English country dance
After many years as a hard-core contra dancer who resisted English country dance—"What? No swings?"—David saw the light at English-American Week at Pinewoods in 1987, and he has been calling English dances regularly since 1993. He is drawn to the rich variety of moods and music that English dance offers, from elegant to zesty, with longways and set dances offering interesting and unusual dance choreography. In addition to sharing dances with others who already appreciate the style, he particularly enjoys introducing English country dance to dancers who are new to this form. He says, "I try to maintain contra dance brevity of instruction to maximize the amount of time that folks actually spend dancing."
" Such clear instruction! You remind me of Helene Cornelius... no wasted words!"
"Every part of you conveys confidence in us as dancers.
You let us know that we can do these dances!"
"Thanks for the fabulous evening of dancing. Your teaching was clear, concise and accurate.
You easily got the hall through a handful of new dances without confusion or long explanations."
"Everyone was raving about you and your dance choices and your calling.
I'm so happy that you were able to be our guest teacher and caller this year.
Thank you for everything you did to make the weekend so special for everyone."