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Come to the BACDS English Dance and Music Week in Mendocino, California, from July 10-17, 2010
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English Week 2010 Program Questionnaire

Name (required):

Please indicate the classes you are most likely to attend. You can change your mind later; this is to help us make initial decisions about where classes will be held. Within each class period (Class 1, Class 2, etc.), check one First Choice box and one Second Choice box.

If a class conflict is particularly painful for you, please rank your choices. Remember, we can’t promise a conflict-free schedule. In fact, it’s our job to make the class options as appealing and exciting as possible, and it’s your job to make hard choices and to pace yourself.

*Go over your choices carefully before you push the Submit button. Once you push the Submit button the form may be cleared, depending on your web browser.*

Class 1

Why “Hole in the Wall” isn’t a Minuet: Using Baroque Steps in English Country Dances – Carol
We know that Baroque dance steps were used in English country dance in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, but very little specific information survives. In this class we will learn common Baroque dance steps such as minuet, bourée, rigaudon, chassé, and gavotte, use them in English country dances, and discover why the minuet step is not appropriate for hornpipes (dances in 3/2 meter). The class will focus on dancing more than talking.
First Choice     Second Choice

Reconstructing Kynaston – Andrew
An in-depth look at some of Andrew’s Kynaston reconstructions in their original form, and consideration of the questions posed in interpreting and adapting them for modern performance.
First Choice     Second Choice

Ensemble Playing – Mary
Learn how to take a bunch of individuals and turn them into a band. Beginnings and endings, tempos, solo swapping, arrangements on the fly, harmonic variety, cheap tricks… May digress into alternative styling concepts for ECD.
First Choice     Second Choice

Class 2

ECD: Farnicle Huggy – Andrew
A selection of dances from Twenty Four New Country Dances Compos’d by a Person of Quality, 1718, and from others of the annual sets of New Country Dances published by John Walsh in the early 18th century.
First Choice     Second Choice

Chording – Jacqueline
Backing up ECD in a flowing, elegant, (non-contra) style, while providing a strong rhythmic underpinning for the dancers. Chord substitutions, solos, rhythmic and harmonic variations. Choosing chords on new tunes with no indicated chords.
First Choice     Second Choice

Class 3

ECD: Good to Great – Bruce
Through a series of fun dances to terrific tunes, we’ll look at the skills involved in English dancing — moving, giving weight, fitting figures to phrases, etc. For newer dancers, this will provide a solid foundation and may fill gaps left by picking things up on the fly. For experienced dancers, this material is the key to progressing from someone who dances well to someone who inspires a smile in your partner and brings joy to the band.
First Choice     Second Choice

Longsword – Kalia
The original Helmsley longsword dance, as notated by Cecil Sharp, was used as material for a series of sword workshops at the Sidmouth Festival in 1979. The resulting dance was further tinkered with by Spen Valley Longsword, and then their version was further tinkered with by Kalia. This 6-person dance incorporates moves characteristic of traditional longsword dances as well as a few new twists. It’s fun to learn and watch, easy enough for beginners but with enough challenges to keep experienced dancers on their toes.
First Choice     Second Choice

Melody/Harmony – Peter
We’ll work on shaping melody lines and using ornamentation and improvisation to develop ideas. We will also work on technical issues in challenging tunes. Learn what to play when someone else takes the melody line, how to get to the “insides” of a tune, and how to join the melody and the backup rhythm. And we’ll have fun playing beautiful music together!
First Choice     Second Choice

Class 4

ECD: Twenty four Old English Country Dances for the Year 2010 – Andrew
A selection of 17th and 18th century dances from a variety of sources will make up this anachronistic annual set.
First Choice
    Second Choice

Callers Workshop – Bruce
“Communication before choreography, dancers before dances.” This is open to all levels, and we particularly encourage experienced callers who want to keep to growing. We’ll have sessions on theory (managing the dancers’ mental load, basic musical concepts, stage fright, etc.) and also practice-calling. First Choice     Second Choice

Camper Band – Rebecca
Join with your fellow campers to provide glorious music for the Wednesday night Camper-led dance. From the professional to the novice, all abilities, levels, and instruments are welcome and encouraged. This class will form into bands and rehearse the tunes, with coaching on playing for dances by Rebecca King.
First Choice     Second Choice

Class 5

ECD for All: A Potpourri – Bruce
This session will explore the breadth of the English Country Dance literature: centuries, formations, energy levels, social classes, rhythms and steps. It is open to all experience levels. Musicians are strongly encouraged to attend.
First Choice     Second Choice

Exploring ECD 18th C. Continental Sources – Carol
Longways English country dances were introduced to the French court in 1684 (and may well have been danced there prior to that date.) By the first decades of the 18th century English-style dances had spread throughout Western Europe, as evidenced by the numerous manuscripts and publications that have survived. We will look at sources from France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, and Spain, comparing each country’s notation system and approach to the English model. The class will include a mixture of reconstruction/dancing and talking.
First Choice     Second Choice

If you plan to attend music workshops and/or play for campers’ night, please indicate below:

Instrument(s) you play:

Level of experience playing English country dance music (all levels welcome):


Mary Devlin is coordinating the callers for the Wednesday camper’s night dance. She will set the program by Monday morning so the musicians have time to form bands, learn tunes and get coaching during 1st period camper band class. Please come to camp prepared to give Mary at least three choices of what you might teach by dinner on Sunday. The goal for campers’ night is a program of primarily accessible and/or familiar dances and tunes (ideally in red or blue Barnes). If you don’t know if a tune will be playable by the camper band, ask one of the staff musicians. If you REALLY want to propose doing a not-in-Barnes dance, please bring a dozen copies of the tune with you to camp. If you have pre-camp questions about calling on Wed contact Mary:

I would like to call a dance at campers’ night.

Please return this questionnaire by June 1, 2010 to:

Jim Oakden
2731 Warren St.


English Week 2010 is currently sold out, with a wait list.

For more information, please check with our camp manager, Loretta Guarino Reid,
or our camp registrar, Denis Thalson (510-704-9561,

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