Join us for our popular August dance holiday! This week began as the ‘Guildford Folk Dance Holiday’ in 1977 and has continued to bring together dancers to enjoy folk dance, Halsway and its surroundings to this day.
Hosted by Shirley Williams, popular caller Ivan Aitken will lead morning dance workshops and evening dances, with top-notch live music provided by Chris & Julie Dewhurst. The afternoons include optional organized outings* and activities, or you can relax and enjoy the Manor and its gardens, or explore the area under your own steam.
Prices are half-board, but include Sunday lunch at the Manor, plus a pub lunch & skittles one lunchtime.
* Some outings may incur additional costs.
“A lovely week with friendly people. Musicians very responsive”. Participant
Who’s is it For?
Dancers of all levels and abilities are welcome.
Ivan Aitken is a dancer and caller from Reading in Berkshire. He is a regular caller at local clubs, and also calls for dances and workshops at clubs and festivals throughout the country. Ivan calls for dancers of all abilities, and has worked with many well known bands. He has called at Sidmouth, Chippenham, Broadstairs and Bromyard festivals, at Halsway Manor and other dance weekends. Ivan likes to call a mixture of English, American and Scottish dances and is always on the lookout for new and interesting dances to add to his repertoire.
Chris & Julie Dewhurst: Chris and Julie are experienced dance musicians, often joined by son Nick to make the full band 3D. With a wide repertoire guaranteed to get you dancing, they are in demand for clubs, ceilidhs and events across the UK, as well as being firm favourites at Halsway!