Our American Contra Dance weeks are tremendously popular and often sell out so we encourage early booking for these courses. Our Spring 2017 team brings together caller Seth Tepfer (USA) and the inimitable English Contra Dance Band. Hosted by Meg Winters, dance workshops take place each morning with fun optional outings and activities in the afternoons. There is usually a musicians’ workshop Wednesday tea-time, so bring instruments. Dances every evening, all in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor!
“Friendly and welcoming group of people, plenty of laughs, energetic dancing and really enjoyable sessions in the bar afterwards!” Participant
Who’s it For?
Dancers of all levels of experience.
Meg Winters is a familiar face at Halsway Manor, and the perfect, friendly and knowledgeable host to make sure you get the best from your break at Halsway!
Seth Tepfer is “Atlanta’s Dance Magician”, calling dances for adults and children like you’ve never seen before. Known for his infectious energy, his short walk-thru’s, and his ‘hash-contras’, Seth’s warm enthusiasm is contagious, and gets everyone moving, smiling, and having a great time. You can be certain that all involved – novices and experienced dancers alike – will amble away happy and eager to dance more!
Seth has been calling since 1997. In that time he has called over 500 gigs and delighted dancers from 5 to 95 across the USA and Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Denmark and England (including Halsway!).
The English Contra Dance Band is a two piece band, based in the UK, who have for the last ten years played at most of the major contra dances. Linda Game plays a driving fiddle style over Gareth Kiddier’s solid piano accompaniment. Although they are from different traditions, English traditional and Rock, they have adapted very well to the American high energy style of contra dance music. As a dancer recently said, “How can two people make so much noise!”.
In the last few years they have played at many major festivals in the UK, including EIFF, IVFDF, Sidmouth, Chippenham, and Towersey, as well as dance weekends at Halsway Manor. They regularly perform at contra clubs up and down the UK, and have worked with most of the top UK callers. In recent years they have played at festivals in Denmark, where there is a strong contra community. In 2012 they had their first US tour, playing for American contra dancers on the East Coast.
4pm tea and coffee.
Afternoons free to explore area – provision made for those without cars.
4pm Tea and coffee.
Optional musicians’ workshop on the Wednesday, 4.15-6.15pm approx, so bring instruments if you play.
Depart after a big Halsway breakfast!