The Burton Overy Dancers folk dance club was formed over 30 years ago by a group who had attended English Folk Dance evening classes led by John and Pauline Osband. After attending classes for three or four years the group met independently for a summer season and decided to form themselves into a club and invite others to join. As three of the couples lived in Burton Overy, and the Village Hall was available on Wednesday evenings, that was chosen as the venue – hence the name! At that time the hall was a very draughty and rather small wooden hut, resulting in BOD having to restrict its membership. However a new, improved and larger hall was built in 2011-12 so the club could expand its membership to over 60, with attendances at weekly dances of 30 to 40. As well as our regular club nights we hold some special dances featuring live bands and well-known Callers, and we organise a number of other social activities.
Our club nights are held on Wednesday evenings all year, except during July and August, in Burton Overy Village Hall, Rectory End, Burton Overy, Leicestershire, LE8 9EW. Dancing starts at 8.00 pm and continues until 10.00 pm with a short refreshment break for tea or coffee and biscuits midway.
Each year we hold at least two dances, primarily for experienced dancers, when we feature a live band and Caller of national or international recognition. For details of these see the SPECIAL EVENTS page.
In addition to our dances the club also organises a number of social activities for members to meet, relax and enjoy each other’s company. In recent years these have included;-
A Christmas Lunch
New Year’s Day Walk and Lunch
Summer Open-air Theatre trip
Summer walk and “Fish & Chips” supper
Summer Garden BBQ
Details of all such activities will be posted on the SPECIAL EVENTS page
MEMBERSHIP & FEES
Membership is open to anyone who wishes to learn and enjoy English Country Dancing.
Annual membership fees, currently £5 per annum, become due after the AGM in September. There is also a weekly attendance fee (for club members – £1: for non-members/visitors – first visit is free, thereafter – £2 ) which is paid on arrival to cover the weekly costs of hall hire and refreshments.
The club can be contacted via any of the Committee listed on the “Committee & Contacts” page.
Alternatively contact the BOD general email address: BOD.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, that this email is not checked everyday so a reply may take a little time!