More and more frequently we find ourselves travelling not only all over the UK but much further afield enjoying our dancing. So we thought it might be nice to recollect some stories of the places we have been to and to also include some photos and maybe some cue-sheets of dances that we have learnt along the way. The Map will help you see exactly where we have been. 

 

2015 - 60th EAASDC Convention in Gelsenkirchen


Following on from a very successful UK Rounds Festival Suzanne and I took the Whirl & Twirl banner across to Germany for the 60th European Associations Convention.


Fourteen hundred dancers from Round Dancing, Square Dancing, Contra and Clogging, came together to celebrate. Despite this being a European event representatives from Callerlab in the US, the Japanese Association and the recently formed Chinese Association, made presentations too the association congratulating it on the achievement of sixty years.


The rounds programme took place in two halls with six cuers from Germany and the US and followed a celebration of rounds over the last sixty years, with each workshop and session covering a decade.


Everyone came together for the main event in the Indoor Ice Hockey Arena on Saturday Evening.  A number of UK square dancers and round dancers from Telemarks, Scarlet Ribbons and Dial A Round also made the weekend.

  

One highlight was meeting the US caller Sandie Bryant who when I introduced myself famously replied smiling ‘Facebook’, another was meeting up again with Christian and Nicole.  It was Christian who did a magnificent job of cueing the presentation rounds on Saturday night.


These weekends can be very intense but they are quiet special.  Next years event is in the UK in Stratford.

  

2014 - Rounds Festival in Leverkusen

This was our first Rounds Festival; we have been to Jamboree’s before but never a Rounds Festival. Oh and did I mention that I cued with a lovely cuer called Silvia Lohmann from Neuss in Germany. The event, organised by ECTA operated over 2 large halls in a school that nestled beside a Park and a stone throws away from Bayer Leverkusen’s Stadium.

 

It started on the Friday evening and went on until Sunday afternoon. Workshops came in the form of a phase 3 jive,  a phase 5 foxtrot,  a phase 4 waltz and a phase 4 slow two step all taught by Susie & Gert-Jan Rotscheid and an introduction to slow two step taught by Michael & Regina Schmidt. We enjoyed all of the Workshops we done (we didn’t try the foxtrot and waltz as they clashed with me cueing).


For Matts cueing schedule click on the image below.

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