*Photos of the 2018 Sutton Ball are on the Gallery Page *
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)
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 at the Bader Hall of King Edward School,
Kings Hill Road, Lichfield WS14 9DE, except during school holidays,
when we normally use St Chad’s Church Hall, The Leasowe WS13 7HD
See dates below:
We meet on Mondays at 8pm and dance until 10.15pm
with a break about 9pm of about 20 minutes.
We do not have facilities to make hot drinks. Water is available in the dining room, but no cups.
To Find Bader Hall.
On London road turn into Borrowcop Lane and almost immediately take the left turn into Kings Hill Road and go up the hill.
You will pass a leisure centre on right and all weather pitch on your left. Turn into parking area on right after the last building on the right (beware of a red barrier post) and you will see tennis courts beyond this. Park either on visitor’s car parking area or on the tennis courts.
The entrance to Bader Hall (main school hall) is quite difficult to find .
If you stand at entrance to tennis courts with courts behind, look for a double door in building to your left. Go through doors and up the stairs. At the top of stairs go left and through wooden doors to a corridor. Bader Hall is now on your left!
For confirmation of location and any other queries contact
Christine Simpson +(44)01213553757 or 07809027421
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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.
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|Feb||4||Bader Hall||Val Shaw|
|11||Bader Hall||David Burke|
|18||St Chad's||Joyce & David Berry|
|25||Bader Hall||Kathryn Wright|
|Mar||4||Bader Hall||Geof Owen|
|11||Bader Hall||Audrey Gordon Sandra's party with Rod Stradling|
|18||Bader Hall||Val Shaw|
|25||Bader Hall||David Wright|
|Apr||1||Bader Hall||Joyce & David Berry|
|8||Bader Hall||David Burke|
|15||St Chad's||Phil & Cynthia Stone|
|29||Bader Hall||Christine Dodd Geof Owen's Party with Chris & Julie playing|
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!