English Country Dancing: Rooted In The Past, Dancing Into The Future 



June 17-18, 2010 

York University, Toronto Ontario Canada

Followed by A Weekend with Colin Hume and Foxfire 

The Toronto English Country Dancers in association with the 

York University Graduate Program in Dance invites you submit paper 

proposals for their upcoming conference on June 17-18, 2010: English 

Country Dancing: Rooted in the Past, Dancing into the Future. The 

conference will include both papers and hands-on workshops in music 

and dance. 

Proposals for papers or panels should be in the form of an abstract of 

250-350 words, sent electronically in Word format. Papers will be 25 

minutes in length, with additional time for questions. We warmly 

welcome proposals from independent researchers, academics and all 

members of the dance and music communities. 

Subject matter should directly relate to English Country Dance and 

music in all its manifestations, and can include reconstruction, 

history, music, community/social aspects, gender, etc. 

The conference will take place in Toronto at York University, followed 

by the dance weekend at a venue downtown. 

One of our keynote speakers will be Daniel Walkowitz, a professor in 

the department of history, New York University. Daniel is well known 

in ECD circles as a teacher, researcher, caller and performer. His 

book City Folk: ECD and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America 

will be published by New York University Press in March. 

Another of our keynote speakers, as well as our caller for the 

weekend, will be Colin Hume, renowned caller, choreographer, 

researcher and composer. He will participate in the academic part of 

the event, teach hands-on workshops and call for the weekend of social 

dancing (Friday, June 18-Sunday, June 20; priced separately). 

Special guest Daron Douglas will participate in the conference and be 

joined by Karen Axelrod to provide the music for the dance weekend. 

Accommodation can be arranged either on the York campus or downtown, 

and a registration fee of $60/$30 for students and the unwaged will be 

applied to cover our costs. Single-day fee $35/$18; single-session fee 


Details will appear on the TECD website soon. 

Paper abstracts should be sent by March 8 2010 to: Karen Millyard 


Inquiries can also be made to Professor Dorothy de Val, Graduate Program Director, Dance Studies, York University; ddeval@yorku.ca

Dorothy de Val

Graduate Program Director, Dance (MA and PhD programs)

Associate Professor, Department of Music

Accolade East 337

York University

4700 Keele Street

Toronto, Ontario


M3J 1P3

Tel. 416 736 2100 xt 20293