Colonial Social Dancing for Children


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Colonial Social Dancing
By Charles Cyril Hendrickson
Book and CD 
108 pages; approx. 62 min.

A complete instructor's handbook for teaching children the basic steps and figures of dancing country dances, cotillions, jigs, and reels from George Washington's time. Five of the tunes are recognizable as they have survived to this day with lyrics far less refined than their original settings. Each dance gives the formation, tune title, number of bars, notation of the melody line with chord letters and also A and B sections of the music marked, directions and sequence, what's new, and helpful hints or alternate options. Where possible, instructions are given for how to alter the dance to make it a no-hand-contact dance. Period advertisements and descriptions, historical notes, sources, and a bibliography expand the practical material for those who wish to look further.

All of the music on the included CD uses sampled sounds derived from recordings of actual instruments. The liner notes give the instruments used and brief notes about each tune.   

Dances featured: Away to the Camp, La Belle Catherine, The Brandywine, Cyril's Fancy, Drury Lane, Fancy Dance, Figuring on a Monday, 4-Hand Reel, Jigs, Lady Adam's Fancy, La Fayette, Liberty, Malbrouk, The Merry Go Round, Miss Townsend's Reel, October's Cast, The Pesky Fly, Spirit of France, 3-Hand Reel, Tompkin's Fancy, 22nd of February, White Cockade, Yankee Doodle (set dance and also longways progressive). From other sources: The Reluctant Shepherd, Scottish Rose, Nutmeggers 6, Washing Day, The 17th of March, Richard's Favourite, La Bagatelle, The Morning Gazette, Spirit of France, Swiss Allemande.   

Book contents: Introduction, Acknowledgements, Sources of the Illustrations, In the Tradition. 
Lessons: The Basic Steps & Moving to Music, Positions of the Feet, Honors/ Bows/ & Courtesies, "Everyone Take Out a Sword", Country Dances, More Country Dances, About Tune Choices, Cotillions, The Changes, Other Country Dance Progressions.

CD Contents:
Away to the Camp, La Belle Catherine, The Brandywine, College Hornpipe, The 14th of October, Fourth of July, La Fayette, Liberty, Malbrouk, The Merry Go Round, Money in Both Pockets, Nancy Dawson, Spirit of France, The 22nd of February, White Cockade, Yankee Doodle.


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Teaching kindergarten for a patriotic program
Pamela A on Jan 2, 2012
Teaching kindergarten for a patriotic program
Pamela A on Jan 2, 2012
Does the book indicate which dances were done in certain parts of the country? For instance, we live in Virginia. Does the book specify dances known in Virginia in colonial times?
Julie J on Mar 10, 2013

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