Chilworth Contras

Chilworth Contras          
A 'New England' Contra Dance club led by John & Hilary Turner.
Caller - John Turner


BREAKING NEWS - October 2018 Contras is now moved to Friday 5th October, same venue as normal Chilworth Hall. (see below)

We meet monthly on Thursdays at 8.00pm in Chilworth Hall (the village hall), Chilworth, Nr Southampton, Hants, UK. SO16 7JZ Grid Ref. SU 410 184.
The hall is approx 5 mins drive from Junct 14 of M3. (Hall bookings 023 8076 7592)
Beware the postcode does not give the true position of the hall. See this map.
The true Lat & Long Coords of the hall are Lat: 50 57' 50.43"N & Long: 01 25' 0.55"W.

Try some of John's Contra Dance Compositions.

Last updated 9/11/17

Chilworth Contras - Dates for your Diary

2018
Jan 11th - Cancelled Feb 8th
Mar 15th Apr 12th May 17th
Jun 14th Jul 12th - Cancelled Summer Break July, Aug & Sept
Oct 5th Nov 29th Dec 13th

for other Contra Dance dates try:

London Barndance Company,        Alcester Contra        Leeds Contra        Cambridge Contra        Sheffield Spring Contra       
Contras in Kent        Contras in Exeter
For Ashford (Middx), Northampton, & Exeter Contras see Contra-corners mailing list.

Chilworth Contra Summary

What is Contra Dancing? you ask.
Try this,

At Chilworth we dance to CDs, with occasional visits from the English Contra Dance Band.

Try this video too,

The music is great, very lively and really gives you that drive which is so important for Contra Dancing in particular.

Here's another viewpoint well worth reading.

We dance New England Contras & Squares, with lots of swinging! and occasionally some 'Running Set' too. We welcome everyone, but don’t come to rest; it’s an exhausting evening!

To give you a flavour of this, it’s purposeful, urgent, vital, energetic, well phrased, strongly connected, challenging, sociable and great fun!

We change partners almost every dance, helping newcomers to be quickly assimilated, as well as creating a friendly and sociable environment.

Ladies invite the men to dance as well as vice versa.

Each dance can run for up to 12 to 14 times through compared to the ‘English’ norm of 7 to 9 times, so don't come to rest!

If you have any further questions please email us

Here are a few more articles on Contra Dancing that I hope you find helpful:
      What is Contra Dance?

      So why not come and join us?

      As well as dancers local to the Southampton area, we have frequent visitors from Alton (27miles), Basingstoke (28m),
       Chichester (34m), Amesbury (35m), Blandford & Guildford (47m), Bracknell (50m), even Oxford (65 miles)!