Ted Sannella wrote a lot of dances with titles that could fit your intended
theme. Off the top of my head, here are a few:
Be My Valentine
Hearts and Flowers
Yours for the Asking
New Friendship Reel
The Perfect Match
Flirtation Reel, by Tony Parkes
Cynthia beat me to the punch. Yes, it's time for the Ralph Page Dance
Legacy Weekend again. Yes, we shall have a SharedWeight gathering during
lunch on Saturday in the dining area. For those who haven't been there
before, we push a bunch of tables together for an informal gathering. I
always look forward to seeing people from far away and meeting people
new to the lists.
I try to be there early with a little printed SharedWeight sign on the
table at the back of the dining hall. You'll recognize me on the dance
floor sporting a tie-dye bandanna. Or you can look at the picture on my
Safe travels everyone!
I'll see you all there. But this particular Ralph Page weekend has my brain tied in knots: too many excellent sessions going on concurrently! Dance sessions, caller and musician workshops, David's dance history workshop, and more . . . perhaps the organizing committee would consider repeating the entire program on Monday and Tuesday after the official weekend concludes, so I don't have to miss anything :-)
Safe travels to everyone else heading to NH from outside New England.
East of Los Angeles
> I'll be at RPDLW, as will Linda Leslie. I love to learn about dance
> history from people like David, and to experience that heritage in a
> weekend of exceptional participatory dance and music sessions. For
> those still considering coming to this event, please go to:
Put your friends on the big screen with Windows Vista® + Windows Live™.
I'll be there, too. Wouldn't miss it!
Allow me to put in a plug for one session-- Saturday morning from 9-10:30, I'm
giving a talk on dance history. I've done this before on half a dozen occasions,
in locations from Denmark to New Mexico, and over time it's taken on a nice
It's a look at contra dance in particular (with some attention paid to squares
as well) through the ages, and it does a good job-- sez he, modestly-- of giving
audience members a sense of how the dancing has changed over centuries, as well
as useful and interesting information about some of the key figures in various
revivals in the 20th century. I know that when I first prepared this talk, it
was helpful for me to take all the bits and pieces I knew and pull them into
some kind of coherent order. Then I had the pleasure of going out to learn more
about those areas where I knew I didn't know enough.
It's not just me talking, never fear-- there are audio clips as well to spice up
I guarantee than anyone who comes will go away equipped to answer the perennial
question, "So why is this called contra dance and where does it come from?"
What dances do you like for Valentine's Day? I have Circle of Love and
Country of Marriage, and a few singing squares. Some of what I have are in
jest like the playparty " Charlie", that includes "I once did think, my
pretty little pink, that I never could live without you, But since I lost
all hopes of you I care very little about you". Some are serious. Do you
have others, contras, squares, circles or set dances that you think would be
good to do on Valentine's Day?
I'm getting close to finishing a web page with my dance
sequences, and was wondering if anyone out there would be
interested in volunteering to check it in the near future?
It's about 35-40 dances of varying complexities, primarily contras.
Primarily I'm looking for someone to verify the sequences are
correct, and that the descriptions of the strange bits are
sufficiently complete. (Secondary is stuff like grammar, format,
links, and presentation, but I'm not as much worried about that.)
Any help, either partial or whole, would be greatly appreciated.
Please email me for details.