I’m Calling and Teaching This Weekend

I am so excited about this weekend, because I am calling a contra dance on Saturday, January 15 and then the next day teaching a workshop for all ages at the Old Town Hall.

For those of you who do not know what contra dance is, please check out my Dance page, and also http://www.ottawacontra.ca

I am so impressed with the committee running the contra dances these days. I pretty much attend every dance, I am that geeky about it. I am also a longtime volunteer and sometimes, like this Saturday, I get to be the caller. I have witnessed the development of this community and it is great to see all the new initiatives. For my younger readers, I recommend the youth page on the ottawacontra website. Good deals!

The next day, Sunday, January 16, is an opportunity to bring your whole family, or your favourite niece, or just yourself, for a workshop at the Old Town Hall called Multigenerational Singing for Ourselves. Wouldn’t it be lovely to combine old and young voices together?

This Sunday’s class is a stand-alone workshop but if you like it you can sign up for the 5-week class starting January 30. Details are on my events page. Please register through the Old Ottawa East Community Activities Group in person or through their website. (http://www.ottawaeastcag.ca/)

Come dance and sing with me!

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About Maura Volante

Maura Volante is a talented and experienced performer. Although she has written many songs over the years, her main focus these days is traditional folk songs. These are songs that have stood the test of time and have an enduring quality that speaks directly and clearly to the human experience. They also tell us about our history. Because these songs are not commonly sung in these post-folk-revival times in which folk music generally means singer-songwriter material, Maura has taken on the project of helping to keep this valuable material alive. Her specialty is Canadian folk songs, but she knows many songs from the British Isles and the USA as well. All her concerts and other programs are designed with group singing in mind. Whether in a concert, a tour, a social gathering, a classroom, a festival or a conference hall, Maura creates an encouraging atmosphere, relaxed and inclusive. She uses her strong voice and facilitation techniques to bring out the best possible music with these voices in this moment. Maura firmly believes that everyone can sing and, moreover, that everyone has a right to sing and be part of group singing activities, without judgement or criticism. No matter what the various skill levels of participants may be in any group singing activity, it always sounds good in a group, because the voices naturally attune with each other. Maura also teaches and calls contra dancing and simpler forms of traditional dancing suitable for all ages, often incorporating group singing into the dancing through the use of play party songs, which are sung by the whole group as they dance.
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