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American Contra Week

Monday 13 May 4pm — Friday 17 May 10am, 2019

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, activities):

  • £350 – single ensuite room
  • £319 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £319 – single non-ensuite room
  • £288 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £212

Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities:

  • £197

Our much loved annual American Contra Dance Week is hosted by Meg Winters with guests: caller Cis Hinkle from the USA, and the UK’s top contra band, English Contra Dance Band. There will be dance and music workshops in the mornings, afternoons are free for you to explore this lovely area, and there are dances every evening. Early booking advised.

Who’s it For?

Dancers of all levels of experience.

“This has been the best American contra week I’ve attended, very enjoyable, excellent dancing and great company. Great to learn from Americans, and Meg is a wonderful host.” Participant

The Team

Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the US, England, and Denmark.  When not on the road, Cis teaches t’ai chi classes in her native Atlanta, Georgia.

The English Contra Dance Band (Linda Game – fiddle, Gareth Kiddier – piano) is a two piece band, combining backgrounds in Traditional English and Rock(!) music to become one of the UK’s most in-demand purveyors of American-style high energy contra dance music. As a dancer recently said, “How can two people make so much noise!”. They’ve performed at most of the major UK Festivals – including Sidmouth, Chippenham, and Towersey – and have played international dates in Denmark and America’s East Coast.

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!