English Country Dance Weekend
will be held
September 22-24, 2017
with Dance Leader Tom Amessé
and Music by Bare Necessities
(scroll down for their bios
and the Weekend Schedule!)
DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM HERE: REG FORM
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, GA 30030
(an Atlanta suburb)
(Scroll down for Schedule of Events)
For out-of-town dancers who want to find housing with a local host dancer: please be sure to complete the housing section of the Registration form. For out-of-town dancers who prefer to stay in a hotel, we have negotiated a group rate at two local hotels:
❃ Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta-Emory (2 miles from dance hall)
❃ Additional hotels are provided in the following list: Decatur Area Hotels
PARKING (parking in Decatur is at a premium, so here's some basic info)
❃ The Decatur Rec Center shares a free 2-level parking lot with the Library next door. (Yes, DOUBLE decker, as there is a level below the street lot.) However, please note that the parking deck fills up quickly!
❃ A map of Decatur, showing the Rec Center & its parking lot IN YELLOW - as well as other area parking lots - can be downloaded here: Parking Map
❃ Metered parking is strictly enforced in Decatur (2-hour parking limit 8AM - 6PM). But the good news is that metered parking is free after 6PM and all day Sundays)
❃ There may be free street parking in the surrounding residential area, but watch out for "Residential Parking Only" signs that limit parking in some areas.
❃ DO NOT PARK in the CVS lot on West Ponce. (They watch where you are going and they will boot you car.)
❃ DO NOT PARK in church p-lots on Sunday.
For those dancers who are flying in for Fandango and plan to use public transportation: you can take the MARTA subway line from inside Hartsfield Airport all the way to downtown Decatur. Just take any Northbound train to the Five Points stop, and then switch to the Indian Creek Eastbound train and get off at the Decatur stop. You will be 1 block from the dance hall!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
DANCE LEADER: TOM AMESSÉ
Tom Amessé has been an English Country Dance leader in New York City since 2001, completing the Country Dance New York apprenticeship program under the mentorship of Gene Murrow in 2003. Since then, he has called weekly dances, formal dances and Playford Balls throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, including "Dance Flurry" in Saratoga Springs, NY, "NOMAD" in New Haven, CT, the George Washington Ball in New York City, the Twelfth Night Assembly in Staten Island, NY, the Colonial Ball in Trenton, NJ and the Elm City Assembly in New Haven, Ct. Tom has also crossed the pond to call sessions at the Litchfield Folk Festival in England. Tom and his wife, Susan, have also choreographed a number of ECD dances. Besides his passion for ECD, Tom calls contra and traditional square dances. If Tom seems a natural on stage, some of the credit goes to his having acted in local community theater. Tom appeared in numerous roles from from plays by William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Neil Simon and Eugene O’Neill. He is also a popular storyteller.
Music by Bare Necessities
Bare Necessities is a quartet known for its creative interpretations and recording of English country dance tunes. Its members include Mary Lea on violin and viola, Kate Barnes on winds and guitar, Jacqueline Schwab on piano, and Earl Gaddis on violin.
The group have made an impressive 18 recordings and 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 and their improvisation makes for a dynamic interweaving of harmonies and countermelodies.