In addition to our featured presenters, volunteers will lead or host some of the sessions.
1:30-3:00 CST. Note: the workshop may last only an hour or so. We've allowed up to 90 minutes in case extra time is needed.
The focus of the workshop will be Building Community as a Caller.
Whether local or visiting, callers make unique contributions to community-building. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the variety of ways that callers create and make use of a sense of group identity, both in the moment and over time. How does the caller’s role differ from that of organizers and dancers? What benefits have you derived from enhancing community at your dances?
Leader: Louise Siddons.
Louise Siddons has been a caller for contra and English country dance for over a decade. She strives to create a dance experience and atmosphere that is welcoming and fun, and she believes that one of the greatest strengths of traditional dance is its adaptability and responsiveness to the needs of those dancing. That adaptability, and the creativity of the dance community, has been evident over the past ten months, and Louise has been an enthusiastic caller of Zoom dances.
Pandemic or not, she calls across the United States and in the United Kingdom, where she is currently living thanks to a Fulbright research fellowship. The Fulbright program is a diplomatic fellowship program, and so part of her fellowship project is to build ties between the US and UK dance communities. Ask her about dancing in the UK via Zoom!
Play along with the lead musicians, but with your sound muted. We will supply a list of tunes from which we'll choose and PDFs of those tunes. Our goals are to play tunes that are accessible to most players and have a good time.
The 30 minute Konzert with Kendall & Katie features Houston musicians Katie Geringer on fiddle and Kendall Rogers on keyboard.
A Kentucky native now living in Houston, Kendall Rogers is a piano and bodhran player who also dabbles in accordion, whistle, and DADGAD guitar. He grew up amid the rich folk music and dance traditions of Kentucky and the traditional dance music from other parts of North America as well as Ireland, Scotland, Denmark, and England.
Katie Geringer began studying the violin at the age of 6 and developed an interest in Irish and folk music while in high school. She remained active in the folk and Irish music scene in Tallahassee, Florida while simultaneously earning a bachelor’s degree in Instrumental Music Education and a Certificate in Violin Performance as well as teaching middle orchestra for three years.