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Frequently Asked Questions

l've never been to a Barn Dance. What is it?
Dances mostly involve couples, singly or in groups of two, three, four, or more. Although a balance of male and female participants is useful, it is not neccessary because the dancing is not 'close contact'.
Many dances are 'progressive', which means that during the dance couples will change partners regularly: this is why Barn Dances are one of the most successful social entertainments. Barn Dancing is active, but not too strenuous.

What's the difference between a Barn Dance and an English Ceilidh?
In practise there is now no significant difference. The term 'ceilidh' (from the Gaelic language) came into use in English dancing perhaps twenty years or so ago. It was intended to indicate a new style of dance evening with music which was more lively and energetic, played by bands who integrated diverse musical influences.

Where can I hold a barn dance?
Most function rooms are quite adequate: barn dances are regularly held in hotels, barns, private houses, marquees, town halls, social clubs, Village halls, school halls and outdoors. If you're not sure your venue is large enough, just ask us, we are happy to advise.

What kind of floor surface is required?
Any flat, clean, hard, level surface will do, providing it is not too slippery.

Do I need to provide anything?
The band brings a public address system and It is preferable to have at least two separate 13 amp sockets available (rather than one double socket).

How many people are needed?
It is possible to run a good barn dance with 40 people if most people dance, but ideally we would suggest 50 or more.

What do I wear?
Wear whatever you like! Comfortable shoes are best.

Do I need previous dancing experience?
No! One of the great things about Barn Dances is that absolutely no previous experience is required. The band brings a dance instructor, known as a 'caller', who will briefly explain and walk through each dance before you do it. Getting the steps absolutely correct is neither expected nor demanded, the object is to have fun!

How much will it cost?
Just give us a call or drop us an email for a friendly chat and a quote.


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