LIVE MUSIC with George Paul and Karina Wilson
Start the morning with a very nice variety of waltzes from George Paul and Karina Wilson. George Paul is one of our most prolific waltz writers and player. Karina is an international fiddle sensation playing with the Gaslight Tinkers this weekend. They have know each other for years, and unexpectedly get to have a musical reunion this weekend! Come share in the magic...
Gender Free Dancing
Contra and English dances with positional calling
In this workshop, we'll be dancing both Contra and English dances, but with a twist. We'll be doing it without gender role calling. "Larks and Ravens" you may ask? No. "Leads and Follows?" Negative. "Tigers and Bears?" Nope. It's called positional calling, and it's an easy and very effective (but little known) way for callers to tell you what's going on, and what to do, regardless of your role. It opens up the possibilities for dancing...trying another role, swapping roles, and even swapping back and forth. Did you know that the Triangle's English dance has been gender-less for the past 25 years? It's OK - you don't know until you do, and now you do, and as GI Joe say, "knowing is half the battle." It's pretty amazing. Every dance is called based on position instead of lady or gent! Folks across the country have been exploring and debating different alternatives to gendered role names. Last year, Eileen and Audrey helped us look at some of the theory behind it. Come experience this alternative that was home grown right here in our local community.
How to Schottisch
Steven Peterson with Cos and Bruce
In this workshop Steven will be teaching the Schottische, a fun and easy-to-learn dance originally from historical Bohemia.
Blues Dancing (How to)
Rob Zizette and Lyndee Weaver with Recorded Music
In this workshop Rob and Lyndee will teach the basics of blues dancing, and give some specific pointers for variations and style. Blues dancing gets its name from the music people started doing it to but don't be fooled - it can be done to lots of types of music. It's a partner dance with loose lead-follow roles, and it's focused on listening to and reflecting your partner's movements. Connection is the key to any good dance, and Blues dancing is all about connection. Come hone your skill, so you can open every dance up to fun, interactivity, and magic.