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Schedule

Please note all dance events are at St. Stephens & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, VA.

Friday, November 8
8:30 p.m.  Welcome Dance
 
Saturday, November 9
8:45 a.m.  Registration/Coffee
9:15 a.m.  Warmups
9:30 a.m.  First Class*
10:50 a.m.  Break
11:10 a.m.  Second Class*
12:30 p.m.  Lunch Break
1:30 p.m.  Ball Review and Teachers' Class**
7:00 p.m.  Reception
7:25 p.m.  Grand March
7:30 p.m.  Argyle Ball
  Afters party. Maps at Ball.
 
Sunday, November 10
9:30 a.m.  Potluck brunch. Maps at Ball.
11:30 a.m.  David Queen's Dances***
1:15 p.m.  Understanding Means Dancing Longer***

Ready-to-serve finger-food contributions to the refreshment table at both dances and the afters party are most welcome.

*Saturday Morning Classes: Two class options will be offered during each class session:

Using Technique in Every Dance
This class will focus on technique, phrasing and transitions in the context of dances, and is appropriate for all dancers. Examples of topics that might be covered include:
  • Using hands and arms effectively
  • Moving gracefully from one figure to the next
  • Smoothing out strathspey traveling step
  • Achieving beautiful covering in formations such as the allemande and the knot
  • Accommodating other dancers in the set by creating space and adjusting phrasing

Technique for Specialized Situations
This class will focus on perfecting technique and styling, and is designed for dancers who are confident in their general technique and familiar with advanced formations. This class will have limited walkthroughs. Examples of topics that might be covered include:

  • Maintaining high standards of technique throughout a dance, including footwork, hands/arms, heads/eyes, posture, center of gravity
  • Creating the "magic moments" in more challenging formations such as the rondel, poussette right round, tournee, bourrel, set and rotate, set and link for 3 couples
  • Supporting your partner and set through non-verbal and other unobtrusive cues
  • Teamwork - dancing together as a set instead of dancing individually
  • Dancing every bar of a dance, finishing steps, and making tricky transitions seamless

**Saturday Afternoon:
Ball Review
Review dances from the evening ball program.
Teachers' Class
David will teach a skills class for teachers, with particular emphasis on making teaching points effectively, and working with live music.

***Sunday:
David Queen's Dances
David will teach dances he has devised. He is a prolific devisor, with dances published in The Queen Collection, The Ribble Valley Book, and the Southport Book, as well as many dances available as leaflets.
Understanding Means Dancing Longer
Andy will teach dance biomechanics, based on her expertise as a professional dancer. Topics will include warmups, proper movement and body alignment while dancing, and cool downs. She will suggest fun, practical stretches that can reduce the likelihood of injury and keep us all dancing longer. She will also expose some myths and long-practiced parts of warmups that can actually cause slow, unfelt damage, and show us ways to avoid these pitfalls.