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We danced Saturday at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

We had a group of 15 dancers, ranging in age from 10 to mind-your-own-business, and in experience from a few months to we’ve-stopped-counting.

We arrived in Ashland on or before Friday; some of us took the opportunity to get there early and see a few plays.  The Festival provided housing for Friday and Saturday night.  We met Saturday morning for walk-throughs on the stage, and then were free to enjoy Ashland until evening.  Sound check was at 5:15, cast call at 6:15 and the performance from 7:15-7:55, letting us finish in time to make an 8:30 play.

The weather was warm, getting up close to 100 in the middle of the afternoon. but threatening thundershowers cooled things off nicely at performance time.  Fortunately the showers themselves held off until just after we danced.  We had a couple of minor glitches, but that is normal and expected, and overall the performance went very well.  Everyone was very enthusiastic and complementary.

After we danced about half the group used our comp tickets to see Equivocation, the only play available for comps that evening.  It was the only choice available, but it was an excellent choice.  It is a play I would love to see again, if done as well as it was done in Ashland.  It is a brilliant play.

Some of us then partied into the wee hours, and dragged ourselves home Sunday.  Others had the good sense to get to bed a bit earlier, and then dragged themselves home Sunday.

It was a wonderful weekend, and a number of us are plotting return trips in future years, even if we don’t get to dance.

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We had half the usual number of dancers at the Friday class this week, but still a large enough group to dance. Next Friday (April 10, 2009), being Good Friday, we will not have the usual Friday class. There will, however, be a party on Saturday April 11, 2009. This will be our ‘mock’ ball where everyone will get a chance to practice all of the dances on our upcoming ball program and have a nice potluck dinner afterward (and let’s not forget to wish Peggy a happy birthday that night).

The picture is our demo team practicing for the three upcoming performances. We have, one following close on the other, performances at the Woodland Games, the Sacramento Zoo, and the newly formed games in Rippon California.

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More practice…

…for the demo dancers getting ready for the Camelia Festival.

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Doing a Highland Fling while Abraham plays the pipes.

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…piping for our dance, and doing an excellant job of it.

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Walk-throughs before the performance.

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…Reel of the Royal Scots for performance at the Festival of Trees at Mickey Grove Sat. 12/6.

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…before performing at the International Folk Dance in Old Sacramento tomorrow.

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Another day rehearsing for the International Dance Featival.

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Our first practice…

…for the upcoming International Folk Dance Festival was held today (Saturday 9/6/2008) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at YLI.

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