Country Music and Dance Workshop
Denver Chapter ARS sponsored an all day English Country Music
and Dance Workshop on Saturday, 3/6/10 with guest presenter,
Pat Petersen. Pat is a nationally known ARS certified teacher
as well as an expert on early music and English country dance.
The Workshop was held at the Berkeley Community Church in Denver
and was a wonderful collaboration between 33 early music musicians
and 24 country music dancers from the area. Pat put together
an exciting program of English Country music pieces by Purcell
and Handel that the musicians practiced in the first part of
the day. In the afternoon and evening sessions there was an
opportunity for the musicians to dance the pieces learned earlier
with much needed guidance from the local country music dancers!
Favorite pieces by Purcell and Handel included Lilliburlero,
Hole in the Wall, Elverton Grove, Handel With Care, and the
very fast Siege of Limerick. The event offered a unique and
enjoyable experience for musicians and dancers to collaborate
and appreciate beautiful music and dance together. There are
already requests to have a similar event next year.