Victoria English Country Dance Society


Hands Across the Water

An English Country Dance Weekend

September 9 - 11, 2016

Victoria, B.C.


Gene Murrow

Dance Leader


Music by

The Dancehall Players & Friends


Gene MurrowGene Murrow Gene Murrow has been an English country dancer and musician since 1965. He approaches English country dances as works of art, striving "to make their richness of structure, musical form, texture, and affect enjoyable and appreciated by dancers of all abilities." Gene brings his formidable musical knowledge to our Saturday morning dance workshops, “Music Made Visible”, described below

George Balanchine, among others including Imogen Holst, noted that “dance is music made visible.” 

The music of England's social/folk dance tradition is unusual in its embrace of a wide variety of musical forms and styles.  Considering rhythmic structure alone, these include “duple” meter jigs, reels, hornpipes and marches; “triple” meter minuets, waltzes of several varieties, and slip jigs; and some eccentric forms that are “none of the above.”  Sources and styles include Renaissance dance music, baroque theater music, classical-era sonatas, traditional songs, modern waltzes, and much more.  We’ll explore how the best choreographers have incorporated these disparate elements to make each visible and to enthrall the dancers

The Dancehall Players


The Dancehall Players

Victoria dancers have been enjoying the unique sound of The Dancehall Players for many years. It is a pleasure to be able to share their musical talents with the dance community at large: Gregory Brown, flute/guitar; Susan Larkin, violin/recorder; Keith Malcolm, violin; Karen McIvor, cello; Ann Schau, keyboard; Lael Whitehead, percussion/recorder



Friday Evening September 9th

7:30 – 10:30 Dance with Gene Murrow & Rosemary Lach

Saturday September 10th

9:30 – 11:00 Music Made Visible I

11:15 – 12:30 Music Made Visible II


12:30 – 1:30 Lunch


1:30 – 3:00 Grace and Confidence

Saturday Evening September 10th

7:30 – 10:30 Dance

Sunday September 11th

10:00 – 11:15 Inventions of Fried Herman*

11:30 – 1:00 Requests and Favourites

* Fried Herman began dancing in Holland as a young girl, moved to England where she danced and worked with Pat Shaw, and finally emigrated to America where she created a large repertoire of reconstructions and original dances, many of which incorporate new figures of her own devising.  We’ll enjoy some of her more unusual figures and choreographies that have become classics




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White Eagle Polish Hall

90 Dock St.

Victoria, B.C. V8V 2A1


All Workshops and Dances are fragrance free


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