June 29, 30 and July 1, 2012: The Santa Barbara Historical Dance Weekend was held in the beautiful studios of the University of California Santa Barbara and explored early ballet and social dances from the Baroque period through the 20th century.
Housing was at San Miguel Residency Hall.
Link to 2012 Class Schedule: http://nybaroquedance.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/2012-updated-class-schedule.pdf
Description of classes offered in 2012:
Classes in 17th and 18th century dances (ballet, ballroom and country) were be drawn from period published notations of Guillaume Louis Pecour (often called the Balanchine of his day). Balon and Isaac and taught by Catherine Turocy, Artistic Director of The New York Baroque Dance Company.
Classes in 19th century balle, based on material from dancing masters Blasis, Theleur, Michel and Arthur Saint-Leon and Adice were taught by Sandra Noll Hammond, perhaps the most highly regarded scholar/teacher in early 19th century ballet.
Classes in 19th and 20th century social dances were drawn from both European and American sources and taught by Richard Powers, teacher/choreographer at StanfordUniversity and well-respected choreographer for period works such as CBS’s film Spring Awakenings and the ragtime dances for Faye Dunaway and Richard Widmark in Cold Sassy Tree.
Evening activities included an opening dance party (historical dress of any time period encouraged), a lecture linking early modern dance choreographers and early dance forms which inspired their work, and a local wine tasting.
June 30th we held special tribute to Richard Powers honoring his lifelong dedication to dance as a dancer, teacher, researcher, choreographer and inspiring mentor.
VIDEO OF CLASS EXCERPTS: recorded by Mariel McEwan, videographer