The Christmas season is upon us and for most it promises to be a very different one. We usually visit our grandchildren right here in Richmond but this year we’ll be “Zooming” on Christmas morning to watch them open their gifts and I expect many others will be doing the same.
With the new vaccines just now starting to arrive things are looking much more promising but we still need to do our part to keep the virus in check until they are available to us all. It looks hopeful that we might be able to start dancing again in the Fall of 2021. Me thinks there’s gonna be a whole lot of reviewing necessary!
Eileen and I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a prosperous 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone on the dance floor before too long.
Anyone else in need of a haircut these days? I just might let Eileen loose on mine. It couldn’t look any worse.
Seriously though, I hope everyone is staying healthy through this stressful time. Who would have thought in early February, when we first heard of a new virus on the other side of the world, that our lives and dance season would be affected so quickly?
To recap our past season, we did have very successful Fall & Winter sessions with another Capital Caper workshop in October, featuring Steve & Irene Bradt, followed in December by the annual Christmas benefit dance in aid of Parkdale United’s “In From The Cold” program. Several new dances were taught to the two dance groups in addition to those taught at the Caper. If your memory needs refreshing, these dances are listed in the “Dance Cuesheets” link when you select “Dance Season” in the main menu. Many thanks to our teachers Pat, John, Marg, Ziggy, Jenny, Susan & Doug.
Now here’s some good news courtesy of Arlo. Some of you may be aware that Pamela & George Hurd have an instructional website which was accessible for a fee. To lift dancer’s spirits and weather the Covid19 storm they have decided to open the site up to dancers free of charge. I have spent some time going through the site in a download frenzy and think I now have pretty much all of the material downloaded. I will start uploading some of the dances we are familiar with to Dropbox once I have their titles updated to indicate phase level and rhythm. Head to “Videos” in our website’s main menu, enter the password and you’ll be able to access them from there. There is also information there on accessing the Hurd’s website directly if you wish.
At last the weather is more spring like these days which I hope will help lift people’s spirits. Stay safe and healthy everyone and let’s hope we will be dancing again in the Fall.
Last Friday was Valentine’s Day. There was plenty of red to be seen at the club and at coffee break, plenty of cake to be eaten.
Of course there were those who didn’t get the message about wearing red, like the guy on the left in the picture below. The lady beside him tells me she had definitely reminded him. He says that she reminded him 10 minutes before he went to get dressed so he forgot. Any men reading this will certainly understand where he’s coming from.
That’s Lyn behind practicing a dance move in her Valentine’s skirt.
Thanks to Pat I. for the photos.
Although our numbers are down significantly with folks on vacation, we have learned a couple of new dances. A phase 4 Cha “Little Spanish Town” taught by Ziggy & Jenny and a beautiful phase 4 slow two step, ” Wake Up Dancin’ “ by Sue & Doug. Both these dances are on “Dropbox”. Look for “Spanish Town” in the 2019 Swing Into Spring folder. We’ve also been honing our skills reviewing some difficult moves from dances we’ve learned previously thanks to John & Marg.
Another recent addition to Dropbox is “Besame Mucho”. This dance video previously had terrible audio and the cuing was extremely hard to hear and understand. I’ve been able to match Donna’s cuing to the video so it’s much more useful now.
A reminder to be sure and check your email before leaving for dance, especially if the weather looks dubious, to see if dance is cancelled. I’ll also endeavour to add a notice to the website as well.
The club’s annual “In From The Cold” Christmas benefit dance took place on the evening of Friday 13th. The evening started with a pot-luck dinner at 6PM followed by an evening of dancing until the reality that it was Friday 13th hit the computer and hearing assist causing both units to stop working. Both are up and running again. The hearing assist is sporting a replacement power supply courtesy of Value Village and the computer after extensive testing has been declared fit for service again. In spite of the gremlins it was a very successful evening with $756 raised for Parkdale United Church’s “In From The Cold” program. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the evening! I will have some pictures (courtesy Ziggy) in the “Gallery” hopefully before too long.
The website has been updated with the dance calendar for the next session which will run from early January to the end of March. Monday dancing starts on Jan 6 and Thursday dancing on Jan 9 for 12 weeks. Monday dancers please make note that Feb. 17th is Family Day so there won’t be dancing that day.
An upcoming change to the website will be the addition of a password to access the Dropbox videos. Once this is done I’ll email all our club members with the password. If you haven’t received it once it’s in effect please email WebKeeper@capitalcarousels.ca and I’ll email it to you. If you know someone in another dance club who’s been using the videos to improve their dancing please give me their email and I’ll send them the password.
It’s now officially winter and you can expect some stormy days when you’ll wonder if dancing is on. Please check your email before setting out to see if there’s a cancellation notice. I will also try to get a cancellation notice front and center on the website as well.
A number of dancers are heading on vacation in the next couple of months. Safe travels to all.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas / Happy Hanukkah and Happy Dancing in 2020.
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!
Can you believe it! In less than 2 weeks the Fall dance season begins at Capital Carousels. It’s time to figure out where you tossed those dance shoes back in May.
Pat has been busy making up dance programs and the first couple are posted on this website so please check them out and start reviewing if you’d like.
The fee structure this year is the same as last year, $5 per dancer for each dance day if paying in advance for a complete session, otherwise $8 per dancer if paying each dance day. Monday dances will run from Sep. 9 to Dec. 9 with no dancing Oct. 14 and Nov. 11. Thursday dances will run from Sep. 12 to Dec 5 with no dancing Oct. 31. The club’s anniversary dance will be held this year on Friday Oct. 4 and the “In From The Cold” benefit dance on Friday Dec. 13. Both dances will be potluck with the hall opening at 5:30PM and dinner starting at 6PM.
“Capital Caper” takes place this year on Oct. 25 & 26. One change to note, there will now be an additional dance on Friday night following a shorter teach.
That’s about it for now. Look forward to seeing everyone on the dance floor very soon.
Capital Carousel’s final dance of the 2018/2019 season took place with a potluck dinner, AGM and dance on the evening of Wednesday May 15th. A big thank-you to our social convenors Ian and Ann and all those who helped with or contributed toward the dinner.
Looking back on the past season and the changes required in the operation of the club after the retirement of our cuer Donna, things went quite well. In large part this was due to Donna’s loan of her pre-cued music to the club, a core group of equipment operators, the ability to create and share dance session playlists via email and the encouragement and feedback from dancers in attendance each week. Work was done and will continue next season, adjusting the cued music sound levels to reduce the operator’s need to make adjustments during the dance session.
Teaching this past season focused mainly on reviewing the 2018 Capital Caper dances and problem areas from other dances. Thanks Pat and John and also Ziggy & Jenny who filled in on Thursdays while Pat was on vacation.
A short AGM was chaired by our VP, Ziggy. Club positions filled for the 2019-2020 season are: President …………….. Ziggy Vice President …….. Gavin Secretary …………….. Arlo Programmer ……….. Pat B Social Convenors … Ziggy & Jenny Treasurer …………….. Tom Webmaster ………….. Mike Directors at Large .. Toni & Wayne/ Robert & Jean
The fee structure for next season remains the same at $5/person per dance if signing up for a complete session and $8/person per dance if not paying for the complete session. The Fall 2019 dance sessions will begin Monday Sept. 9th and Thursday Sept. 12th.
Capital Caper 2019 this year takes place on October 25th & 26th so please mark your calendar and get your registration forms in early to help finalize attendance numbers. You will find a link to the registration form here.
Hope everyone has a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing you again when dancing starts in Sept. 2019.
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
Valentine’s Day is next Thursday! Pat has produced dance programs for both Monday and Thursday with more of a romantic theme. Time to dig into your wardrobe for a red item to wear. Both days are “no teach days” so we’ll be dancing a little more than usual. Programs for both days are now available under the “Dance Season” menu on this website.
Pat is heading away on vacation shortly. In her absence John and Marg will be handling our Monday instruction and Ziggy and Jenny will take care of Thursdays.
Monday dancers remember that February 18th is Family Day and there will be NO dancing that day.
If you have any concerns about the weather on a dance day, wondering if dance is cancelled or not, please remember to check your email for a cancellation notice before coming.