On Wednesday 29 June, we have a programme of Squares and Contras.This is a very trendy format for traditional dance at the moment. “Contra” is danced in lines of couples, with every other couple facing up or down the hall. It has mixed origins and is popular in the USA and the UK. Square Dancing started in 17th Century England and Wales, and moved to America with the settlers. It’s undergone considerable development since then but remains extremely popular. Both forms of dance are danced to toe-tapping traditional Irish, Scottish and Old Time music. The caller for the evening is Claire Oldfield. Claire started dancing at the age of 9 and has been teaching traditional dance for many years. She started the Folk Dance Club in 2009 and is an expert in getting beginners involved in dance.
Wednesday 6 July sees The Skirrid Ceilidh Band from Abergavenny provide the music for a lively mixture of Welsh and English dances led by caller Clif Strover. The band is well-established as a dance band in the area, and have performed at Hay Walking Festival as well as countless local ceilidhs and weddings. Their caller, Clif Strover, is a regular caller at Chepstow Folk Dance Club and also performs with Cwmni Gwerin Pont-y-Pwl. Expect a lively programme that combines Twmpath with Barn Dance – and promises to be an evening to remember!
Wednesday 13 July – Mid Week Ceilidh with The Plump Hill Band and caller Andy Scarf. The band have played together for over 20 years and have been regular visitors to Chepstow Folk Dance Club for several years now. They play a wonderful mix of styles including blues and jazz, folk rock piano and violin. Their caller Andy Scarf is skilled at getting the shyest newcomer up and dancing – so this is a great evening if you’ve thought about dancing but not been sure where to start: http://www.scarfproductions.co.uk/
Wednesday 20 July – “Jane Austen and Beyond!” You’ve read the books, you’ve seen the movies, and you’ve watched them on the box… now it’s time to try them for yourself! This is an evening of Regency and Regency inspired dances to suit all levels of experience. We’ll be combining the grace and elegance of ballroom dancing (but without all the fancy footwork), with the energy of a ceilidh. No special costumes required!