Maggie Pickens - a live dance workshop!
Step with Annette is incredibly excited to offer this live workshop - re-scheduled from March 2020!
Teaching one of her favourite dances: "Maggie Pickens" - also known as "Maggie Pickie".
This is a traditional dance from Donegal - the steps were given to her by Joe McGuiggan - it is danced to a tune of the same name.
The steps are related to those of "Single Time", which is a Dan Furey dance. Michael Tubridy refers to Maggie Pickens as a cousin of "Single Time". There is also a version of this dance in Scotland and the tune is thought to be of Scottish origin.
The steps are either 2 bars of movement repeated 4 times, or 4 bars of movement repeated twice, making it accessible to many levels - Annette plans to cover 8 steps.
This workshop is primarily aimed at those with some prior knowledge of dance. For those who are able, Annette will show extra movements appropriate to a higher level dancer.
The workshop will include 1-1/2 hours of tuition - with a chance for further chat before the next dance event begins (details below). Students are encouraged to take a video at the end of the workshop to aid their learning and notes will be available.
You can view Annette and some friends dancing Maggie Pickens at the Willie Clancy Festival - click here
Workshop Date: Sunday 2 October 2022
Registration: 14.00 hrs
Workshop: 14:15 - 15:45 hrs
Cobblestone: "The Backroom", 77 King St N, Smithfield, Dublin, D07 TP22
Cost: There is a reduced online price of £15, available until 1 October @14:00 hrs. The cost to pay on the day of the workshop is €20.
NB You can book online for more than 1 person, numbers will be capped.
Annette looks forward to leading you in dance - her reputation as a teacher of traditional dance grew hugely during covid, due to her online programme which reached as far west as Seattle, and east to Japan - teaching to a growing community of old style dancers from all around the world.
Between May 2020 and June 2022 Annette delivered 11 courses of dance, at 4 levels - as well as private online classes and workshops.
She was also successful in receiving two Arts Council funding awards to a) improve her equipment for her online classes and help improve her online presence, and b) to expand her repertoire by meeting with other Old Style dance tutors for a series of 1-to-1 sessions.
You may be interested to know that there is live music in the main bar of the Cobblestone from 14.30hrs, as well as a Balfolk dance event at 16.00hrs - traditional dances of Europe - instruction is included. Free entry, donations welcome (suggested €5). I plan to stay for this event and lead some of the dances.
"Research has proven that dance is one of the best forms of activity for keeping the body active and the mind alert."