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Waipara Contra Weekend Dances

Waipara Contra Weekend Dances

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  • Fri 12 Feb ’16, 7:30pm – 10:30pm
  • Sat 13 Feb ’16, 7:30pm – 10:30pm


Waipara Riverside Park, 137 Darnley Rd, Waipara


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Friday Dance: $15.00
  • Saturday Dance: $15.00

Come to the Friday or Saturday night contra dances being run as part of the Waipara Contra Festival.

Over thirty dancers, callers and musicians from the USA will converge to Waipara Riverside Park. Locals and visitors from Aussie and UK can expect three days of dance, music and fun.

The talent for the weekend is provided by the participants. As in the past the Allemand Joy tour has skilled callers, contra musicians and dance experts. From overseas and other parts of NZ expect the same. From Christchurch we will be having members from various contra bands: Strawberry Town Hooligans, Scotch Measure and Folkworks. Secret Lives of Ukulele will be coming.

Julie Anspach is continuing the tradition started by Ron and Cathy Arps and is bringing an Allemande Joy contra tour to NZ February 2016. They are donating the talent they bring to help run this contra dance weekend.

The tour has a great lineup of contra callers: Vicki Morrison - Tallahassee FL, Jim Robinson - Sacramento CA, Robyn Blakley - Asheville NC, Mark Hessing - Prescott AZ, Chris Cantwell - Chattanooga TN and Tim Sneed - Augusta GA.

The musicians on the tour are: 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), Steve Ketaltas (Guitar) and Chris Cantwell (Sound).

Dance tickets, day passes, dance tickets and some accommodation still available (details on web page).

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