Fri 8th Oct, Diane Silver, Ali and Mollie. Salford Priors Memorial Hall, WR11 8XD Fri 26th Nov, Mike Courthold, Contrasaurus, Venue to be advised.
The October dance will be at Salford Priors Memorial Hall, WR11 8XD (near the junction of A46 and B439 south of Alcester). No shared food at this dance, provide your own snacks and drinks. Dances run from 7.45 - 10.45 pm. The charge is £9.00 for advance booking (ring Meg on 07864 926561) or £10 on the door. Students £4.00.
You are normally invited (not for the October dance) to bring a plate of refreshments to share during the interval. These could be a few sausage rolls, jam tarts or a bunch of grapes etc., but only bring the amount you can eat. Using paper plates makes it easier to dispose of at the end (you may forget to collect a real plate). Just pop your food into the kitchen when you arrive so the volunteers can present it arranged on tables at the interval.
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. Great Alne is about 2 miles from Alcester on the B4089.