Another very successful Capital Caper is in the history books. Unlike previous years there was an easier teach Friday night followed by dancing. We hope everybody liked this new format. The Saturday workshop included a delicious lunch, thanks to our Social Convenors Ziggy and Jenny. A big thank you to all who helped make this a successful event. Thanks also to our dancing friends who traveled from Montreal and Southern Ontario to attend and Steve & Irene for another excellent workshop.
If you want to see videos of Steve and Irene demoing each of the dances they are now on Dropbox. You can get to the videos here. All of the dances are also featured in hi-resolution video on the “Glen & Helen” site here. Please note that Glen & Helen’s website requires you log onto it. If you don’t have authorization please email WebKeeper@capitalcarousels.ca and I’ll arrange to get you authorization.
If you haven’t registered for this excellent dance workshop there’s still time. Dance teaches will be a Ph4 Slow Two Step on Friday afternoon, a Ph3 Rumba Friday evening (followed by a dance), a Ph5 Foxtrot Saturday morning and finally a Ph4 Jive Saturday afternoon. A Ph3-5 dance will take place on Saturday night. More information is available on this website. Go to “Capital Caper Weekend” in the top menu. We hope to see you there!
Well spring is supposed to arrive any day now but I’m not holding my breath!
We are now into our Spring dance session which started Monday April 1st for the 3-5 group and Thurs. April 4th for the 3-4 group. The session will continue for 6 weeks for both groups, dance dates can be found under the “Club Calendar” menu on the website. For the Monday group please note there will be NO dancing on Apr.22 which is Easter Monday.
In other news the flyer and registration form for Capital Caper 2019 is now available. There is a section devoted to Capital Caper 2019 on the website under the “Capital Caper” heading. This years Caper will be held on Oct. 25th & 26th. It would be helpful to the organizers if you could get your completed registration form in as early as possible so they can get an idea on what attendance looks like. Past Capers have been well attended events with top notch instruction from clinicians Steve and Irene Bradt so don’t miss it.
“Swing Into Spring” is fast approaching. It is being held at South Grenville District High School, 1000 Edward Street North, Prescott, Ontario on May 3-5. The round dance program includes instruction at the phase 3 and 4 levels with dancing from easy rounds to phase 3 and 4 with a limited amount of phase 5 dances — as well as an “Introduction to Round Dancing” for those wishing to get started round dancing. The dance flyer can be seen at http://www.eodance.ca/flyers/190503SIS_Flyer.pdf
Another very successful Capital Caper was held this past weekend ( Oct 26 & 27 ).
Four dances were work-shopped by Steve and Irene Bradt; “In Times Like These”, a phase 4+2+2 West Coast Swing; “Life Is A Slow Dance”, a phase 4+2 Waltz; “Emotion”, a phase 5 Bolero and “Nostalgia”, a phase 4+2 Rumba.
Cue sheets for all these dances can be found on the club website’s Cuesheet page and demos of the dances performed by Steve and Irene at the Saturday evening dance are now on Dropbox at the link below. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/4blylyk5dewqqhj/AACNVd9Wh77C_v9xz0icUEi9a?dl=0
Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this event such a success. A special thanks to the out-of-town dancers who traveled considerable distances to attend and as always Steve and Irene Bradt for their excellent instruction.
Thursday dancers remember there is no dancing this week on Nov 1st.
Remember it’s Halloween this Wednesday night. Please be careful when you’re trick-or-treating and don’t eat too much candy!
Originally posted by Donna Stewart March/24/2016 09:15 PM
We all seemed to have come through St. Patrick’s Day unscathed and this week it was back to business and continued work on our workshops on both days. On Wednesday, we continued work on the phase 4 quickstep called “The Truth About Love” and began learning the chasse weave. For the first night of learning that figure, Donna and John were very impressed at how well everyone did! You walked the figure very well and this coming week we will dance it even more to music than this past week. To keep the momentum going and as promised, here are a few notes on the chasse weave:
It is a 4 measure figure which begins in closed position diagonal line and centre, with our lead feet free. To make it easier we have broken it up into 2 parts—First part-turn left and chasse to banjo and step back. Second part-step back-turn left and chasse to banjo and step forward. The figure will end in banjo facing diagonal line and wall-lead feet free. The timing for the figure is S-QQS-S-S-QQS-S. Remember-TRAIN THE BRAIN. Remember the sequence and it’ll take you far. Again, check out the videos of either Boogie Bumper or Almost Like Being In Love for reference. Next week, we will take about 5-10 minutes prior to coffee break to review and dance to music for the chasse weave. That worked well this past week for the running back locks so John and I have decided to try that approach again this week. Great work gang!
We also had a good session on Thursday working on rise and fall in waltz! It was great to see the wave action throughout the dance floor of our dancers putting rise and fall into practice while dancing. You really had some extra sparkle this week gang! Great job! We will continue to work on rise and fall this coming week as we work on Part B and the Ending of “The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair”. The cue sheet is now posted on the website if you would like to download it.
Looking forward to a great week next week everyone! Have a great Easter wherever you may be celebrating!
Original Post by Donna Stewart January/25/2016 07:33 PM
Our 2015-2016 dance season will finish on a real high note this year! We are thrilled to announce that JL and Linda Pelton, round dance cuer/instructors and choreographers from Dallas, Texas will be with us, May 11 and 12!! With this special event, JL and Linda will be teaching two dances (one on Wednesday night and one on Thursday morning) which will be open for all of our Capital Carousel dancers on both days. This week, not included in our regular spring session fee, will be offered at a VERY special price of $5/person or $10/couple which will include BOTH DAYS! If you choose to attend just one day, it will be the same cost. Excellent value for an amazing experience! You won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity!
JL and Linda’s story starts when they met at a square dance convention in 2004. They continued to dance together at both square and round dance events, even having a square and round dance reception at their wedding in 2007! JL began cueing in 2008 and their lives continue to grow through their love of round dancing! You can read their full story through this biography link.
We are very pleased that the Peltons’ will be combining some sightseeing and some dance experiences at Capital Carousels while they are here! We will keep you posted through our blog here and our club day announcements for details as they are released. Looking forward to your visit JL and Linda!
Thursday, May 12 will be our last day of teaches this season. Typically on our last dance day on Thursday, we have a luncheon afterward. Expecting a higher attendance this last day from both our Wednesday and Thursday dancers, we will be having a potluck at the church immediately following our dance day! What’s not to like? We don’t have far to travel for lunch and we get to sample many excellent dishes brought by our group members. We also get this special time together as a club and with our special guests, JL and Linda. This last week of dancing this season just gets better and better! Stay tuned!