A weekend of English Country Dance to suit all tastes (#29 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 Colin Hume with music provided by The Falconers (Roger Wilkins & Maggie Percy).
The weekend commenced with dinner on the evening of Friday 27th January, 2012 and concluded
with a farewell dance on the afternoon of Sunday 29th January.
There was a mixture of dances & workshops, and some free time to explore Bournemouth & the beautiful environs.
On the Saturday afternoon Colin gave us an 'English meets Scottish' workshop.
|Colin calls American Squares, Playford-type dances and his own "Dances with a Difference", many of which contain unusual combinations of figures to baffle and/or delight the dancers. His tunes can also make most bands stop and think, though The Falconers will sail through them! Try Colin's Website it's a great resource.|
Roger & Maggie hail from Bromyard, Herefordshire. They have been playing music for dancing
for over 35 years and are happy to play anything in the broad Anglo-American
repertoire, including Playford, Contra, Patter, Singing Square, English Traditional,
Welsh and, on an occasional basis, Scottish.
They have appeared at several UK festivals over many years & most recently at Chippenham in 2011, where they received praise from both dancers & callers.
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
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