. Set For Spring 2015 – English Country Dance Weekend in Houston, Texas

About Set for Spring

Oklahoma City hosted an English Country Dance weekend in February of 2008 that was the first full weekend of ECD held in Oklahoma or Texas in many years, if not ever. That very successful weekend, with Jacqueline Schwab teaching the dances and playing with her bandmates in Bare Necessities, showed the Oklahoma and Texas ECD dancers that a weekend event was quite viable.

While he was living in Houston the first time, Joseph Pimentel travelled to Austin and saw the beautiful grand ballroom of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs building. He insisted that we hold an English Country Dance weekend in "The Fed", volunteered to call, and asked his friends in Goldcrest to play. The Austin dance community stepped up to organize the event and Set for Spring was born in April 2009.

Set for Spring rotates between the Texas and Oklahoma ECD communities. Each community is relatively small; rotating Set for Spring reduces the work and risk of burnout for the organizers of each group as well as the financial risk.

History

Date Location Band Caller
April 3-5, 2009 Austin Goldcrest Joseph Pimentel
March 19-21, 2010 Dallas Foxfire Joseph Pimentel
March 11-13, 2011 OKC Childgrove Sharon Green
March 23-25, 2012 Austin Foxfire Scott Higgs
March 8-10, 2013 Dallas A Joyful Noise Gene Murrow
March 14-16, 2014 OKC 3rd String Trio Joanna Reiner
March 13-15, 2015 Houston Goldcrest Joseph Pimentel
March 11-13, 2016 Dallas Foxfire Brad Foster
March 24-26, 2017 Austin Persons of Quality Joanna Reiner Wilkinson
March 9-11, 2018 San Antonio Goldcrest Joseph Pimentel

Dance and Tune

For the 2015 event in Houston, Joseph wrote a celebratory dance to a tune by Dave Weisler, both called Set for Spring. Instructions for the dance with teaching notes and background information and a PDF of Dave's tune can be found on Joseph's website.

Dave made a "solo piano, quick-and-dirty with no editing" recording of the tune that he's graciously allowed to be distributed for those groups needing to dance to recorded music. Download from this link; no Dropbox account is needed.

A video of the inaugural dancing can be found here on YouTube.

Page last updated October 2, 2017.

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