Balkanplus News

Dale Hyde


I had begun composing a letter to the SIFD News about Dale's forthcoming Balkanplus workshop weekend on 13th and 14th April 2019 when I received the terribly sad news from Jean and Ron Wilks that he had collapsed and died while dancing at his Toronto group on 5th October.  He was 72.  Our deepest condolences go to his nearest and dearest.  Those of us who were fortunate enough to attend his recent UK workshops will have come away with a warm respect for the man and gratitude for the breadth and quality of his repertoire.  Particularly popular were two Balkan dances - Ne Klepeci from Bosnia and Legnala Dana from Macedonia - and dances from Canada including Garde la Tienne and The Thief.  We danced Legnala Dana at the October Balkanplus and will dance at least one more of these in his memory at Balkanplus on 10th November.

The plan for the April workshops had been for Dale to teach Balkan dances on the Saturday and to teach dances from the Americas on Sunday in the hope of attracting a wider audience.  At the time of writing, Balkanplus has no replacement teacher in line but we are busy working on it.  Expect an announcement in the near future.

Brian Dowsett