Ready for another virtual Eurosession?
On Thursday 11 June, we will be offering another wonderful virtually mediated, Eurosession get-together. The basic plan is the same as last time, but this time the dance workshop will be taught by Lucy Huzzard, of the fantastic Third Beat Collective.
Times: 8:00-9:00pm Dance workshop; 9-10:30 pm Open session.
Venue: We’ll connect via Zoom: details to be provided nearer the time.
Important: If you plan to share a tune, please use a computer and not a phone/tablet, and check out how to turn on the Original Sound feature in your Zoom settings before the session.
NB. This event is free, but if you enjoy the evening, and can afford to do so,
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About the workshop:
Lucy Huzzard will be bringing the attitude and energy of this Norwegian competition dance to the confines of your kitchen/living room/shed. This traditional dance ranges from walking with attitude, to spinning on your head, and Lucy will be focusing on some tricks and flair to add to your next dance-off. Expect a fair workout! (No head spins thankfully!)
Wear comfortable clothes, shoes that can turn easily and ideally with springy insoles for additional comfort. This workshop will be a great way to free up the body from crouching at computer screens, and reward yourself with some zestful stretches. Lucy has trained in Sweden and is part of the Third Beat Collective; this workshop is not to be missed!
The rest of the plan is basically unchanged from last time – marvellous musicians, delicious dancing, and a bit of chatting:
To switch views between one musician and all participants, see top right on your screen, or https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362323-How-Do-I-Change-The-Video-Layout- Please mute your audio when you are not speaking / playing, and use the Chat feature for background communication. There are also likely to be intermissions for general chat and catching up.
A few of our session regulars will be on hand to get the music going. One person (or device) will broadcast at any one time; wave your instrument when you want to play, or use the ‘raise your hand’ feature, and the lead musician can choose/nominate the next player.
When you’ve been chosen to lead, select Original Sound (top left) when you want to play, and turn it off again for normal voice transmission.
NB. Mute your audio when you are not the lead musician and are just playing along at home. If you think you know the genre of dance that you might be playing, tip the dancers off at the start of your tune – thanks!
Get your dance shoes on; if you have a danceable space, book it for the evening, There may be some experimental attempts to dance the right genre of dance at the right time (albeit half a beat behind!). More important is to dance as though no-one is watching, or as though you can cheer up everyone else who is watching! Or turn your video off if you feel freer dancing in private.
Eurosession is an inclusive and caring space for all.
Invite your co-space-sharing mates / family / teddy-bear along if appropriate 🙂
See you soon,