In March 2013 Leeds Contra celebrated our 15th birthday.

Our first dance was organised on Wednesday March 4th 1998 by Thomas Green at The Methodist Hall in Headingley. By the start of 1999 the venue had changed to The Feast and Firkin in Headingley but we only stayed there until March 1999 when we moved to The Civil Service Sports Club where we stayed for less than a year. During this period I had my first experience of Contra dancing and my enjoyment has never subsequently diminished. By January 2000 we changed venue yet again to St Columbas in Headingley when we switched to Friday night dances. These continued until September 2001 when we moved to our present home of Headingley Parish Hall on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday nights of every month except July, August and December.

Over the years we have now (November 2016) organised 55 special Contra Ceilidhs on Saturday nights or Sunday afternoons starting in May 1999. In June 2002 we were invited to organise a dance with Atlantic Crossing, our first stateside band or caller. Subsequently we were in regular contact with the late Jim Robb and organised several dances with American bands or callers who he had arranged tours for in the UK. We started “Contra in the Fall” in September 2006 with a series of three Contra Ceilidhs and we are now in the midst of our eleventh successful series with planning for the twelfth series now well underway.

So if you fancy trying your hand, or should I say feet, at Contra Dancing come along on a 2nd or 4th Tuesday night to Headingley Parish Hall where we dance to our resident band Good Parking and club callers. You don’t need to be experienced nor to bring a partner and you will be made very welcome.

Watch out for details of “Contra in the Fall 2017” on the 4th Saturdays of September, October and November in Tykes News or on the website: http://www.leedscontra.freeuk.com/  

Richard Gibson

14th January 2013

 

Day Date Band Location
Sat 8-May-99 Village Band & Rhodri Davies St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Sat 1-Apr-00 Illicit Goods & John Meechan St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Sat 30-Sep-00 Knotted Chord & Rhodri Davies St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Sat 29-Jun-02 Atlantic Crossing & Geoff Cubitt Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7ER
Sat 5-Apr-03 English Contra Dance band & Geoff Cubitt Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7ER
Sun 27-Jul-03 Rodney Miller and Friends & Rhodri Davies Stainbeck Community Hall, Stainbeck Lane, Leeds (LS7 2EA)
Sun 13-Jun-04 English Contra dance Band & Cis Hinkle Queen's Hall, The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 294 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE. 
Sat 12-Feb-05 Fiddlin Around & Rhodri Davies Queen's Hall, The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 294 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE. 
Sat 11-Jun-05 KGB & Rhodri Davies Queen's Hall, The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 294 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE. 
Tue 28-Feb-06 Changeling & Diane Silver  Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael's Road, Leeds, LS6 3AW.
Sat 13-May-06 Reckless Ramblers & Cis Hinkle Queen's Hall, The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 294 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE. 
Sat 23-Sep-06 Skylark & John Meechan Queen's Hall, The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 294 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE. 
Sat 28-Oct-06 Cruise Control & Rhodri Davies Queen's Hall, The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 294 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE. 
Sat 25-Nov-06 English Contra Dance band & Mike Courthold Queen's Hall, The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 294 Harrogate Road, Leeds LS17 6LE. 
Sat 12-May-07 Stick Shift & Mike Barraclough West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 9-Jun-07 Good Parking & Al Green Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7ER
Tue 12-Jun-07 Good Parking & Kathy Anderson Headingley Parish Hall, St Michael's Road, Leeds, LS6 3AW.
Sat 22-Sep-07 Stick Shift & Mike Barraclough West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 27-Oct-07 Skylark & Andrew Swaine West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 24-Nov-07 Vertical Expression & Rhodri Davies West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 10-May-08 Crowfoot & Lynne Render West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 14-Jun-08 Good Parking & Al Green Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7ER
Sat 27-Sep-08 Skylark & Geoff Cubitt West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 25-Oct-08 English Contra Dance Band & John Turner West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 22-Nov-08 Stick Shift & Rhodri Davies West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sun 7-Jun-09 Stick Shift & Cis Hinkle Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7ER
Sat 26-Sep-09 English Contra Dance Band & Geoff Cubitt West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 24-Oct-09 Vertical Expression & John Turner West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 28-Nov-09 Brian Stone and Elaine Meechan & John Meechan West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Fri 18-Jun-10 Appalachian Storm & Diane Silver St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Sat 25-Sep-10 Skylark & Chris Turner West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 23-Oct-10 Stick Shift & Rhodri Davies West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 27-Nov-10 English Contra Dance Band & Henry Morgenstein West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sun 8-May-11 English Contra Dance Band & Cis Hinkle Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7ER
Sat 11-Jun-11 Good Parking & Al Green Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7ER
Sat 24-Sep-11 Stick Shift & Geoff Cubitt West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 29-Oct-11 King Kontra & John Turner West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 26-Nov-11 Skylark & Adam Hughes West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 29-Sep-12 English Contra Dance Band & John Turner West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 27-Oct-12 Brian Stone and Elaine Meechan & John Meechan West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds, LS16 5BE
Sat 24-Nov-12 King Kontra & Henry Morgenstein City of Leeds School, Bedford Field, Woodhouse Cliff, Leeds, LS6 2LG
Sat 28-Sep-13 Stick Shift & Rhodri Davies St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LQ
Sat 26-Oct-13 King Kontra & Geoff Cubitt Cookridge Village Hall, Moseley Wood Lane, Cookridge, Leeds, LS16 7ER
Sat 30-Nov-13 Skylark & John Meechan St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Sat 31-May-14 Stick Shift & Seth Tepfer St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LQ
Sat 27-Sep-14 The Night Before & Rhodri Davies St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LQ
Sat 25-Oct-14 Brian Stone and Elaine Meechan & Lynne Render St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Sat 22-Nov-14 King Kontra & Geoff Cubitt St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LQ
Sun 17-May-15 Stringrays & Geoff Cubitt St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LQ
Sat 26-Sep-15 English Contra Dance band & Rhodri Davies St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LQ
Sat 31-Oct-15 Vertical Expression & Rhodri Davies St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT
Sat 28-Nov-15 The Night Before & Andrew Swaine St Margaret's Church Hall, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5LQ
Sun 15-May-16 Vertical Expression & Cis Hinkle Waring Green Community Centre, Marion Street, Brighouse, HD6 2AX.
Sat 24-Sep-16 Vertical Expression & Lisa Heywood Mechanics Institute, Town St, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5BL
Sat 5-Nov-16 Wild Ride & Geoff Cubitt St Chads Hall, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5JT