The Light-hearted Dance Weekends
Hotel Piccadilly, Bournemouth - January 31st to 2nd February, 2014

Leaders John & Hilary Turner.
Guest Caller - Hilary Herbert, Guest Musicians - John Hymas & Pete Hall
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 (#33 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 Hilary Herbert with music provided by John Hymas & Pete Hall .

The weekend commenced with dinner on the evening of Friday 31st January, 2014 and concluded with a farewell dance on the afternoon of Sunday 2nd February. There was a mixture of dances & workshops, and some free time to explore Bournemouth & the beautiful environs.
On the Saturday afternoon Hilary Herbert gave us a 'Recently Recorded Roodman' workshop.

GUEST CALLER - Hilary Herbert

HILARY HERBERT has been dancing and calling for many years and greatly enjoys both activities. She is well known as a caller / teacher of a wide breadth of new and old dances in the Playford, traditional English and American styles including ones of her own composition (which you might be lucky/unlucky enough to have inflicted on you!). Her patience and humour perfectly complement John & Hilary Turner’s style of Light-hearted week-ends.

GUEST MUSICIANS - John Hymas & Pete Hall
John divides his time between writing, performing and teaching music. His string playing and writing can be heard on recordings by bands as diverse as The Psychedelic Furs, The London Community Gospel Choir and his own folk crossover band, Hoover the Dog. He is also a member of roots band, Little Rumba and of the recently formed Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra. Since moving to the Welsh borders he has written scores for Diversions Dance Co., Theatr Powys, Presteigne Festival and numerous community projects. John started playing for dancing about ten years ago working primarily with Paul Hutchinson and Andrew Shaw. Last summer he accompanied Paul to the USA where they played for a number of dances and dance camps and also some concerts of their own material. John's Blog.

Pete, accordion, is one half of the accordion / recorder duo 'Pete & Sue Hall' based in Fareham, Hants. They have been playing music for dancing since the 1970s, & were musicians for the 'Woodfidley' dance display team for several years. Whilst they can normally be found playing at folk dance clubs, workshops & public dances in South Hampshire and the New Forest, for special events they venture further afield. ‘We are told our music is light & accomplished with several styles, pleasurable to dance to and easy on the ear. Since the customers keep asking us back we must be doing something right’.


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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