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Early bird registration ends July 15 for ‘Nou Pois Äläud II’

Update #181

Women's weekend dance workshop back for a second year!

Women in Estonian folk costume
Post-performance group shot with instructors from inaugural Nou Pois Äläud 2022. Photo: Peeter Põldre

Calling all women who could use a weekend of rahvatants and good camaraderie!

The second women's weekend rahvatants workshop "Nou Pois Äläud" takes place at Jõekääru, about an hour north of Toronto, on September 15-17, 2023.

Early bird registration for this uplifting weekend closes July 15th via, get it into your calendar!

Simple questionnaire

If you're thinking about attending for the first time this September, and answer "correct!" to any or all of the below questions, then ladies, Nou Pois Äläud II is for you!

  1. Do you love to dance, or want to give it a go?

  2. Is a weekly rehearsal schedule all year a challenge to manage?

  3. No rahvatants (Estonian folk dance) in your area, mixed pairs or otherwise?

  4. FOMO if you miss out being part of a group of women with a joint mission?

  5. Not into mixed-pairs tantsimine?

  6. Is Tantsupidu 2025 on your bucket list?

  7. Do you relish the thought of a women's weekend of laughter, good food, saun?

'No Pois Äläud II' will be a safe space with all women, 18+ with no upper limit on age or number of knee or hip replacements, non-binary and female-identifying welcome. Need more persuasion? Read the testimonials from NPÂ-I, here!

But wait, this year, there's even more

Instructors Marika Järvet and Ave Anslan return to instruct participants and this year they'll have one of their dance groups coming along too!

Folkloori Selts Jõgevahe Pere, running 35 years already, with four groups: two women's, a mixed pairs and a grandmothers' group. Nine members from one of the women's groups, led by Marika & Ave will be joining NPÄ-II at Jõekääru to elevate the fun and learnings.

Below are photos from last year's NPÄ-1 - after an intense 36 hours of learning dances, the weekend was capped off midday on Sunday, with a lively performance of five of the seven dances learned, for friends and family, as well as for the Jõekääru Community Association of local residents.

Photos by Peeter Põldre

And the food?

Katrin Kütti-Otsa, head chef for the first NPÄ returns for this September's workshop, and is already testing creations that will be just as tasty and nutritious as last year. Katrin created a light menu that aligned with the considerable physical exercise that camp participants undertook, and ensured all dietary and medical considerations for participants were addressed, deliciously.

Where is Joekääru, can I get settled in the night before Friday morning start?

The weekend workshop takes place at Jõekääru on September 9-11. Jõekääru is an Estonian children's summer campground and an event venue about an hour's drive north of Toronto, map/address on the registration page.

On registration, there's an optional add-on to settle in on the Thursday 14th evening, incl additional dinner, pre-workshop saun and breakfast.

"Nou Pois Äläud" is organised by arts charity Estonian Arts Centre, the charity associated with KESKUS International Estonian Centre, and generously supported by Estonian Foundation of Canada, Integratiooni Sihtasutus, and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia (Kultuurkapital).

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