Fado and Circle Dance Holiday in Portugal

with Nanni Kloke and Judy King

Friday June 6th to Friday June 13th 2014

Fado (translated as destiny or fate) is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, Fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade (that has no match in English but it could be understood as nostalgia felt while missing something or someone important), a word describing a sentiment.

Nanni has choreographed some gorgeous dances to some FABULOUS Fado music – and this is what she will be teaching. Judy will be teaching her own Circle Dance choreographies as well as using music from the CDs produced by the Circle Dance band she plays in with Mandy de Winter – Serendipity. We will also enjoy an evening of traditional Fado music.


The venue is situated 12km from the privincial city of Guarda and 50km from the Spanish border.

Qunita das Corujas
Dominio Vale do Mondego
6300-095 Faia


There are different levels of accommodation, in various nearby locations, available to suit your budget. You tell us where you want to stay, we make the reservation for you and you confirm this by sending the payment directly to the owner of the accommodation. Please do this EARLY to be sure you get the accommodation that you want! We provide you with a comprehensive list together with their prices.


The nearest airport is Porto. The venue is approximately 2.5 hours away by road. You make your own way there. It is very easy! We give you the information to do this: either by public bus to Guarda (where you will be met by us) or directly by private taxi. Before booking your flight, please confirm with us that the course is running AND ask us about the best time to fly.


Breakfast is provided by your accommodation. Included in the price of the holiday is: lunch, evening meals on the first and last day, mid morning and afternoon snacks and tea or coffee. For the remaining evening meals you can choose every day whether you want to join the group meal at Quinta das Corujas (for an additional cost of approx.: €12) or self cater. There is an honesty bar for all drinks during the week.

Outings and Extra Activities

Optional outings are available to visit the local market at Trancoso and a traditional meal in a local tavern one evening. It is also possible to arrange horse riding or massage sessions.

Live Music

At some point during the week we will enjoy a concert of traditional Fado music (included in the cost of the holiday)


You can either swim in the beautiful Rio (river) at the Quinta das Corujas or in the swimming pools at Vinha da Manta or at Senses/Quinta do Rio (next door to Quinta das Corujas)


The cost is €495

Included in the cost is:

  • All dance sessions
  • 6 lunches
  • Evening meals on the first and last day (including live music),
  • Mid morning and afternoon snacks and tea or coffee
  • Pick up and return to Guarda bus station.

Not included in the cost is:

  • Your travel to the venue
  • Your accommodation
  • Evening meals (other than the first and last)
  • Drinks other than tea and coffee
  • Any additional outings or activities.


Numbers are strictly limited to 20 . The minimum number to make this holiday viable is 14.

Other things you’ll need to know

  • The temperature should around a lovely 25 degrees. It will obviously be cooler in the early mornings and evenings.
  • The dance floor is wooden, with a special surface so you need to dance in bare feet or shoes OTHER than your outdoor walking shoes. If we dance at Vinha da Manta, the floor is concrete.
  • Bring a hat!
  • You MUST take out holiday insurance for this week. Due to our various financial commitments in running this course, we are unable to offer refunds on any monies paid to us if you have to cancel.
  • Non dancing partners are welcome. The cost for this is €275 (excluding accommodation, travel, food other than stated above) and a non-returnable deposit of €150 is required.

To make a booking

Please contact Judy King: judy@judyking.co.uk

If you prefer to book in German or Dutch please contact Nanni Kloke: quintadascorujas@gmail.com

A non-returnable deposit of €250 is required at the time of your booking (we will give you our account details)