Tag Archives: social dance

Waltz offences: when to call the police

Share

For no reason except that I love the story, here’s an interesting fact about the waltz in 19th century Innsbruck. According to Eric McKee (2014) after 1780, the term deutscher Tanz, which until then meant any German spinning dance, began … Continue reading

Posted in Music, Playing for ballet class | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Learn quadrilles for a day in Charing, Kent, 28th April 2019

Share

Here’s a lovely idea for a Sunday in April—come to Charing in Kent for a day of learning to dance 19th century quadrilles with early dance expert Nicola Gaines. Nicola and I have done a few of these workshops before, … Continue reading

Posted in Dance, Music, Playing for ballet class | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Playing for ballet class tips #5: Stock up on quadrilles

Share

Apart from fiddle tune books (see tip #3), another great source of music for class is quadrilles.  There are just hundreds of them out there for free on the net, and they’re all in eight bar phrases, so you can use them … Continue reading

Posted in Advent calendar, Dance, Music, Playing for ballet class | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Zorn’s ‘Grammar’ online, for all your polka mazurka needs

Share

I got my copy of Zorn’s ‘Grammar’ via Abe Books a few years ago, but it occurred to me that it must surely be out of copyright, and digitised by now? And sure enough, here it is, Grammar of the … Continue reading

Posted in Dance, Music, Playing for ballet class | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment