Workshop Descriptions

All workshops are included in the weekend pass. Or pay by the workshop: $20 each ($10 for students). Listeners passes are $5 per workshop.

Tips & Tricks For A Smooth Turning Waltz with Bob Green and 32 BarTenders

Develop your skills for a smooth waltz experience with any partner. The workshop will emphasize techniques for dancing in balance, making a good frame, and making smooth transitions. This will include some ideas on how to take full advantage of the music in guiding your waltzing. We will start with a level accessible to very beginning waltzers and build from there. Advanced dancers are encouraged to come and take the opportunity to pay forward.

Saturday, March 18, 10:00-11:30 am

32 BarTenders: Thom Howard, guitar and mandolin; Marcie McGuire, keyboards; Rebecca Logan, flute and penny whistle; Tom Verdot, fiddle and banjo.

Morris Dancing with Judy Stein of River Rats Dancers

Border Morris dances are historically from the border country between England and Wales. The dances are usually done with six or eight dancers in a set, with short sticks, and could be described as medium-impact (stick-to-stick, that is; no body contact intended!) Sticks will be provided. See a preview of the dances on Youtube.

Saturday, March 18, 11:45 am – 1:15 pm

Playing Together: A workshop for callers, musicians, and dancers with Elixir and Nils Fredland

Dances will be short and will explore different tune selections or styles for the same dance a few times. There will be discussion about matching tunes to the dances and about matching the music performance to the choreography. Musicians are invited to dance and take part in the discussions rather than to play.

Saturday, March 18, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Challenging Contras with Elixir and Nils Fredland

Nils’s favorite mind-bending contra dances from the best, most twisted minds experimenting with contra dance choreography today.

Saturday, March 18, 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.