academie: Walters Update
scavard at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 10 13:27:13 PDT 2001
At Coronation, I had a meeting with Lord Talbot to discuss the October 20-21
Walters demo. We discussed some of the specifics of the demo itself, but of
more urgency was our discussion of the dance practices Bright Hills needs.
Here's the skinny... They have approx 4-6 of their own folks who want to
dance, but they generally lack the resources and expertise necessary to get
good enough quickly enough, and would benefit from an injection of
confidence before dancing for the general public. They really need
experienced instructor(s) to come teach them the dances. They are planning
practices, beginning this Friday, running for 6 weeks. The practices will
be in Reisterstown (?) MD, northwest of Baltimore. If memory serves, the
practices would run from 7:30 to 10.
We need folks to volunteer to zip up to Bright Hills to help with their
practices. I can't go up every week, but I can probably make 1 or 2. If
3-4 of us could do this, we could split the practices up, minimizing the
impact on any one of us. Friday night crash space can easily be arranged.
I loaned Talbot my tape collection, so he has plenty of music to start with.
They are wide open when it comes to picking the dances they will perform.
There is apparently no specific century that we need to focus on, so we can
open the repertoire to include ECD and Bransles in addition to the Italians
we were planning. The dances should be something appropriate for the
experience level of the dancers (intermediate at best), which would also
"look good" for an audience. For the advanced or more difficult dances, the
Academie could do those ourselves. Talbot suggested some dances, and is
soliciting us for inputs... I'll forward that list later.
For the demo itself, we will be dancing in 15 minute shifts, approx once per
hour. 15 on, 45 off. I will get the start/end times later, but plan on
Noon to 6, plus or minus an hour. Live music is strongly preferred, I have
the action to corner that one.
To conclude, for right now I need a show of hands: Who can make a Friday
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