So we are allowed to dance again and we’ve a sensible and fun programme planned to warm you up and improve your dancing this Summer and Autumn.
We are getting back up to speed after being open for three lovely months now. But these are unusual times and many of the courses that would normally have been booked up at least a year in advance, such as Dances of Poldark and American Contra still have places available! Now we are back open and running we are sure they will book up soon – So this is a window where if you want to try a new course, bring a friend or two, to try a course that hasn’t been available to you in the past – now is the moment!!!!
August Folk Dance Holiday is a long standing course hosted by Shirley Williams, we are delighted to welcome back caller Ivan Aitken and musicians Julie & Chris Dewhurst.
Folk Summer School is a vibrant holiday week for all ages and abilities. A great folk festival alternative. One or two places left on this one.
Dances of Poldark (3-5 Sept) is led by BBC Choreographer Stuart Marsden teaching elegant 18th century style.
Autumn American Contra (4-8 Oct) Meg Winters in joined by US caller Diane Silver, with music from Halsway favourites English Contra Dance Band.
Folk Dance and Music Weekend (12-15 Nov) how musicians and dancers can work together with David Bradley, Vicki baker and Dorothy Seedhouse.
Zesty Contra (19-21 Nov) an exhilarating, popular and fun weekend designed to extend your dance horizons with Rhodri Morgan, Mark Elvins and Wild Ride
French and Breton Dance Week (22-26 Nov) Peter Clifton, and supported by Karen Prager. Yannick Minvielle-Debat will join the team for part of the week to introduce traditional singing-for-dancing.
Poldark Plus (Feb 2022) follows on from the previous course. Led by Stuart Marsden (Dancing Master & Choreographer of the acclaimed TV series) with music from the brilliant Warleggan Village Band, Matt Coatsworth, Richard Heacock & Chris Green (Musicians of the same TV series.
English and Scottish Dance (Mar 2022) A light hearted week of Scottish and English country dance with a friendly and experienced team of Frances Richardson, and musicians Ali Messer & Mollie Koenigsberger
Plus much more planned for 2022. A link to all of our dance events is here.
The courses in the last three months have been amazing and its an utter delight to be back among friends, and like minded people, with music, song and dance in the manor bringing it to life. We are going to keep our Covid measures in place as they are working very well and welcomed by staff and guests alike. We are very lucky that we have Halsway Manor as a resource – with the Long Room well ventilated, with double doors that open onto the lawns, a marquee in place, new dining rooms and the refurbishment of the Marsden Room giving us additional space for safe distance socialising, bar table service, testing in advance and smaller occupancy for our rooms and courses. We have also considered the style of dances to be offered to best make use of the space. Plus our amazing location which is very much our own folk bubble. We want to ensure all of our staff and visitors remain safe, well and social.
This last year has been a hard one on dancers. Your patience has been amazing. So hopefully you can take your first tentative steps or giant leap back into folk dance with us.