Czech folk dance week

Traditional Czech and Moravian Folk Dances

August 2 - 9, 2020

Dear dancing friends,
Again in 2020, you are cordially invited to our International Dance Course. For more than 20 years, we have been organising regular summer dance courses for fans of Czech folk dancing. We invite you warmly into the heart of Europe, into the Czech Republic, to attend an international meeting of folk dancers from many different countries.
The dance week will take place in Prague, the Golden City of a Hundred Spires, widely considered by many travellers to be the most beautiful city in the world. During the centuries, it was mostly spared the ravages of wars and preserved an architectural wealth and variety of styles from mediaeval to modern, scarcely found elsewhere.
The dancing lessons will take place in a hall with a wooden floor, which is only a short walking distance from the hotel. You will find the details and the registration form on the following pages.

Yours,

Jitka Bonušová and Jan Pumpr

Lessons in English and German. An English translation will be provided, if necessary.

Jitka Bonušová & Jan Pumpr

Focus their efforts especially on Czech folk dances and social dances of the 19th century. They have taught these dances at Dvorana´s workshops in the Czech Republic, Germany, France, USA and Japan.

Eva Rejšková

For many years she has been a premier dancer, choreographer and teacher with a number of leading folk-dance ensembles. Together with her late husband Radek they were among the foremost representatives of Czech dance folklore.

Eva Velínská - Ornstová

After studies at the Dance Conservatory in Prague where she specialized in folk dance, she graduated from HAMU (Music Academy) in the field of dance education. For several years she performed as a professional dancer with the Czech Song and Dance Ensemble.

Jitka Šafaříková

Jitka was for thirty years a teacher at the Brno dance conservatory. She also taught abroad, mostly in Germany, and also in Japan. For many years she was a leader of the folk ensemble “Brněnští gajdoši”. She specializes in folk dances of southern Moravia.

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Program draft

Sunday, August 2

            arrival in Prague
18:00 registration in the hotel lobby
19:30 opening dinner, relax

Monday, August 3

AM
09:15 dance class
10:30 break
10:45 dance class
PM
12:30 lunch with the group
02:00 dance class
03:00 break
03:15 dance class
04:45 free time, dinner on your own

Tuesday, August 4

AM
09:15 dance class
10:30 break
10:45 dance class
PM
12:30 lunch with the group
02:00 sightseeing in Prague
06:00 dinner cruise
08:00 free time

Wednesday, August 5

AM
09:15 dance class
10:30 break
10:45 dance class
PM
12:00 lunch time on your own
02:00 departure for Prague Ethnographical Museum and walk at Petřín
06:00 dinner with the group
08:00 meeting with Moták folk dance group

Thursday, August 6

AM
09:15 dance class
10:30 break
10:45 dance class
PM
12:30 lunch with the group
02:00 dance class
03:00 break
03:15 dance class
04:15 free time
05:00 optional visit to Vyšehrad

Friday, August 7

AM
09:15 dance class
10:30 break
10:45 dance class
PM
12:00 lunch time on your own
02:00 dance class
03:00 break
03:15 dance class
04:15 free time
06:30 departure for dinner and Folkloric show

Saturday, August 8

AM
09:00 departure for South Bohemia
11:00 tour at Orlík Chateau
PM
01:00 boat ride to Zvíkov castle
03:00 beer tasting in local brewery
05:00 arrival in Květuš farm that is no longer used for farming
            dance class, making cookies, singing Czech songs
07:00 dinner with the group
08:30 departure for Prague

Sunday, August 9

AM
departure after breakfast

Directions

For those of you arriving at the Prague airport, we recommend „Fix taxi“ (white cab). You will find it just in front of the arrival hall. We recommend that you not use any other companies. You should not pay more than CZK 600 ($30 or €24) price for group 1-3 people.

If you would prefer to use public transport, take a bus no. 119 to the final stop at Dejvická. Here you will have to change to the Metro underground line A (green line) and alight at the station Náměstí Míru (6th stop). From this station it is just a short walk to the hotel. You can buy your ticket at the Municipal Transport (MHD) desk in the airport arrival hall. On boarding the bus you have to validate your ticket in the machine inside the vehicle. You will need just one standard ticket costing 32 CZK ($1.70) for the whole journey from the airport to the hotel. Should you need help, just ask a passer-by in the street. Young people in particular speak English and are happy to help.

A month prior to the start of the dance week all participants will receive a letter with further details, including the mobile phone number to call in case of unexpected incidents during your travel to Prague.

Accommodation

HOTEL BERÁNEK *** (Prague)
The hotel is located near the city centre, just a few minutes walk from Wenceslas Square. We have been using this hotel for our visitors for many years. In front of the hotel are both metro and tram stops, with easy connections to central Prague as well as the airport and outlying areas.

All rooms are equipped with free high speed Internet/WiFi, air-conditioning, TV, SAT, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator and safe.

Meals

Breakfast and one warm meal a day are included in the price. Usually it is dinner, occasionally lunch. Beverages are not included. Vegetarian meals can be arranged on request (see the registration form).

Dress (clothing and shoes)

ATTENTION: No outside walking/street shoes are allowed on the dance floors. Everyone is required to change shoes prior to entering the dance hall. The dance hall have wooden floor and we must be careful to protect it from damage.
No special clothing is required for the dance classes. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement.

Prices (Program and Accommodation)

Price for one person in double room: $1180 / €1035
Price for one person in single room: $1390 / €1225

The price includes:

  • Accommodations in a 3 star hotel
  • Buffet breakfasts and one warm meal each day
  • All dance classes
  • An English-speaking guide during the entire dance week
  • Admission to all places listed on the itinerary
    Tickets for public transportation while in Prague
  • Professionally-guided tour of Prague
  • One day trip to South Bohemia

The price does not include:

  • Transportation to and from the Czech Republic
  • Individual transfer from and to the airport
  • Beverages at meals
    (fresh water is available at all meals at no charge)
Czech Folk Dancers
Dance Lesson
Singing Czech songs

Registration and payment

Please register no later than June 30, 2020. Inquiries after that date should be made by e-mail at dvorana@dvorana.cz to see if accommodation space is still available.

deposit of $500 / €500 per person, made payable to JITKA BONUŠOVÁ, is requested upon registration. If you must cancel, the policy is that prior to June 30, your entire deposit will be refunded, less a $50 processing charge. After June 30, deposits will not be refunded. The balance is payable after your arrival during registration in Prague. Confirmation and further details will be sent upon registration.

Payment Options

  • Check:
    This is the most direct way of paying your deposit, and it has been used by most participants in the past.
    Please make the check out to: Jitka Bonušová, Generála Janouška 889/36, 19800 Praha 9, Czech Republic
  • Wire Transfer to the Dvorana’s bank:
    Bank Account Holder: Jitka Bonušová
    Bank Account Number: 1411610297/0100
    Bank Name: Komerční banka a.s., Praha 9 Branch,  Bryksova 759/60, 198 00 Praha-Černý Most
    SWIFT Code: (for international deposits only) KOMBCZPP
    IBAN: CZ2301000000001411610297

    If you prefer to do an electronic transfer, you can transfer the amount from your bank to Dvorana’s bank. In this option, we ask you to cover those additional fees. For overseas dancers the cost could be high.

contact:
Dvorana
Generála Janouška 36
198 00 Praha 9
Phone: +420 – 608 889 304
E-mail: dvorana@dvorana.cz