Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the date for this year’s festival? Friday 23rd October to Sunday 25th October 2015
  • Where is the venue? The address for the Toorak Hotel is: Chestnut Avenue, Torquay, TQ2 5JS.
  • What does my ticket include? A residential ticket includes 2 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast, plus entry to the workshops and both evening events. Local dancer tickets are workshop/evening event only and a partner pass is 2 night’s dinner, bed and breakfast plus entry to the evening events. All prices quoted are per person.
  • What time can I check in? Check in time is from 3pm onwards but you can arrive at the hotel from 1.30pm onwards to enjoy a leisurely lunch, use the spa facilities, register and collect your festival pass and browse in the souk.
  • What time is dinner and breakfast? Dinner is served from 6.30pm until approximately 8.30pm. We strongly recommend that delegates take advantage of the early sitting so that they have plenty of time to get ready for the evening events. To speed things up you can also pre-order wine using the forms left outside the restaurant during the day or buy a drink in the bar before going into the restaurant. Breakfast is served from 8am and is buffet-style, with a wide range of food available. The hotel caters for most types of diet but it is wise to call ahead to advise them if you have a particular dietary need. The hotel’s telephone number is: 01803 400 500
  • When does the festival registration open? Registration is open from 2pm on Friday afternoon and the registration desk is manned during the breaks throughout the weekend. This is your first port of call if you have any questions about the festival. Don’t forget to bring your ticket!
  • Can I change workshops? Yes, you can change to a different workshop provided that the workshop hasn’t started and there is room in it for you to do so. Go to the registration desk with your weekend pass and someone from the festival team will help you. You will need to do this even if you plan on just sitting and taking notes.
  • Why do you ask for two choices for each session? This is to prevent over-crowding in the workshops and is particularly important if a prop is being used. Even if you book early you should always indicate a second choice as some topics will always fill up quicker than others. We cannot guarantee that you will get all your first choices but we try hard to accommodate them whenever we can.
  • What should I wear to the workshops? Practise/warm-up wear is best, with layers that can easily be removed/put on and we would prefer it if delegates do not wear noisy hip scarves as they can be distracting if a large number of participants are wearing them. Some of the rooms have carpet flooring so you might want to consider wearing dance footwear to protect your feet.
  • Eating & drinking during workshops. Please note that we are happy for delegates to drink water in the workshops rooms but the hotel has requested that no food be taken into them. If you wish to eat a discrete snack (i.e. a piece of fruit, a sweet etc) please make sure that you do not leave wrappers, skins etc in the room after the workshop has ended. A supply of bottled water is available for sale at both the reception desk and during the breaks, but you can also bring your own supplies.
  • What food/refreshments is available during the breaks? During the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks there will be a refreshment bar in the Conway Bar (next to the Arlington Ballroom) where you will be able to buy tea, coffee, water and soft drinks along with a selection of snacks. There is a pre-order service for lunch time food. The sign up sheets are available from the registration desk and are also put out on the tables in the restaurant at breakfast.The hotel caters for most types of diet but it is wise to call ahead to advise them if you have a particular dietary need. The hotel’s telephone number is: 01803 400 500
  • What is the dress code for the evening events? The hotel house rule is ‘smart casual’ but most of our guests really enjoy the fun of dressing up in their finery for the evening events, especially for Saturday night when we bring out the bling!

    Saturday night is Bling Night! So feel free to pile on the bling and don’t forget to bring a hip belt for the free dance segments on Friday and Saturday evenings. Please note that delegates cannot reserve front row seats by leaving items there after the final workshop of the day. These items will be removed as it is first come, first served when the doors open at 7.45pm – we appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

  • I’m performing in the Friday night Delegate Showcase, how do I find out where I am in the running order? The running order will be on display in the chill out room from lunch time onwards on Friday and it will also be on display in various places in the Chatsworth Suite on Friday evening. More information about the Showcase can be found here. If you are not sure your place has been confirmed, please call us before the event.
  • Will there be a souk? Yes, definitely! The souk will be in the Greenway Room and will feature traders selling a wide variety of costuming and accessory items with something to fit most budgets. The souk is open from Friday afternoon until approximately 3pm on Sunday and is closed during the evenings.  We have a group of dedicated traders who bring a wide range of costumes and accessories to tempt you with. Please note that we are unable to offer trading spaces to additional traders as we only have limited space available. If a space becomes available we may advertise it if we are unable to find a suitable replacement.
  • I want to bring a non-dancing partner, is this possible? Yes it is, but we only have a limited number of spaces so if you want to bring a non-dancer with you, you will need to book early to be sure of getting a place. If you aren’t sure check with us first –enquiries@celebratingdance.co.uk
  • Can I bring my children and if so can they participate in any workshops? Sadly from 2015 onwards the Toorak Hotel has been declared a child-free hotel, meaning that we no longer able to offer family rooms. We are in discussions with the hotel in order to arrange for families to stay in another hotel in the resort but take their meals etc in the Toorak. More news on this in early 2015. Please note that children under 16yrs cannot take part in workshops due to insurance restrictions.

For further information please contact us direct – enquiries@celebratingdance.co.uk

Celebrating Dance – “a dance festival with a difference!”

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