On Sunday, March 1, MFS presents an English Country Dance at the Nelson Town Hall. David Millstone, Carol Compton, and Thal Aylward will provide calling and music.
This event will be an introduction to the pleasures of English Country Dance and is designed for both contra dancers and experienced English dancers. All are welcome and no partner is required. Bring clean shoes to protect the floor.
1:00 – 4:00 PM
David Millstone, Lebanon, NH, started contra dancing in the early 1970s and
became an enthusiastic English country dancer starting in 1987. He has been a
caller of American dance for thirty years and English country dancing for about
half as long.
He helped start the Strafford (VT) Ball, a Playford country dance event, and he
helps set the program each year for that event. He leads a regular English
country dance series in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont and
he has shared his love of English country dance at such varied venues as
Pinewoods, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC, the regular
English dance series in Boston, the Brattleboro Dawn Dance, balls in upstate New
York, and in such far-flung locations as Atlanta, New Mexico, Winnipeg, and
Copenhagen. In addition to leading sessions for experienced dancers, he has
enjoyed introducing English country dances at international folk dance camps, to
groups of hard-core contra dancers, and with dancers in such overseas locations
as Prague and Zurich.
An elementary school teacher for thirty years, he’s known for his broad
repertoire, good sense of humor, and clear instructions. He enjoys mixing older
dances (both familiar and less well known) with contemporary compositions.
Millstone is also a dance historian and videographer who has completed
documentaries about Bob McQuillen, Dudley Laufman, and Ralph Sweet; he is
co-author of Cracking Chestnuts, a look at some classic contra dances, being
published by Country Dance and Song Society. He was a member of the CDSS
Governing Board for six years.