On January 14 David Millstone made a remarkable presentation at the Mt Airy (Philadelphia) Virtual Speaker Series titled:
“Country Dance in Modern Times: Squares, ECD and Contras in Post-WWII America”
Nearly 150 of you were there! If you missed the live presentation (or want to review it over and over) you can find the archive here:
Scroll to the bottom of the page for the FB link.
We have the do a minor edit on the zoom recording and that should be on the same page in a week or so.
Stay safe out there!Cheers
Hi fellow organizers,
I hope folks are doing fairly well. These are certainly interesting times.
Given that some of you attend the annual organizer discussion at the Dance
Flurry, I wanted to check in about the focus of this year's session.
I've drafted a description for the session (see below). Do you have any
thoughts? I feel as though February might be good time to start talking
about how to restart our dance events, even if we don't know when. (The
vaccine rollout is giving me a tentative hopeful feeling that gatherings
might start in within the next year.)
Any advice/thoughts are welcome including alternative topics. The only
topic I'm wary of tackling are those that relate to when dances should open
as I'm not a health expert and we won't be bringing in health experts to be
part of the discussion.
*Organizers Unite - Talking about the HOW of restarting our events!*
*Join our annual Flurry organizers discussion for a unique focus this
year... talking about the HOW of restarting our events. Share your
thoughts and ideas about how your community plans to restart dancing,
re-engage long standing dancers, and attract new participants.*
*(We won't focus much on the WHEN of reopening as those decisions depend
highlighly on the pandemic and professional health advice.)*
Greetings!I believe this is a must see presentation organized by the Mt Airy (Philadelphia) Contra group. I hope you're able to join us either on z**m or FB. Please read below.
David Millstone presents: Country Dance in Modern Times: Squares, ECD and Contras in Post-WWII America
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 •, 8:00 PM Eastern - 9:00 PM Eastern
We know that English country dancing has changed from the time of John Playford 1651 English Dancing Master. Similarly, today's contra dancer enjoys a different experience from that of the early 1800s. But we don't have to look so far in the past to see significant differences in contras, squares, and ECD.
In this presentation, David Millstone will explore the dramatic changes that have taken place in different forms of country dancing in the years since World War II, with a special focus on contras. He'll augment his talk with photos, audio files, and video clips to highlight key developments and to help us all appreciate how today's dances evolved.
Speaker BioDavid Millstone, Lebanon, NH, discovered contra dances in the early 1970s; he has been a caller for more than 40 years—contras, squares, English country dance, and family-friendly events. He has appeared at venues across North America and in eight European countries. He is past President of the Country Dance and Song Society, and co-ordinates the Square Dance History Project. David is co-author of Cracking Chestnuts, a book about classic American contra dances; he wrote the contra dance history chapter of Dance a While; he created video documentaries about Bob McQuillen, Dudley Laufman, and Ralph Sweet; and he has presented numerous talks on dance history at weekends and dance camps._________________________________________
Registration info: Invitations to our online events are sent to the Mt. Airy (Philadelphia) Contra Dance email list on Monday or Tuesday before the event. To be added to our email list, send email to info(a)thursdaycontra.com with your full name and the location of your local contra dance or other local dance you attend.
When you get the email announcement, click the link in the email to register. You will get a confirmation email that includes a link and a password to join the event. Register early! ASAP!
If you are unable to join the Z**m (we have a 100 person limit) you can still watch the presentation on Facebook.
Here is the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/252514209638062
Once the event starts (at 8pm on 1/14), viewers will be able to find the video on the event page or at https://www.facebook.com/watch/mtairycontra/.
If you have other questions you can reach out to me.Donna Huntdhuntdancer(a)aol.com