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Contra Ceilidh with English Contra Dance Band and caller Geoff Cubitt

Enjoy an evening of American Style music and dancing

English Contra Dance Band is a duo playing music for contra dance, based in the UK and have been performing for the last ten years at most of the major contra dances. Linda Game plays a driving fiddle style over Gareth Kiddier's solid piano accompaniment. Although they are from different traditions, English traditional and Rock, they have adapted very well to the American high energy style of contra dance music. As a dancer recently said, How can two people make so much noise!.
They have played at many major festivals in the UK, including EIFF, IVFDF, Sidmouth, Chippenham, Towersey and Whitby, as well as dance weekends at Halsway Manor. They regularly perform at contra clubs up and down the UK, and have worked with most of the top UK callers. In recent years they have played at festivals in Denmark, where there is a strong contra community. In 2012 they had their first US tour, playing for American contra dancers on the East Coast.

Geoff Cubitt is one of the UK's favourite most popular folk dance callers. For Chippenham Folk Festival 2022 he will be specialising in one of his favourite dance styles; American. You can expect challenging and interesting contra dances, and some square dances as well. Geoff learnt square dance calling from the best in the USA and is rightly known as one of the best proponents of square dance calling in the UK. Don't be fooled by his calm and relaxed delivery, Geoff is happy to push dancers in a constructive way, and always has an eye on the dance floor.

So what is contra dance?
A caller, usually working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances.
A dancer and his or her partner dance a series of figures in a long set with each other and with another couple for a short time. They then repeat the same figures with another couple, and so on. The figures are similar to those of barn
Starts 7.30 pm and ends 11.00 pm.

Ticket price £10.

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St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS16 5JT
Sat 24 September
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