Brenda and Mollie attracted a good crowd to the club and it was very nice to see Elizabeth B., Paul and Jacky again. We were delighted to welcome Deirdre and Sue and hope they'll become regular visitors to the club.
It was such a joy to dance to live music and Mollie was on wonderful form. (Lots of members said how much they miss the live music we enjoyed.) People enjoyed Brenda's programme, which included: Levi Jackson, Shrewsbury Lasses, Kelsterne Gardens, Mr Isaac and Philippe Callens' Westward Bound. And were very glad to see her again. She said she'll come and call again!
We had a gorgeous programme, largely of 18th century dances, from Megan Wilson on Wednesday, and enjoyed her clear and relaxed calling.
We revisited Joseph Pimentel's Mr Hamilton's Inauguration and asked to do it again, even though a lot of us were still finding the left-shoulder hole-in-the-wall crossing difficult. We made a much better job of Hazel Moir's new dance for the Women's Suffrage Centenary, Deeds, Not Words. Brooke Friendly & Chris Sackett's 'Impropriety' went pretty well!
Megan began the evening with Jack's Health, which most of us didn't know, and called Shrewsbury Lasses to a lovely recording by Bare Necessities. Orleans Baffled showed that we need to work on thinking ahead.
It was a good evening and we are looking forward to Megan's return on 27 June.
On 20th June Brenda Godrich will be coming back for a one-off calling. Live music by Mollie Koenigsberger.
Louise Siddons called a wonderful programme of 17th and 18th century English dances and it was gratifying to see how little calling we needed once we had danced a couple of turns of Jaque Latin and De'il Tak the War.
We tried out the new dance, Deeds, Not Words, written by Hazel Moir to a tune by Rebecca King, commemorating 100 years of women's suffrage. It was the first time the group has "workshopped" a new dance and we found some parts easier than others.
We didn't seem to have much memory of Bonny Kate of Perth - muscle or otherwise! - which we'll need to revise. After tea, we enjoyed Excuse Me, Well Hall and Once a Night.
We won't put her through the ordeal of calling without a mic again!
Members of Camden FDC had a really enjoyable evening with Thomas Bending calling last night. Thomas' used his "day job" skills in a programme that brought everyone onto the floor for almost every dance, and drew particular attention to the bands whose music he played, including Albireo and Contrasaurus.
We danced 'Hole in the Wall', 'Well Hall', 'Sussex Gardens' and Colin Hume's 'Helena'. Thomas introduced 'Something Elche' for sets of six couples, with an unusual grand square, and 'Precious Treasure'. Another dance new to us was 'Delphiniums & Daisies'.
Sandra brought cupcakes, which added to the pleasure of the evening.
We had a smashing evening dancing to Peter Leedham's calling. He didn't use a mic, which allowed him to move about the floor and contributed to the atmosphere. His programme included a couple of less known "Playford" dances and Fried de Metz Herman's 'Six for the Six Proud Walkers', which we hadn't encountered. After the break, we enjoyed Gary Roodman's 'Terpsicourante' and had a go at Wendy Crouch's 'Winter Solstice'. Peter ended the evening with a tribute to the late John Woods and one of his dances.
We hope he and Joyce will come back!
A longtime dancer, Louise has been calling English Country Dance in USA. for the past decade.
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Chairman: Keiran Proffer
Secretary: Ruth Mendick
Treasurer: Michael King
Committee members: Christopher Green and Judith de Witt
And thank you to so many who are helping to keep the evenings running.
Thomas Bending calls English folk dances at clubs and events around England and the United States when he isn't dancing, leading Monday Musicians at Cecil Sharp House, playing with the band, Momentum, or building mathematical constructions you can admire on Facebook.
Primrose Hill Community Centre is a lovely venue. A good floor, ample space to dance, and comfortable seating for interval tea and coffee.
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