If you can't attend the Playford Ball practice sessions at COV from now through April 1 and you're coming to the ball, we hope you get a chance to dance some or all of the dances in your home communities beforehand. For those of you practicing at home (and many do, using the posted instructions and recorded music!), three of the dances can be viewed on YouTube in quite successful versions (thanks to David Tilove for discovering these links):
* Bryon's Boutade…Continue
Dorothy Cummings and I will launch CD*NY's 6-session ball prep season this coming Tuesday, Feb 25, to be followed by Orly the next week, and culminating on April 1 with Orly and me teaching (no, that's not an April Fool's Day joke!).
On the schedule for our first ball prep evening will be Mr Stapledon's New Hornpipe, a dance in triple time by Philippe Callens. John Stapledon, who passed away last year, was a fruit farmer in Wales who just happened to write some of the best English…Continue
Playford Ball prep for our 2013 Playford Ball on April 13 is underway. Sure, you can study the dances on your own (for the online booklet), but it's much more fun learning with others to live music! So, please join us on Tuesdays at Church of the Village (13th Street at 7th Avenue) beginning at 7 PM. Click here for the schedule.
By the way, many dances on the ball program can be seen on YouTube. Night Cap can be…Continue
As many as 20 Fordham University students will join CD*NY's English dance this coming Tuesday as part of their literature course called Afterlife of Jane Austen (how the world she created lives on in literature, film, and other aspects of life in our time). This is a great opportunity for our community to generate an enduring interest in our dancing in a student population already disposed to enjoy it.
If you are an experienced English country dancer, please turn out for this special…Continue