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Autumn weekend 2022

English Country Dances with Andrew Shaw (UK)

Music: Karen Wimhurst (clarinet) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion)


From Friday evening October 28 (5 p.m.) with warm dinner, till Sunday afternoon October 30, 2022 (4 p.m.)


Drongen Abbey
Drongen Abbey
Drongenplein 26 – 27, 9031 Drongen (Gent)

Drongen Abbey is a historic monument dating back to 1138, when the Norbertin monks founded the abbey. The Abbey, located about 6 km from Ghent , is situated along the river Lys in a picturesque park of 25 acres, containing gardens, ponds, orchards and meadows. The facilities of the abbey consist of conference rooms, dining rooms and en-suite bedrooms.
The Abbey is easily accessible, both by train (8 minute walk to the railway station) and car (5 kms. from the E40 highway). Both Brussels and Lille airports are within easy reach. If you come by train, choose for a seniors ticket (+ 65) at € 7.20, valid during the week from 9 a.m. and anytime at weekends.

Visiting Ghent
Some reasons why you should definitely visit Ghent:
  • Lonely Planet has called our city “Europe’s best kept secret” and a must see destination for 2011.
  • National Geographic Traveler Magazine has listed this city as the most authentic historic city in the world and full of life.
  • You can witness with your own eyes what Napoleon and the mysterious thief of ‘The Just Judges’ panel already knew: The Mystic Lamb really is key to European art history.


Andrew Shaw
Andrew Shaw (UK)

Andrew Shaw was dragged kicking and screaming to his first country dance as a teenager in the 60s but has got over that. Now he is one of the UK's most sought after English country dance leaders, highly regarded for his detailed knowledge, high standards and clear , good-humoured, instruction. His interest in late 17th/early 18th century dances, especially those composed by Nathaniel Kynaston , has resulted in the publication of 5 collections of dance reconstructions, Elephants Stairs being the latest. This is his 6th visit to the Spring Weekend.

Music will be provided by three excellent musicians from abroad : Karen Wimhurst (clarinet) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion)

Karen Wimhurst is a widely commissioned composer whose work ranges from chamber music to theatre and large-scale , collaborative productions.
She works across musical genres, bridging jazz, folk and contemporary classical ensembles.

Paul Hutchinson is well-known as one half of Belshazzar’s Feast and, more recently, as one half of the acclaimed Pagoda Project with Karen Wimhurst.
He is a superb accordion player with a unique style inspired by church organ music, violins & concertinas!


English Country Dance

Video/Sound recording

No sound or video recording of any event without prior permission.


€ 230

This includes tuition, room, six meals, and coffee/tea during the breaks.
Vegetarian meals and diet meals must be ordered with your subscription.
Sheets are included. Towels (€ 9 surcharge) can be rented, please order with your subscription.
Supplement single room: € 28


You should register for this course ASAP, by means of the registration form (by e-mail) or by telephone. Your registration is only valid when AADS has received your payment. Before that your registration is on a waiting list. Participants will receive confirmation about two weeks in advance.


Registration for weekends and weeks should be accompanied by a transfer of the course fee to one of the following bank accounts:
You can pay in Euro, British Pounds or American dollars (including any additional charges) by cheque or bank transfer to one of our bank accounts
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    Bank: Sunflower bank – Canon City
    Account #: 4000396308
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Additional bank charges are at your expense. Please mention 'Autumn Weekend 2022’


If you cancel until 2 weeks before the start of the course your payment minus 20% is refunded. If you cancel within a fortnight before the start of the course the amount minus 50% costs is refunded. If you do not cancel at least 72 hours before the start of the course there is no refund.

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