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Alcester Contras Welcomes You
A series of monthly folk dances in American style
Folk Dancing. Contra Dancing | Alcester Contras: Welcome
Greig Hall, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6AD
Shared food is back. Please bring refreshments to share.
Jan 6th Geoff Cubitt with the Linda Game Band and Ali. Greig Hall
Feb 10th Nicola Scott with Matt Paul and Vic. Greig Hall
March3rd Mark Elvins with Vertical Expression. Greig Hall
April 7th Lynne Render with The Stringrays(USA). Greig Hall
May 12th Cis Hinkle (USA) with Vicki and Johnny. Greig Hall
June 23rd Charlotte Rich Griffin with King Kontra string band . Greig Hall
Sept 15th Ivan Aitken with ECDB. Greig Hall
Oct 6th Seth Tepfer (USA) with Contrasaurus. Greig Hall
Nov 3rd. Rhodri Davies with Nozzy. Greig Hall.
Dances run from 7-45 to 10-45 pm.
The charge is £9.00 for paid advance booking (ring Meg on 07864 926561) or £10 on the door. Students £4.00. You may pay more as a supporter.
Newcomers to Contradancing
Newcomers to contra dancing are welcomed and are vital to the contradance movement. Dancing is done with a partner in company with many other couples to form longways sets. This can be quite daunting due to the fear of mucking it up for the other dancers. The thing to remember is everyone else has been in this situation and will be sympathetic; we are only there to have fun and people will be helpful. There is a lot of repetition with the dance turns lasting about 30 seconds, there being between 10 and 20 turns to the complete dance. You will very soon remember the simple moves required. All dances are walked through beforehand and the caller will prompt you as required throughout the dance. If you are new and inexperienced try to arrive at the beginning and mention to Meg that you are new and nervous and she will ensure the caller is aware of your concern so he can keep his eye on you. It's best to get up near the band end if you can to make it easier for the caller. If you have done a bit of barn dancing you will already know some terms like forward and back and swing.
Alcester Contras are organized by Meg, an enthusiast of folk dancing and a nationally known folk dance musician. The dances are non profit making with all proceeds used to pay the hire of hall, band and caller.
Alcester is in Warwickshire and lies on the A46 between Stratford upon Avon and Evesham and is easily approached using this road from the M40 (J15), Coventry area, and from the southwest by leaving the M5 at J9. From Birmingham and the M42 (J3) use the A435.
Folk Dancing. Contra Dancing | Alcester Contras: Who We Are
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