Baroque Dance for Musicians
A Workshop with Natasha Finlay
– This event has been postponed –
Baroque dances hold an important place in the music teaching repertoire – but do we actually know what these dances looked like? What do the movements feel like? Natasha Finlay brings these dances to the 21st century in her workshop “Baroque Dance for Musicians.” Learning more about the Baroque dances will not only help inform the gestures, character, and musicality of our own Baroque dance interpretations, but will also enhance our teaching of this music.
In this workshop:
- Participants will accompany Natasha, who will be in Baroque costume, dancing the Gavotte, Gigue, Polonaise, Sarabande, and Allemande.
- All participants will learn to dance the Minuet to develop rhythm and artistry.
- The goal is to bring the music’s purpose to life with historical context, and embody the music through the dance steps.
Please see the poster for further information.
Who: This workshop is for ORMTA members (Teachers)
When: Sunday January 30th, 2022 at 2:00pm – POSTPONED –
Where: St. Cuthbert’s Presybterian Church in Westdale (Hamilton, near McMaster University)
This workshop requires participants to accompany the dances. Don’t worry, you do not need to polish up the Gigue from your ARCT program; Natasha encourages participants to prepare Baroque dance pieces from a variety of levels and has kindly provided some suggestions for pianists and string players HERE. If you happen to have other repertoire selections that would meet the requirements (especially wind players) please feel free to prepare those pieces. The more volunteers to rotate through, the better!
Covid-19 Information: Both St. Cuthbert’s Presbyterian and ORMTA require that attendees be fully vaccinated and provide proof of full vaccination at the event. Masks, contact tracing, and social distances are also required. See ORMTA’s policies HERE. Additionally all surfaces will be regularly wiped down, especially the piano keyboard!