dancing or someone more experienced your needs will be catered for during this dance holiday week.
Rhythms proposed are Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha Cha and Jive but these are subject to change depending on requests received from the participants.
As Italy is the largest wine producer in the world with Puglia making the largest contribution, the first excursion of the La Dolce Vita Dance Week will involve you in visiting several wine producers where you will learn about the production process, the different grapes, evaluate and taste some of the exceptional wines this region produces: Primitivo, Negroamaro, Nero di Troia, Malvasia and Verdeca, to name just a few.
No trip to Puglia should be without a visit to the UNESCO site of Alberobello, a town of hobbit like cone shaped houses called trulli.
Trulli are unique to Puglia and were originally built without the use of mortar so that to avoid payment of property tax they could be quickly knocked down just before tax inspectors were due to arrive.
An afternoon visit to this town, probably one of the most visited sites in Puglia, is included as part of your dance holiday package.
There will be no dance lessons on Wednesday morning as this is market day. This morning you will be free to explore the local market which sell clothes, shoes, bags, fruit and vegetables, or if shopping is not your thing just stop off stop off at one of the many coffee bars for a coffee or a delicious gelato. After spending a couple of hours at the market we will head off to a local frantoio (olive oil producer) to taste and learn about the different grades and types of olive oil.
We will be spending an afternoon in Polignano al Mare, a town perched on top of a limestone cliff overhanging the crystal clear waters of the Adriatic. Spend some time wandering and exploring the narrow streets of this charming town of white-washed buildings. The many cafes, restaurants and boutique shops and the breathtaking views of the beautiful Adriatic Sea and coastline will give you an unforgettable experience and leaving you wanting to return.
Before making our way back to the villa we will be dining at a restaurant in Putignano al Mare .
Some of the best traditional foods in Italy come from Puglia, and its deeply-rooted "cucina povera" means its cuisine tends to be simple and delicious, relying on fresh, local seasonal produce.
Your holiday week will culminate with a cookery lesson in which our evening meal (four courses) will be prepared, including making fresh pasta, meat and/or vegetarian dishes.
The dance event will be held in a luxury villa in the centre of Martina Franca which will sleep up to a total of ten in double or twin rooms. Additional persons will be accommodated at the Park Hotel San Michele, which is just a short wark away from the dance venue.
In addition to a large private pool surrounded by lush gardens there is also a table tennis table and free wi-fi.
Your week includes continental breakfast, lunch and dinner either at the villa or at a local restaurant or pizzeria.
For those staying at the villa a buffet style continental breakfast will be available whilst those staying at the hotel will be having breakfast there.
Free coffee, tea and cold drinks will be available throughout the day at the villa.
HEATHER GLADDING FISTD
A Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of
Dance and a licensed Adudicator, she has worked extensively as a
dance professional for thirty eight years as performer,
choreographer, lecturer, teacher and coach. She trained and
qualified at The Bill & Bobbie Irvine Dance Studio. She opened
her first studio in West London in 1984.
Her performances have taken her to venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Duke of York Theatre West End, Waldorf Hotel with Zoots and Spangles, Savoy Hotel with The Really Useful Company, Ballroom Blitz at South Bank Centre, World Professional Ballroom & Latin Dance Show at Grand Theatre in Hong Kong. Whilst a member of Baroque and Roll Dance Group she performed historical dance at Sadlers Wells, Hampton Court, Victoria & Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, on tour in Japan and also lectured throughout London within the education programme. She was five times winner of The Imperial All Ladies Rumba Competition. She has performed on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Children's BBC, The Big Breakfast Show, Hong Kong TV and in advertisements and pop videos. She has coached TV and film actors and choreographed for top British Ice Dancers.
With British Sign Language as her second language,
she taught dance in Oak Lodge Secondary School for the Deaf for
In 1993 she started and developed the women only ballroom and latin dance scene. By entering the first male couple for a dance examination she spearheaded the change of discriminatory regulations within the examination system.
She was a founder member of the UKSSDC (United Kingdom Same Sex Dance council) and sat on its board for many years.
HADASS ARMON FISTD, MA
Hadass has taught, choreographed and
lectured within the dance profession for more than 30 years
training in Israel and then going on to receive her teaching
qualification in Ballet from the National Ballet School,
She commenced her professional teaching career at The National Ballet School, Canada; moving to New York University where she obtained an MA in Dance and Dance Education majoring in Choreography. Since then she has conducted extensive research focusing on the 'holistic dancer', for which she was granted a Wingate Scholarship. The research was done in collaboration with Central School of Ballet and Surrey University.
Hadass was an Assistant Lecturer in Anatomy and Ideokinesis at NYU and an Associate Lecturer at Surrey University, England. As well as lecturing at conferences, she has been teaching in Israel, Canada, the Islington Arts Factory and Central School of Ballet, London. Her work and choreographies have been performed in Toronto and NYC.
Since 2001 Hadass has been involved professionally with the same sex Ballroom and Latin dancing scene. She is a qualified champion and competition adjudicator. Hadass draws on her extensive knowledge of anatomy, movement and her professional background to create a unique, yet exciting, teaching style.
The Carnival of Putignano is one of the oldest carnival celebration in the world. Sundays during this period see processions of huge papier mache displays, usually depicting satirical images of contemporary figures, along with masked and costumed groups parading through the town.
The four parades of papier mache floats and masqueraded groups take place on the following days:
Sunday 17th February 15.30
Sunday 24th February 15.30
Sunday 3rd March 15.30
Shrove Tuesday 5th March 19.00pm
For direct flights from the UK to Bari and Brindisi, Puglia's main airports check the links below.
Ryanair flies to both Bari and Brindisi throughout the year from Stansted
British Airways flies to Bari from Gatwick April through to October
Easyjet flies to Bari or Brindisi from Gatwick throughout the year
Other Italian airports within easy reach of Puglia include Pescara and Naples (about 3 hours).
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