New London Assembly

English Country Dance Program: fiddle cat
New London Assembly

Week Two, July 17-24, 2016
Brad Foster, Director

An all-day program of classes, lectures, and evening dancing. Dance 17th- and 18th-century historical English country dances, placed in context with information about their background, and learn about the art of dance reconstruction. You can also take a music class if you wish





Brad Foster


Colin Hume


Shira Kammen, violin

Emily O'Brien, recorders

Jacqueline Schwab, piano

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New London Assembly Class Schedule

Classes run Monday thru Friday

Early Morning 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
English Historical Dance

Taught by Colin Hume, with music by Shira Kammen, Emily O'Brien, and Jacqueline Schwab
John Playford produced the 1st Edition of the English Dancing Master in 1651, and through the 17th and 18th Century tens of thousands of dances were published. The instructions for some of these dances might be clear today, but in most cases they need to be "reconstructed" by somebody - partly to make sense of the original wording, partly to make the dance acceptable to dancers of today. Colin will present a mixture of his own reconstructions and others' with a focus on dancing these dances well in a 21st Century style.

Late Morning 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Open to all!
Monday: Historical Social Dance Dorothy Olsson
Tuesday: Divided by a Common Language: Contrasting Styles of English Dance Colin Hume
Wednesday: Tell Me More, the Stories Behind the Dance Graham Christian
Thursday: Who Were These People? The American Late Greats of the English Dance World Brad Foster
Friday: 18th Century German Dance Sources Carol Marsh

Early Afternoon 1:45 to 3:00 p.m.
Old Classics and More

Taught by Brad Foster, with music by Jacqueline Schwab
Mostly classic historical dance reconstructions from the early 20th Century by Cecil Sharp, Douglas and Helen Kennedy, Pat Shaw, and more. These dances, including the way many of them have changed of the years, form the bedrock of American English country dance today.

Do-It-Yourself Reconstruction
Taught by Colin Hume, with music by Emily O'Brien
Starting from facsimiles of original source material, the class will work as a group to decipher the meaning of these early instructions and then devise their own reconstructions.

Late Afternoon 3:30 to 4:40 p.m.
Modern English Country

Taught by Colin Hume, with music by Emily O'Brien and Jacqueline Schwab.
Dances from the last 50 years by Pat Shaw, Fried Herman, Colin Hume, and and other choreographers, some of whom will be new to you.