Two Country Dancing Groups in Liverpool.
From September 2004 there will be two daytime country-dance groups operating in Liverpool, both on Mondays.
Monday morning in Fazakerley, 10.30 - 12.30, in the Fazakerley Federation building by the shops and post office.
Monday afternoon in Childwall, 2.00 - 4.00 p.m. behind the "Five Ways", in the East Wavertree & Childwall Community Centre, off Dunbabin Road, opposite Green Lane North.
Both these groups are run by Gerry Jones, and were formerly Adult Learning Classes .

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This page last updated on 12 July 2004

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Fazakerley Country Dancing Group.
Childwall Country Dancing Group.
Prospectus.What is it all about?
When are the classes?dates for Autumn 2004.
How to get to the clubs?Maps and directions.
What do I need? Information for dancers.
How and where do I join?
what about next term?.Dates of classes 2005
links to other Country Dancing pages.
After this course? Progression.
HOW DO I JOIN? for the Autumn Term 2003

Just turn up any Monday. Our first class this Autumn will be on Monday 27th September 2004.
There are no forms to be filled in, but we need addressesand phone numbers to keep in touch about cancellations or changes of date etc.
FEES ; as this is no longer a Liverpool Adult Learning Class, the Fees rules no longer apply.
At present fees are 2.00 per session (1 to the tutor, 1 for room-hire), plus tea-money (50p). Discussion is taking place about moving to "lump-sum-per-term" payments, in whole or part. It is planned to run the clubs in the Autumn and Spring, but not in Summer as too many people are away on holiday or involved in other activities.


DATES FOR CLUB SESSIONS, Autumn Term 2004.
.So far, we have followed the Adult Learning pattern of ten weeks per term, and until we discuss things and decide something definite, that is how we will proceed for that start of the Autumn Term 2004.
As these groups are no longer bound by the Adult Learning format, we are free to make changes, adding or varying sessions according to need

FAZAKERLEY COUNTRY DANCE GROUP
This group was formed initially to provide some dancing for those who were students in the Country Dancing class, Liverpool Adult Learning, in the Fazakerley High School Adult Centre.
MOndays 10.30 - 12/30. Fazakerley Federation accept that Country Dancing is a valid activity for them to allow in their premises, offering, as it does, the opportunity for gentle physical exercise, considerable mental stimulation, and many social benefits, for local people, especially those who are elderly.
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CHILDWALL DANCE GROUP2004.
was formed in the 1960s, as one of the activities of the East Wavertree & Childwall Community Centre, and only became an Adult Learning Class in 1993. It continued as such for ten years or so, and is now just resuming something like its former identity.


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How to get there.
FAZAKERLEY FEDERATION building is the venue for the FAZAKERLEY COUNTRY DANCE GROUP. How to get there.
the Federation building is just off Longmoor Lane, between Walton Vale and Kirkby, between Fazakerley Hospital and the Copple House Pub, near Holy Name Church. Across the road from Fazakerley High School, the shops are a bit further towards Kirkby, and are in twin blocks, each with a little tower on the roof. There is a walkway between the shops, which leads to Formosa Drive, where the Library is on the left and the Federation on the right. By car, you need first to turn into either of the entrances to Dereham Crescent, and aim for the back of the shops.
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CHILDWALL; the Club meets in East Wavertree & Childwall Community Centre, sometimes referred to as "The Tennis Courts", although the Tennis Club have a separate building. From Queens Drive at Childwall "Five Ways" find Dunbabin Rd, either from Queens Drive or via Corbridge Road. Going uphill, after Towers Rd, you will find Green Lane North. Opposite here go through the passageway between two houses.

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- the PROSPECTUS -

This is a great opportunity to KEEP FIT by enjoying the learning of some of the basic movements and actions involved in the Country Dancing styles of England, Ireland, Scotland and America. You learn this by getting up and doing some dances, with groups of fellow students. You don't need to know anything at first. All the dances and movements will be explained, and "walked-through" before any dancing is done. This dancing is suitable for total beginners, yet it can develop to really challenge those who have done it before. Maybe you have had a "taste" of it at a PTA Barn Dance? Students usually start by howling with laughter at the mistakes that we all make together at first, and then progress to feelings of delight when it all fits together. Either way, it makes for a most enjoyable session.

This is a KEEP FIT activity, which can help to keep your body working well through the exercise involved in the dancing, and your brain exercised by remembering the moves, and who goes where and when. The idea is mental and physical maintenance. As a result there is no exam, no "standard" to reach, no "progression" to aim for. There are extra benefits; after just one term, you will be able to go to English Barn Dances, American-style Square Dances, an Irish Ceili or a Scottish Ceilidh, confident that you will be able to take full part in the basic dances, and that you will have enough general knowledge to be easily helped through harder dances. Already, raw beginners will probably be looking up to you as an expert.
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COME AS YOU ARE!
You don't need any experience, equipment or materials - maybe a pair of comfortable shoes, and a few bob for a cuppa! Your Tutor, Gerry Jones, has wide experience of English, Irish and Scottish country dance, both as a dancer and as a musician. He is regularly a "caller" with a Country Dance band at venues all over Merseyside, and can cope with all-comers, be they school-children, parents, students, pensioners, PTA members, or indeed anyone who will get up from their chair and give it a try. Back to the Top of the page.
Where can I go after I have been to the club for a while? Can I take this dancing further?
you are welcome to return to the club - as most dancers do, term after term, year after year - as the need to KEEP FIT never ends.
But you will have a good grounding in most of the basics of country dancing.
So, you could also move on to joining another country dance club which specialises in English, Scottish or Irish forms of country dancing.
Follow the LINKS to local Scottish or English folk-dance clubs.


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ENGLISH dance ; Liverpool CONTRA Folk-dance club
ENGLISH ; Mersey And Deeside folk dance clubs
The English Folk Dance & Song Society.
SCOTTISH : Liverpool branch of the RSCDS
RSCDS (Royal Scottish Country Dance Society) HQ in Edinburgh
IRISH Dancing : an information page.
MacLENNAN Scottish Group, Kent
ENGLISH Lancashire Folk" details of folk activities in Lancashire.
Here are some pages linked to this page:
Liverpool Country Dance Band
Gerry Jones, the handy musician
Lyrics of some Liverpool Songs. Lingfield Grove L14 3LG
Back to Gerry's Home page

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