A dinner-dance, folk style! Enjoy a delicious home-cooked supper followed by light-hearted country dancing. All welcome, including those new to country dance. Jane Thomas (caller) leads the dancing with musicians Gareth Kiddier & Linda Game – better known as The English Contra Dance Band.
Jane Thomas has a vivacious personality and is well known for the fun she puts into her calling and dancing. She started calling in 1993 and has called for folk dances and private functions throughout the south west including the Sidmouth Folk Festival. For 25 years she has been instrumental in running the Willand Folk Dance Club. Jane has a wide repertoire of dances and is always looking for the unusual or unexpected twist in a dance. She can cover a wide genre of dances but is probably happiest calling a mixed programme where the longways, squares and sets add to the complexity of the evening’s dance.
English Contra Dance Band are one of the best-known contra bands in the UK; they’ve performed at all the dance series and folk festivals that there possibly are for contra bands to do in this country, several times over, plus they’ve toured in America and are established favourites on the Danish contra dance festival scene (yes, there is one). They are also regulars at Halsway Manor playing for dance courses and weekends. Once you start dancing to them, you don’t want to stop!