Neil Stuart, festival caller, treated us to a most enjoyable programme this week, with music from Rod and Frances Stradling.
We look forward to having Kathryn and David Wright calling for us next Monday.
Don't forget to sign up for the Club's Platinum Anniversary Dance on the 2nd July. See Lynn Penny.
Bader Hall is spacious and well-ventilated, and we will continue to take anti-Covid precautions:
We advise all attendees to be fully vaccinated
Please take a lateral flow test each week before attending if possible
Please use hand sanitiser (as provided, or use your own) on arrival and frequently between dances.
And just a reminder that Annual Membership of £5 (as agreed at the EGM) became due in January, in addition to the weekly subscription of £2. As only 2 terms are remaining the membership fee is now£4.
Correct money would be appreciated, in notes or large coins. (Please avoid small change!)
To find Bader Hall: From London Road turn into Borrowcop Lane and almost immediately take the left turn into Kings Hill Road and go up the hill. Pass the Leisure Centre on your right and the all weather pitch on your left and then enter the school grounds by passing through the double gates on the right. Follow this road as it goes right around the tennis court. Having parked above the tennis court, enter the building via the covered walk way which brings you into the small cafeteria where previously you have paid your subs.
We do not have facilities to make hot drinks. Water is available in the dining room, but no cups.
In English Country dancing, people of all ages dance with a partner
but also in larger groups. Some of the dances are newly composed:
some have been enjoyed from as far back as the 17th century.
Dancing is a good way to remain fit and stave off the effects of old age.(click)
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Prescribe dance instead of drugs GPs are advised by health chiefs. Family doctors are being urged to take up "social prescribing" after research found it cut GP visits and trips to A & E units by more than a quarter.
Dances are always explained to remind everyone of the
sequence of movements involved.
The music is normally CD's and led by a caller.
There is no need to come with a partner:
the atmosphere is informal with emphasis on friendliness and enjoyment.
Club nights are normally 7.45pm until 9.45pm at the Bader Hall of King Edward School,
Kings Hill Road, Lichfield WS14 9DE.
Unfortunately we have not been able to book St Chad’s Church Hall for dancing during the school holidays.
For confirmation of location and any other queries contact
Lynn Penny +(44)01212400321 or 07443644126
NEW MEMBERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
If you are new to Folk Dancing please look at the Steps & Figures Page to get an idea of what you will be doing, if you come to the club.
We now have a Facebook group - if you would like latest news about the Club and updates, please contact us, asking to be our friend.
|27th June||Bader Hall||David and Kathryn Wright|
|4th July||Bader Hall||Geoff Morgan|
|11th July||Bader Hall||Joyce and David Berry|
|18th July||Bader Hall||End of term party. Live music. Club callers. Live music|
The HEALTH aspects of Folk Dancing.
Overall fitness - Folk dancing is the perfect exercise. It combines all the positive aspects of intense physical exercise with none of the negative elements. Folk dancing is a low impact activity requiring constant movement and quick directional changes that keep the body in shape. It tones the muscles without causing injury.
Cardiovascular conditioning - As with all regular exercise, folk dancing can lead to a slower heart rate, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol profile.
Strong bones - The movements of many folk dances can strengthen weight-bearing bones and can help prevent or slow down loss of bone mass (osteoporosis).
Burning off calories - Folk dancing can burn off as many calories as a brisk walk. An hour of folk dancing can burn between 400 and 800 calories.
It's a mental challenge - Modern folk dancing is a mental challenge. Calls have to be remembered. Reacting quickly to the folk dance caller keeps you mentally on your toes. Whilst concentrating on the moves you escape from your worries and every-day pressures.
It's an antidote to depression and loneliness - Folk dancing contains a social component that solitary fitness endeavours do not. It is very tactile, and friendly which contributes to self esteem and a positive outlook.
Rehabilitation - When recovering from heart or knee surgery folk dancing is a positive alternative to aerobic dancing or jogging.
Laughter - Folk dancing is full of fun - laughter is the best medicine!