A series of English Country Dance Weekends for Enthusiasts. The weekends are aimed at suiting a wide range of tastes, with dances from the 'Playford era' (c1650) up to the present day including 'New England' Contras & Squares. The series is organised and led by John & Hilary Turner. It is aimed at people who enjoy their dancing and aspire to improve their skills, and understanding of English Country Dance, but not at the expense of courtesy and cordiality. The emphasis is firmly on enjoyment.
Our Next Event: 12th - 14th Oct 2018. ! Not yet launched. !! Please join mailing list!! .
THE EVENTS & PROGRAMME OUTLINE
The events are usually held at hotels and similar venues around
The weekends comprise a mixture of dances and workshops and some free time to explore the local environs.
Customers gather for evening meal on the Friday and the event
ends with a Farewell Dance on Sunday afternoon.
See below for more detailed information & current events.
|John & Hilary Turner from Southampton organise & lead the events.
The calling is shared between John and our 'Guest Caller'.
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, Europe
& New Zealand in recent years. With Hilary he also leads folk dance holidays for HF Holidays, and has even been hired to teach 'English Country Dance' onboard Fred Olsen's Cruises.
John's 'Calling CV'
Hilary, originally from the North-East, is Booking Secretary and Hostess.
The music is provided by our Guest Musicians, usually a well-known duo.
Details of 'Current Events'.
For previous Events, Guest Callers, Musicians, and comments from many of our Customers see: Previous Light-hearted Dance Weekends.
We aspire to improve our dancing skills, knowledge and understanding of
English Country Dance but not at the expense of courtesy and cordiality.
A weekend of English Country Dance to suit a wide range of tastes,
with dances from the period c1650 to the present day including New England Contras and Squares. It is aimed at enthusiasts who enjoy their dancing. The emphasis will be firmly on enjoyment.
The weekend commences with dinner on the Friday evening and concludes with a farewell dance on the Sunday afternoon. There will be a mixture of dances & workshops, and some free time to explore the local area. Click here for a typical weekend programme.
BOOKING PROCEDURE - Light-hearted Dance Weekends
It is not possible to book for our 'Light-hearted Dance Weekends' prior to their Launch Date. Launch date for a particular event is signalled by the circulating of
event brochures by post to all customers on our mailing list. Non-UK residents will receive an email.
Please read our Booking Policy
To book for one of our 'Light-hearted Dance Weekends' access the event from the list above, download & complete a copy of the event's booking form, enclose a cheque for the appropriate amount and post to the address on the form.
NB. We do not accept bookings by phone or email, or without a full deposit, unless from non-UK residents.
Beware! We circulate our brochures to over 250 individual addresses as well as to dance clubs throughout the country, so don't delay, we fill up extremely quickly!
If you wish to join our mailing list see below.
In the future we will run only 1 event per year, in October.
If you are interested in attending please join our Mailing List (see below).
Brochures for this event will normally be circulated approx 8 months prior to the event.
If you would like your Name and Address added to our mailing list for future events,
please complete the Mailing List request
NB. Regular customers automatically remain on our Mailing list. Non-UK residents please send us your email address.