The Light-hearted Dance Weekends
Hotel Piccadilly, Bournemouth - January 16th to 18th, 2009

Leaders John & Hilary Turner.
Guest Caller - Lynne Render, Musicians - Eddy Jay & Fiona Barrow
The group photo The Sword Workshop
The Group Photo The Sword Dance workshop

The event was fully booked with a total of 85 dancers plus 5 staff in attendance.

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A weekend of English Country Dance to suit all tastes (#23 in the series). The series is organised and led by John & Hilary Turner.
On this occasion the calling was shared between John and our 'Guest' Caller Lynne Render with music provided by Eddy Jay & Fiona Barrow of The Bristol Players.
On the Saturday afternoon we also had a Long Sword workshop led by Chris Turner.

The weekend commenced with dinner on the evening of Friday 16th January, 2009 and concluded with a farewell dance on the afternoon of Sunday 18th January. There was a mixture of dances & workshops, and some free time to explore Bournemouth & the beautiful environs.

GUEST CALLER - Lynne Render

LYNNE RENDER is a dancer and caller from Loughborough. She calls regularly at clubs, public dances, ceilidhs and festivals. Lynne calls a mixture of dances for a wide range of dancers but her particular interest is American. She always looks for interesting but flowing dances and firmly believes that a clear explanation will enable the less-experienced dancer to enjoy a good dance. Lynne enjoys dancing herself through social dance, ceilidhs and Appalachian clogging.

GUEST MUSICIANS - Eddy Jay & Fiona Barrow.

EDDY JAY and FIONA BARROW are both individually gifted and experienced entertainers and improvisers, and are both classically trained with considerable technical mastery of their respective instruments. As two very strong, yet complimentary musical personalities, Eddy and Fiona combine to create something which is undeniably greater than the sum of their respective parts. Their performances, whatever the venue, consistently bristle with an invigorating vibrancy. They are based in Bristol, England, together they have performed internationally for theatre (National Theatre/Kneehigh’s ‘Tristan and Yesult’ - Australian leg), and several UK music / dance festivals (including Sidmouth, Chippenham, and the Southam Gathering).


The hotel, an AA 3 star establishment in Bournemouth, Dorset, is 'the prime venue for hosted dancing holidays in the UK'. The accommodation is comfortable and stylish, and the spacious ballroom has a magnificent maple floor, sparkling chandeliers, delightful period paintings and dramatic drapes. The restaurant is well known for its fine cuisine.
All accommodation is en-suite and is available in Double, Twin (shared) and Single rooms (very limited in number). A small number of guests are accommodated in an adjacent hotel.
Hotel Piccadilly is situated in Bath Road close to the centre of Bournemouth, approx 10 mins walk from the pier, and only a short distance from the coach & rail stations with regular services from London and other regional centres. Try their Website: Hotel Piccadilly

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