Megan Wilson's programme was a mix of old and modern English Country dances on this occasion, some of which we found difficult, despite her clear calling and generous demonstrations. Many of us were pleased to be challenged to raise our game(s).
On this occasion, Megan engaged in some straightforward teaching, which some of us managed to retain through the evening, with positive results. She revisited the "serpentine" figure with which many of us had struggled last week, which was appreciated. Members commented on the clarity of Megan's teaching and some of us found her specifying the number of beats and/or bars available for a figure a helpful revelation.
It was a good evening.
Benjamin's Birth Day (Gary Roodman)
The Queen's Birthday
Beach Spring (Leslie Lassetter) -- this is the one with the serpentine.
Apollo and Daphne
Winter Dreams Waltz (Gary Roodman)
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.
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.