Greetings, dancers and musicians of Rowany!
As we did last year, we will be holding a term of dance practice in Rowany, leading up to a ball at the end.
The venue is a lovely new space called Harold Park Community Hall (http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/facilities/venues-for-hire/harold-park-community-hall),
Level 1 at the Tramsheds, 1 Dalgal Way, Forest Lodge, which hopefully is very convenient for you all. It is near the 433 bus route and the Jubilee Park light rail station. It has lots of space, 2 hours of free parking, and a sprung wooden floor.
We will begin on July 20th (7pm-9pm) and practice every Friday evening up to and including the evening of the 7th of September, to be followed by a Ball on Saturday 8th September.
All are welcome, newcomers and experienced dancers alike! As before, we will begin each week with easier dances, and move on to more complicated ones towards the end. Musicians are also extremely welcome!
Cost is a very reasonable [$10] contribution ([$15] for non-members) each week. If this is a hardship for you but you would like to attend anyway, please contact the Rowany Seneschal.
Anfridh i Osby & Annabel de Swinburne
The Winter/Spring term of Rowany Dance starts this Friday, 20 July at 7pm in the community hall on level 2 of Tramsheds and will lead up to the Masked Bal d’Argent on 9 September.
This term I’d like to work on:
1. Varieties of period dance styles – including building competence in dances across multiple styles for Rondel assessment; and
2. Encouraging dancers, who so wish, to start to teach dancing.
This Friday, we will do:
· Warm up – gentle stretches and mobilising joints, then walking in different rhythms and speeds;
· Bransles: A couple of early dances in the round;
· Courtly walking: Pavane, Allemande or similar;
· English Country Dance: Set dance with verse and chorus, one simpler, one more complex;
· Poncy: Something melodramatic, probably C15th or C16th Italian;
· Fast/Bouncy: I’ve a yearning for Gavotte;
· Cool down and consider the pub.
Learning to teach:
We will start very gently with simply calling a known dance together. If you are interested in going further, let me know and we can work on expanding your skills at teaching.
Even if you learn to call just one dance competently, that’s a huge help to the usual suspects who might otherwise spend a whole ball shouting “Double Left!” when we might like a chance to just dance.
Or you might catch the redaction bug and start researching previously unknown period dances and introduce them throughout Lochac and the Knowne Worlde!
See you on Friday!
Annabel de Swinburne.