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Announcing: A New Online Dance Class!
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been feeling a little down with our current situation and missing all the dancing that’s been canceled. You may also feel a little out of shape because we’re not able to dance as often as we did with others. Well maybe it’s time to do something about that! :)
I’m excited to announce a new class (series) I’ll be teaching, in collaboration with the Historical Tea & Dance Society:
ECD Style and Technique
Since we’re all stuck at home and unable to dance with other people, I thought it might be a good time to offer a class that focuses on English country dance movement and style: how to improve our quality of dancing, including posture, footfalls, rhythm, arms, and balance (among other things), all while getting some good exercise so we’ll be physically ready when we’re finally allowed to return to dancing with others.
I will start with one session and see how it goes, but we’ll probably do a series of several weeks. Eventually we may get into other types of dance and historical periods too (ie: regency footwork, waltz, renaissance dance styles, etc.).
Join us THIS WEDNESDAY, April 15, at 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT). The class will be an hour, and then folks can hang out and chat afterward if they’d like to (at 7 p.m.).
The class is FREE, but donations will be gratefully accepted (as a caller and dance teacher, my income has dropped significantly with all the cancellations, so I would be grateful for anything you’re able to contribute). PayPal me at camusr6 at gmail dot com (if you can use the "send to a friend" option, I would be grateful).
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Hope to see you then!
Renée Camus is a writer and dancer now living in San Fernando, California, with her animator husband and four beautiful cats. She started learning ballet at age 5, and English country and American contra dancing at Pinewoods at age 8. After receiving a master’s degree in dance history, she founded and directed a dance company, called Centuries Historical Dance, dedicated to preserving and presenting historical social dance, and produced the DVD "Dancing through the Centuries: Dawn of a New World," serving as writer, director, narrator, choreographer, and dancer. She has taught various styles of dance around the Washington DC area, including tap, Irish step dancing, ballroom, and ECD, and has taught at many dance camps around the country, including Pinewoods, Berea, Cumberland, Terpsichore’s Holiday, Flying Cloud Academy’s Vintage Dance Week in Cincinnati, and the Newport Vintage Dance Week in Rhode Island.
She is a regular caller (not to mention designed and maintains the website) for Culver City English Country Dance, and she recently began writing her own English country dances (soon to be published on her website). She’s also a scholar and artist in musical theatre, having served as director, choreographer, performer, and critic for many productions, including The Merry Widow with Opera Camerata of Washington, and The Devil’s Christmas Carol at the DC Fringe Festival. She recently published a chapter on “Joss Whedon and the Geek Musical” in the Routledge Companion to the Contemporary Stage Musical, and she’s been published in the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, New York Observer, The Toast, The Billfold, and Mashable, among others.
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