Alcester Contras
Contact the organiser, Meg on 07864 926561

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 £9.00 for advance booking (ring Meg on 07864 926561) or £10 on the door. Students £4.00.


Dates of Alcester Contras

All dances are on Fridays 7.30 - 10.30pm

 Date Band  Caller  Venue 
Fri 7th Feb 2020   Bearded Dragons Charlotte Rich-Grifin  Alcester Grammar School 
Fri 13th Mar 2020  ECDB  Lynne Render  Alcester Grammar School 
Fri 3rd April 2020  Vertical Expression  Nicola Scott  CANCELLED
 Fri 8th May 2020  Contrasaurus Carol Ormand (USA)  Alcester Grammar School 
 Fri 12th June 2020 Folkus Pocus  Seth Tepfer (USA)  Alcester Grammar School 
Fri 18th Sept 2020   Nozzy Geoff Cubitt  Alcester Grammar School 
 Fri 2nd Oct 2020  Bruce Rosen & George Wilson (USA) Sue Rosen  Alcester Grammar School 
 Fri 6th Nov 2020  Banter Jake Wood and Bob Morgan   Alcester Grammar School

About Alcester Contras

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. 

Alcester Grammar School is best approached from the roundabout at the northern end of the Alcester bypass, address - Birmingham Road, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5ED. It's just north of the traffic lights entering the town.  There is parking at the school.

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 07864 926561.

Meg, the organiser