Traditional American Contra Dances, Square Dances, Irish Dance, Appalachian Clogging, and Czech Folk Dances.
We have a wonderful selection of experienced dance callers from near and far!
Dances are taught in Czech and English.
We invite you to join us at the Jasan Bonuš Country Dance Festival in Prague from 16-18 October 2020.
The festival, organized in memory of Jasan Bonuš – the founder of the Country dance movement in Czechoslovakia, has taken place every other year since 1993.
As for many years past, our main contra and square dance caller will be Mr. David Millstone from USA. We are honored to be joined by callers and dancers from the European Callers and Teachers Association (ECTA).
Since the festival (if you’re American, think “dance weekend”) occurs at the end of a two-week-long dance and tourist trip in Czechia, approximately 30 dancers from the United States will join us. We are expecting approximately 200 dancers from the Czech Republic and a handful of dancers from across Europe, including but not limited to representation from Germany, Austria and Denmark. Dances are taught in both Czech and English.
The program will run in three halls simultaneously, with plenty of options to choose from. We believe that everyone will find something special. On Saturday evening we will dance to live music by Nota Bene band.
We look forward to meeting you on the dance floor.
Jitka Bonušová and Jan Pumpr
18:00 – 20:30 registration
20:30 – 23:00 opening dance with David Millstone and Jitka Bonušová
09:00 – 12:30 dance classes in three dance halls
14:30 – 17:30 dance classes in three dance halls
19:30 – 23:00 evening dance with all callers and live music by Nota Bene, dance group performances during the breaks
09:00 – 11:15 dance classes in three dance halls
11:30 – 12:30 all callers and dancers together
All events take place in Sokol hall in Prague. No need to bring a dance partner.
Detailed program downloadable as a PDF here.
The evening dances will be taught in English and Czech (some callers are able to call in both at the same time, otherwise we have volunteer translators who do an excellent job translating from either English to Czech, or the other way around).
All events take place in the dance hall Sokol building (Žitná street 42, Praha 2). There are three dance halls and changing rooms for men and women. Please note that street shoes are not permitted past the changing rooms. There are in the same location. The Sokol building is in the city center of Prague, close walking distance from the I.P. Pavlova subway station.
The dance hall is a 4-minute walk from the I. P. Pavlova station.
If you arrive by train, buy a ticket for the subway and take the C line (direction Háje) two stops to I. P. Pavlova station.
If you arrive by plane, we highly recommend that you use an official taxi – ask the dispatcher in front of the arrival hall. The price to the hall should be around 700 CZK per ride. You can pay by cash or credit card.
Parking is very difficult to find in Prague. If you have a car, we recommend parking in the Park+Ride at the Prague Congress Center (GPS: 50.0607308N, 14.4280300E). Parking for two nights (Friday and Saturday) will cost 690 CZK. It’s easy to take the subway one stop to the I. P. Pavlova station. If you decide to park on the street instead, pay attention to the sign colors — because Blue zones are only for residents (even on nights and weekends). Purple zones are hourly paid parking – pay until 20:00 on Friday, weekend parking is free. If you are interested where to find these purple zones, look to this map.
Prague is a very busy tourist city, even in October. There are many accommodation possibilities in the area. We recommend that you book a room as soon as possible. Google maps is a good resource to read comments about hotels and pension houses in the neighborhood.
Our local recommendations:
Hotel Luník, about an 8- to 10-minute walk from the dance hall.
Hotel Legie, a little less expensive but still a good option (5-minute walk).
Březina Pension, a 7-minute walk.
There are hostels available nearby, check hostelworld.com or google for options.
For those looking for the least expensive option, pack your sleeping bag and sleeping pad and stay at the dance hall. It costs 4 USD or EUR per person night — a price that cannot be beat! There are changing rooms with showers for men and women, and you only have to leave the building for meals.
ATTENTION: No outside walking/street shoes are allowed on the dance floors. Everyone is required to change shoes prior to entering the dance halls (there are lockers available for street shoes, clothing, & small bags). The dance halls have wooden floors and we must be careful to protect them from damage.
No special clothing is required for the dance classes. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement. More formal Country Dance style clothing is encouraged for the Saturday evening dance with live music, but it is not required.
Food is not provided or available at the dance hall. There are many options near the hall – everything from fancy restaurants, grocery stores and cheap eats. If you want to enjoy a special meal out, we recommend calling and booking a table in advance. In this case, Google maps is a good resource again.
Full Weekend (Complete program starting on Friday evening and ending on Sunday at noon — includes classes and evening dances)
Regular adult ticket: 580 CZK ($26 or 23 EUR)
Reduced ticket: 490 CZK ($22 or 20 EUR)
For children up to 10 years old
Stay in Sokol hall: 80 CZK/night ($4 or 4 EUR)
Bring your own sleeping bag and pad, towel, etc.
To register, fill out and return the form below before October 2, 2020. Payment due at the door in cash (CZK, USD, EUR are all accepted)
Generála Janouška 36
198 00 Praha 9
Phone: +420 – 608 889 304