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And there's 5 other pages about the Long Weekend - list above right - on which you may wish to cLICK for more details.
All this happens over a long April weekend, every year:
This Month's Programme is in full detail cLICK above.
Apologies to those who checked earlier. Contributors needed to OK/then bad technical glitches.
2 pages - Both available to read or download at 2nd webpage above, titled "April's Programme".
Visit the Hall anytime during Great AlneLong-Weekend.
Try many different kinds of dancing. Join-in to play music. Song, handbells: Many more activities. Welcome to this beautiful English Warwickshire village. Enjoy. We are ALL learning: Many here have experience in dance/music: With skills to share. Participate with us in the dancing, music & song.
This extended weekend explores varied traditional folk activities, & dances from around the world.
(NOTE This is still a provisional version, and may need to be amended!)
For full details cLICK The PROGRAMME above.
2 sides of A4: Both available to read / download at 2nd webpage above, titled "The PROGRAMME". Beware of trying to refresh an old programme sheet you've earlier download onto your computer -
For the most recent version to view, or now print the programme sheets, just re-access an updated one from the website at "The PROGRAMME" page.
In April 2009, we again look forward to -
Israeli Dances with Adrian Pointon.
Adrian - who deserves to be better known outside Northwest England and the Midlands -
Is the teacher of Israeli dance par excellence.
Enjoy Adrian's brill workshops and also his excellent music when Cindy leads her CIRCLE DANCES.
Great. Alne Social Dancing is on 3 evenings. Fri./Sat./Sun.
Visit when you choose. There's 3 bonus late dances too. Hot drinks included in entertainment breaks.
On Friday Evening with Barbara Kinsman & Bill, we'll have many traditional English Playford-Style Dances, but also International Dances, and Late Nite Extra with Cajun Dance.
At Rhodri Davies workshops, we can extemporise & test American Contra Dance techniques -
That's at 6.30pm on Saturday & Sunday Evenings with Contra Dancing from 8pm.
Contradance has LOTS of changeabout of partners!
Saturday Evening starts with a Belly Dance workshop; lots of contradance -
Highlights from the daytime workshops - and finishes with Late-Nite-Extra Circle Dance.
Sunday Evening starts with Adrian's Hot-hot Israeli, and after contra -
There's French Couple Dancing with Pete Grassby.
Latest on April's Gt Alne Long-Weekend. News Page. Nel van der Laan will be our 2009 visiting teacher from the Netherlands..
Rhodri Davies is fully in touch with Contra Dance's modern developments.
He is brilliant in conveying neat moves to execute Contra Dance embellishments.
There will be technique workshops, followed by Contra Dances for Sat. and Sun. Evenings from Rhodri, culminating in a major lively Contra Dance on Sunday Eve 26th.
We look forward to his visit, and to sharing dances with Rhodri's family.
Cathy Greenhill will bring more of her excellent teaching of Historical Dance.
You've danced "The Horse's Branle" ?
What was this Ceilidh dance of today like originally in 16th Century?
Find out on Sat afternoon.
Don't miss - Also on Saturday, Yet more of Cathy's fun dances from the 1940s.
Part Song opportunities thanks to James Eisner are to take place through Sunday.
Also perhaps Monday morning this year.
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 will take place on Sunday morning, and again around lunchtime Sunday with Diana Campbell, Who will also on Monday morning, lead a session of -
Long Forgotton Children's Games for Adults.
Maciek Michma A young dancer from Poland will show us an elegant couple dance -
The Polonaise from Maciek's home town of ZAMOSK.
The above is is an especially quiet session for adults planned for near your Saturday lunchtime.
Belly dancing. With Jenny Popular both as a demo on Saturday Night -
And participatory workshops at lunchtime on Saturday, and on Sunday morning.
French Couple dancing led by Pete Grassby (also playing) will again take-up the late night spot on Sunday Evening.
Abbot's Bromley Horn Dancers - may be the oldest dance tradition in the UK.
If they tour during this weekend then it's hoped that they will visit Great Alne.
Tai Chi. A new feature for '09.
Yang will also introduce Tai Chi / Kung Fu Fan at Sunday's workshop.
And look out for her stunning evening demonstrations.
If there was an aspect of 2008, or previous Long Weekends that you particularly liked,
or if you wish to contribute activities or ideas, please email a feedback, or ring, or tell André.
Monday. Oversley Wood bluebells: Afternoon walk. Always a joy. Many are able to share the Monday at Gt Alne.
A delight: most especially for visitors from The Netherlands.
Our caterers at Gt Alne offer several choices for the seated Monday served lunch in the hall.
Very last orders during the morning -
The lunch alone is worth coming to share.
After lunch, a Polonaise from Maciek.
A gentle, elegant Polish final afternoon start.
Pic CLICK To enlarge this photo of Oversley Wood Bluebells Copyright James Hobro.
Many dancers reading this are retired, or can plan a dance day from work.
PLAN AHEAD NOW to take full advantage of this Monday.
Historical Dance from Cathy Greenhill we hope to have again on Monday.
Quadrilles from the 19th Century. Paine's First Set. (Without its intricate fast footwork)
Danced not as it would have been originally, but as it still survived much later.
(As a more sedate successor to the Regency Quadrilles.)
Come to partake in this, the origin of several Irish Set Plain Sets that are danced today.
Don't miss - On Saturday, Yet more of Cathy's popular dances from the 1940s.
Programme 2009 CLICK to LEAVE YOUR email address. and we'll send you details about this April.
NB. You will then be at the BOTTOM of the Home page.
Are distributed to promote the Fri and Sun evenings, which Country and Contra Dancers respectively will most particularly enjoy.
Amendments necessitate the finalised programme being published not very long before the event.
Its details are particularly useful if you can attend for only part of the long weekend,
or wish primarily to participate in a particular type of activity.
Musicians please note the code on the programme when you are welcome to join those playing.