New Tunes, New Dances
Pat Shaw played a vital role in opening up the English country dance world, declaring, essentially, that these are folk dances, that we are the folk, and that we can create new dances. Following his lead, recent decades have seen a proliferation of dances as choreographers repurpose old figures and create fresh patterns. Contemporary composers also draw from a wide range of influences, creating many tunes that are distinctly different from early Playford. The confluence of these two activities has yielded a New Golden Age of English country dance. In this session, we'll explore new dances set to new tunes, and we'll explore how choreography and music both affect the way we move on the dance floor.