Might be interested in the April 3, 2010 workshop with Cis Hinkle. Is
Carrboro in North Carolina?
[mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Jack Mitchell
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Subject: [Callers] Callers Workshops in NC - 2010
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A number of exciting calling related opportunities are coming up in
2010, and I know that some of you need more notice than others to be
able to attend, so I'm trying to get ahead of the game. If you are
interested in any of these, or if you are interested in helping with
logistics for any of these please let me know. Right now, the "Callers
Collective" has been mostly a one person show. I'd really like to get
more folks involved in the organization and hopefully get to where
we're having some sort of gathering at least quarterly.
So without further ado:
*2010 Callers Workshops*
What: Callers' Workshop with Cis Hinkle, in conjunction with the
When: April 3, 2010 from 10:00 AM - Noon
Where: Balanced Movement Studio, Carrboro
Cost: Around $10
What: Full weekend callers workshop with Lisa Greenleaf covering a
wide variety of topics related to calling -- prompting, teaching,
programming, matching dances to music, and much more
The workshop will run Friday evening, Saturday all day, and
have a Sunday wrap up session
Saturday evening will be a dance at which workshop participants
will be the callers
Where: Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area, NC -- specific location to be
Cost: Around $50, scholarships available
In order to attend the course you must:
-Be familiar with the AABB structure of contra dance music
-Know the difference between a jig and a reel
-Know how to cue the first figure off of four potatoes
-Know how and when to signal the band to go out
-Have called at least 3 contras in a real dance setting (individual
dances, not evenings). Some dances sponsor open mics or new callers
nights, and some callers are willing to allow new callers to call one
dance during an evening. Or you can get a bunch of friends together and
host a dance party, but it needs to be to live music.
-Have a repertoire of at least 3 dances you know and feel comfortable
teaching and calling.
-Attend contra dances regularly so that you are familiar with the
moves, the culture and the music.
-Be prepared to receive and incorporate feedback, even if you have a
lot of calling experience.
To help folks get their "at least 3 contras in a real dance setting"
requirement, I'm planning to host one or two open calling dances over
the time between now and then. Details on them to come, but in
Late 2009/Early 2010, dates to be determined
one or two open calling dances at the Down Yonder Farm Music Building
(about 4 miles north of Pleasant Green, near Hillsborough, NC)
These dances will be a chance for new and developing and experienced
callers to call a dance or two (depending on how many callers we have)
hey will likely be held on a Sunday afternoon/early evening. If you
might be interested in calling for one of these, please let me know. I
hope to have at least one scheduled in the next week or two.
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