(photo by Stephen Spinder)
Callens is known internationally as a leader of English
country dance, square dance and contra dance. Philippe started folk
dancing in his home town of Antwerp, Belgium, in 1975, at the age of
thirteen. He began teaching four years later and has been actively
involved in the dance community ever since.
1988 Philippe started the monthly Sunday country dance series in Mortsel,
near Antwerp. That series is now in its fourteenth season. To provide
a more solid base for country dancing in Belgium, he was one of the
founding members of the
Anglo-American Dance Service (AADS). Over the past fifteen years he
has also frequently called in the Netherlands and at festivals and dance
weekends in England, Denmark,
Germany and the Czech Republic.
the last ten years Philippe has taught English country dance all over
the United States, where he is renowned for his ability to enhance the
dancers’ personal enjoyment while working on style and technique.
He has been on staff at Pinewoods, Mendocino and Brasstown, and
has led workshops and dances for many dance communities.
has been an active choreographer since
the mid-1980’s, concentrating over the last several years on English
country dancing. Red
Star Line contains eleven of Philippe’s own modern English country
dances, the earliest dating from 1986. The remaining four are his
interpretations of dances published in 17th and
18th centuries dance collections.
by Philippe Callens:
Everybody Swing (1989)
A Belgian Yankee Caller (1996)
Continental Capers (1999)
Antwerp Antics (2004)
You can contact Philippe at: email@example.com