A Weekend with Amarillis

June 19-21, 2009


Amarillis: Three talented women who play dance music in a variety of styles: for New England contras, English country dances, and waltzes and other couple dances.

Allison Thompson is a musician, folk-dancer and historian of the dance. She started English country-dancing in the mid-seventies and has been dancing, teaching and playing for dances ever since. She was foreman/squire for the Iron Rose Garland Dance Team and the Iron City Morris. Allison plays concertina, recorders and accordions with the multi-faceted trio, Amarillis, which plays for contra, English and Vintage dances.

Karen Millyard has been leading English Country Dances for years. She is a choreographer, researcher, consultant and professional dance teacher who works in theatre, television, schools and the community.


8-10:30   Mostly Waltz dance with Amarillis (polka class 7.15-8)
1-2.30   Musicians' workshop, "Playing for Waltzers" - for experienced musicians
Come and discover the thrill of playing for a roomful of whirling dancers!

Learn how to play waltzes with the lilt and lift that puts wings to the dancers' heels. (No, it's NOT just oom-pah-pah!) Amarillis, a folk-baroque trio, will guide advanced musicians in how to play and improvise on waltzes, from sweet Irish airs to sultry Venezuelan tango-waltzes. Tips for melody and harmony players as well as backup (piano, guitar, etc.) players.

3-5.30   English for all dance workshop, taught by Allison Thompson
7.30-10.30   English dance with caller Karen Millyard
1.30-2.30   Zwiefacher/hambo dance
2.45-4.45   Advanced ECD workshop with teachers Allison Thompson and Karen Millyard
Among other things, Allison will be teaching Colin Hume's reconstruction of Step Stately, a challenging but rewarding dance containing both duple and triple minor sections.


All events will be held at St. Barnabas, 361 Danforth Avenue, at Hampton Avenue. Near Chester subway station. Directions to the hall.



Mostly Waltz dance:
• dance only is $10/$7 full-time students
• dance plus lesson is $15/$12 full-time students

Musicians' workshop:
• $10/$7 students

Afternoon english dance:
• $10/$7 students

Evening english dance:
• $10/$7 students

Zwiefacher/hambo dance:
• $7/$5 students

Advanced english dance:
• $10/$7 students



For more information,
ask at torontoenglishdance dot ca
danceweavers at gmail dot com



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