Victoria English Country Dance Society

Hands Across the Water 2019 – our 20th Anniversary


An English Country Dance Weekend

September 6th – 8th 2019

Victoria, BC

To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we are holding a callers’ workshop in addition to our regular weekend of workshops and dancing




Bruce Hamilton will be leading the callers’ workshop

Bruce Hamilton is a well-respected teacher of English and Scottish dancing with 45 years’ experience. He has launched classes, trained teachers, coached performing groups and adjudicated festivals.

A retired research scientist, Bruce is always looking for new ways to understand and present ideas. He tries to weave many threads besides technique and choreography into his lessons. Music, sociability and physiology are his current favourites. People often say they come away with things to think about and ways to grow. His weekend teacher’s class draws high praise. Bruce lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife Jo and as many dogs and cats as her rescue operation happens to have on hand. He runs a biweekly English dance class, and is a past president of the Country Dance and Song Society.

The callers’ workshop will be limited to 10 callers who are currently calling, who have some experience and want to grow. The callers workshop will take place all day Friday and most of Saturday. The callers will be able to join some of the regular dance workshops and there will be an opportunity to call to the whole group on Sunday.


For dancers, Nan Evans will be leading the workshops

Nan EvansNan Evans is well known throughout the Northwest and beyond for her clear teaching, a warm and welcoming style, and a love of dances that flow – whether highly spirited or beautifully graceful.    Nan is at home with small groups in a community grange or with hundreds of dancers and beginners on the floor at a crowded Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle.  She has been a featured caller at Lady of the Lake for both the summer and fall camps, at Monte Toyon for the San Francisco area fall and spring dance camps, Cascade Contras sponsored by the Eugene dance community, and at the Heather and Rose Suttle Lake Camp.

Nan lives in Port Townsend, Washington with her husband Fred Nussbaum, the Northwest’s premier dance music cellist.  They continue to be actively involved in the dance and music community in the Port Townsend area. Nan  served on the national board of the Country Dance and Song Society for six years.

The dance workshops will focus on improving our style, finding the magic moments and making music visible.  For a special treat, Nan will present a session “Dancing to Early Music” with period instruments played by our local early music instrumentalists.

Music by The Dancehall Players and Friends

Dancehall PlayersFor many years Victoria dancers have been enjoying the unique sound of The Dancehall Players, founded by Dan Page and Ann Schau. It is a pleasure to be able to share their musical talents with the dance community at large

Gregory Brown: Flute, guitar, mandolin
Aaron Ellingsen: violin, mandolin
Susan Larkin: violin, recorders
Ann Schau: piano
Lael Whitehead: recorders, guitar, percussion

The Dancehall Players and Friends will provide music throughout the weekend, for dances and workshops



All events take place at Edelweiss Club Hall, 108 Niagara Street Victoria BC V8V 1E9

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