in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
of Bare Necessities
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Friday Night Contra Dance with Flapjack
Saturday Night Ball (all dances taught)
Sunday Advanced English Workshop
Callers' Workshops with Colin Hume
Musicians' Workshop with Bare Necessities
Traditional Dance Demonstrations
England's Colin Hume is a world-renowned authority on English and American dance. He has called dances and conducted workshops in many countries, including the United States, England, Denmark, Holland and Germany. Colin is also the distinguished choreographer and composer of many volumes of well-loved dances and tunes.Bare Necessities
The musicians of Bare Necessities have been delighting dancers, callers and music-lovers for the past 25 years. Their unique, unmistakeable style has made them the continent's foremost performers of English country dance music.Flapjack
Originally based in Toronto, Canada's premier contra band Flapjack has rapidly become one of the most vibrant stars on the North American contra scene today.
|5.00 - 6.30
|Callers' Master Class I: Colin Hume will conduct the first segment of a two-part contra and English callers' workshop. This session offers the chance to talk with one of the world's foremost callers. Calling experience preferred but not essential.
|6.30 - 7.30
|7.30 - 10.30
|Friday Night Contra Dance with Colin Hume and Flapjack. Performance by Toronto Women's Sword during the break.
|11.00 - 1.00
|English Workshop I: How to Enjoy English An excellent workshop for both English and non-English dancers alike.
|1.00 - 2.30
|2.30 - 5.00
|English Workshop II: Pre-ball English workshop. All welcome! Performance by Toronto Morris Men during the break.
|5.00 - 8.00
|8.00 - 11.00
|Saturday Night Ball with Colin Hume to the music of Mary Lea, Jacqueline Schwab and Earl Gaddis. Evening, festive or period attire encouraged, but not required. All dances will be taught.
|12.00 - 1.30
|Musicians' Master Class: Bare Necessities will lead a master class for aspiring and accomplished musicians. While this is a special treat for English musicians, both contra and English musicians are welcome. Shandy Hall, a tune in the blue Barnes book of English Country Dance tunes, will be the featured tune for all to play at the end of the presentation.
|1.30 - 2.15
|Short lunch break
|2.15 - 4.45
|Advanced English workshop
|4.45 - 5.00
|Brief setup break
|5.00 - ?
|Callers' Master Class II: Colin Hume will conduct the second segment of a two-part callers' workshop. This session offers the chance to call a dance and receive feedback from Colin. Attendance at the first session is recommended but not required; non-callers also welcome. The length of the class will depend on the number of callers participating.
| St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth Avenue
St. Barnabas is located along the Danforth in one of Toronto's most vibrant neighbourhoods. The church is at the corner of Danforth and Hampton Avenues, near Chester subway station. The hall has an excellent sprung wood dance floor with great acoustics. Click for directions.
St. Barnabas hall has a strict shoe policy. Street shoes will NOT be permitted on the dance floor at any time. Please bring non-marking, preferably soft-soled dance shoes, with broad heels.
|New Rochester-Toronto ferry service!
|The ferry service between downtown Rochester and downtown Toronto has been postponed to a new start date of June 19, 2004.
|Getting to Toronto
|There are frequent flights from most major cities into Toronto's Pearson International airport. Toronto is also well-serviced by VIA Rail trains and Greyhound and Voyageur bus lines. Public transportation (the TTC) is available from the airport, train, and bus stations. Taxis, limos, GO, and Airport Express are also available from the airport.
Dining information (PDF file)
The Danforth area has a large and diverse array of restaurants. Note that all restaurants and bars in Toronto are now non-smoking. Only some of the closest restaurants to the dance site are listed here. Toronto.com is one of many sites with more information.
Saturday package (eight hours of dances and workshops) includes :