Contra Dance

Contra Dance is an energetic and exciting form of social dance which couples dance in two facing lines or groups of four. Throughout the course of a dance, couples interact with different couples as they progress. Contra has its roots in English Country and French dance styles re-interpreted in North America.  The music comes from Irish, Scottish and oldtime French-Canadian and probably many other styles.

Dates: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month starting on 6th February 2018
Time: 7.30 – 9.30 pm
Location: North Canberra Baptist Church Hall 17 Condamine St Turner – Location map

Cost: $6 MFS members  ; $8 Non-members  ; Half price for full-time students (please bring your current student card) ; Free pass for your second workshop!

For further information please contact:  David –  david@davidgilks.net  or Rob  6251 1287
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Contra in the Caves! 

Saturday 5th January 2019

Cool off at the concert in the caves, then heat up Wee Jasper Hall with some great dancing. Camp over if you feel outdoorsy and cool off again in the Goodradigbee River or spring fed creeks.

Prices:

Concert: gold coin donation.
Dance: Free!
Camping:  Normal fees apply.

Itinerary:

Come to what you want to, don’t feel you have to do everything 🙂

SATURDAY 5th
3pm: Tour of Careys cave [regular afternoon tour of the cave run by Geoff Kell – normal entry fees apply.]

5pm: Entry to the cave for the concert.

5:15 – 6:45pm: Concert in Careys Cave featuring members of the Canberra Contra Club and friends.  The show’s not over until the fat man sings!

7 – 8pm: Picnic. BYO nearly everything. In the covered picnic area outside Careys Cave. There is a BBQ that will be available and running, there are some tables and some seating.

There is time to nip back to your tent and get changed for…

9pm – late: Contra Dance – after the heat of the day has eased a bit, dance the evening away at the Wee Jasper Memorial Hall.

Drive home or camp. Camping is available in the Billy Grace Campground and other camping areas in the Wee Jasper reserves. Normal charges apply. (Please pay the ranger). Other accommodation is also available in Wee Jasper – see below.

SUNDAY 6th
9am … ish: informal music session in the Billy Grace camp ground and then some of us go for a swim around lunch time in the Micalong Creek reserve.

For more details Contact Rob 02 6251 1287

Logistics:

Access to drive to Wee Jasper is via Uriarra Rd – Uriarra Crossing – Mountain Creek Rd (now fully sealed) or through Yass. Allow at least 90 minutes for the trip from Canberra.

Wee Jasper is a collection of properties, camp sites and buildings spread out along the Goodradigbee river.   You will need a car to get around. A map is available at

http://www.weejaspercaves.com/images/pictorialmapofweejasper.jpg

Accommodation:
There is a range of accommodation available in Wee Jasper.  The best is to look at the options given on the web site

http://www.visitweejasper.com.au/index.php

Those who camp generally choose to stay in the Billy Grace reserve camp ground since it is the closest to the hall where the dance is held.  There are a number of other reserves available as well

http://www.weejasperreserves.com.au

The Caves: Carey’s cave is a fabulous limestone cave that you can get up close to. The concert is held in the first chamber of the cave, but if you want to go further into the depths of the cave (there are another 7 chambers) you will need to go on the tour before hand.

http://www.weejaspercaves.com

Swimming
You can swim at Billy Grace in the Goodradigbee or many of us take the time on Sunday late morning to drive up to the wonderful swimming holes in Micalong Creek at the Micalong Creek camp site.


Here are a few videos that give you an idea of Contra dance.  They are from the US but pretty informative.

http://blogs.oberlin.edu/community/events/how_i_learned_t.shtml

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvPHD3nkDuc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuPbte5knOY&t=2s

 

 

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