Dance Events & Classes
Music and dance spectacular
Tickets are now on sale for A Fusion of Music and Dance, the 2017 DMS Heart of England variety show at Symphony Hall on May 7.
The annual concert, which raises thousands of pounds for charities, will feature more than 300 musicians with dancers, choirs and special guests.
Performers include Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard and Adam and Beau Dermott, the Town Hall gospel choir, and DMS patron and rock legend Bev Bevan who will perform and co-host.
This year‘s show supports the MS Society Solihull and Birmingham Dogs Home, as well as raising awareness for Delete Blood Cancer.
Tickets are available from DMS on 01564772831 or http://www.thsh.co.uk
The Phoenix Dance Club holds a St Valentine’s dance at Lickey End Social Club on Feb 18, with Richard Tarver on keyboard. There is a bar and car park.
Dances are usually held in the Bromsgrove Council building at Parkside Hall, Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove B61 0AD, but refurbishment has meant the club has had to meet elsewhere during Jan and Feb.
More info from Mick or Thelma on 01527 872634.
Family Barn Dance
Alvechurch Baptist Church is holding a Family Barn Dance on Sat Nov 19 at 7pm.
Tickets include light refreshments and cost £8 for an adult, £5 for a child, or £20 for a family (up to two adults and three children).
Tickets can be purchased from The Lounge, or from Peter Griffiths on 07788 313801.
Free family events in Bromsgrove
As part of Bromsgrove Festival, the town’s High Street will be filled with FREE activities this summer for all the family to enjoy. Here are three highlights:
On Saturday July 2, the town centre will be “Alive with Music” between 10am and 4pm, with performances from local groups, bands, soloists, school and choirs (including Alvechurch Community Choir at 10.30am!)
Then on Saturday July 16, there’s all manner of family fun between 10am and 4pm, when the High Street will be buzzing with the sights and sounds of walkabout acts, pop-up performance and have-a-go art.
And on Saturday July 23 it’s “Beats on the Street”, featuring a tapestry of colour and sound with rhythms from Africa, India, Brazil and the Caribbean to get your toes tapping. Follow the music between 10am and 4pm.
For a full programme of Festival events, see http://www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk
Phoenix Dance Nights
The Phoenix Dance Club has a 40s Night on Nov 7, dancing to the John Harrison Duo, and a Christmas Dance on Dec 19, dancing to Carl Webb. There’s also a New Year’s Eve Dance on Dec 31, dancing to Tony Roberts.
All ballroom and sequence dancing to live music. Tickets from Mick or Thelma on 01527 872634.
The club usually holds Ballroom and Sequence Dancing every Tues night and twice a month on Sat nights at the Spadesbourne Suite (Bromsgrove Council House), with live music – no membership needed. Info from Mick or Thelma as above.
Alvechurch Morris Men
Alvechurch Morris Men are on the look out for new dancers and musicians.
They practise on Mondays at Alvechurch Baptist Church Hall 8.30–10pm, followed by a “debrief” at a local hostelry.
They dance in local towns and at various local and national events, and perform a world-famous (sort of) mummers play in the village every New Year’s Day.
No ability, fitness or co-ordination required – if you are male, 18+ and prepared to spend more time than is probably good for you in public houses, pop along to meet the group!
Alvechurch Morris Men
Alvechurch Morris Men are on the look out for new dancers and musicians.
They meet to practise on Mondays at Alvechurch Baptist Church Hall from 8.30pm to 10pm, followed by a “debrief” at a local hostelry.
They dance out on the streets of local towns and at various local and national events during the year, and also perform a world-famous (sort of) mummers play in the village every New Year’s Day.
No ability, fitness or co-ordination are required – so, if you are male, over 18 and prepared to spend more time than is probably good for you hanging around public houses, pop along to meet the group!
Aelfgythe Border Morris
Aelfgythe Border Morris is actively seeking new dancers (female) and musicians (male or female) to join them for fun, exercise and dancing.
They meet at 7.45pm every Wednesday in Alvechurch Baptist Church Hall. Everyone welcome. Come and play traditional folk music, or try morris dancing.
For more details call Pam on 07961 830 831.
Fun-filled evening of dance
Sequence ballroom and Latin dancing takes place every Monday evening at 8pm at the Longbridge Social Club, 1012 Bristol Road South, Northfield.
There is occasional free tuition. All welcome to a friendly fun-filled dance. More details from Kalvin on 07725 265024.
Festive dance parties
The Phoenix Dance Club is holding a Christmas Dance on Sat Dec 20 and a New Year’s Eve Dance on Weds Dec 31 at the Spadesbourne Suite (Bromsgrove Council House), with dancing to live music – open to the public, no membership needed.
All year round there’s Ballroom and Sequence Dancing every Tuesday night and twice a month on Saturday nights. Please call Mick or Thelma on 01527 872634 for further info.
Summer Charity Dance
A Summer Charity Dance takes place on Fri Aug 8 at Longbridge Social Club (1012 Bristol Road South, Northfield, B31 2QU).
Doors open 7.30pm and there will be Sequence, Ballroom and Latin dancing from 8–11pm with “Mr Music” Graham Darby.
All profits to St Mary’s Hospice and Midland Air Ambulance. Raffle prizes welcome.
Tickets £5.50 in advance from Angela on 0121 453 3852 or on the door. The past three dances have raised £3,110.
Learn new moves
Dance sessions take place every Tuesday from 11am–12noon at the Where Next Hub (Unit 2a, Millsborough House, Ipsley Street, Redditch B98 7AL).
Designed for people with special needs, but all welcome – join Nikki and the team and learn some new moves! £7 per session.
Proceeds to Where Next Association.
Traditional French dance
Afternoons of Traditional French Dance take place at Alvechurch Village Hall on March 9 and May 11, from 2.30–5pm.
Enjoy a variety of dances: bourrées, Scottisches, polkas, mazurkas, waltzes etc. Musicians welcome. Please bring your own refreshments.
Aelfgythe’s Day of Dance
Aelfgythe, the Alvechurch women’s morris side, presents a Day of Dance on Saturday September 29.
The celebration of morris dancing and music will take place around Alvechurch from 11.30am–5.30pm, with dancing at The Crown Inn, The Weighbridge, The Red Lion and Alvechurch Social Club.
The day will finish with a celebration of folk music at Alvechurch Cricket Club.
Line dancing classes
BJ’s Busy Boots Line Dancing Classes: Tuesdays 2–3pm Dolphin. 7–10pm Court Leet. Thursdays 10.30–11.30 Amphlett Hall; 12–2.15pm Bromsgrove Methodist Centre.
A fun way to exercise. For more details phone Brenda on 01517 870151.
Not Just Zumba
Not Just Zumba. Parish Centre, Sandhills Road. Tuesdays 7.30-8.30pm.
A unique class combining high and low intensity cardio training, toning and Zumba, for the ultimate full body workout.
Broken down into 20-minute intervals to work your entire body, you will listen to great music, have fun and burn plenty of calories.
Health & Fitness
Barnt Green Pre-School invite you to try the latest fitness craze at 8pm on Friday 10th February (at Barnt Green Baptist Church).
Run by a professional instructor, the emphasis will be on fun - so bring your friends for a great night out.
Tickets £5 (includes glass of wine or OJ afterwards). Contact Sadie 07960 861 567.
Circassian Circle Barndancing Club
The Circassian Circle Barndancing Club runs on the first Saturday each month at Rowney Green Village Hall.
£5 per person to include sandwich, tea and cake! More info on 01527 545002.
Women’s morris dance workshop
Nancy Butterfly Women’s Morris Team are holding an informal dance workshop at the Weighbridge pub in Alvechurch on Monday November 14 from 8pm onwards, and are inviting women in the area who might have an interest in learning a new style of dance to come along and join in.
The team dances in the tradition of North West Clog and welcomes women who want to try traditional morris dancing as a new hobby, as well as musicians.
Call Jules on 01527 576251 for more details, or visit the website: http://www.nancybutterfly.co.uk
1940s dance night
The Phoenix Dance Club is holding a 40s Night on Sat Nov 12 at the Spadesbourne Suite, Bromsgrove Council House, from 8–11.30pm. Uniforms optional. Ballroom and Sequence dancing to the John Harrison Duo.
Admission by ticket only: £9.50 to include a meal. Please call Mick or Thelma on 01527 872634 for further info.
Swinging barn dance
Do you fancy a night of dosey-doeing on the dance floor? If so, then come along to the Bromsgrove Court Leet Summer Barn Dance on July 4.
Set on the marqueed lawns of Bromsgrove School, this will be a superb evening with food and wine followed by a swinging barn dance with music from “The Cat’s Whiskers” band.
All proceeds will go to Help the Heroes, Avoncroft Museum and Friends of St John’s Church.
Kicks School of Dance
Kicks School of Dance runs every Saturday at The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, offering tuition in ITDA ballet, tap, freestyle, Riverdance and cheerleading for all ages.
Tea Dances held by Bromsgrove District Council and Phoenix Dance Club take place on the last Wednesday each month in the Spadesbourne Suite, Bromsgrove from 2–4pm. Admission £2.50 to include refreshments – funds to the Council Chairman’s charities. Make friends, have fun and keep fit!
Popular & modern sequence dancing with a touch of ballroom takes place in Northfield every Tuesday evening from 8-10.30pm – the venue has a bar and huge car park. Details from Margaret and Ron on 0121 453 4785.
Alvechurch Scottish Country Dance Club
Alvechurch Scottish Country Dance Club meets in Hopwood Village Hall on Tuesdays from 8-10pm. No need to bring a partner – just be prepared to enjoy yourself! For info call Joan on 0121 445 1231 or Olive on 01527 875141.
Charlotte Eve Academy of Dance
Charlotte Eve Academy of Dance offers classes for adults, children and teenagers in Musical Theatre Dance, Freestyle/Street Dance, Contemporary Dance and Tap. All take place at Burcot Village Hall – for times and costs call Charlotte on 07793 079515.
Belly Dancing for Beginners
Belly dancing at Crown Meadow First School in Alvechurch: class for beginners on Mondays, 7-8pm, with an experienced and well-respected teacher. This dance improves posture, builds confidence and it’s fun! £5 per class. Call Lorraine on 0121 447 7761.
Passion 4 Dance
Passion 4 Dance Dance School, at The Barns, Hewell Lane, Tardebigge, offers classes to suit all ages and styles, including Ballroom & Latin, Salsa, Line, Street/HipHop and Aerobics. Info on 07917 669211 or at www.passion4dance.co.uk
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