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Sharlene Penman (piano), visiting from New Zealand, is the band leader for the 2019 Tea Dance.
Our fiddlers are Sarah Stefanski and Jenny Evans, both local artists.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Waterbury Class - 15 April 2011

The Waterbury Class is a joy. We had 6 couples tonight and that makes the teaching and dynamics easier and pleasanter.

Tonight's dances were, again, all from the upcoming Tea Dance program and were:
Quarrie's Jig  (32 J 3)  36/3
Gypsy Dreams  (32 S 2)  T. Glasspool
The Piper and the Penguin  (88 R 4 square)  R. Goldring
Da Rain Dancin'  (32 R 3)  R. Wallace

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Quarrie's Jig:-  Another modern dance from the Society that is just delightful and, deservidly, becoming part of the standard repertoire.

Gypsy Dreams:- One of the most beautiful dances I have ever seen. And worth learning the tournee for. And if you can make the tournee beautiful the dance tips over into the sublime.

The Piper and the Penguin:- Another 88 bar reel from Roy Goldring. He has several of these and overall deserves being Canonized. Why ? Because it means I never ever again have to put The Round Reel of Eight on another program.

And then there is this - the dance and it's music are fun!

Da Rain Dancin':- Good music, good dance, good time!  I learned this dance from Ron Wallace one summer at Pinewoods (dance camp in Plymouth, Mass.). One point that he made then is not explicitly made in the written directions.
In the set to corner, turn partner figure: the first pas de basque is in place to 1st corner, the second pas de basque is a move to the left, turning slightly, not to face partner, but to have right shoulders facing partner ready for the right hand turn to face second corners.
  Again, when setting to second corners, the 'goodbye' portion is a small move that leaves the dancers with shoulders pointing toward one another and setting up the RH turn.

It changes the character of the dance.

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