The first (1:00-3:45pm) will focus on the dances of the Regency era (1810-1820), including steps and figures for country dances, French quadrilles, and the nine-person reel known as The Country Bumpkin. Specifically, we will look at a variety of step-sequences to use for L'Été (second figure of the French quadrille) and will enjoy a new Spanish Dance, the peculiar clapping figure in La Bateuse, and the 1816 version of the classic Money Musk.
The second class (4:00-6:00pm) will be dedicated to two dances composed by the 1850s London dance teacher Mrs. Nicholas Henderson. Unusually for a woman of her era, Mrs. Henderson was internationally known and was cited respectfully by American dance master Charles Durang in his own manual as being a better writer than her male colleagues! We will be doing her delightful Double Quadrille as well as her galopade-country dance, Holly Berry (previously posted about here).
These are beginner-level classes. No experience is needed, no partner is required, and clean leather-soled flat shoes (not high heels) are recommended. Gender balance is not guaranteed.