We regret to announce that our main web site has suffered a hacking attack, and now threatens to infect any computers which access it. Until we can sort out the problem, to protect our visitors we have made this temporary web page available which we hope will answer any immediate questions.
Meanwhile, we will continue to make news of upcoming events etc available via the usual social media and services:-
Facebook: Avon Amateur Dancers Club
AreYouDancing.com*: Avon Dancers Club
DanceWeb.co.uk: Avon Amateur Dancers Club
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Facebook is also recommended - join up and catch the news of all that's happening in the ballroom dancing world, and add your own comments (there is no need to be worried about Facebook - just don't reveal anything you don't want revealed! If it insists - use fictitious details).
Subscriptions to AADC in Facebook or Twitter will ensure late updates, notifications, cancellations reach you before the event.
Enquiries: Peter Jones BEM (Hon Sec) - 0117 991 0871
Who Are We?
Founded in 1975, Avon Amateur Dancers Club (AADC) supports ballroom dancers of all grades, whether social or competitive, with a weekly practice night (Tuesdays) and occasional tea dances and functions, and runs competitions in the local area. Our headquarters is the excellent Somerset Hall in Portishead (near Bristol, UK).
What Do We Mean by "Ballroom Dancing"?
For "ballroom", read "ballroom and Latin" - that means Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Samba, Paso Doble, and Jive - in other words the dances that are competed at amateur ballroom and Latin competitions, and (apart from Viennese Waltz and Paso Doble) form the backbone of social ballroom dancing.
The Tuesday evening practices are totally focussed on those standard ten dances, and are where everyone from the beginner and social dancer to the top competitors can come and "work things through" for themselves without being an inconvenience at a social dance. If nothing else, lesser dancers can get to see how it's done better and aspire, and don't need to be embarrassed - everyone was a beginner once.
Sequence dancing is also popular, and our tea dances and parties have a fair share of the more popular Sequence and Old Time dances in the repertoire.
Note that Argentinian Tango, Salsa, Ceroc, Mo'Jive, etc have their own clubs and classes, and are not within the normal remit of social or competitive ballroom dancing, nor Avon Amateur Dancers Club. (Note also that these clubs and classes do just one dance... we do ten!)
We do not require membership to attend any of our events (except the Annual General Meeting). Members receive discounted admission and direct notification of events with preferential booking. Everyone who is a member or attends our events is helping to support ballroom dancing in the Bristol area, and becoming a member gives you the chance to play an active role in organising and running ballroom events - or at the very least a say in its future.
AADC is a keen supporter of cancer charities in Bristol, and we raise funds with occasional dedicated events, and raffles at our events throughout the year. We also subscribe to the Forget-Me-Not Fund, a benevolent society for dancers.