I am wondering if you have any dances for low numbers of dancers (perhaps 6
or less), when most or all of the dancers are beginners and adults. I am
also wondering if you have any dances (presumably different dances), that do
not require choosing a partner and are good openers for beginner adults.
Thanks as always to all,
I am writing to invite you to our next FCSH webinar, With Your Neighbour: What can we learn from contra about sustaining traditional dance?, at 19:00 GMT on 30 January, 2021 (that’s 2pm US Eastern/11am Pacific). Lindsey Kennedy, Lisa Greenleaf (facilitator), Andrew Findlay and Jane Curry will discuss the state of contra now (or up to the pandemic) and what we can learn from each other about building/ strengthening traditional dance communities. The discussion will integrate questions from attendees.
About the panelists:
Lindsey Kennedy has been ECD & ceilidh dancing since before she could walk but departed to contra dance during university where she organised IVFDF in 2010. She now runs Bristol Contra and is also organising IVFDF this year whilst juggling her job of Project Managing eco friendly timber frame buildings.
Coming to us from the US, Lisa Greenleaf calls regularly in the greater New England areas and has been a staff member at dance camps and festivals throughout the country and Europe. Her specialties include traditional and contemporary contras, squares, contra caller's training and English country. She also is the organizer for two contra series in Concord, Massachusetts.
Andrew Findlay started folk dancing while at university in Reading. Jane Curry started a bit earlier, having invaded Bradford University's dance group with some 6th-form friends. They were both involved in running the Berkshire Midsummer Folk Festival, Sidmouth, and the 1982 Inter-Varsity Folk Dance Festival before taking over London Barndance in 1983. Both are
independent IT consultants, so working from home has been normal for the past 20 years!
This webinar is sponsored by the Friends of Cecil Sharp House, a UK-based organization committed to the preservation and promotion of English folk dance and music. During the pandemic we have organized a variety of dances, webinars, and workshops on Zoom that have attracted an international audience. More information, including how to become a member, can be found at our website, https://fcsh.org.uk/about.html.
Registration is free but limited; email judith(a)fcsh.org.uk to reserve your place. The webinar will be recorded; live attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of our panelists.
I’m happy to answer questions if you have them.
Louise Siddons, dance caller
Greetings colleagues and friends,
I am thinking back to the numerous threads on this list about repertoire for family dances and ONS dances (I prefer OSD's: One Shot Deals).
With this in mind, I am writing to let you know about my new resource, Join Up Hands.
This book provides new dance materials for kids, community dances, family dances, and other ODS’s. Included also are new-dancer-specific tips and a few personal essays that illustrate the joy of dancing.
Available on my website: newdayhoedown.com <http://newdayhoedown.com/> or www.suehulsether.com/book--cd <http://www.suehulsether.com/book--cd>
You have time now to add to your callers’ library. It’s only a matter of time before we’ll all be too busy calling to grab new material.
Please feel free to share this info with school teachers you know, as well.
New Day Hoedown LLC
P.O. Box 363, Viroqua, WI 54665
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Dear contra callers,
Following on our two introductory workshops on positional calling (videos available on the Friends of Cecil Sharp House Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChVLmkrsCgI0roLmuPuOu5Q <https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChVLmkrsCgI0roLmuPuOu5Q>), and a very popular participatory workshop last month, we are holding a second participatory workshop (essentially a repeat of the first) next Saturday, 16 January, at 19:00 GMT/2pm Eastern (US)/11am Pacific (US).
Led by Louise Siddons (me), participants will work to create and test positional walkthroughs of challenging dances/figures — both Playford- and contra-style (participant choice). The dances/figures will be distributed ahead of time to those signed up by Monday, 11 January, and all attendees will be expected to engage with small group activity.
Due to the highly participatory nature of this workshop, space is once again limited to 20, and the workshop will not be posted online. Please email judith(a)fcsh.org.uk <mailto:email@example.com> to reserve your place.
I would be happy to answer questions.
Louise Siddons, dance caller
Hi Contra Callers,
CDSS is hosting a web chat next that I thought you might be interested in.
It's focused on musicians and singers but it might also be applicable to
some of the online events you're involved with.
Join us for our next Web Chat:
Singing and Playing Music in REAL TIME!
An online discussion for organizers of song communities and open bands
Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 7:00-8:30 p.m. ET
Join us for this conversation with a member of the Sacred Harp group FaSoLa
Philadelphia (PA) and a member of Phoenix (AZ) Traditional Music & Dance
Society. During this Web Chat, they’ll be sharing their successes with
using the computer program Jamulus to enable their groups to sing and play
music in real time! We know a return to in-person singing and jamming is on
the horizon, but it will still take some time before it’s safe to gather in
groups. Tune in to find out how these groups have tackled the challenge of
creating online real-time song and music sessions. We’ll make sure there’s
plenty of time for Q&A and breakout sessions, so come with your questions
Soon after you register, Zoom will send you a confirmation email with your
own personal link. You’ll need this info for joining the Web Chat! To keep
track of it, we recommend saving the email and/or creating a calendar event.
Please share this invite with members of community music and singing groups!
Questions? Contact resources(a)cdss.org.