Regular Contra Dancing in Nelson
Second Saturday of each month
Currently in recess
Next Dance 12 November

Dance 7:30 to 10:30 pm
Victory Community Centre (4 Totara St.)
Live Music with The Celts!
Hamish will be calling
No Experience Needed!
No Partners Needed!
All Dances Taught!
Easy and Lots of Fun!
An Alcohol Free Community Oriented Event.
Please bring a supper plate to share.
Adults $10, Children under 11 years $5, Family $20

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Nelson Contra Dances So Far

13 August 2016 - 40 dancers. The Celts with Steve, Sue, Rosie, Jeanette, Denise, Alison and Neil played. Hamish and Bill called.

9 July 2016 - Nineteen dancers. Special thanks to Adie, Denise, Neil and Nigel for providing the music. A big thanks to Hamish for assistance with the calling at very short notice. This was his contra calling debut and he did a good job.

11 June 2016 - About 30 dances did a great job with the contras that Bill called. The Celts with Steve, Sue, Jeanette, Denise and Neil played. We hope Sue's bass survived its crash.

14 May 2016 - About 24 dancers danced to live music of The Celts with Steve, Sue, Jeanette, Denise, Pete, Neil and Rosie. Bill called contra and Will from UK called a few ceilidh dances. Short video.

9 April 2016 - Over 30 dancers danced to live music of The Celts with Steve, Ken, Neil, Rosie, Pete, Adie and Nigel. Bill called a mix of contra and barn dances.

12 March 2016 - 30 dancers danced to live music of The Celts II with Neil, Brendyn, Luca, Rosie, Pete and Sue. The Scottish dancers led by Margaret gave us a demo. Bill called most but Rob the second caller from CHCH came up for the dance and called a few dances as well.

6 February 2016 - Over 50 dancer danced to live music from visiting "Allemande Joy" contradance musicians and callers touring NZ from the USA. Through their generosity, they provided this event to our community free of charge to promote this popular style of dance. The contra callers for the evening were Vicki Morrison - Tallahassee FL, Robyn Blakley - Asheville NC and Jim Robinson - Sacramento CA. Their band: Glenn Lee (Director, Accordion, Keyboard), Mark Hessing (Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar), Arlene Jamar (Keyboard, Accordion), Rob Lindauer (Viola), Jim Robinson (Viola, Recorder, Penny Whistle), Mary Dart (Recorder, Accordion), Dick Ginns (Mouth Harps), Betsy Foote (Fiddle), Thomas Gebhardt (Percussion), Vicki Morrison (Mandolin), Michael Hamrick (Fiddle) and Steve Ketaltas (Guitar). The Ragged Crow Nelson's Morris team gave an energetic demo for us. Bill got everyone to join them and dance and sing a round commemorating the Christchurch earthquake.

Saturday 14 November 2015 - 22 dancers, a small but enthusiastic crowd who all stayed to the end. A small version of the Celts: Steve, Sue, Luca, Rosie and Neil. Helen was on the door. Bill called a mix of contra and barn dances.

Saturday 10 October 2015 - 40 dancers with good support from Scottish country dancers and lots of kids during the first half. The Celts lineup: Steve, Denise, Rosie-Anne, Sue, Neil, Pete, and Jeanette. Adie and Chelsie helped at the door. Bill taught and called a variety of contras and a few barn dances.

Saturday 12 September 2015 - A turnout of nearly 100 dancers helped Denise celebrate her 50th birthday and Phoebe celebrate her 18th. Music by the Celts: Steve (banjo), Luca, Jen (fiddles), Rosie-Anne (whistle), Sue (bass), Neil (guitar), Pete (harmonica), Ken (melodion), Addie (accordion). Bill taught and called a mix of barn dances and contra dances.

Saturday 8th August 2015 - Ian Peterson called. Special fundraiser for Luca's NCG Composite Sailing Team. Loads of laughs, auctions and games.

Saturday 11th July 2015 - Ian Peterson called.

Saturday 6th June 2015 - About 60 dancers. Music by musicians from the Ceol Aneas Irish music weekend: Davy Stuart (fiddle), Brendyn Montgomery (flute), Steve McGlone (banjo) and Barrie McDonald (keyboard and accordion.) Caller Nigel Robertson from Auckland called a variety of Irish sets. A highlight of the evening was a dance display by local Irish dance students.

Saturday 9 May 2015 - About 30 dancers. Music by the Celts: Steve (banjo), Luca, Denise (fiddles), Rosie-Anne (whistle), Sue (bass), Neil (guitar), Pete (harmonica), Ken (melodion) and Jeanette (concertina). Bill taught and called a variety of contras and a few barn dances.

Saturday 11 April 2015 - On a cold rainy evening a very good turn out of forty dancers with lots of kids. Music by the Celts: Steve (banjo), Luca, Denise (fiddles), Rosie-Anne (whistle), Sue (bass), Neil (guitar) and Pete (harmonica). Bill taught and called a variety of simple contra and barn dances.

Saturday 14 March 2015 - Twenty came to the second dance at Victory Community Centre. Music by the Celts: Steve (banjo), Luca, Denise (fiddles), Jeanette (concertina), Rosie-Anne (whistle), Sue (bass), Neil (guitar), Adrian (mandolin) and Pete (harmonica). Bill taught and called a variety of simple contra and barn dances.

Saturday 14 February 2015 - Over 50 dancers showed up for this Valentine dance at Victory Community Centre. Rousing music provided by the Celts: Steve (banjo), Luca, Sophie, Denise, Grace (fiddles), Jeanette (concertina), Rosie-Anne (whistle), Sue (bass), Neil (guitar), and Pete (harmonica). Bill taught and called a variety of simple contra and barn dances. Folk enjoyed the clapping in Muffin Man Jig.

Friday 21 November 2014 - A small but enthusiastic crowd at the Nelson Musical Theatre Hall. Old time music by BarnStorm: Steve, Helena, Nathan and Mike and Irish tunes by the Celts: Rosie-Anne, Adie, Jeanette, Peter, Adrian, Neil and Steve. Dances taught and called by Bill

Saturday 20 October 2014 - About 35 dancers came to The Post Election Barn Dance Hoedown in the Trafalgar Hall was Nelson's introduction to contra dance. Helena and Steve were the main orgainizers of the band, venue and helpers. The old time band BARNSTORM with Helena, Steve, Nathan, Mike and Luka played rousing old time music. Bill came up from Christchurch to call. Thanks to Kelly for support from the Scottish Country dance community. Video

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