Susan de Guardiola – September 10, 2022

Dance historian Susan de Guardiola will visit Chicagoland in September and treat a limited audience to an afternoon of workshops and an evening dance, sharing her latest research about dance steps and forms.

Location: Tammy’s Oak Park studio
228 Clinton Ave, #2, Oak Park, IL 60302

Schedule (all on Saturday, September 10, 2022):

  • 1:00-2:45 Workshop 1
  • 2:45-3:15 Break (social time and snacks, outside if possible)
  • 3:15-5:00 Workshop 2
  • 5:30-7:00 Supper on your own or join us for a potluck (to be held outside if possible)
  • 7:30-10:00 Evening dance

Live music will be provided for the later workshop and the evening by Jonathan Whitall (fiddle, piano) and Meg Dedolph (guitar, percussion)

Workshop 1 – Steps for Hornpipes
Beyond the pas de bourrée!  Dance early 18th century triple-time favorites like “Hole in the Wall” as you’ve never danced them before, with easy steps that link dance to music in beautiful new ways.

Workshop 2 – Dancing Cotillions
“Much obliged for the quadrilles, which I am grown to think pretty enough, though of course they are very inferior to the cotillions of my own day.”  (Jane Austen, letter to Fanny, 1816)
We will learn the steps and figures of these intricate French square dances beloved by everyone from Jane Austen to George Washington.

Evening dance – Susan’s Potpourri!
An evening featuring a mix of longways, squares, and more from the 17th century to the 21st!  Dances from the afternoon workshops will be included and live music will fill the air!

The dancing will be inside, in the studio space, which is well ventilated with air filters. The space can accommodate up to 16 dancers. If we get more responses than that, priority will go to those who reply earlier.

We require everyone attending to be fully vaccinated and to show proof of vaccination (if we haven’t seen yours already). You can present it at the time, or send a photo or scan of it to us in advance. We also expect everyone to wear masks inside when not actively eating or drinking.

Cost (payable at the door, cash or check only):

  • Full day: $40 (includes both workshops and evening dance)
  • Workshop 1 only: $15
  • Workshop 2 only: $15
  • Evening dance: $20

All funds go to Susan and the musicians; additional donations welcomed!

Reserve your place soon by emailing
Please also let us know if you need to cancel your reservation, so that we may offer the space to others who might be interested.