Our American Contra Dance weeks are tremendously popular and often sell out so we really do encourage early booking for these fantastic courses. 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
Arrive from 4pm on Monday. If you need to get here sooner, that’s fine, but your room may not be ready before 4pm. Depart after breakfast on Friday.
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!
We are also delighted to welcome a great team to run this course, caller Carol Ormand, and contra dance band Vertical Expression.
Carol Ormand has been calling traditional contra and square dances since the Spring of 1990, and regularly calls at dances, weekends, and festivals all over the United States and abroad.
Probably the UK’s most high-energy contra dance band, Vertical Expression is what happens when you take two English ceilidh musicians on fiddle and melodeon and put them with a guitar and double bass rhythm section with a love of bluegrass and gypsy jazz, throw in some old time music and foot percussion, a bit of French-Canadian one-row box, a few Irish fiddle tunes, some Django Reinhardt-style guitar, a bit of creativity and a lot of energy and fun…