an English country dance weekend
& Saturday, 20 & 21 July 2012
and The New
Robin Hayden Robin Hayden teaches English country dancing in Amherst and Boston, MA. Soon after arriving at Swarthmore College in 1979, she found herself hopelessly over-involved in historical and traditional dance and music, including morris, rapper, Scottish, English, International, and modern dancing, as well as Swarthmore's Early Music Ensemble. She has lived in beautiful South Amherst, MA since 1987, and began leading English dances there in 1993. Under her sensitive and dedicated guidance, the weekly dance has become the center of a flourishing community of dancers and musicians.
Robin has been a member of the office staff at CDSS for fifteen years; she is also an accomplished poet. Known for her lyrical dancing and dynamic teaching, she has participated in weekends, workshops and festivals across the northeast and in the U.K.
The New Vagaries are a newly formed dynamic dance duo with Ben Bolker on violin / fiddle and Rick Avery on piano / keyboards. They will be joined by special musical guests throughout the weekend.
Tara Bolker, your host, is an English and contra dance caller and organizer in Hamilton, Ontario. She calls for community dances and private events all around the region and is especially keen on keeping walk-through time to a minimum without losing the dancers--"50% more dancing!" as one dancer put it. And she loves to throw great parties.
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The Dundas Town Hall is located at 60 Main Street in Dundas; the auditorium entrance is through the south door, by the flagpole and cannon. It is air conditioned and has a great wood floor and lots of natural light--Dundas Pipes and Drums have some nice interior pictures of the hall.
Casual elegance is the theme of the weekend. The weather will be warm and there will be plenty of energetic and driving dances mixed in with the romantic and stately ones--suggested dress for the evening dances is spiffy, festive and comfortable.
Hamilton area hotel and B&B information is best found with a web search of your own personal preferences, especially on sites that may offer discounts. Two good choices, though, are the Admiral Inn located across the street from Dundurn Castle and near the Royal Botanical Gardens, and the reasonably priced Hamilton Inn Motel, very close to the Dundas Town Hall.
Admission to the weekend is $85 and includes continental breakfast and lunch at the hall on Saturday plus ample dance-time refreshments.
Please pre-register via email and include the following information for each attendee:
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