Upcoming Web Chat: Let’s Talk About Reentry Oct 21

– Working Together Now for a Strong Return to Dancing

An online discussion for contra, English country, and community dance organizers

Wednesday, Oct. 21 7:00-8:30 p.m. EDT (4pm PT)

So much of what we love is on hold or shifting to online formats. But there will be a time when we dance together again. And there is work we can be doing during this down time to ensure a joyful and fulfilling return to the dance floor! In this second installment of the Let’s Talk About Reentry series, we’ll talk about our evolving expectations for reentry, the changes we need to prepare for, and the important role organizers can play in preparing our communities for a bright future.

Please note: Based on feedback, we’ll be changing our usual format a bit for this Web Chat. Instead of lining up guest speakers, we’ll have a kick-off message from Katy, followed by longer chat room sessions that will include conversation prompts and time for interactive follow-up and discussion.

REGISTER online by October 19.

Soon after you register, Zoom will send you a confirmation email with your own personal link. You’ll need this info for joining the Web Chat! To keep track of […]

By |2020-10-14T12:20:17-07:00October 14th, 2020|Dance, Information, Live, Musing|0 Comments

Tips for Zoom, Playing Movies etc

Please let me know if you have any comments or advice to add. Thanks!

First and foremost, plug directly into your router with an Ethernet cable, rather than using wifi. I need an adapter like this for my Macbook Pro.

In order to have a movie run as smoothly as possible on viewers screens, reduce the size of the movie, and send only a portion of your screen. The size doesn’t need to be exact, but approximately 850×480 looks good. This results in far fewer pixels being transferred, than using full screen.

The Mechanics:

  1. Hit the big green Share button in the control ribbon.
  2. Choose “Advanced” which is the middle tab at the top of the window.
  3. Choose “Portion of Screen”.
  4. Check “Share computer sound” and “Optimize Screen Share for video clip” at the bottom of the window.
  5. Click “Share” at the bottom right.
  6. You can hold the top thicker green bar of the share box to drag it around, and size it using the thinner sides and bottom, and also the bottom two corners.
  7. With Quicktime, I found out that I could click the Quicktime icon at the bottom of my monitor in order to bring […]
By |2020-09-23T23:13:51-07:00September 23rd, 2020|Musing|0 Comments

Folk Dancing Activities – and calendars

Regarding the Folk Dance calendar, thanks go to Judith English for starting the Event calendar on this site in March when it was clear that it was needed to keep track of all the events, and to not miss them!

Then Noel Kropf came, and then Paul Collins joined in, and it’s clear from discussions with the three of them that the calendar is going to get better and better as time goes on, and it likely won’t be going away when we starting meeting in person again! Yay! Thank you!

The calendar will continue to be a great resource for us all, especially when we start travelling! Who can imagine that?

Right now, there are lots of calendars out there for you to refer to, besides ours. Be sure to check them out! Here are some I know about. Do you know of others? I’ll add them to this list.

Happy dancing everyone!

As our Dr. Bonnie Henry says: ‘be kind, be calm and be safe’

By |2020-06-27T14:29:12-07:00June 27th, 2020|Information, Musing|0 Comments

New Website

Bringing Roberto Bagnoli to BC is my project, and so I need my own website! Roberto will be coming to Surrey to teach us how to teach folk dancing for the last weekend in September 2018.

Actually, there are others who are equally, if not more keen to get Roberto here. And they will be helping to make it happen.

One of my goals is to get everyone dancing! Dancing has to be fun the minute you start doing it or you aren’t going to stick with it. Let’s face it – accomplishing tricky step patterns is, well, tricky!

As we all experienced in 2016 when Roberto taught at the Lyrids folk dance festival, he manages to make everyone dance and love the process! Let’s learn how to do that!

By |2020-04-12T20:28:12-07:00May 30th, 2018|Musing|0 Comments
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