John and Karen run regular dances in Ashford and Maidstone under the name Contrafusion; they have danced, taught, called, performed, competed and judged all over the world. They visit festivals and clubs as often as they can to dance and to discover new ideas, including annual visits to America to pick up all the latest American styling and technique. They have been dancing since the Sixties and John has been teaching various forms of dance for nearly 50 years; he is a qualified dance teacher and this shows in his calling where he unobtrusively includes technique hints and tips, and teaches styling to add more fun to the dancing. The tremendous feedback shows how much the dancers appreciate the technique and style information.
For many years now John has focussed on social folk dancing, calling and teaching: American Contra & Square Dance, Appalachian Running Set, Playford/English Dance plus freeform Waltz & Polka. He has called at many major festivals including Chippenham, Eastbourne, Sidmouth and Folk Madness (New Mexico), and it is wonderful that at last we have been able to coordinate dates so that he can call at Lichfield.
Their first workshop uses contra dances to show How to be a Wonderful Partner, including Attitude & Style. John & Karen will explore timing & connection to make the dances feel better for everyone and be easier to execute; they will also teach American style, innovation, flourishes and twirls, with lots of fun dances to practise your new skills.
Later on Saturday you can dream the afternoon away to John’s Set Dances in Waltz Time - beautiful flowing dances, contras, squares, circles and more!
John and Karen operate smoothly as a husband and wife team to teach couple dances, and their Sunday session is a chance for all to explore the fabulous world of waltzing. Many dances end with the band playing a free waltz, and whilst revolving around the room with your partner is lovely, it is tremendously satisfying to be able to add some extra moves to take the experience up a notch. John will briefly teach the basics and then lead us through some easy “add-ons”, demonstrating them with Karen in such a way as to make it easy for us to imitate. They have run such workshops with great success at other festivals, and we know you will also enjoy them. No need to bring a partner.