May Heydays at Evesham:   Programme

This is getting pretty close to the final version, though there's going to be a band change.

The sessions are colour-coded:

English    American    Mixed    Scottish    International    Singing/Music    Other


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TimeSmall HallGymnasiumDance StudioLarge HallDrama StudioSports Hall
Friday
20.00‑22.30International
Welcome Dance

Karin Bellaart
Klerizma
Mixed Dance
John Sweeney
Keeping Thyme
English Dance
Brian Stanton
Purcell's PP
American Dance
Rhodri Davies
Wild Ride
Saturday
9.45‑11.00International workshop
Snezana Balkanska
Mixed workshop
Trevor Monson
Keeping Thyme
Fun with Phrasing
Joanna Reiner
Purcell's PP
Contra Partner and Style Tips
John & Karen Sweeney
Wild Ride
11.30‑12.45International workshop
Snezana Balkanska
Renaissance Dance workshop
Stratford Renaissance Dance
Own musician
English for All ‑ On the Edge
Joanna Reiner
Purcell's PP
Challenging Dances
Carol Ormand
Wild Ride
English to Scottish Dance Translations
Nicola Scott
John Dudley
12.45‑14.00LunchRenaissance Dance performance
Stratford Renaissance Dance
14.00‑15.15French workshop
Steve & Nikki
Confluence
Covering
Joanna Reiner
Albireo
New Callers' Showcase
John & Rhodri
Purcell's PP
From Scotland to across the pond
Nicola Scott
John Dudley
Western Squares of the Golden Era
Carol Ormand
Keeping Thyme
15.45‑17.00International workshop
Snezana Balkanska
Complex Gary Roodman Dances
Joanna Reiner
Albireo
Dance‑writing Competition
John & Rhodri
Purcell's PP
Squares without Borders
Carol Ormand
Keeping Thyme
17.00‑19.30Break17.00‑18.00
Callers' Round
Robert Moir
19.30‑22.30Eastern European
and French
Teachers' Evening

Klerizma & Confluence
Mixed Dance
Trevor Monson
Albireo
American Dance
Carol Ormand
Wild Ride
English Ball
Joanna Reiner
Keeping Thyme

TimeSmall HallGymnasiumDance StudioLarge HallDrama StudioSports HallProvisional
Sunday
9.45‑11.00International workshop
Snezana Balkanska
Freestyle Waltzing for everyone
John & Karen Sweeney
Albireo
Mixed workshop
Trevor Monson
Albireo
Scottish workshop
Fiona Grant
John Dudley
Carol's Controlled Contra Chaos
Carol Ormand
Wild Ride
English Music workshop
Julia Day
11.30‑12.45International workshop
Snezana Balkanska
Mixed workshop
Trevor Monson
Albireo
The Dances of Brian Wedgbury
Bernie Culkin
Purcell's PP
Cool Contra Choreography
Carol Ormand
Wild Ride
Scottish workshop
Fiona Grant
John Dudley
12.45‑14.00Lunch
14.00‑15.15International workshop
Karin Bellaart
No walkthrough
Joanna Reiner
Albireo
French workshop
and Bal

Steve & Nikki
Confluence
American workshop
Rhodri Davies
Wild Ride
Scottish Ball
Fiona Grant
John Dudley
English Music workshop
Julia Day
15.45‑17.00International workshop
Karin Bellaart
A dance to the music of Thyme
Nigel Close
Keeping Thyme
The great contra dance melting pot
Carol Ormand
Wild Ride
Singing Rounds
Meg Winters
17.00‑19.30Break17.00‑18.00
Callers' Round
Colin Hume
19.30‑22.30Mixed Eastern
European Dance

Bob Robinson
Klerizma
Mixed Dance
Joanna Reiner
Keeping Thyme
400 Years' Ball
Rhodri Davies
Purcell's PP
American Dance
Carol Ormand
Albireo

Some people wear costume or smart dress for the Balls, but you don't have to!

Workshops

Workshop descriptions are here so that the whole programme can be viewed or printed in one go.

Carol Ormand

Carol's Controlled Contra Chaos

This session will amuse you, stretch your dancing skills, and entertain the band, all within the context of contra dancing.

Cool Contra Choreography

Dances you'll love, with interesting figures and smooth transitions.

The Great Contra Dance Melting Pot

Fun choreography stolen from other dance traditions.

Western Squares of the Golden Era

Square dancing took off in the US immediately following the end of World War II.  During this Golden Era, it was so popular that square dance choreography experienced an explosion of creativity, particularly in the Rocky Mountain west.  Dances of this era are exquisitely original and fun.

Squares Without Borders

Revel in squares from the north, south, east, west, center, and abroad, possibly including some with unusual geography: five, six, seven, or eight couples, Kentucky running sets, and grid squares.   Dare to be square!  (I offer a few brief comments about regional stylistic differences with each dance, which dancers tell me they appreciate.)

Challenging Dances

Wickedly fun and challenging contras, squares, and more.

Joanna Reiner

English 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.

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 English

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.

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.

Nigel Close:  A dance to the music of Thyme

Usually, callers send musicians a list of the dances for which they require music.
But, for this workshop, Keeping Thyme have sent Nigel Close a list of favourite tunes for him to put dances to.
So it's a mixed bag of mystery dances; but you can be sure that the music will be great!

Bernie Culkin:  The Dances of Brian Wedgbury

Brian Wedgbury (1928-2002) had a wide-ranging interest in many forms of dance but his great love was ballet.  This love is reflected in the striking visual aspects of his dances, similar to the theatrical style of Thomas Bray (1699).  The Playford-style dances in this workshop will appeal to dancers who enjoy dances that change the orientation of the set, like to pay attention to the finer details and embrace the challenge of something different from the norm.

John and Karen Sweeney

Contra — How to be a Wonderful Partner, including Attitude and Style

Tips and techniques to be a wonderful partner!  Exploring timing and connection to make the dance more enjoyable for everyone.  Plus American style, innovation, flourishes and twirls, with lots of fun dances to practice your new skills.

Waltz — Freestyle waltzing for everyone

You don't need any previous waltz experience to join in — we will be teaching the basics at the beginning of the workshop. Then, once everyone can walk in waltz time, we will show you lots more variations you can add to your repertoire. It's easier than you think to look great on the dance-floor!

Rhodri Davies

More O Rory

How the Rory O'More move has infiltrated contras.

Trevor Monson

Trevor's workshops haven't got a theme, but will consist mainly of dances that are not normally danced at evening dances for various reasons.  These will be mainly English dances, plus the occasional American contra or square, or even a Welsh dance.

Nicola Scott

Dance translations: from English to Scottish

A chance to translate English moves into a Scottish Country Dance setting, exploring the many similarities and some of the differences.

From Scotland to across the pond

Dances in the Scottish style devised in the U.S.A (and other faraway places!)

Fiona Grant

Strathspey Time

Introduction to a very Scottish rhythm for dancing.

Highland Reels

Stepping and reeling inside a wee hoose.

New Callers' Showcase

Because May Heydays believes that it is important to attract new callers to the festival circuit, we follow the Eastbourne tradition of providing opportunities for new festival callers.  Therefore each year experienced club callers who have not called at a festival before are offered the opportunity to call for experienced dancers with one of our top bands.  They will be watched by two professional festival callers and given feedback.

The callers prepare a number of dances (depending on how many callers come forward), including one of workshop standard, and can use the allotted time to show us what they can do.  We collate feedback (with the aid of a form) and hope that we can help them progress into festival calling for us and other festivals.

There will be immediate feedback given privately by one mentor while the next caller starts their slot.  The participants may also be handed the comments by the second mentor at a later time.