NEXT UP in Louisville!!!
June 13: We did it! A party of 12 showed up in the outdoor heat to resume in person dancing! We had to move the set a few times to keep it in the shade, but it was really nice to resume dance with some don't-have-to-think-too-hard favorites. Thanks to the Dancing Dozen!
Pencil in the last Sunday in June for our next outdoor dance adventure. Weather permitting, we will return to the Mellwood Arts Center.
To make everyone comfortable and feel safe, we do need to emphasize the need for the unvaccinated to wear a mask.
Just for the record, here is the posting leading to the Second Sunday June dance;
Let's take a run at dancing outdoors. THIS Sunday is the second Sunday in June, our usual gathering day. ...
For those hardy enough to dance in the heat, we are meeting at the Melwood Arts Center, 1860 Melwood Ave, from 3 - 5 PM. We will be in the central concourse where there is a walkway above the concourse that provides some shade. It does not provide cooling per se but does get most of us out of the sun. Parking in the upper lot gets you very close to where we will dance.*
Bring water and hand sanitizer. The program will be aware of the heat (No Round Reel of Eight) but feel free to sit out when you need to.
Also, remember that the vaccines are not 100% effective. Although statistics say it is highly unlikely, vaccinated dancers COULD pick up something untoward. Your participation acknowledges and accepts the risk.
If you are not vaccinated, please follow CDC guidelines and wear a mask for your own protection. If you are vaccinated and want to wear a mask for extra protection, you are certainly welcome to do so.
Danny Mac's pizza parlor is across the hall!
* Note that Melwood Avenue is closed close to Zorn Avenue. To access the Arts Center from Zorn Avenue or the I-71 Zorn exit, turn toward the river and go west on River Road to Edith Ave. Detour signs are there to guide you back to Melwood Ave.
There will be a JASNA Ball in July. it will be on one of the downtown riverboats with calling by Tom & Toni Tumbush. Information at https://locustgrove.org/janeaustenfestival/
150 tickets are available and I have no information if those have sold out.
Coming up in the "Area"
While we await full indoor dancing again, check out the virtual opportunities for song, English dance, and contra here: https://www.cdss.org/community/events-calendar.
Virtual dancing is not nearly as fun as in person dancing, of course, BUT it does allow you to learn from teachers that would not otherwise be available to you. PLUS you can attend dance events that you probably would not go to otherwise. It is highly unlikely that I could ever go to Hey Days English Dance and Music Week in California, but that camp is available virtually next weekend
Several CDSS dance camps are going to have a go this summer:
One of the weekend events that is back in person this year is wayyy up there in Fairfield, Iowa. An English Country Dance weekend with Bare Necessities and taught this year by Graham Christian. Nov 5-7, 2021 Several of us have gone to this popular event so I bring it to your attention.
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: