May Heydays at Evesham:
Your choices

Two of our callers have sent back lists of possible workshops.  Carol Ormand has sent me a list with 9 possible workshops.  She will be running 6.  Joanna Reiner has sent me a list with 10 possible workshops. She will be running 5.  So, for those of you who feel strongly about it, please email You must enable JavaScript to see this e-mail address. with your favourite five or six in order of preference.  We will make our selection according to your voting, taking into account any feedback by booked festival goers received by the end of January.

Carol's Workshop Offerings

Improving dancing skills while having fun

These workshops help dancers develop skills such as dancing with the music, appropriate leading and following, connecting with the other dancers in the set (without danger of hurting them), and so on.  I love leading them, and they get rave reviews (particularly the first two).

Focusing on contra dancing/dances

Squares, with a tiny dose of square dance history

Challenging dance sessions

Joanna's Workshop Offerings

  1. What's New?
  2. Staying Still
  3. The American ECD Landscape
  4. ECD for All — On the Edge
  5. Dovetail & Friends — the complexity of Gary Roodman's dances
  6. Impropriety!
  7. Fun with Phrasing
  8. No Walk-Through ECD
  9. Key to the Cellar
  10. Covering

What's New?

Some say the heyday of English Country Dance is right now.  Never before have we experienced such a high volume of new dances from choreographers on both sides of the US, and both sides of the Atlantic.  This workshop will explore the breadth of these modern gems, including dances by Jenna Simpson, Joseph Pimentel, and more.

Staying Still

Often when we learn dances, we focus on when to move, where to go, how to get there.  But as you develop as a dancer and start to refine your own technique and find your own style, learning how to dance goes beyond geography.  This workshop will feature a variety of dances where the supporting couples' role, even if it involves not dancing, is as key as the active couples' pattern.

The American ECD Landscape

This workshop will examine different themes in modern ECD as danced in the USA: our attraction to waltzes and other triple-time dances, borrowing of figures and music from other dance styles, reconstructions of older dances, and some of the latest compositions.

ECD for All — On the Edge

Many English dances borrow figures and ideas from the Scottish country dance repertoire, and going back in history, there was no distinction between English and Scottish dancing.  The workshop will explore dances that are clearly English, but with a Scottish reference or flair.

Dovetail & Friends — the complexity of Gary Roodman's dances

Gary Roodman has written a number of challenging, wonderful dances that are rarely seen on social dance programmes.  This session for experienced dancers will cover both the geography and the nuances of some of these gems, including Dovetail, Playing (in) the Field, and others, as time permits.

Impropriety!

Brooke Friendly and Chris Sackett from Ashland, Oregon, are two of our most prolific ECD choreographers.  This workshop will feature favourites from their repertoire and some of their latest compositions.

Fun with Phrasing

One of the wonderful things about English country dancing is the opportunity to dance the same figures in different ways depending on the style and metre of the dance.  This workshop will explore how our movement must be affected by the metre, style and tempo of the music, the number of people in the hall, and how our fellow dancers are moving.

No Walk-Through ECD

There is great joy in being able to dance with nothing coming between you, your partner, all of your fellow dancers and the music.  Although the session is for all, the dances will be talked through only, with no explicit teaching, and no calling.  Bring your sense of adventure for this mélange of new and familiar dances.

Key to the Cellar

Jenny Beer and Scott Higgs have just released their long-awaited book of English country dances.  Jenny and Scott's attention to details such as musical pairing, phrasing, and intuitive choreography make this a must-have addition to your dance book library.  This workshop will feature some new and old favourites from the collection.

Covering

Scottish dancers learn a technique called "covering," or dancing in parallel or synchrony with others.  This workshop will introduce this technique in an English dance context.  Learn how to maintain symmetry and the shape of the dance through phrasing and non-physical connections.