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This Summer: Check out these wonderful offerings from renowned favorites of the dance community! Can't decide? Order a gift certificate—now available online.
Turning of the Hour
The debut album from the extraordinary Alchemy—Eric Martin (violin, viola, foot percussion), Rachel Bell (accordion), and Karen Axelrod (piano)—truly spins music into ECD gold. Their improvisatory style brings a contemporary and innovative feel to traditional tunes, as well as modern ones from Rachel Bell and Dave Wiesler. The heartfelt performances on this album evoke both powerful energy and spacious beauty. A must-have for any lover of English country dance music!
Out of the Silence
By the Dancehall Players
This album is Part 1 of an ongoing music-writing project The Dancehall Players started in mid-March 2020 to help fill the void (silence) in their musical world during the pandemic shutdown. Gregory Brown, Aaron Ellingsen, Susan Larkin, Ann Schau, Barrie Webster, and Lael Whitehead play these wonderful original melodies in a wide range of moods, all designed for listening, dancing, enjoying, and sharing!
A Playford Ball
By Brad Foster and Francis Attanasio
The long-awaited 12th volume of the Bare Necessities ECD series, A Playford Ball – Historical Dances from England, includes instructions for the 16 dances on the CD of the same name by Bare Necessities. The dances are all favorites from The Playford Ball—classics and mainstays of ECD ball programs everywhere, but many are also appropriate additions to a regular weekly dance program as well. The booklet includes detailed dance instructions with notes on teaching, alternative versions, and comments from the authors. Don’t forget the CD!
The ABCs of Contra Dancing
By Luke Donforth & Sarah Hirsch
This lovingly-illustrated board book is a series of rhyming couplets about the alphabet and contra dance, written by Luke Donforth as he travelled calling various dances around North America. The fabulous artwork was done by Sarah Hirsch, based on her decades in the dance community—you may recognize some friends in her illustrations! This book is a wonderful introduction to this living tradition for the next generation.