An English Country Dance Weekend

October 6-8, 2017, Pittsburgh PA

Joanna Reiner with Bare Necessities


Joanna Reiner, a Philadelphia-based English Dance caller, is known for the clarity of her teaching and her dedication to encouraging people to become better dancers. Her calling has taken her from Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to Hey Days in the Bay Area of California, and from St. Croix to Hawaii. Joanna calls regularly for the Germantown Country Dancers, is an avid dance gypsy, and in her spare time, works to support her dance habit.

Bare Necessities is a Boston-based quartet known nationwide for its unique presentation of English country dance music. The quartet, composed of Earl Gaddis and Mary Lea (violin and viola), Kate Barnes (flute, guitar, saxophone and whistles), and Jacqueline Schwab (piano) has been playing, touring and recording since 1978 and has produced numerous invaluable CDs of English Country Dance music.

Friday Contra dance at 8:00 p.m. to the music of Kate Barnes & Mary Lea, Ron Buchanan calling.  Winchester Thurston School.  ($10).

Workshop Descriptions

Saturday ECD Caller’s Workshop/Discussion 10:30-12:00  This class is for current ECD callers of any experience level and those considering a career in ECD calling.  This workshop can be shaped around different topics depending on the interests of the group:

  • Writing an English dance program
  • Working with musicians
  • Teaching vs. calling
  • Paying attention
  • Teaching ECD style
  • English dance repertoire – historic and contemporary
  • Caller’s role in the community

Saturday Afternoon 2-5 pm Winchester Thurston

What is Style?

As our world of English country dance has expanded there is no longer a small set repertoire of dances to learn, and no longer one right way of dancing.  At the same time, there is an increased emphasis on social dancing as we all work toward keeping our community vibrant and growing.  We too rarely have the opportunity to think about how we dance nor take the time to dig into challenging dances in our weekly dance setting.  This workshop will attempt to fill the gap by focusing on movement and complexity:  encouraging you to think about how you move intuitively, and ways that could change, and how that movement creates your dance “style,” and then applying that movement to complex choreographies.

Sunday Morning 10:30-12:30 Winchester Thurston

Old Friends & New Friends

This workshop will juxtapose some of the oldest English dances we do, what many consider “repertoire,” with some of the latest ECD compositions to see how old informs new, the fads, the contrasts, and the similarities between 1651 and 2017.

Sunday Afternoon 1:30-3:30 Winchester Thurston


Throughout the day on Saturday, we’ll collect your ideas and suggestions of dances you’d like to do to end the weekend.  While we won’t be able to do all of the dances, we’ll craft a program around as many of your suggestions as possible!

All dance events are held at our NEW, MORE SPACIOUS LOCATION:

Winchester Thurston School, 555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA.  MAP

For maps & more information, including the online registration, visit CDSSP.org.

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OR download and print a registration form at PDF Registration Form and register by mail.


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