Sunday 23rd January 2022 - 12 Noon via Zoom
Online Dancing with the Bard of Scotland!
“Put Life and Mettle in yer heels!” (Tam O’Shanter)
( photo by kind permission of David McGrath)
There is a Scottish tradition to dance together to celebrate the national poet, Robert Burns near to his birthday. On Sunday 23rd January (12 noon UK time) you can join the online course and be part of these celebrations virtually.
This 2-hour online class will introduce you to some of the historical origins of Scottish dancing!
As a young lad in 1778-9 Robert Burns attended the dancing school in Tarbolton against the wishes of his father. This moment changed his life – he declared he was a “professed lover of one or more of the female sex” and he set out to dance with as many partners as he could! These dances also inspired his art, his verse, his own songs and poetry.
During this online course you will learn some of the rhythms and steps that became considered traditionally as Scottish. Burns surely knew how to dance “hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels” - a good bit of exercise to get your feet stepping to these tunes!
·We encourage you to get together with a group in your own home to join in a reconstruction of Playford’s dance LULL ME BEYOND THEE which inspired Burns to write his sung ballad JOHN BARLEYCORN – all about raising a toast to long life! (A dance for 4 couples, so 8 dancers in total – so why not have a little party with your friends and family in front of your ZOOM screen?)
· We will all join in an Online choreography for AULD LANG SYNE with options
* (i) in a linked circle for as many people in your room
* (ii) alone facing the screen linked virtually
* (iii) inclusive version for seated participants
Nonsuch will make a recording of the class which will be available to all who have enrolled. So if you cannot make the time for any reason or the time difference is too great you still have the opportunity to see it.
The course in April 2022 'A WEEKEND OF DANCE AND MUSIC MAKING WITH SHAKESPEARE AND ST GEORGE' (near Scarborough) arranged for April 2022 has been rearranged for April 2023.
Watch out for further details!
2022 Summer Course
SANQUHAR, Ayrshire, Scotland
4 - 8 August 2022
DANCE ACROSS THE BORDER
Dances that have journeyed to, from and through Scotland.
Historical periods include Medieval 13th - 15th century, the 16th century Renaissance, the 17th & 18th century Enlightenment and a Victorian Ball in the 19th century Town Hall
2022 Inclusive Dance Project
SHAKESPEARE ON WHEELS
Historical dances adapted for wheels: be it wheelchairs, skateboards, rollerblades, mobility aids or shopping trolleys!
Events planned around the UK, including at Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford Upon Avon.
Disability Advisor: Neil Hancock (RADA / Shakespeare Birthplace Trust)
NONSUCH Paradance UK instructors: Darren Royston, Francesca Roche and others.
BECOME A MEMBER OF NONSUCH
MEMBERSHIP FORM for NONSUCH HISTORY AND DANCE
Pay your membership by PayPal
Once you have become a MEMBER OF NONSUCH you will be sent a code which can be used to offer a reduced rate for any online classes.
The Nonsuch Dancers appeared on:
Nonsuch History and Dance Company
Nonsuch is a registered charity in England number 272513
Nonsuch is a registered charity in Scotland number SC051378
Nonsuch is a company limited by guarantee no 01278667