A SUPERB APRIL WEEKEND we enjoyed in 2012. Little Spring sunshine, so LOTS more dancing INSIDE was shared. - FULFILMENT for those who dropped by for a visit: and for ALL who came to enjoy the long weekend with us !
2012Gt Alne Long Weekendbegan on the Friday Evening with Music/Dance in the Memorial Hall. Recollect 2012 here: Fri & Sat. ===============================================================================================================
2009, various photos, and other recollections below. An aspect of any previous Long Weekend that you particularly enjoyed ? If you wish to contribute activities or ideas, do send feedback or tell André, Paul, Nicola, Karen or Jonathan S. AND ESPECIALLY If you've pictures or video of earlier years, please email to us. It would be great to include more of these on the website! =====================================================================================================
2009 recollection notes below. But first, here are a few pics from previous years that you may not yet have seen ! ========================================================================================================================
Outside, on a sunny day.
C. Anthony H. 2005
Tony has a snack and a cuppa, joined by Carolyn.
========================================================================================================================= Saturday's walk. Yet another four legged friend finds the footbridge to be even more of a problem than we did !
C. JWDH 2005
====================================================================================================================== Laura, singing in the sunshine, is informally accompanied on the guitar by James.
C. Anthony H. 2004
====================================================================================================================== Alan and Iris enjoy a humorous moment after Monday's waitress served meal.
Nel van der Laan was our 2009 visiting teacher from the Netherlands.
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Rhodri Davies is fully in touch with Contra Dance's modern developments. He was brilliant in conveying neat moves to execute Contra Dance embellishments.
There were technique workshops, followed by Contra Dances all led by Rhodri. The culmination: - a major lively Contra Dance on the Sunday Evening.
We look forward to his visiting another year, and to once more sharing dances with Rhodri's family. =====================================================================================================
Cathy Greenhillbrought more of her excellent teaching of Historical Dance.
Have you danced the Ceilidh dance "The Horse's Branle" ? At Cathy's session, we saw how very little (apart from the tune) that the Ceilidh dance of today has in common with the dance originating in the 16th Century ! And on Saturday, Cathy took us through more fun dances from the 1940s. =====================================================================================================
In April 2009, we also enjoyed Israeli Dances withAdrian Pointon. Adrian- who deserves to be better known outside Northwest England & the Midlands - is the teacher of Israeli dance par excellence. As well as Arian's brill workshops we enjoyed his excellent music whenCindylead her CIRCLE DANCES. =====================================================================================================
Great Alne Social Dancing in 2009was on 3 evenings.Friday, Saturday & Sunday. With 3 bonus late dances too. Hot drinks included in entertainment breaks.
On FridayEvening 2009withBarbara & Bill Kinsman Two evergreen living legends of Folk dance calling in the UK Midlands. Barbara's skill & memory led us through many traditional English Playford-Style Dances. Bill - supporting this time. His style brilliant as ever. International Dancing went on before, and Late Nite Extra finished with Cajun Dance. =====================================================================================================
At Rhodri Daviesworkshops, we extemporised & tested American Contra Dance techniques - That was on Saturday & Sunday Eveningswith Contra Dancing from 8pm. Contradance has LOTSof changeabout of partners!
Saturday Eveningstarted with a Belly Dance workshop; lots of contradance - Highlights from the daytime workshops - and finished with Late-Nite-Extra Circle Dance.
Sunday Eveningstarted withAdrian'sHot-hot Israeli, and after contra - There was French Couple Dancing with Pete Grassby. =====================================================================================================
Part Songopportunities- again thanks toJames Eisnertook take place through Sunday. It was particularly pleasant once more to see Louise, and to meet little Benjamin.
Maypole dancing.André has long wished - this extended weekend just before Mayday itself - to have Maypole dances on the green outside the Memorial Hall. This took place around lunchtime on Sunday with Diana Campbell. On the Monday morning, Diana also led a session of - Long Forgotton Children's Games for Adults. (All had a wonderful Clappy time.) =====================================================================================================
Maciek Michma A young dancer from Poland showed us an elegant couple dance - The Polonaise from Maciek's own home town of ZAMOSK. The above was an especially quiet session for adults planned for near Saturday lunchtime.
Belly dancing.WithJennywas popular both as a superb demo on Saturday Night - And as excellent participatory workshops on Saturday early Evening, and on Sunday morning. =====================================================================================================
French Couple dancingled by Pete Grassby (also playing) again took-up the late night spot on Sunday Evening. Thanks. Superb, Pete. An excellent session as ever and, as a kind bonus, some tasty nibbles too!
Tai Chi. Anew feature for '09 wasn't possible since Yang couldn't get transport. Yang hopes however to introduce Tai Chi / Kung Fu Fan to Great Alne in 2011.
And we hope for a stunning evening demonstration from her.
Monday Oversley Wood bluebells: Afternoon walk. Always a joy. (Late Spring in 2010 - the earlier carpet of wood anemomes.)
Many are able to share the Monday at Gt Alne. A delight: most especially for visitors to the area.
Our caterersat Gt Alne offer several choices for the seatedMonday served lunch in the hall. Very last orders during the morning -
Food details on the programme (eg above) are shown in green.
The lunch alone is worth coming to share. After lunch 2009, a gentle dance from Nel.
Copyright; André 2008
Many dancers reading this are retired, or can plan a dance day from work. PLAN AHEAD NOWto take full advantage in 2011 of this (school holiday) Monday. ======================================================================================================
This is what we did on Friday Evening last April 2010 for Great Alne Long Weekend. Uniquely a - Friday Evening Contra Dance in Alcester where Sue Rosen from USA called with the music of the Bruce Rosen Duo - Link with dates of all Alcester Contras, and full details is presently to CLICK ON-http://warkcom.net/alcestercontras Greig Hall is 2 miles from Gt Alne along B4089. ===================================================================================================== Why was no Long Weekend 2010 Friday Eve Dance in the Memorial Hall?
Sue Rosen - an excellent US caller of Contra Dance visited the UK. Many attending Gt Alne Long Weekend enjoy Contra Dance. (We enjoyed Sue calling some Contras at Great Alne in the Memorial Hall on Sunday Evening.)
Sue and her husband the musician Bruce Rosen were invited to the UK - (Leading lights for a Week of Contra at Halsway Manor) - by Meg - our long established homely Alcester Sunday tea and scones hostess ( CLICK- for our Activities page), who very kindly asked if we wished to have Sue for our Friday evening dance.
Meg is the inspired originator of the brilliant series of Alcester Contras (in the spaceous Greig Hall, just 2 miles from Great Alne). André suggested that the Greig Hall was in every way a much more appropriate location.
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