The Little Longborough Dance Club meets twice a month on a Wednesday at Rainford Village Hall, WA11 8HB. near St. Helens in Merseyside from 8:00-10:00pm to dance Playford, American contras and contemporary folk dances to live acoustic music. We also have two special dances from 7:30-11:00 in St. Julie’s Hall, Eccleston, St. Helens WA10 5HJ. One at the end of the summer and one during the Christmas period.
The evening runs from 8:00 until 10:00 with a 15 minute interval at about 8:50 when we share home-made food. We ask for a contribution of £3.00 to cover the hire of the hall and other costs.
Little Longborough Dance Club was started by the lead musician Frank on violin and caller Clare both members of Regency Players who regularly perform for Regency ReJigged. Frank has been playing and dancing for many years and Clare is a very experienced caller and dancer. She calls at lots of local Dance Clubs such as Southport and Leyland and recently called for Heswell and Kirby’s 70th anniversary Dance. In September 2019 Clare called at the prestigious Stamford Georgian Ball and will call at the Montgomery Ball in June 2020. Co-founder Brian, the melodeon player, plays with us in LLDC and is also a member of our ceilidh band Change of Key. Ian on violin and Steve on guitar are invaluable members of LLDC, Change of Key and the Regency Players. William’s inspiration allowed LLDC to happen. We now have lots of musician friends on stage – Willy, Helen, Jannette, Andy and Phillip.
Clare Park and June Jones are our callers and both have many years experience. When possible we invite guest callers, Norman Bearon, Bernie Culkin and Mike Barraclough.
We think our club is a little bit different to others as we dance to live acoustic music which creates a wonderful atmosphere and this along with the great choice of dances keeps our membership very buoyant! We use three main sources for our material – Playford, American contras and contemporary English folk dances.We meet generally every other Wednesday in a lovely hall and the dates are on the website and attached to our regular emails which you can sign up to by clicking here to join our mailing list. You will be made most welcome. All the dances will be walked through by an experienced caller. Do come along. No dancing experience or partner is required since lots of people will help out and the aim of our club is to make traditional music and dance lots of fun. For your own comfort and to avoid damaging the floor, flat or low-heeled shoes are recommended. Musicians are also welcome (contact Frank for details).