About Set for Spring

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" in the spring, volunteered to call, and asked his friends in Goldcrest to play. The Austin dance community stepped up to organize the event and the first Set for Spring was held 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
March 15-17, 2019 OKC Alchemy Graham Christian
March 13-15, 2020 Houston TBD TBD

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: Set for Spring tune.

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

Page last updated December 3, 2018.

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