Pitt’s Fall Maggot 2019

An English Country Dance Weekend Sept 27-29 2019, Pittsburgh

Anna Rain AND Gaye Fifer calling

Owen Morrison, Anna Patton & Eric Martin

Callers: Anna Rain is a well-known caller in the DC area calling for both English and contra, and even techno contra!  She also composed “Pluck me a Fig” and is a morris and rapper dancer.  “One of the reasons I like English is the whole floor dances together, as a whole.”    Gaye Fifer is a nationally known caller of English and contra dances who now lives in Pittsburgh!  She is currently president of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Music: Anna Patton of Brattleboro VT plays clarinet with great verve, clarity and harmonic whimsy drawing on a rich musical background of jazz, classical, traditional and world music, and performs with Elixir and The Figments.  Eric Martin of Mass. on violin and viola plays at CDSS and other dance camps, and with many bands, including Bottom of the Bucket, The Flying Garbanzos, Coincidance, Common Thread, and Alchemy. Owen Morrison on guitar from DC plays traditional music with virtuosic flat-picking, driving rhythm and lyrical grace.  His bands include traditional dance bands Elixir, The Figments, The Morrison Brothers, Night Watch and House Red.

Registration: Register Online and pay by credit card or check, or print out this form.


Friday evening extra Contradance 8-11 p.m. : The dynamic duo of  Fifer and Rain call a contradance to music by Martin, Morrison and Patton at at the Wightman School, 5604 Solway St, Pittsburgh 15217.

Saturday extra 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. Musicians Workshop 10:30am-12,1125 LaClair Street, Pittsburgh PA 15218

ALL FOLLOWING EVENTS ARE AT THE Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center 449 W. 8th Ave, West Homestead PA 15120

Saturday extra  1:15-1:45 p.m.  Anna (an Iyengar Yoga teacher) leads  Body Connection:  Alignment Ideas for Dancing Ease.  Join her for a short session to prepare you for a happy dancing body!

Saturday 2-5PM English Workshop: Familiar Favorites & New Discoveries: Anna & Gaye share dances they love and give you new ways to experience the anticipation & flow to music by Martin, Morrison and Patton.  You’ll have the treat of a brand new dance from Jenna Simpson.

Saturday 8-11PM: Evening English Dance Party led by Anna & Gaye to the exquisite music of Martin, Morrison and Patton.  Look for ‘Interruptions,’ ‘Kensington Court,’ and ‘Love Always.’

Sunday 9:45-10:30AM extra: Open waltz to the wonderful music of Martin, Morrison and Patton.

Sunday 10:30-12:30:  English Workshop Challenging Dances for Alert, Advanced Dancers led by Anna to music by Martin, Morrison and Patton.  Anna plans for some recent compositions (including her newest), as well as ‘Young Damon’s Flight’ by Nathaniel Kynaston, one of our 18th century geniuses.

12:30-1:30 Lunch break (lunch is part of the weekend registration).

Sunday 1:30-3:30English Dance Finale led by Anna and Gaye to music by Martin, Morrison and Patton.  We’ll enjoy a program that will celebrate our extended community of lovers of dance and music.

For info, housing or financial aid requests, send an email to cdsspgh@gmail.com and check CDSSP.org for updates. 


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