Spectacular, friendly visitors in 2014. - 2014 was our 31st year - We Welcomed Dansgroep Oostzaan. They shared their many Dutch - dances with us at Great Alne Hall ! Also a workshop in full costume each day ! "Costume Catwalk" on Sunday evening ! And an occasional catchy Dutch song. For general information about the group - click HERE for their "Page 3 in English". Website is primarily in Dutch. Choose page 2 (NL flag): see who's still dancing. Page 8: Dancers Costumes - each is from a different province: map shows locations. Page 19: (count down the list) Regional Costumes as shown on Dutch cards. Page 20: Regional Costumes as shown on Dutch Postage Stamps. Group's website in Dutch is HERE. For English search translation in Bing or Google. View some of their dancing in Holland here on 'you tube'.
The dancers: a merry baker's dozen from North Holland Province in the Netherlands - wore stunning traditional costumes: sharing traditional & some recent Dutch dances. Thanks to Ineke, their superbly capable choreographer, we were challenged to join-in. *** Who came to dance with us ? And to share their lovely Dutch Dances in April 2014 ? It's particularly nice be reminded of the individuals who came from Holland to join us - most are still dancing. - Their wonderful costumes too. Best try alternative access to their homepage via auto-translation... it has quaint translated language; but gives a 'general idea' in English about each person. (Read ALL their web pages too!) For a photo of each person in the group individually - and details about them: First you need to identify the group's relevant second page of their list. Click on this - It may now show in translation as "Further acquaintance" even oddly, as "Waunifor". Now continue with "translate" - and continue to read ALL the other interesting web pages.
NEXT, here's a brief slideshow of the group dancing in the Netherlands, prior to their visit to Great Alne in 2014 -
On behalf of those of us fortunate to have met with you, and to share your company: THANK YOU Dansgroep Oostzaan - for the ( all too brief ) opportunities to meet with you lovely people. - to you all for coming to Great Alne. - for showing us a wide and so excellent a range of your dances - superbly done! May we express appreciation especially - To Willy & Bert Blanes for their friendly contacts & superb organisation. To Ineke van der Hilst for such lovely opportunities to share her brilliant choreography, precise teaching and wonderful dance choices. And Ad - what an ace webmaster you are - I need your skills here !