The Light-hearted Dance Weekends
The Abbey Hotel, Great Malvern - October 21st to 23rd, 2011

Leaders John & Hilary Turner.
Guest Caller - Philippe Callens, Musicians - Dan & Caroline Hollingshurst

The event was fully booked with a total of 70 dancers plus 5 staff in attendance.

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A weekend of English Country Dance to suit all tastes (#28 in the series). The series is organised and led by John & Hilary Turner. John & Hilary Turner

On this occasion the calling was shared between John and our 'Guest' Caller Philippe Callens with music provided by Dan & Caroline Hollingshurst of Focus Pocus.

The weekend commenced with dinner on the evening of Friday 21st October, 2011 and concluded with a farewell dance on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd October. There was a mixture of dances & workshops, and some free time to explore Great Malvern & the beautiful environs. On the Saturday afternoon we also had a workshop entitled 'Dance to Philippe's favourite recordings' presented by Philippe.

GUEST CALLER - Philippe Callens
Philippe is known internationally as a leader of English country dance and also of square and contra dance. He started dancing in 1975 in Antwerp, Belgium, when he was thirteen, and has been teaching for more than 30 years. In that period he has steadily gained a reputation as a leader who can easily combine high quality dancing with the dancer’s personal enjoyment. In the UK he has appeared at Eastbourne, Broadstairs, Lichfield and Southam festivals and at the Morland Dance Week, and has led weekends at Dartington Hall, Halsway Manor, Casterton and Symonds Yat.

His other interests include dance history and reconstruction. He is currently working on a new collection of English country dances entitled ‘Seasons of Invention’.

We are delighted to welcome Philippe again to his fourth Light-hearted Dance Weekend.

GUEST MUSICIANS - Dan & Caroline Hollingshurst
Dan & Caroline (Folkus Pocus) are well known for their inspirational dance music, blending driving contras with lyrical Playford-style music (not to mention a few magic tricks!).

The Country Dance and Song Society of America said of their first CD, 'Under No Illusion', "Some of the finest dance music you have ever heard". Come along and find out why! For more information try their website.


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