JOHN TURNER - FOLK DANCE CALLER
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Last revised - July 5th, 2017.
Some recent comments from my customers:
'a very popular, highly praised Sunday afternoon workshop, led by John Turner, on ‘The Dances of Gary Roodman’' Comment in the Jan 2013 Newsletter of the 'Staplers Country Dance Club' re the Nov 2012 workshop.

'The caller for the 2008 dance week will again be John Turner who provided a truly excellent week of dance for us here in 2007. He was recommended by many who had been to previous dance weeks as an individual who would be very suited to the nature of this dance week in France. He certainly made the week extremely enjoyable with his bright, easy going style, his laughter, his fun dances and his wonderful ability to be able to cater well for a range of dancing abilities, including for those who had little experience.' - Angela & Bob Pane (Organisers of Les Ripettes Folk Dance Holiday, Nr Macon, France, Sept 2007).

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John 			Turner

Background
John born & bred in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, now lives in Southampton with his wife Hilary.
John (& Hilary) have been folk dancing for over 40 years. John has been a Folk Dance Caller for over 35 years & was a morris musician for over 20 years.
Like many Callers, he got into calling by accident, standing in for the resident club caller who was working away from home. 'The rest', as they say, 'is history'. He calls for a wide variety of folk dance events, ranging from community barn dances, and club evenings, to public dances, ceilidhs, dances for the beginner as well as the enthusiast, festival workshops, dance weekends and folk dance holidays.
John has called at several of the UK's Festivals (incl Sidmouth, Chippenham, Broadstairs, Eastbourne, Whitby, Purbeck & Bletchingley) & also for folk dance holidays in the UK, USA, New Zealand, Spain & France in recent years.
In June '09 he was engaged to teach 'English Country Dancing' onboard one of Fred Olsen's Cruises.
John supported by Hilary regularly leads folk dance courses / holidays for 'Halsway Manor', the National Centre for the Folk Arts & for 'HF' Holidays , one of the UK's leading leisure activity holiday companies.
John Turner
John is a member of:
The English Folk Dance & Song Society (EFDSS),
The Country Dance & Song Society (CDSS) [of America],
The Halsway Manor Society.
The Folk Association of South Hampshire (FASH).

Calling/Workshop Repertoire
John enjoys calling for beginners as well as experienced dancers.
He enjoys the challenge of the workshop situation and workshop type dances.

John can offer the following:
Challenging dances & workshops for the more accomplished dancer,
Workshops on Dance Technique, Etiquette, and the Caller's art.
Dances and Workshops for the less accomplished, and the beginner.
John also calls for local community events & private functions: Weddings, Birthday Parties & Anniversary celebrations etc.

Dance Repertoire
John enjoys calling a variety of dance styles including:
Playford or 'Historical English' Dances (i.e. Dances from the mid 17th to early 19th Centuries danced in the English Courts, Stately Homes & Assembly Rooms),
New England Contras, & Squares,
English Traditional Social Dances.
Contemporary Dances in all the above styles, including Ceilidh Dances,
Running Set (also known as ‘Kentucky Mountain Squares’ or in the USA ‘Old Time Dancing’).

John's favourites are Playford style (old & new), & Contras.

Philosophy
John believes that:
Social Dance is an artistic expression, but it has got to be fun too.
We should aspire to improve our dancing skills and technique but not at the expense of courtesy & cordiality.
English Country Dance is a social activity, where dance etiquette plays an important role.
The customer is always right (Well! almost always).


Future Bookings - Public dances, workshops, festivals, dance weekends & dancing holidays, etc. aimed at the folk dance enthusiast.
For more detailed information on any event please email me at john "at" jhmturner.me.uk

2017
South Hampshire Playford Club, Highcliffe, Nr Christchurch. July 2017.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Dawlish Warren, Oct 2017.
Colchester Workshop & Dance, Nov 2017
Seaford FDC, Sussex. Nov 2017.
FASH Workshop. Hants. Nov 2017
2018
Stonesfield Music Day, Oxon. Mar 2018
'HF Holidays' 'Folk Dance Weekend', Malhamdale, Yorks. June 2018.,
South Hampshire Playford Club, Highcliffe, Nr Christchurch. June 2018.
Milverton Folk Dance Club, Warks. June 2018.
'HF Holidays' 'Dance Playford Style', Brecon, Powys. August 2018.,
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Dawlish Warren, Oct 2018.
2019
Mendip FDC Playford Ball, June 2019

Other Events
John & Hilary are also leaders of a Contra Dance Club (approx monthly) at Chilworth, Nr Southampton.

John regularly calls Club evenings for: local folk dance clubs, & also calls for local community "barn dances" in South Hampshire as well as for private functions.


Recent Events: Public dances, Dance weekends, Festivals, & Dancing holidays, etc
Aimed primarily at the enthusiast, in which John has been the leader or has played a major role:

2017
'The 'Roodman Celebration' Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, June 2017.
Northampton Contra, June 2017. Westhill FDC, Bournemouth, June 2017.
Sussex Playford Ball, Sedgewick Park, Horsham, Sussex. May 2017.
Heathfield Folk Dance Club, Sussex, April 2017.
'HF Holidays' 'Folk Dance Weekend', Malhamdale, Yorks. April 2017.,
Shoreham FDC, Sussex, Mar 2017.
'HF Holidays' 'Folk Dancing', Church Stretton, Salop. Feb 2017.,
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Feb 2017.
2016
Hastings & St Leonards Country Dance Club, Sussex, Dec 2016.
SusFA Workshop, Pulborough, Sussex. Nov 2016.
London Barndance Co, C# House, Nov 2016 Salisbury FDC Playford Evening Nov 2016
Wolvercote, Oxford. Nov 2016. Edensor Playford Ball, Oct 2016
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Dawlish Warren, Oct 2016.
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing & Walking', Brecon, Powys. July 2016.
Sussex Playford Ball, Horsham, Sussex. June 2016.
'HF' Holiday 'Dance Playford Style', Coniston, Cumbria. April 2016.
Highcliffe FDG, Dorset, April 2016.
South Hampshire Playford Club, Highcliffe, Nr Christchurch. Feb 2016.
Northampton FDC, Feb 2016.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, King's Lynn, Jan 2016.
Chelmsford FDC, Jan 2016
2015
Nottingham FDC, Notts. Nov 2015 Bexhill Country Dance Club, Nov 2015
SusFA Workshop, Pulborough, Sussex. Nov 2015. Salisbury FDC Playford Evening Nov 2015
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Dawlish Warren, Devon, Oct 2015.
Chichester FDC Autumn Dance, Sept 2015. FASH Workshop. Hants. Oct 2013
'Ingestre Playford Ball, Staffs, Sept 2015.
Chiltern Folk Association Playford Ball, Sept 2015.
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing & Walking', Whitby, Nth Yorks. Aug 2015.
London Barndance Co, C# House, July 2015
'The 5th 'Roodman Celebration' Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, June 2015.
'HF' Holiday 'Dance Playford Style', Selworthy, Somerset. May 2015. Northampton Contra, May 2015
Westhill FDC, Bournemouth, Dorset, Mar 2015.
South Hampshire Playford Club, Highcliffe, Nr Christchurch. Feb 2015. Wantage FDC, Tea Dance, Feb 2015
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Dawlish Warren, Devon, Jan 2015.
2014
Rutland Folk Dance Club, Uppingham, Dec 2014 Barley Leaf FDC, Ilford, Essex. Dec 2014.
Salisbury FDC Playford Evening Nov 2014
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Devon, Oct 2014.
'HF' Holiday 'Dance Playford Style', Malham, Nth Yorks. Sept 2014. 'Scottish & Playford' Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, Sept 2014.
Salisbury & Westhill Summer Dance, Ibsley, New Forest. Aug 2014
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing & Walking', Brecon, Powys. Aug 2014. Alcester Contra, Warwickshire. July 2014.
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing', Coniston, Cumbria. July 2014.
'The 4th 'Roodman Celebration' Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, June 2014.
Sussex Playford Ball, Horsham, Sussex. June 2014.
Northampton Contra, May 2014 Shoreham FDC, Sussex, Mar 2014.
SusFA Workshop, 'The Dances of Gary Roodman', Pulborough, Sussex. Feb 2014.
South Hampshire Playford Club, Highcliffe, Nr Christchurch. Feb 2014.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jan 2014.
2013
Northampton Ceilidh, Dec 2013 Pucklechurch FDC, Avon. Dec 2013.
FASH Autumn Dance. Hants. Nov 2013 Salisbury FDC Playford Eve. Nov 2013
Staplers Folk Dance Club Workshop, Herts. Oct 2013. FASH Workshop. Hants. Oct 2013
Chichester FDC Autumn Dance, Oct 2013. The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Devon, Oct 2013.
'HF' Holiday 'Dance Playford Style', Alnmouth, Northumberland. Sept 2013.
'Scottish & Playford' Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, Sept 2013. Broadstairs Folkweek, Aug 2013
Salisbury & Westhill Summer Dance, Ibsley, New Forest. Aug 2013
'The 3rd 'Roodman Celebration' Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, July 2013.
Westhill FDC, Bournemouth. July 2013. London Barndance Co, C# House, July 2013
Essex Folk Association Playford Ball, Woodford, Essex, Feb 2013.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jan 2013.
'The Dances of Gary Roodman' - FASH Workshop. Hants. Jan 2013
2012
Northampton Ceilidh, Dec 2012 London Barndance Co, C# House, December 2012
Barley Leaf FDC, Ilford, Essex. Dec 2012. Seaford FDC, Sussex. Nov 2012.
Staplers Folk Dance Club Workshop, Herts. Nov 2012.
FASH Annual Dance. Twyford, Hants. Nov 2012
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Great Malvern, Worcs. Oct 2012.
Hampshire West County Trefoil Guild Skills Day, Copythorne, Hants, Oct 2012 Leeds Contra, Sept 2012
Watendone FDC '50th Anniversary Dance', Surrey, Sept 2012.
'Scottish & Playford' Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, Sept 2012. Salisbury & Westhill FDCs 'Summer Dance' August 2012.
'The 2nd 'Roodman Celebration' Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, July 2012.
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing & Walking', Dovedale, Derbyshire. Jul 2012. Alcester Contra, Warwickshire, June 2012.
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing & Walking', Whitby, Nth Yorkshire. May 2012. 'The Turbulent Playford Era' - FASH Workshop. Hants. Mar 2012
Hokitika Contra Dance Weekend, Hokitika, New Zealand, Feb 2012.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jan 2012. Chelmsford FDC, Jan 2012
2011
Christmas Ceilidh, Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset. Dec 2011.
FASH Dance. Twyford, Hants. Nov 2011
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing & Walking', Malham, Nth Yorks. Nov 2011.
Leeds Contra, Oct 2011
The Light-hearted Dance Weekends, Great Malvern, Worcs. Oct 2011. Beckenham FDC, Oct 2011
Hampshire West County Trefoil Guild Skills Day, Foxlease, Lyndhurst, Oct 2011
'HF' Holiday 'English Country Dancing & Walking', Brecon, Powys. Sept 2011.
Stonesfield FDC, Sept 2011
'HF' Holiday 'English Country Dancing & Walking', Keswick, Cumbria. July 2011.
Guildford FDC, Surrey. June 2011 London Barndance Co, C# House, June 2011
'A Roodman Celebration' Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, Jun 2011.
Hampton in Arden, Warwickshire. April 2011 Wroughton Tea Dance, Wilts. Feb 2011
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jan 2011.
2010
Ceilidh, Tarrant Keyneston, Dorset. Dec 2010. Halsway Contra, Crowcombe, Somerset, Dec 2010.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekends, Gt Malvern, Worcs. Nov 2010. FASH Annual Dance, Twyford, Hants., Nov 2010.
Autumn Treat, Halsway Manor, Somerset, Oct 2010. Shoreham FDC, Sussex, Oct 2010.
'HF' Holiday 'English Country Dancing', Freshwater, IoW. August 2010.
Alcester Contra, Warwickshire, July 2010. Wimborne FF, Dorset. June 2010
'Folk Camps', Dancers's Weekend, Beckford, Cotswolds. June 2010.
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing for Fun', Keswick, Cumbria. May 2010. Barley Leaf FDC, Ilford, Essex. Mar 2010.
London Barndance Co, C# House, Feb 2010 Nottingham FDC, Notts. Feb 2010
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jan 2010.
2009
FASH Annual Dance, Twyford, Hants. Nov 2009.Felpham & Middleton FDC, Sussex. Nov 2009.
'HF' Holiday 'Dance Playford Style', Bourton, Cotswolds. Nov 2009.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekends, Skipton, Nov 2009.
Lichfield Folk Dance Club, October 2009 'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing for Fun', Keswick, Cumbria, Oct 2009.
Leeds Contra, Oct 2009 Weston FDC, Weston super Mare, Somerset, October 2009.
Whitby Folk Week. August 2009.
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing & Walking', Whitby, Nth Yorks, July 2009.
London Barndance Co, C# House, Jul 2009
Dancing Afloat, Fred Olsen Cruise BD0912, Jun 2009 Chippenham Folk Festival, Wilts. May 2009
Bedford Fine Companions, May 2009.FASH AGM Dance, Soberton, Hants. May 2009.
Guildford Contra, April 2009 Spring Contra Weekend, Halsway Manor, Somerset, April 2009.
'HF' Holiday 'Dance Playford Style', Dovedale, Derbys. March 2009.
Seaford FDC, Sussex. Mar 2009 London Barndance Co, C# House. Feb 2009
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset. Jan 2009. M27 Megabop, Nursling, Hants. Jan 2009
2008
The Light-hearted Dance Weekends, Skipton, Nth Yorks. Nov 2008.
FASH Annual Dance, Bedhampton, Havant, Hants. Nov 2008
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing for Fun', Abingworth, Sussex, Oct 2008. Leeds Contra, Oct 2008
Folk Dance Week in France - Les Ripettes, Pont de Vaux, Nr Macon. Sept 2008
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing for Fun & Walking', Conwy, Snowdonia, Aug 2008.
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing for Fun', Brecon, Powys, May 2008.
Winchester MayFest Contra Dance, May 2008
London Barndance Co, C# House, May 2008
'HF' Holiday 'Dance Playford Style', Selworthy, Somerset, April 2008.
Hastings FDC, E Sussex. April 2008 Alcester Contra, Warks. April 2008
Winchester Playford Ball, Apr 2008 Seaford FDC, Sussex. Mar 2008
FASH 'Running Set' Workshop. Hants. Mar 2008 Burton Overy FDC, Leics. Mar 2008
Stonesfield Folk Dance Group, Oxon. Feb 2008 Stafford FDC, Staffs. Feb 2008
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jan 2008.
2007
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing for Fun', Dovedale, Derbyshire, Nov 2007.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Morecambe, Lancs. Nov 2007.
Oxford. Nov 2007 Maidenhead FDC. Nov 2007
Folk Dance Week in France - Les Ripettes, Pont de Vaux, Nr Macon. Sept 2007
'HF' Holiday 'Folk Dancing & Walking', Haytor, Devon, August 2007.
London Barndance Co, C# House. Jul 2007
Guildford FDC, Surrey. June 2007 Croydon FDC. May 2007
Contra Dance Weekend - Halsway Manor, Somerset. April 2007
Seaford FDC, Sussex. Mar 2007
'HF' Holiday 'Dance Playford Style', Abingworth, Sussex, Mar 2007.
Northampton FDC. Feb 2007
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jan 2007.
2006
London Barndance Co, C# House, Dec 2006 Ilford FDC, Essex. Dec 2006
'HF' Holiday, 'Folk Dancing for Fun', Derwentwater, Cumbria Nov 2006.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Morecambe, Lancs. Nov 2006.
Shoreham FDC, Sussex. Nov 2006.
Alcester Contra, Warwickshire. Oct 2006. Lichfield FDC, Staffs, Oct 2006.
'HF' Holiday 'English Country Dancing', Selworthy, Somerset, Sept 2006.
Whitby Folk Week. August 2006.
Chelmsford Folk Dance Club Holiday, Halsway Manor, July 2006.
'HF' Brecon, Powys , Folk Dance Holiday, May 2006.
Willand FDC, Devon, April 2006. Staffordshire Weekend, Symonds Yat, Mar 2006.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset, Jan 2006.
2005
Hastings FDC, Sussex. Dec 2005 Hampton in Arden, Warwickshire. Dec 2005
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Morecambe, Lancs. Nov 2005.
Wroughton FDC Annual Dance, Wilts. Nov 2005;
'Folk Dancing for Fun' for 'HF Holidays', Oct 2005. Member's Weekend, Halsway Manor. Oct 2005.
Whitby Folk Week. August 2005. 'HF Holidays', Haytor, Devon. July 2005;
Stonesfield FDC Dance Weekend, Oxfordshire. June 2005. Chippenham Folk Festival, Wilts. May 2005
Eastbourne Festival. April / May 2005. GuildfordContra, Surrey. Apr 2005
Seaford FDC, Sussex. Mar 2005 Hampton in Arden, Warwickshire. Feb 2005,
Guildford FDC, Surrey. Jan 2005
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset. Jan 2005.
Halsway Contra Club, Somerset. Jan 2005
2004
Hastings FDC, Sussex. Dec 2004
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Scarborough, Nth Yorks. Nov 2004..
Friday Folk, St Albans, Herts. Nov 2004
'HF Holidays' , Freshwater, I o W, October 2004;
Third Friday Club, Oxford, Oct 2004 Nth Oxford FDC, Sept 2004,
Kingswinford FDC (W Midlands), Sept 2004 Croydon FDC, July 2004,
Alterations Contra, Guildford, Surrey. July 2004,
'HF Holidays' , Brecon (Powys), June 2004;
Salisbury FDC, Wilts. June 2004, Stonesfield FDG, Oxfordshire. May 2004,
'HF Holidays' , Alnmouth (Northumberland), April 2004;
Frenchay FDC Dance Weekend, Woolacombe, Devon. Mar 2004.
Bexhill FDC, Sussex. March 2004,
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Dorset. Jan 2004.
Hampton in Arden, Warwickshire. Jan 2004,
2003
Hastings FDC, Sussex. Dec 2003 Warehorne FDC, Kent. Nov 2003,
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Scarborough, Nth Yorks. Nov 2003.
Willand FDC, Devon, Oct 2003,
'Ring of Eight' Playford Ball, Dorset, July 2003, Croydon FDC, Surrey, June 2003,
Stonesfield Dance Weekend, Oxfordshire, June 2003.
Weymouth Festival, May 2003, Purbeck Spring Revel, April 2003.
Shoreham FDC, April 2003, Canterbury FDC, March 2003,
Ashford FDC, March 2003, Third Friday FDC, Oxford, Feb 2003,
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, January 2003.
2002
Bexhill FDC, Dec 2002, Croydon FDC, Dec 2002.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Malton, Nth Yorks. Nov 2002.
Beckenham & Croydon FDC, Oct 2002, Lichfield FDC, Oct 2002,
Watendone FDC 40th Anniversary Dance, Sept 2002,
‘Between the Bays’ Dance Camp, Traverse City, Michigan, USA. August 2002.
‘Royal Oak’ Workshop & Dance, Detroit (Michigan, USA), August 2002,
Stonesfield FDG, Oxon, May 2002,
Bromyard Spring Festival Day of Dance, May 2002. Bletchingley Festival, April 2002.
Hastings & St Leonard’s CDC, April 2002, Croydon FDC Feb 2002,
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, January 2002.
2001
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Ross-on-Wye, November 2001.
Stonesfield FDG, Oxon. Nov 2001,
Seaford FDC, Nov 2001, Croydon FDC, Oct 2001,
Purbeck Dance Weekend, Dorset, September 2001.
Ring of Eight Playford Ball, Dorset, June 2001,
Winchester Festival, April 2001, Canterbury EFDC, March 2001,
Ashford FDC, March 2001, Croydon FDC, Jan 2001,
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, January 2001.
2000
New Year House Party, Halsway Manor, December 2000.
Marlow Christmas Dance, Dec 2000,
‘English Miscellany’ Silver Anniversary Weekend, Halsway Manor, December 2000.
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Symonds Yat, Herefordshire, September 2000.
Broadstairs’ Folk Week, August 2000.
Salisbury FDC June 2000, Winchester Annual Playford Ball March 2000,
Canterbury EFDC, March 2000, Wroughton FDC, March 2000,
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Bournemouth, Jan 2000.
1999
Stonesfield FDG, Oxon. Dec ‘99, Guildford FDC, Dec ’99.
English Country dance, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Sept '99.
Michigan Dance Heritage Fall Weekend, Camp Cavell, MI, USA. Sept ’99.
Contra Dance, Binghampton, NY, USA. Sept '99 ECD Workshop, Binghampton, NY, USA. Sept '99
Contra Dance, Albany, NY, USA. Sept '99 English Country Dance, Bloomsburg, PA, USA. Sept '99
‘Labor Day’ Dance Weekend at Suttle Lake, Oregon, USA. Sept ’99.
Contra Dance, Royal Oak, Detroit, MI, USA. Aug '99 English Country dance workshop, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Aug '99.
Contra Dance, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Aug '99
‘Between the Bays’ Dance Camp, Traverse City, Michigan, USA. Aug ’99.
Chippenham Folk Festival May ’99
The Light-hearted Dance Weekend, Halsway Manor, Mar ’99
1998
Westward Ho! Dance Weekend, October ’98 (Guest Leader).
Purbeck Dance Weekend, Dorset, September ’98 (Joint Leader).
Broadstairs’ Folk Week, August '98.
Sidmouth International Festival of Folk Arts, August '98.
Chippenham Folk Festival, May '98.
Winchester Festival, April '98
1997
Sidmouth International Festival of Folk Arts, August '97.
Winchester Festival, April '97
English Country Dance Holidays, Torremolinos, Costa del Sol, Spain, January '97 (Joint leader).


Recent invitations declined due to non-availability include:
Purbeck Dance Weekend, Sept 2010.
Whitby Festival, Aug 2008.
Eastbourne Festival, May 2002.
Broadstairs Folk Week, Aug 1999;
English Country Dance Holidays, Malta, Jan 1999
English Country Dance Holidays, Majorca. Jan 1998


Summary
As well as the above events John calls regularly for local folk dance club’s meetings.
The vast majority of bookings are through personal recommendation and repeats comprising:
Dances for the more accomplished dancer (see above list);
Public Dances for beginners & non-regular dancers (e.g. Community events, WI Events);
Private dances, weddings, anniversaries and other family celebrations.

John & Hilary run a series of Dance Weekends for enthusiasts entitled The Light-hearted Dance Weekends, at various venues around the country, currently 2 per year, where John shares the calling for the weekend with a guest caller. The music is provided by guest musicians (usually a two-piece band). The events are fully subscribed almost every time.
John & Hilary also lead Dancing Holidays for 'HF Holidays'.
They also run a Contra Dance series entitled 'Chilworth Contras'.


References
John is happy to provide the names and addresses of satisfied clients. The list comprises dancers, organisers and artists (callers & bands).


Brief Summary of Experience prior to 1997.
1977 Caller for Whirligig FDC, Southampton (until 1987).
1977 Commenced calling at community dances through friends and the Contactaband Agency.
1976 Commenced calling at a small FDC in the New Forest, Hants.
1973 Introduced to Folk Dancing through Ramsgate Folk Dance Club (FDC)


Some previous major events prior to 1997
Wimborne Festival 1995;
Winchester Festival 1992-96;
Annual Dance for Bournemouth Dance Club 1989 - 1996.
Sidmouth (Children’s) Festival 1986 - 1988;
Joint - Leader of South Hants Annual Dance Weekends at Halsway Manor. 1986-88;
Intervarsity Festival, Southampton 1985;
Annual Dance for Berkshire EFDSS 1982 - 1993;
Christchurch Festival (Dorset) 1980;

        

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