An experienced team come together to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Pat Shaw who contributed to many aspects of music, song and dance during his lifetime. His influence opened the door to his successors in the folk community particularly dance composers.
Following on from the day of celebration by EFDSS at Cecil Sharp House on the 24 September, this dance course will concentrate on many aspects of Pat’s compositions and research. During the day each workshop will look at particular aspects of Pat’s prolific production. The evening dance sessions will offer a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy many well-known items from the repertoire. Musicians who would like to join in playing during the final evening dance are encouraged to bring their instruments. (Practice sessions will be provided)
Who’s it for?
Dancers with some knowledge of English Country Dance will benefit from the course which will aim to stretch their abilities.
Robert Moir, well-known to the English Country Dance community, has long enjoyed dancing and teaching in both the Playford and contemporary Country Dance tradition. He is a long-standing admirer and appreciator of Pat Shaw’s work in influencing developments during his own lifetime as well as the output of succeeding generations of musicians, choreographers and other contributors to the folk tradition.
Bruce Hamilton will share the teaching of the course. He will travel from the USA to join in the celebrations. Bruce is already a favourite caller with dancers here; he travels extensively to teach and call. Also a Pat Shaw admirer he will offer a wide viewpoint of Pat’s contribution and his significance in general.
Chris and Julie Dewhurst. This husband and wife duo is one of the most popular and greatly respected bands currently playing in the UK. They have established themselves firmly in the circuit and are much in demand because of their ability to produce music in a wide variety of styles. treated with great empathy, and also because of their ease in working well as part of a team with the teacher/caller.
Hazel Moir is noted for her ability to ensure that events run smoothly and enjoyably for both participants and staff.