Dances for the High Tea Dance 2016

The Caller

Sharon Green is, quite possibly, the kindest, most joyful person you’ll ever meet. She simply loves sharing the pleasures of dancing with other, and our weekend with her was transcendant. You will soon be able to see some of the videos of the dancing and the joy on the Dance Video Archives.

Her workshop on the dances of Fried de Metz Herman was wonderful - what a history!  Sharon brought us a wonderful story about her first encounter with Fried, who was well-known to be rather demanding and critical. When Sharon returned, downhearted, to her cabin at Pinewoods after this encounter, her cabin-mates told her "You just have to understand that Fried is Dutch, and blunt. When she said those unflattering things to you, it just meant that she likes you and wants to be your friend." 

The words "She's Dutch, and blunt, but she likes you and wants to be your friend" have now taken root in our local vocabulary and, amusingly, help us deal with the occasional critical caller or teacher.  

Sharon herself, however, is the opposite - welcoming and kind, as well as somehow powerful and commanding. She managed to create our most joyous High Tea weekend ever.

 

Ladies at PlayThe Band

The band was the wonderful, amazing Ladies at Play, joined by our own Martha Edwards on fiddle.  Miranda Arana brought her transcendant flute playing to the weekend, this year joined by her beloved band-mates, Kathy Dagg, master of all things horizontal and plucked (guitar, mandolin, etc.) and Shanda MacDonald, funky, bluesy fiddler and kick-ass keyboard player. Martha brought her classical training and years of melodic improv to the mix, and they seemed to be constantly having fun.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Dances

Friday Night English Country Dance

The Ramble
The Minor Spaniard (Jenny Beer)
I Care Not for These Ladies (Kitty Skrobela) [published in Hunter's Moon]
A Double Duet (Gary Roodman)
Tambourine Dance (reconstruction, Jacqueline Schwab) [published in Playford Assembly]
Well's Humour (reconstruction, Brian Wedgbury) [published in Purcell's Dancing Master]
The Pugilist (Ron Coxall) [published in Roles]
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The Upright Man (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Saturday Triad (Fried de Metz Herman [published in Serendipity]
Leather Lake House (reconstruction, Fried de Metz Herman) [published in Playford Assembly]
An Early Frost (Philippe Callens)
Barbarini's Tambourine (reconstruction, Jacqueline Schwab) [published in Playford Assembly]


Saturday Morning Workshop: The Legacy of Fried de Metz Herman

The Chocolate Equation [published in Ease & Elegance]
The Archbishop [published in Potters' Porch]
10 for the Ten Commandments [published in Ease & Elegance]
Bottoms Up
Rose of Sharon [published in Potters' Porch]
Bryon's Boutade
Winter Waltz [published in Serendipity

Saturday Afternoon Workshop: Dances from the Greenery

A Mover and Shaker (Gary Roodman) [published in Multiple Calculated Figures]
Golden Green (Philippe Callens) [web publication]
The Unknown Buccaneer (Sharon Green)  "
Familiar Quotations (Sharon Green) [New Shoots]
A Child's Christmas in Berkeley (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Little Sir Isaac (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Scotch Capers ( Sharon Green) [web publication]

Saturday Evening Ball

The Drummer (reconstruction, Charles Bolton) [Retreads]
Trip to Provence (Susan Kevra)
Doctor Bending's Serpent (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Mr. Isaac's Maggot [The Playford Ball]
Foxfire (Steve Sargent)
Juniata (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Softly Good Tummas (reconstruction, Andrew Shaw)
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Mount Hills
Key to the Cellar (CDSS News)
Mile of Smiles (Joseph Pimentel)  [The Goldcrest collection]
St. Margaret's Hill
Soulton Jigg (reconstruction, Kathryn & David Wright) [Wright's Humours]
Jaque Latin ( reconstruction, Chip Hendrickson) [

Dances for the High Tea English Ball

Saturday September 3, 2016

 

The Drummer

Trip to Provence

Doctor Bending's Serpent

Mister Isaac's Maggot

Foxfire

Juniata

Softly Good Tummas

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Mount Hills

Key to the Cellar

Mile of Smiles

Soulton Jigg

Saint Margaret's Hill

Jacque Latin

High Tea Weekend Registration

PLEASE NOTE: As of July 20, 2017, we are SOLD OUT! 

A big Thank You to everyone who registered early, and a big We're Sorry to everyone who wanted to come but was not able to pre-register. Hope to see you next year!

A la Carte

We are not taking advance a la carte registrations, but you may send a note to Missy Reisenleiter (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to ask to be put on the waiting list in case there are openings. If there are cancellations before the weekend, we will let the folks at the top of the waiting list know on a first-come, first-served basis.

High Tea Weekend Events,

Friday to Sunday, September 1-3, 2017

These events are covered in the weekend registration for weekend attendees.

Friday night English dance $20 (free to registered weekend attendees)

Saturday morning English Country Dance Workshop $15 (free to registered weekend attendees)

Saturday afternoon English Country Dance Workshop $15 (free to registered weekend attendees)

Saturday night English Country Dance Ball $30 (free to registered weekend attendees)

Sunday Brunch (free - please bring a dish to share)

Sunday Calling Party Workshop $5 (free toregistered weekend attendees)

The dance on Sunday afternoon will feature multiple callers - maybe you'll be one of them! Dancers welcome. Is it English? Is it Contra? You'll have to be there to find out! (So will I.)

St Louis Community Events, Sunday Sep 3, 2017

These are open to members of the Childgrove dance community as well as weekend attendees!

Sunday Brunch (free - please bring a dish to share)

Sunday Calling Party Workshop $5 (free to weekend attendees)

The dance on Sunday afternoon will feature multiple callers - maybe you'll be one of them! Dancers welcome. Is it English? Is it Contra? You'll have to be there to find out! (So will I.)

Sunday Night Regular Contra Dance. It's not an official part of the weekend, but the band usually stays and plays, and it's a very well-attended dance. The cost is $7.

 

High Tea Registration 2015

SOLD OUT!

The Friday dance, Saturday Workshops and Saturday evening Ball are Sold Out!  However, please feel free to join us for the following events:


Sunday Potluck Brunch (free - please bring a dish to share) 11am-1:30pm

The location of the brunch has been moved, and we're not quite sure where yet. We'll certainly let you know!


Sunday Callers Workshop/Dance $10

The dance on Sunday afternoon will feature multiple callers - maybe you'll be one of them! Dancers welcome. Is it English? Is it Contra? You'll have to be there to find out!


Sunday Evening Contra Dance $7

The dance on Sunday night is not officially a part of the High Tea Weekend, but by tradition, we all get treated to one more dance evening from the caller and musicians from High Tea. Come and enjoy!

The Dances of 2010

Called by Joanna Reiner at High Tea & Whiskey

See the dances of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Saturday - 10am - Taking on the Dance

  1. Take A Dance
  2. Elverton Grove
  3. Kelsterne Gardens
  4. Dick’s Maggot
  5. Cottonwood - Chris Sackett & Brooke Friendly
  6. Alice - Philippe Callens
  7. Cadgers’ Caper - Gary Roodman
  8. Freeford Gardens - Kathryn and David Wright
  9. Whiskey Before Dinner - Gary Roodman

Saturday - 2pm - The Philadelphia Special

  1. The Minor Spaniard - Jenny Beer
  2. Autumn in Amherst - Philippe Callens
  3. After Dinner Maggot - Gary Roodman
  4. Dusty Miller
  5. Treasure of the Big Woods - Joseph Pimentel
  6. Key to the Cellar - Jenny Beer
  7. Leslie’s Valentine - Scott Higgs
  8. Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot
  9. Barbarini’s Tambourine

Evening Ball - 8pm

  1. Jack’s Health
  2. Muriel’s Measure - Colin Hume
  3. The Introduction - Fried de Metz Herman
  4. Well Done Jack
  5. Foxfire - Steve Sargent
  6. Prince William
  7. Sarah - Gary Roodman
  8. Christina - Naomi Alexander
  9. Trip to Tunbridge
  10. Sunlight Through Draperies - Tom Roby
  11. Haymakers
  12. Wibsey Roundabout - Gary Roodman
  13. Softly Good Tummas