The ECD list is for discussion of all aspects of modern and historical English Country Dance and related forms as they have relevance to the discussion. (Related forms include contra, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, contradanza, Victorian longways dances, quadrilles, cotillions, etc.) .The list is intended for callers, dancers, organizers, and musicians, who are all part of one community.
We discuss a wide variety of topics including:
Requests for PDFS of music (shared off-list)
Publications and recordings
Requests for suggestions for themed evenings
Questions about interpretation of dance notation (and questionable interpretations)
Travelers announcing that they’ll be in an area some time in the future and looking for dances to attend or to call.
Announcements of events.
Plain-text notation for new dances you’ve written or newly interpreted.
Note that Shared Weight has separate lists for all traditional dance organizers, all musicians, contra callers, etc. Those involved with ECD may enjoy those other lists as well.
– Alan Winston, list founder
From Alan Winston (list founder): Somebody on the rec.folk-dancing newsgroup suggested in 1994 that there should be a mailing list specifically for English Country Dancing, and I realized I had the technology available to do it for free, and enough questions and discussion points that I’d find the list a good resource for my own purposes. My experience on Usenet had let me know that moderator action was sometimes necessary but I very much preferred a light hand, and still do. The list ran for many years on my desktop workstation computer (running OpenVMS and the MX mailing list software); I wired up various things so we could have a digest and an archive. The Bay Area Country Dance Society agreed to host the list in 2009, using mailman on Linux, and after the great SPD debacle of 2017 the BACDS Web Committee worked very hard to upgrade a far-out-of-date system so that we could run a current version of mailman and stop having everybody from Yahoo get unsubscribed whenever anybody from Yahoo posted. The list has been doing well at BACDS, but since it has international membership it makes more sense to join sharedweight and be supported by CDSS which has at least continental scope. Much gratitude to BACDS for years of hosting.
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