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.
Some groups have experimented with socially distant dancing. Individuals or consenting pairs dancing the same dance in well separated "sets" of one or two dancers each.
I have done some of the solo dancing which is interesting, but not a lot of fun because it is after all solo dancing. I am toying with the idea of trying one of these socially distanced dances. St. Andrews is not available, and dancing indoors may not be all that safe. HOWEVER, there is a large asphalt parking lot across the street (funeral home) where it would be possible to gather some dancers for, let's call it parallel dancing. I'll call a few dances, and in very separated sets of one or two dancers each we dance "together."
I have not asked permission to use the parking lot, but it is typically not busy on Sundays. If you are interested in giving this a try, contact me at Dancers@LouisvilleECD.org.
Coming up in the "Area"
CDSS just announced that the entire Pinewoods Dance Camp season is cancelled for Summer, 2020. There is just too much uncertainty about the progress of The Virus in the next few months and with the costs and planning required to make any event happen, all of the groups hosting dance events agreed to just cancel and start anticipating a 2021 season.
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: