Polka Sets
Christophe Taylor
Sunday, June 22, 2014, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dance 1 - Room #226 (Dance Studio)


Polka sets, or The Kerry Polka Set as it was listed in Terry O'Neil's Irish Dance notes book are an old tradition in the Bay Area ceilidh dancing community. The set's only instruction is form a set of 8, polka around for 2 bars of 8, call some figures, repeat. We will be learning some core figures and variations as well as going over ceilidh terminology. Of course, we will also dance some polka sets and practice calling as well. Footwork is nice, but not required. We will cover basic Irish polka as a review. Bring yourself or a partner. This is a dance for 8, so you'll be making new friends.

Christophe has always had a passion for dance. In college, he started competing on the Ballroom Dance team and racked up a respectable supply of awards. However, he is more interested in spreading the joy of dance to others and exploring new dances himself than in competing for personal glory. He has personally taught hundreds of people how to dance and created many regular dancers in all of his dance scenes. His unique background in acrobatics, sword fighting, and a wide array of dances from Irish Ceilidh and Argentine Tango to Lindy Hop and Can Can brings a unique perspective to dancing. He has performed at the Hubba Hubba Review in San Francisco, one of the top 10 burlesque shows in the world according to the travel channel, and has taught classes of 100s at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival. He draws strongly from his background in Argentine Tango and acrobatics, mixing them together to create amazing dips and tricks. Christophe specializes in making dance accessible to everyone. He encourages students to try new things and push their own boundaries in order to learn. Be sure to ask him for a dance, he?s got his own unique and exhilarating style and is happy to dance with anyone, regardless of experience level.