ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE
I can call ECD at all levels and can offer workshops as follows:
- English Country Dance for beginners
- English Country Dance for contra dancers
- Intermediate English Country Dance
- Advanced English Country Dance
- Free(d) for All – English Country Dances written by Fried de Metz Hermann
- Double English - Popular English Country Dances in England
- Classical English - English Country Dances with classical tunes
- The Playford Time Machine - Playford dances as they were more likely to have been done. My interpretations of well-known dances from Mr Playford's seventeenth century dancing masters.
- Not So Sharp – popular Playford re-interpreted by Michael Barraclough
- Playful Playford
- A Feast of Maggots
- Revolting Dances – Country Dances of the American Revolution (1775-1783)
- Jensen Jingles – modern ECD dances to tunes by Jonathon Jensen
- Osculatory Dances - Kissing Dances from Mr Playford’s Dancing Master
- English Country Dances from 17th and 18th century literature
- ‘Gay’ dances – dances to tunes from the Beggars Opera by John Gay
- Danse Anglaise - English Country Dances from France, 1685 - 1721
- Hey-daze – heys, heys and more heys …
- Step (not so) Stately: English Country Dances with steps
- Caper and Firk It: An Introduction to the Basic Principles of 17th & 18th century English Country Dance (4 x 2hr sessions)
- Pills to Purge Melancholy: English Country Dances set to Ballads
- Dance interpretation
- “Why won’t they dance with me?”; or, How to be the Bell(e) of the Ball - techniques to be a more desirable partner
Two for the Price of One - English Country Dances where two people dance as though they were one.
I can call English ceilidhs (let your hair down, escape gravity - lively English Country Dances in the ceilidh style) and can offer workshops as follows:
- Introduction to English Ceilidh Dances
Stepping for English Ceilidh Dances
I can call Contra at all levels and can offer workshops as follows:
- Contra Chestnuts
- Contra Dance for Beginners
- Intermediate Contra Dances
- Advanced Contra Dances
- Triple Fun with Triplets
- Flaherty Will Get You Everywhere – contras written by Don Flaherty
- All My Own Work – contras written by Michael Barraclough
- Camels – contras written by Committee
I offer the following workshops for would-be or improving callers:
- Calling for English Ceilidhs
- Calling for One Night Stands
- Calling English Country Dance
- Newcastle United; or, Black and White - A lecture with dance participation by the audience, explaining how I have reinterpreted Newcastle (Dancing Master Vol I, 1670) with the help of a mid-seventeenth century manuscript.
- Playford – A figment of Cecil Sharp’s Imagination?
- Who Took The Sex Out Of English Country Dance?
- So What Is English Country Dance; and who cares anyway?
DANCE TEAM PERFORMANCE
In addition to my dance team experience (see my bio), I have also been a judge for both the John Gasson Memorial Jig Competition and for the Sidmouth International Festival Dance Team competition. I am well placed, therefore to give workshops on how dance teams can improve their performance in public.