Known World Dance and Music Symposium

This is a long weekend gathering of historic dance enthusiasts that occurs every two years. It concentrates on Renaissance Dance of Western Europe, but does branch out into other areas. There will be dance classes, lecture classes, and music workshops. Most evenings there will be a Ball. It's a marvelous opportunity to become more familiar with the historic forms, learn dances and steps, and meet other folks interested in this period of dance. The entire event runs from Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon. More details will be posted by the event organizers at the main
KWMDS Website. This is also the location for official registration and lodging information.

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  • tfmorgan

    Since I sprained my knee recently, I didn't actually do that much dancing, but the event was great. There were marvelous classes on music, dance history, revised dance reconstructions, footwork practice, and just plain-old learning more dances. There were balls every evening, and I enjoyed spending a lot of time playing with the pick-up band. The Dance Masters and the Band Leaders kept everything moving and everyone having fun. There were post-revels with more dancing in the dorm basement afterwards, and never-ending supplies of pie and tea cakes. Our Canadian friends even came up with sparkler fireworks for those of us from the south to celebrate the 4th of July.

    The worst thing about the event is waiting the two years until the next one.

    July 8, 2009

  • Rob H.

    as dance students for our practicing teachers. Please bring the music and the choreography for the dance you want to practice teaching. We will try and work with as many volunteers as time allows.
    Speaker: Master Philip White

    April 30, 2009

  • Rob H.

    How to Teach European Dance - A Workshop
    Looking to become a more effective teacher? Or, always wanted to teach but not sure where to start? This class will focus on ways to improve your abilities to teach. Beginning dance teachers are especially welcome. You will volunteer to teach during the class and the rest of us will act as your students. As you teach I will make suggestions with some comments from other students too. People who are not ready to teach but want to learn are invited to act

    April 30, 2009

  • Rob H.

    The Dancing Rector of Tortworth and Other Curious Tales from the Archives
    Dancing was a controversial subject in Tudor and Stuart England, with religious reformers and traditionalists taking each other to court to protest dancing or its suppression. This presentation looks at some of the strange and surprising stories about dancing found in church court records and other archival sources, and considers these tales within their historical context.
    Speaker: Emily Winerock

    April 30, 2009

  • tfmorgan

    This should be a rather large gathering, so you don't necessarily have to bring your own dance partner.
    The KWMDS website has the cost information: preregistration price for the whole event is $50 Canadian. If you have a roommate, on-campus housing is C$45 per person per night. There are also meal plans for breakfast and lunch. The convenience of the on campus housing and meals are usually worth it.
    I'd like to go, but I'm dealing with a variety of competing issues at the moment.

    April 3, 2009

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