Dances for the High Tea Dance 2016

The Caller

Sharon Green is, quite possibly, the kindest, most joyful person you’ll ever meet. She simply loves sharing the pleasures of dancing with other, and our weekend with her was transcendant. You will soon be able to see some of the videos of the dancing and the joy on the Dance Video Archives.

Her workshop on the dances of Fried de Metz Herman was wonderful - what a history!  Sharon brought us a wonderful story about her first encounter with Fried, who was well-known to be rather demanding and critical. When Sharon returned, downhearted, to her cabin at Pinewoods after this encounter, her cabin-mates told her "You just have to understand that Fried is Dutch, and blunt. When she said those unflattering things to you, it just meant that she likes you and wants to be your friend." 

The words "She's Dutch, and blunt, but she likes you and wants to be your friend" have now taken root in our local vocabulary and, amusingly, help us deal with the occasional critical caller or teacher.  

Sharon herself, however, is the opposite - welcoming and kind, as well as somehow powerful and commanding. She managed to create our most joyous High Tea weekend ever.


Ladies at PlayThe Band

The band was the wonderful, amazing Ladies at Play, joined by our own Martha Edwards on fiddle.  Miranda Arana brought her transcendant flute playing to the weekend, this year joined by her beloved band-mates, Kathy Dagg, master of all things horizontal and plucked (guitar, mandolin, etc.) and Shanda MacDonald, funky, bluesy fiddler and kick-ass keyboard player. Martha brought her classical training and years of melodic improv to the mix, and they seemed to be constantly having fun.







The Dances

Friday Night English Country Dance

The Ramble
The Minor Spaniard (Jenny Beer)
I Care Not for These Ladies (Kitty Skrobela) [published in Hunter's Moon]
A Double Duet (Gary Roodman)
Tambourine Dance (reconstruction, Jacqueline Schwab) [published in Playford Assembly]
Well's Humour (reconstruction, Brian Wedgbury) [published in Purcell's Dancing Master]
The Pugilist (Ron Coxall) [published in Roles]
The Upright Man (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Saturday Triad (Fried de Metz Herman [published in Serendipity]
Leather Lake House (reconstruction, Fried de Metz Herman) [published in Playford Assembly]
An Early Frost (Philippe Callens)
Barbarini's Tambourine (reconstruction, Jacqueline Schwab) [published in Playford Assembly]

Saturday Morning Workshop: The Legacy of Fried de Metz Herman

The Chocolate Equation [published in Ease & Elegance]
The Archbishop [published in Potters' Porch]
10 for the Ten Commandments [published in Ease & Elegance]
Bottoms Up
Rose of Sharon [published in Potters' Porch]
Bryon's Boutade
Winter Waltz [published in Serendipity

Saturday Afternoon Workshop: Dances from the Greenery

A Mover and Shaker (Gary Roodman) [published in Multiple Calculated Figures]
Golden Green (Philippe Callens) [web publication]
The Unknown Buccaneer (Sharon Green)  "
Familiar Quotations (Sharon Green) [New Shoots]
A Child's Christmas in Berkeley (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Little Sir Isaac (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Scotch Capers ( Sharon Green) [web publication]

Saturday Evening Ball

The Drummer (reconstruction, Charles Bolton) [Retreads]
Trip to Provence (Susan Kevra)
Doctor Bending's Serpent (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Mr. Isaac's Maggot [The Playford Ball]
Foxfire (Steve Sargent)
Juniata (Sharon Green) [web publication]
Softly Good Tummas (reconstruction, Andrew Shaw)
Mount Hills
Key to the Cellar (CDSS News)
Mile of Smiles (Joseph Pimentel)  [The Goldcrest collection]
St. Margaret's Hill
Soulton Jigg (reconstruction, Kathryn & David Wright) [Wright's Humours]
Jaque Latin ( reconstruction, Chip Hendrickson) [

Dances for the High Tea English Ball

Saturday September 3, 2016


The Drummer

Trip to Provence

Doctor Bending's Serpent

Mister Isaac's Maggot



Softly Good Tummas


Mount Hills

Key to the Cellar

Mile of Smiles

Soulton Jigg

Saint Margaret's Hill

Jacque Latin

The Dances of 2009

Called by Joseph Pimentel at High Tea & Whiskey

See the dances of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Friday night

  1. Pocketful of Rye
  2. Saturday Night Line
  3. The Lover's Knot
  4. Hotpoint Special
  5. The Wizard Walk
  6. Batja's Breakdown
  7. Money Musk
  8. Swingaround
  9. Smithy Hill
  10. Alternating Corners
  11. Solstice Special

Saturday morning

  1. Sellinger's Round
  2. The Duke of Kent's Waltz
  3. The Young Widow
  4. Mr. Isaac's Maggot
  5. Easter Morn
  6. Anna Maria
  7. Leather Lake House
  8. Knole Park

Saturday afternoon

  1. Highland Lilt
  2. Heather Towers
  3. Westaire Court
  4. Knives & Forkes
  5. Elverton Grove
  6. Emma's Commencement
  7. Mr. Hamilton's Inauguration
  8. Jacob Hall's Jig

Saturday night

  1. I Care Not for These Ladies
  2. Freeford Gardens
  3. Fuerst Maggot
  4. When Laura Smiles
  5. Hit & Miss
  6. Keys to the Cellar
  7. Well Done Jack
  8. Mrs. Savage's Whim
  9. Physical Snob, The
  10. Leather Lake House
  11. Turning by Threes
  12. Jack's Maggot

The Dances of 2010

Called by Joanna Reiner at High Tea & Whiskey

See the dances of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Saturday - 10am - Taking on the Dance

  1. Take A Dance
  2. Elverton Grove
  3. Kelsterne Gardens
  4. Dick’s Maggot
  5. Cottonwood - Chris Sackett & Brooke Friendly
  6. Alice - Philippe Callens
  7. Cadgers’ Caper - Gary Roodman
  8. Freeford Gardens - Kathryn and David Wright
  9. Whiskey Before Dinner - Gary Roodman

Saturday - 2pm - The Philadelphia Special

  1. The Minor Spaniard - Jenny Beer
  2. Autumn in Amherst - Philippe Callens
  3. After Dinner Maggot - Gary Roodman
  4. Dusty Miller
  5. Treasure of the Big Woods - Joseph Pimentel
  6. Key to the Cellar - Jenny Beer
  7. Leslie’s Valentine - Scott Higgs
  8. Mr. Beveridge’s Maggot
  9. Barbarini’s Tambourine

Evening Ball - 8pm

  1. Jack’s Health
  2. Muriel’s Measure - Colin Hume
  3. The Introduction - Fried de Metz Herman
  4. Well Done Jack
  5. Foxfire - Steve Sargent
  6. Prince William
  7. Sarah - Gary Roodman
  8. Christina - Naomi Alexander
  9. Trip to Tunbridge
  10. Sunlight Through Draperies - Tom Roby
  11. Haymakers
  12. Wibsey Roundabout - Gary Roodman
  13. Softly Good Tummas

The Dances of 2011

Called by Susan Kevra at High Tea & Whiskey

See the dances of 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015

Saturday - 10am

  1. Wooden Shoes
  2. Devil's Maggot
  3. Braes of Dornoch
  4. Honeysuckle Cottage
  5. Leather Lake House
  6. Astonished Archeologist
  7. Knives and Forks
  8. Wibsey Roundabout

Saturday - 2pm

  1. Mad Robin
  2. Autumn in Amherst
  3. Gigue for Genny
  4. Early One Morning
  5. La Gavre
  6. Jane
  7. Smithy Hill
  8. Geud Man of Ballangigh

Saturday English Ball - 8pm

  1. Saint Catherine
  2. Trip to Tunbridge
  3. Indian Summer
  4. Filigree
  5. Minor Spaniard
  6. Barbarini's Tambourine
  7. Jane
  8. Fenterlarick
  9. Ten Year Tested
  10. Ashford Anniversary
  11. Red and All Red
  12. Christina