Pennsic Class Reflections

So I ended up teaching three classes at Pennsic this year.

“Nail the Hey” was offered twice and seemed to go over pretty well. When there are brand new dancers in the mix and they can do various heys by the end of class without stumbling or falling behind, I’d say the class was successful.

My class about writing new English Country Dances went very well also. I had a small group of about 6 people, but it was a rather esoteric topic. We talked about the various steps and arrangements prevalent in ECD and learned a couple of the ones I wrote this year. At least one person said they were much like “normal” English Country Dances and fit right in.

I’ll definitely be writing more soon.

Heading to Pennsic!

Just a few more days until Pennsic XLV begins! This is my third year attending and my first year teaching classes. Dance classes, to be specific. I’m teaching two sessions called “Nail the Hey,” that explain/demonstrate how to get the Hey right every time when you are doing English Country Dance. We will use Grimstock to apply what we learn. And then I’m also doing a class about the process I went through in creating three new English Country Dances that are patterned after musical and choreographical elements of dances from Playford’s first (and second) edition of the Dancing Master.