Venue - Greig Hall, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 6AD Please bring refreshments to share. 2023 Nov 3rd Rhodri Davies with Nozzy. Greig Hall. 2024 Jan 5th Contrasaurus with Charlie Turner. Feb 23rd Willpower with Nicola Scott. Mar 22nd Contra Faeries with Bob Morgan. April 26th The Linda Game Band with Lynne Render. May 10th Lighthouse with Will Mentor (all USA). June 7th Contra Sutra (USA) with Adam Hughes. Sept 13th Bearded Dragons with Louise Siddons. Oct 4th Old Time Contra Band with Diane Silver (USA). Nov 22nd Vertical Expression with Liam Binley.
Dances run from 7-45 to 10-45 The charge is £9.00 for advance booking (ring Meg on 07864 926561) or £10 on the door. Students £4.00.
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.