Germantown Country Dancers Making Plans To Resume Dancing to Live Music (February 2022)
A message for GCD's Callers and Musicians from the Board:
The board has decided that we should plan on being ready to resume biweekly Wednesday dances on February 9th. At this point we still need to fill in bands in the master schedule. This puts us all in the awkward position of preparing for dances that may not happen. We don't like the uncertainty but we really don't like just assuming that we won't dance for months.
The board plans to give callers and bands at least one week's notice before canceling a dance because of health concerns. We also realize that our callers and musicians may decide that they don't wish to participate in an event because of health concerns. If you decide not to participate, we ask that you notify the GCD board at least one week prior to your scheduled date. You can send us messages via firstname.lastname@example.org.
We realize that it's tough to program and practice for events that may not happen, but we feel that we will be able to continue to plan and to respond to the ongoing uncertainties if we remain flexible.
Do let us know how you feel about this. We want to dance, but we don't want to pressure people.
Robert & Kathy on behalf of the GCD Board
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Playing for Dancers: Our Vision
Germantown Country Dancers (GCD) is committed to fostering a vibrant community of English Country Dancing in the Delaware Valley. This works best when dancers, musicians and callers are fully committed to working together.
GCD offers a variety of workshops for dancers and musicians to achieve this goal, and also looks for other ways to nurture the development of local musicians.
We hope that our musicians will love playing for our English Country dancers and will join us as a dedicated and appreciated part of our dance community.
Each year GCD provides workshops for musicians. Our purpose is to give musicians an opportunity to learn more about the variety and uniqueness of English Country Dance music. Workshops also explore techniques to help musicians approach the English Country Dance repertoire and to provide great music for dancers. We invite well-known English Country Dance musicians to give workshops on playing for dancing. Past workshop leaders have included Jacqueline Schwab, Mary Lea, Barbara Greenberg, Bob Pasquarello, Kate Barnes, Robert Mills, Rick Mohr, Kathy Talvitie, and Chris Rua.
Playing Music for our Wednesday dances
The Wednesday Music Committee engages musicians to play for Wednesday evening dances. If you are a skilled musician who is familiar with English Country Dance music, is able to maintain steady rhythms, and can play at dance tempo, you may apply with a band to play for a Wednesday dance. Musicians should also be comfortable playing the tunes on the GCD Repertoire List.
Open Band Opportunities
Three times a year for our Wednesday dances we invite both skilled musicians and those who are learning the English Country Dance music genre to play for an “Open Band.” The tune list is available ahead of time, and a rehearsal is often planned before the evening of the dance.
Fish and Chips
Fish and Chips provides another opportunity for musicians to work together on the skills needed to play English Country dance music. This rehearsed band, led by Bob Pasquarello, is open to all local musicians. The ensemble meets several times to prepare for an annual GCD dance.
If you have questions or suggestions about playing for Wednesdays, feel free to contact a member of the Wednesday Music Committee: (, Kirsten Erwin, and ). Questions about workshops? Contact who is responsible for GCD's Music Development.