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Saturday, 23rd July, 2016

7:30pm to 11pm

(4th Saturday of month, except October)

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Contra Dance

with band Chilli Jam, called by fabulous callers Cashy Yates, Janie Cook and Mike Savage

Where: St. Michael's Church Hall in Kelburn (corner of Upland Road and St. Michael's Crescent).

Cost: $15 waged adult, $10 unwaged, $5 child, $30 family; contribution for shared supper. Season tickets also available.

Band Chilli Jam will provide live music with fiddle, flute, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, accordion and hammered dulcimer. Go to the Chilli Jamoffsite website for more details including how to get there, where to park, and more about Contradance.

Also see the Contra Dance Primeroffsite and visit SBCDS websiteoffsite for more information about contra dancing, figures, techniques and etiquette.

Calendar for rest of 2016: 27th Aug, 24th Sep, 15th Oct (3rd Sat), 26th Nov

Special Events

21 to 24 October, 2016

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Wellington Folk Festival

This Labour weekend, come and experience real people playing real music. This is the 50th Festival so it’s going to be really special.  This is your chance to hear some of the best live music around.

The dance programme includes the Ceilidh on Saturday night, and a number of workshops:

  • Get ready for the ceilidh – learn to do the Eightsome Reel with the experts – our fantastic Ceilidh band, The Jimmies.
  • Bedlam Morris will give us a demonstration of Morris dancing – and you too can join in and learn how to dance with bells on!
  • Jude Hutton will be holding her excellent belly dancing class again – she’s such a great teacher you’ll be slinking along in no time. Complete with great eastern music from Tim & Liz
  • Irish Set dancing from Noel Armstrong will get the blood travelling through your veins.
  • Contra dancing – is fun and quick to learn – it’s a traditional folk dance made up of styles from Scotland, Ireland, France, and has wonderful Appalachian influences. Chilli Jam are the experts and they’ll soon have your feet moving in the right direction.
  • Dances of Universal Peace – an almost meditative dance that everyone, including even the smallest festival goers, can learn. Led by Helen.

Go to for details!

(from WFF website 14/8/16)


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Last updated: 14 August, 2016

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