English Country Dance Weekend

May 1-3, 2020

Folklore Village’s 2020 English Country Dance Weekend will feature music by Bare Necessities (Jacqueline Schwab, Kate Barnes, Earl Gaddis) and dance calling by Sue Dupre.

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The Bares” are highly respected as dance musicians and well loved for their ability to support and inspire the dancers. Jacqueline Schwab plays piano, Earl Gaddis plays violin and viola, and Kate Barnes is on winds and guitar.

Known and loved for its creative interpretations of English Country Dance tunes, Bare Necessities has been playing together since 1980. As a group they have redefined the sound of English Country Dance music with an improvisatory and playful style that reflects their classical background and extensive experience playing for all kinds of dancing. Their music spans the centuries from 16th century early music to recently composed pieces, with a delightful variety of moods and meters that lends itself to their exploratory style and interweaving of harmonies and countermelodies. They have been a part of Folklore Village’s English Country Dance Weekend for a number of years and are excited to return to play for dancing and teach music workshops once again this year!

Sue Dupre hails from New Jersey and has been calling English country dances for over 35 years. Sue has been a featured performer at various festivals and dance weekends across the country, such as the Berea Christmas Country Dance School, Country Dance & Song Society (CDSS) summer dance camps, and the Bay Area Country Dance Society (BACDS) summer dance camps. Sue is known for enthusiasm and good humor, for an extensive repertoire representing the best of the old and the new, for clear and efficient teaching, and for her work with novice dancers. Sue has also worked extensively as a dancing mistress for re-enactors from various eras, but especially with Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactors. In addition to her work as a caller, Sue is passionately devoted to the promotion and performance of historic English mummers plays and ceremonial dances in American communities.