It was lovely to welcome Louise Siddons back to Camden FDC; and a wonderful surprise to have Mollie Koenigsberger on her fiddle.
As expected, Louise's teaching was clear, friendly and good-humoured; and Mollie's playing was a joy for both dancers and observers. The programme was a well-judged mix of 18th-century and modern dances. We look forward to Louise's next session.
Willy Nilly (Robin Hayden)
The Touchstone (Thompson 1773)
The Detour (Sharon McKinley)
The Ladies Joy (Cahusac 1788)
Middlemarch (Orly Krasner)
Spring Blossom (Colin Hume)
Autumn in Amherst (Philippe Callens)
Marina (Elizabeth Zeckley)
Since 11 July 2018 was the last Wednesday this year in the UK for both Louise Siddons and Megan Wilson, they agreed to share the calling for the evening. Among the dances Louise called were The Astonished Archaeologist (Philippe Callens), Jaque Latin , Helena (Colin Hume) and Shandy Hall. Megan's programme included: Highlanders Humour, Easter Morn (Erna-Lynne Bogue), Mr Lane's Maggot, Freers' Fortification (Hilary Herbert) and Epsom New Wells.
David Hogarth summed up the experience of dancing to Louise and Megan when he stepped forward to give an impromtu thanks at the end of the evening. He cited the quality of the programmes these callers have chosen over the weeks, expressed appreciation for the more challenging dances that have encouraged us to improve our dancing and for the example of their own excellent dancing for us to try to emulate. Like him, I hope they will come back.
David's comments reminded me that, as a club, we have led an incredibly sheltered life. We were born on Thursdays, with experienced callers Brenda Godrich and Dave Kerridge to guide our steps. We were blessed with Dave Kerridge as a regular caller for the first two terms of the new club's existence; and we have since enjoyed a succession of callers distinguished by their thorough preparation, good taste, extensive knowledge, clear calling and obvious enjoyment of English country dance. We are a lucky club.
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!
A longtime dancer, Louise has been calling English Country Dance in USA. for the past decade.
She will call at