FAZAKERLEY COUNTRY DANCING CLUB in Liverpool.
PLEASE NOTE ; CHILDWALL CLUB CEASED OPERATION, SUMMER 2009

Gerry Jones is currently running a daytime country-dance clubs in Liverpool.

Fazakerley Country Dance Club.
Monday morning in Fazakerley, 10.15 - 12.15, in the Fazakerley Federation building.

email Gerry Jones for dates, etc.

Follow these Quick-Links to parts of this page:
Fazakerley Country Dance Club.
Prospectus.What is it all about?
What do I need? Information for dancers.
How and where do I join?
What about next term? Dates of club sessions.
Links to other Country Dancing pages.
As well as this club? How to make further progress.
This page last updated (partly) in Nov 2009
FAZAKERLEY FEDERATION building is just off Longmoor Lane, between Fazakerley Hospital and the Copple House Pub. Across the road from Fazakerley High School, the shops, and are in twin blocks, each with a little tower on the roof. 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, come from the "Copple House" pub, and turn left into Elmham Crescent, then turn right twice, into Formosa Drive, aiming for the back of the shops.
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The club runs on Mondays starting in the middle of September until early December,
then early January to shortly before Easter.
It also runs in the Summer Term as well, Bank Holidays (and my travels) permitting, untiol the middle of July.
For the actual dates for any particular term
PLEASE EMAIL ME
HOW DO I JOIN? Just turn up any Monday.
There are no forms to be filled in, but we need contact details just to keep in touch about cancellations, changes of date, etc.

FAZAKERLEY COUNTRY DANCE CLUB
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 10.15 - 12.15. 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.

FEES ; FAZAKERLEY £2.00 & tea-money.

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CHILDWALL COUNTRY DANCE CLUB
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, before resuming something like its former identity.

After Summer 2009, there were too few members to make a viable club, and regretfully it closed..

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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 dancers. 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? Dancers 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.
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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 on the right to local Scottish or English folk-dance clubs.


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ENGLISH dance ; Liverpool CONTRA Folk-dance club
, in Allerton, south Liverpool. ENGLISH ; Mersey And Deeside folk dance clubsa federation of clubs.
The English Folk Dance & Song Society. the parent body.
SCOTTISH : Liverpool branch of the RSCDSin Childwall.
RSCDS (Royal Scottish Country Dance Society) their HQ in Edinburgh
IRISH Dancing: an information page. mainly for Merseyside.
MacLENNAN Scottish Group, Kentfor Europeade festival.
ENGLISH : "Lancashire Folk" details of folk activities in Lancashire.
"Down the Lane" forum; folk-dance section. All about dancing,bands,clubs, etc.
Here are some pages linked to this page:
Liverpool Country Dance Band
Gerry Jones, the handy musician
Lyrics of some Liverpool Songs.and a related CD of them. Back to Gerry's Home page

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