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Autumn American Contra Week

Monday 4 Oct 4pm — Friday 8 Oct 10am, 2021

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 (walks, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • £370– single ensuite room
  • £340– sharing an ensuite room
  • £340 – single non-ensuite room
  • £305 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £225

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £205

Our American Contra Dance weeks are tremendously popular and often sell well out in advance so we really do encourage early booking! Hosted by Meg Winters our Autumn dance week is led by a wonderful American caller Diane Silver, with music from the inimitable Halsway favourites English Contra Dance Band.

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 too. Dances every evening, all in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor!

Who’s it For

Dancers of all levels of experience; newcomers to Contra are welcome, with plenty to challenge more experienced dancers too!

“Friendly and welcoming group of people, plenty of laughs, energetic dancing and really enjoyable sessions in the bar afterwards!” Participant

The Team

Diane Silver, (Asheville, NC) is a popular caller of contras for all ages and levels of experience. For over 20 years she has brought energy, knowledge and enthusiasm to regular classes, dance weekends, camps and festivals across the US and beyond. Her clear, kind teaching, great positive energy, and a spirit of community-building create a fun, low-risk atmosphere for dancers of all levels of experience to improve and try new things. She’s also an avid freestyle Appalachian flat-footing dancer, so expect to see some moves!