The Light-hearted Dance Weekends
The Elms Hotel, Bare, Morecambe, Lancs. - 25th to 27th Nov 2005.
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The Event

A weekend of English Country Dance to suit all tastes, with dances from the period c1650 to the present day including New England Contras and Squares.
The series is organised and led by John & Hilary Turner. It is aimed at enthusiasts who enjoy their dancing and aspire to improve their skills, knowledge and understanding of English Country Dance, but not at the expense of courtesy and cordiality.

On this occasion the calling was shared between John and our 'Guest' Caller Lynne Render with music provided by Paul Hutchinson & Val Will.

John, a Yorkshireman, calls dances in a variety of styles from 'Playford' to 'New England' Contras & Running Set. He has called at several major UK festivals, and at dance camps in the USA in recent years. John's 'Calling CV'.

Hilary, originally from the North-East, is Booking Secretary and Hostess.

The weekend commenced with dinner on the Friday evening and ended with a farewell dance on the Sunday afternoon. There was a mixture of dances & workshops, and some free time to explore Morecambe, Lancaster & the beautiful environs.

Guest Caller - Lynne Render

Lynne is a dancer & caller from Loughborough in Leicestershire, where she has been calling for local clubs for a number of years. Since participating in a Caller's workshop at Sidmouth in 1998 and appearing at the festival the following year, she is now calling for dances & ceilidhs and at festivals, including Sidmouth, Chippenham, Eastbourne, Bromyard & Casterton.
She enjoys calling a mixture of English & American dances and is always on the look-out for interesting but nicely flowing dances to add to her repertoire. She firmly believes that a clear explanation will enable the less-experienced dancer to enjoy a good dance. Lynne enjoys a wide range of dancing herself through social dance, ceilidhs and Appalachian clogging.

Guest Musicians - Paul Hutchinson & Val Will.

Pauls’ long time involvement with dance has taken him across Europe and the States working with many of the most respected callers. Although his concert band ‘Hoover the Dog’ has taken priority since the demise of Belshazzar’s Feast, Paul still finds time to play for dance, most recently at a series of events at Cecil Sharp House with Chris Turner, Andrew Shaw and Ian Jones. Paul is looking forward to this opportunity to work with not only John again, but also with Val Will - an excellent violinist whom he first met at Norwich Festival.

Weekend Programme


THE ELMS HOTEL, an AA / RAC 3 Star hotel nestles in the village of Bare, amidst the panoramic background of Morecambe Bay. The restaurant has an excellent reputation for fine cuisine with both locals and visitors. All bedrooms are ensuite, and are available in Double, Twin (or shared) and Single rooms.
The hotel dates back to the 1890's and offers a touch of Victorian elegance combined with luxurious decor and the latest modern comforts. Access by Public Transport is very easy. There is a frequent bus service from Lancaster & Morecambe and Bare Lane Railway Station is less than 250 yds away.
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