French Country Dance
French dances are hypnotic, compelling, flirtatious, and quite accessible
to contra and square dancers. Daniel, who studied at dance workshops in
France, has been teaching french country dances in the Bay Area for over
fifteen years. His repertoire includes the bourrée (Berry regional style),
schottische, 5-step waltz, mazurka, polka, and circassian circle. A
typical session includes an introduction to several of these dances, while
the week-long workshop focuses on refining the bourrée steps and styling,
incorporating them into a variety of traditional dance figures. Sheet
music and dance notes are available to workshop participants.
Instant World Music Choir
This workshop is ideal for large groups, suitable for both experienced
singers and beginners. Drawing on international vocal repertoire, from
traditional African sources to modern jazz gospel choir, Daniel teaches
four-part vocal harmonies and ensemble singing. This very unique
experience never fails to astound the participants, and it has become
one of the Hillbillies' most requested workshops.
This is a rhythm workshop for non-musicians (and musicians). Daniel and
Paul teach basic rhythm concepts using an assortment of hand claps, body
slaps, footsteps, and percussive paraphernalia. The workshop includes
clapping games, kejak (Balinese monkey chant), pygmy songs, and much more.