October 19, 2018 - Berea, KY Waltz Weekend

Richard Powers and Angela Amarillis will be coming back to Berea, KY, to lead another wonderful waltz weekend October 19-21, 2018. The emphasis of the weekend is on high-quality dance instruction and high-quality partnering.  It's too soon to say what topics Richard will teach, but we know he will include classes in both traditional rotary waltz and contemporary cross-step waltz. There will likely be classes in a few related couple dances and group dances too.  Registration will open at 12 noon EDT on August 1 at www.lexingtonvintagedance.org. Here are some details:

Admission Policy

The maximum number of dancers will be 62.  This is a comfortable number for the hall, which will again be the Acton Folk Center in Berea.  Previous waltz experience is highly recommended.

To ensure that there are enough partners for everyone most of the time, we will role balance.  We recommend you sign up with a partner dancing the opposite lead/follow role. If you register with a partner, your partner must also register; and neither of you will be admitted until both have registered and paid. In addition to the traditional roles of lead and follow, we will offer an "either" option to those who are sufficiently  comfortable in both roles to be able to help maintain balanced roles.

Plan to register early, since the weekend fills up quickly.  This goes for single leads, too.   For the past two years, the weekend filled up within a week!

Costs and Cancellations

The cost will be $95 per adult.  This fee includes tuition for all classes and admission to the Saturday night dance.  Because classes are cumulative to some extent, partial enrollment is not allowed.

If you cancel before September 15, we will refund your fee minus $10. Cancellations after September 15 will not be refunded, even if you are on the waiting list.  However, if you are waiting and do not get in by the time of the event, we will refund your fee in full.

Food and Housing

A limited number of home-stays will be available. The deadline for requesting a home-stay is September 15. Otherwise, housing is on your own at local hotels. Check our web site for suggestions. You may also want to check AirBnB.com, as there are some very nice people in Berea offering to share their homes.

We will provide refreshments during breaks.  If you come to the Folk Center early on Saturday and Sunday, there will be food for breakfast, as well as open dancing. There will be an optional catered lunch on Saturday at a cost of $10.  You are invited to eat Saturday supper with other dancers at local restaurants.

Saturday Dance and Clothing

Richard will proctor the Saturday night dance, playing recorded music from his wide selection.  A theme for the dance has not yet been determined, but it will not be anything complicated. Plan to wear comfortable clothes for the classes and dress up a bit for the evening dance.

We are looking forward to seeing many of you in October.  This will be our 11th waltz weekend in 10 years.  (We had two in 2009.) Dancers come from all over the US for this event! E-mail lexingtonvintagedance@gmail.com or call (859) 813-0956 if you have any questions.e


October 20 - 21, 2018, Columbus, OH ECD Weekend with Bare Necessities and Bruce Hamilton


We wanted to let you know that registration is open for the tenth biennial Columbus English Country Dance Weekend, in Columbus Ohio on October 20-21, 2018.  It would be wonderful if you could join us.

This year we will again be dancing in the lovely old Groveport Town Hall, 648 Main St., Groveport, Ohio.  Bare Necessities will once again provide the music, and Bruce Hamilton is coming from California to lead the workshops and the dancing.  There will be 2 workshop sessions on Saturday, and one session on Sunday, as well as a Ball on Saturday evening.  The cost for the weekend is $125.  You can register by mail or online.  Registration forms and full information are at http://www.columbusenglishcountrydance.org/CCDW/.  Register early, as there is a limit of 70 dancers for this event.

In addition to the dancing in Groveport,  Bruce will lead a session on Consciously Using Your Unconscious Competence on Friday evening, October 19 from 8 - 10 pm, at Clinton Heights Lutheran Church15 Clinton Heights Ave., Columbus, OH 43202.  Details on the presentation are at the link; in short, Bruce will be talking about the ways we can improve our dancing by taking advantage of skills we already have.  He says, "It's made an enormous difference in my own dancing and I want to share [these ideas]."   The cost for the workshop is $15, and it can be paid along with the weekend registration or at the door.

Hope to see you at the dance,