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BACDS Fall Ball
"A Purcell Ball"

November 19, 201

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The Talent

Nicolas Broadbridge is a specialist in Playford and similar dance. He learned Country Dancing, Cotswold Morris and Longsword in Surrey in the '50s, later dancing with Whirligigs demonstration team, London (working closely with Pat Shaw), and danced Cotswold Morris with Cambridge, The Travelling Morrice, London Pride, Abingdon and Glasgow.

He formed the Glasgow and Edinburgh Assembly in the early '80s, acting as teacher, musician and choreographer. He formed the Assembly Players in 1987, leading on accordion; he has led them for Balls, ceilidh dances and workshops here and abroad, and played on, directed and produced their 15 recordings of English Country Dances.

He is a composer of tunes and dances (published 'The Assembly Dances') and researcher into C17th, C18th and C19th country dances (published 'Purcell's Dancing Master'). He has also proof-read and helped edit several other volumes of country dances, often supplying the harmonies for the tunes.  He is currently editing a new edition of the “Fallibroome Dances” and “A Fallibroome Garden” for publication by the EFDSS.

Andy Eggleston, fiddler and violist, has performed extensively in a wide variety of genres and venues. As a violist, she has backed jazz greats Charlie Haden and Michael Brecker at Carnegie Hall, opened for k.d. lang at Boston's Fleet Center Pavilion and appeared live on Japanese television with Japanese pop star Ken Hirai. As a violinist, she has taken her fiddle on the road with the Three Irish Divas, performed for the closing of the Frida Kahlo exhibit at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, and has been a member of ensembles that range in genre from trip-hop to contra dance. Originally from the Boston area, Andy received her B.M. in viola performance from Berklee College of Music. More recently, she has studied fiddle with Chad Manning (David Grisman Bluegrass Experience), and joined up with jamgrass band Outband.  And, of course, she has been playing for contra and English country dances around the Bay area for several years now with the Raggedy Annes (Charlie Hancock and Anne Goess) and other lovely local musicians.

Bill Jensen has been enjoying English Country dancing since 1984, and has played piano for dances since 1997. He plays frequently at dances throughout the Bay Area and is the lead house musician for the BACDS Peninsula ECD series.  Bill particularly enjoys working closely with callers to provide musical backup for teaching dances.  He's done many Fall Ball workshops and we're proud to have this year for both the workshop and the Ball.

Music has always been a comfortable second language for Erik Ievins.  Classically trained on cello since he was old enough to hold a bow, Erik joined professional symphony and pops orchestras while still in high school.  He discovered the joy of fiddle music (on a cello!) and has been delighting dancers around the country.  With a gift to hear what's missing and add just the right touch, Erik's versatility is highly sought after on stage or in the recording studio improvising for songwriters.  Along with his cello magic and bass exuberance, he's an avid dancer and sound tech.

Hailed for her virtuosity, expressivity, fearless playing, and combination of "masterly control with risk-taking spontaneity" , Judy Linsenberg has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center; and has been featured with such leading American ensembles as the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera Center, the Los Angeles Opera, the LA Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, American Bach Soloists, the Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles Baroque Orchestras, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, the Oregon and Carmel Bach Festivals, Musica Sacra of New York, Musica Angelica of Los Angeles, and others. She is the winner of national performance awards, and has premiered several pieces for the recorder, including a new work commissioned by her and, in March 2002 in Los Angeles, the US premiere of Vivaldi's recorder concerto, RV 312R.

Judy lives in Oakland with her adorable little dog, Jake, and she would be more than happy to show you pictures if you ask.

The Organizers

The Fall Ball band of rogues are:
  • Committee Chair (and matching end tables) Ric Goldman
  • Artistic Director Nicolas Broadbridge
  • Singing Leader Patti Cobb
  • Sound Engineer is Eric Black
  • Grand poobah of potluck and other cuisine miracles: Stewart Hall
  • Publicity and overseas correspondence thanks to James Candlin
  • The diva of decorations is Tanya Edgar
  • Volunteer extortion and press gang is led by David Edgar
  • Our regent of registration (be nice to her!) is Loretta Guarino
  • Treasurer and department of financial extortion Lori Honzik
  • The website and roving ambassador: Ric Goldman
  • Dance booklets by Stewart Hall
And let's not forget all the members of the dance community who volunteered to help out and/or bring contributions for the potluck.  We couldn't have done this without you.  Thanks!

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