Harvest Moon Dance Weekend 2017

Music by Bare Necessities


Jacqueline Schwab – Mary Lea – Earl Gaddis – Kate Barnes

With guest caller Bruce Hamilton


Bruce Hamilton is a well-respected, thoughtful, and energetic teacher of English and Scottish dancing with 45 years’ experience. He has launched dance 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 for the dancer. Whenever he presents workshops, he weaves many conceptual threads besides dance technique and choreography into his lessons. Musicality, sociability, and physiology are his current favorites. People often say they come away with a different way to experience and think about dance. Occasionally he holds a weekend teachers’ class that also draws high praise. He continues to run a bi-weekly English dance class in the Bay Area. In the recent past, he was the president of the Country Dance and Song Society. With invitations to teach at many festivals and dance camps each year, he has taught workshops all around the United States and in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, and Australia.

General information

This year’s Harvest Moon Dance Weekend took place on October 13-15, 2017.

Many thanks to all who attended, and especially to our musicians and caller for an excellent weekend!

The weekend’s final program of dances is below:

Jacob Hall’s Jig
Early One Morning
Our Brief Encounters
For Kay
Cornish 6-Hand Reel
Fine Companions Waltz
~~ break ~~
Scotch Morris
Vermont Friends

SATURDAY MORNING  — Expanding your bubble
Key to the Cellar
Orleans Baffled
Long Odds
Saint Margaret’s Hill
Elephants Stairs

SATURDAY AFTERNOON — Dances that need extra time or focus, but  repay the effort.
Pleasure Vest
Quite Carr-ied Away
Dunsmuir Waltz
Jack’s Health (for fun, and to end with a longways)

The Mulberry Garden
Saint Margaret’s Hill
Apollo’s Hunt
Trip to Provence
The Homecoming
~~ break ~~
The Willow Tree
Jack’s Maggot
Elephants Stairs
Leather Lake House

SUNDAY — wind-down
Turning by Threes
Rob’s Reel
The Flighty Nymph
Shepherds Round
Sally In Our Alley
~~ break ~~
After Dinner Maggot
Red and All Red
The Potter’s Wheel
Mr. Isaac’s Maggot

All events, except for the brunch, were held at:

The Nineteenth Century Club
178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, IL 60301

The Harvest Moon Dance Weekend is not specifically an advanced dance event, but we do ask that everyone attending have some experience with English country dancing.


Friday, October 13

  • 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. HMDW Welcome Dance

Saturday, October 14

  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dance Workshop
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dance Workshop
  • 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Harvest Moon Ball

Sunday, October 15

  • 11:00 a.m. – ? Brunch at Randi Woodworth’s house
  • 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Farewell Dance

For more information, please contact us at: ChicagolandECD@gmail.com.