Spring DanceFest 2017
Sun Assembly
Durham, North Carolina

March 11 and 12, 2017

Saturday March 11

10:00 to 12:00 a.m
Gene Murrow

Music Made Visible

George Balanchine, Imogen Holst, and others have noted that “dance is music made visible.” The music of England's social/folk dance tradition is unusual in its embrace of a wide variety of musical forms and styles.  Considering rhythmic structure alone, these include “duple” meter jigs, reels, hornpipes and marches; “triple” meter minuets, waltzes of several varieties, and slip jigs; and some eccentric forms that are “none of the above.”  Sources and styles include Renaissance dance music, baroque theater music, classical-era sonatas, traditional songs, modern waltzes, and much more.  We’ll explore how the best choreographers have incorporated these disparate elements to make each visible and to enthrall the dancers.

2:00 until 3:15
Gene Murrow

Music Made Visible
Part 2

3:30 until 4:45
Gene Murrow

Caller's Discussion

3:30 until 4:45
Mary McConnell

Scottish Dance for
English Country Dancers

The afternoon workshop will be Scottish for English Country Dancers with an emphasis on the connections, common and divergent strains, as well as a bit of historical perspective on the 20th Century dance revival. It is not a class in the basic steps and formations of Scottish Country Dance.

Dinner Break
Meals on your own
Restaurant information here

Dance Party
Dance 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Gene Murrow
The evening dance for this fabulous weekend. 

Sunday, March 13
Farewell Dance
Dance 11am to 1:30 pm
Gene Murrow
A program comprising requests submitted during the weekend—possibly including  repeats of  new  dances learned and favorites that were omitted.
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