Alcester Contras
Contact the organiser, Meg on 01789 766701

Alcester Contras

A series of folk dances in the American style

Alcester Contras are organized by Meg, an enthusiast of folk dancing and a nationally known folk dance musician. The dances are non profit making with all proceeds used to pay the hire of hall, band and caller. 
 The charge is £8.00 for advance booking (ring Meg on 01789 766701) or £10 on the door. Students £3.50.


Dates of Alcester Contras

All dances are on Fridays 8.00 - 11.00pm

 Date Band  Caller  Venue 
Fri 14th October 2016  The Night Before  Lisa Heywood St Benedict's School  
Fri 18th November 2016   English Contra Dance Band Jeremy Child   St Benedict's School  
Fri 13th January 2017  Kelly's Eye  Rhodri Davies St Benedict's School   
Fri 10th February 2017  ECDB Kathryn and David Wright St Benedict's School   
 Fri 3rd March 2017 Bacon Street (USA)  Rachel Shapiro Wallace St Benedict's School   
Fri 7th April 2017  The Stringrays (USA)  Lisa Greenleaf (USA)  St Benedict's School  
 Fri 12th May 2017  King Kontra Seth Tepfer (USA)   St Benedict's School  
 Fri 9th June 2017 Wild Ride Geoff Cubitt   St Benedict's School  
 Fri 14th July 2017 Vertical Expression Bob Morgan  St Benedict's School  
 Fri 22nd September 2017 The Night Before Mike Courthold  St Benedict's School  
Fri 6th October 2017  Contra Alt Delete Carol Ormand (USA)  St Benedict's School  
Fri 10th November 2017  Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth (USA) Jake Wood St Benedict's School   

About Alcester Contras

The venue for Alcester Contras
 is normally St. Benedict's School. The venue is not normally confirmed by the school until 2 or 3 months before the event, so check on the website or with Meg on 01789 766701 before  travelling.

Alcester is in Warwickshire and lies on the A46 between Stratford upon Avon and Evesham and is easily approached using this road from the M40 (J15), Coventry area, and from the southwest by leaving the M5 at J9. From Birmingham and the M42 (J3) use the A435.
St. Benedict's School is about quarter of a mile NE of the church, opposite the previous venue of the Greig Hall which is no longer available. From the main street (High Street) go past the church and town hall (partially obstructing the road), cross the river at Gunnings Bridge and immediately turn right into the school car park.  The address is St Benedict's Catholic High School, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6PX.

You are invited to bring a plate of refreshments to share 
during the interval. These could be a few sausage rolls, jam tarts or a bunch of grapes etc., but only bring the amount you can eat. 
Using paper plates makes it easier to dispose of at the end (you may forget to collect a real plate). Just pop your food into the kitchen when you arrive so the volunteers can present it arranged on tables at the interval.

Newcomers to Contradancing

Newcomers to contra dancing are welcomed and are vital to the contradance movement. Dancing is done with a partner in company with many other couples to form longways sets.

 This can be quite daunting due to the fear of mucking it up for the other dancers. The thing to remember is everyone else has been in this situation and will be sympathetic; we are only there to have fun and people will be helpful. There is a lot of repetition with the dance turns lasting about 30 seconds, there being between 10 and 20 turns to the complete dance. You will very soon remember the simple moves required.

 All dances are walked through beforehand and the caller will prompt you as required throughout the dance.

 If you are new and inexperienced try to arrive at the beginning and mention to Meg that you are new and nervous and she will ensure the caller is aware of your concern so he can keep his eye on you. It's best to get up near the band end if you can to make it easier for the caller.

 If you have done a bit of barn dancing you will already know some terms like forward and back and swing. There are a couple of weekly folk dance clubs in the area where you would be most welcome and which would give you a softer start. The Stratford group meets on Mondays and the Alcester group on Wednesdays. For more details ring Meg on 01789 766701.

Meg, the organiser