NEXT UP in Louisville!!!
Social responsibility and safety of our dance community requires that we cancel English dance until it is safe to resume. We will follow national CDC and state guidelines to determine when that will be.
What I wrote in May ...
Just to give us hope, lets think about resuming in September, maybe with masks and gloves if need be. Obviously, conditions in the area will determine if this is too soon so we'll see.
What I am writing in September
Well, those assurances that the virus would just "go away like magic in the warm weather" did not come true, so we are left with social distancing, masks, and hand washing for some undetermined amount of time. None of that matches what we do in ECD, so the delay getting back together continues.
Coming up in the "Area"
We are not getting together in a dance group, but there is quite a bit of English country dance available via ZOOM sessions. Dance at home, sometimes to live music, sometimes to recorded music, always with a leader teaching and leading you through dances you have done and dances you may not have done (yet). The calendar at www.cdss.org has a list of these opportunities. Scroll down to the current date to find out what is coming up.
Let me draw you attention to one event in particular. This can be a homework assignment for you. Rebecca King calls it Music 100 for dancers.
You have heard me say "dance to the music" and it is possible that you don't really know what I mean when I say that. The description of this class suggests that she will address that question. I will be there - hope to see you too!
HERE IS A VIDEO explaining ECD to new dancers:
Wikipedia’s description is here:
Traveling? A list of ECD groups across the USA can be found at:
A general source of dance information with links to ECD, ceilidh, and other dance information.
Be warned, once you go here you are at risk of losing a couple of hours.
Animations of lots of dances.
A set of videos showing how to do 22 formations:
Alan Winston’s ECD Mailing List (Discussion group) and links to more than you thought you wanted to know:
English dance is slow and stately? Uhmmm, check out this video of the London Folk Dance display team: