I will be teaching two dance workshops for The Elegant Arts Society
in New York City this Sunday, November 1st. Logistical details are
The first (1:00-3:45pm) will cover Spanish quadrilles of the 1830s, including the Primera Tanda (the Spanish version of the First Set of French quadrilles), which has some intriguing figure variations, as well as assorted figures from other quadrilles. These quadrilles are done with steps similar to those of the Regency era. Depending on available time and numbers, we will also dance the lively reel for nine people (and one hat) known as the Bumpkin, which isn't Spanish but is still lots of fun. (This class replaces the usual monthly Regency class, as traditionally for the two classes after the Assembly we enjoy a change of pace by sliding a few years into the future to enjoy the dances of the post-Regency but pre-Victorian era.
The second class (4:00-6:00pm) will cover the variations and vagaries of the schottische as it evolved over time, starting with the earliest schottische variations recorded in the 1850s through the 1870s, moving into later developments in the dance through the end of the nineteenth century, and concluding with the gliding ragtime schottisches of the first two decades of the twentieth century.
Both of the above are beginner-level classes. No experience is needed and no partner is required, though gender balance is not guaranteed. Clean, leather-soled flat shoes are recommended for both classes.
The classes are held at Dick Shea's (a capoeira studio), 104 W. 14th Street at 6th Avenue, New York City. Ring buzzer #3, up 2 flights, first door on the right. For more information, please email EAS.
The Spanish quadrilles class costs $18, or $12 for people attending a 1:00 class for the first time; the schottische evolution class costs $15. Pay at the class.