First, I encourage you to try these wonderful dances and to let the adaptors/choreographers know of your appreciation. These are dances choreographed for dancing alone or in households during the pandemic and generously shared in the effort to keep us all on our feet and dancing together even if we are alone. The links are listed alphabetically below. Many are adapted from other dances, often with delightful plays on the names. Check for these dances on YouTube. See also Bob Green’s wonderful site with videos of some of these dances and additional dances, often including instructions beside the video. http://dancevideos.childgrove.org/ecd/corona-inspired-dances
Don Bell’s Videos of several one couple dances suitable for families dancing in a small space during the pandemic. About a dozen different dances.
Pinned Partners: Marcia Aleksiewicz is introducing dances choreographed for Pinned Partners. These dances can be done by couples together or couples Pinned. The dances are choreographed for solo dancers to have a “real” partner to interact with as they dance. This Solo-No-More idea was inspired by a “Pin You – Pin You Back” Chat message at an ECD Zoom dance. As is happily the case in the dance community, Pinned dances are now constantly being modified and improved. We invite callers and dancers to contact Marcia at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to share your ideas and dances on the symmetryecd.com website. https://symmetryecd.com/
Louise Siddons has been posting her workshop ECD adaptations on this website, along with the workshop notes: https://www.scissortail.org/siddons/wednesdays.html
Seven English Country Dances, for dancing alone, video with teaching and calling by Louise Siddons, with music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDvw0B8RfmI
Louise Siddons’ video tips for dancing solo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFoAUEFGEf8
Performance Video http://www.lichfieldfolkfestival.co.uk/taster/
Dance Animations by Keith Wood for some of these, and many other dances, are available at Dance Kaleidoscope’s excellent website http://dancekaleidoscope.org.au/dance.html type in the name of the dance and it will likely be available in the box below. Below the dance animation there is a button for “Call Sheet” which includes instructions for the dance.
Another suggestion for moving to ECD music comes from Don Bell. Music here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnpY3qhSrFo Article here; https://www.timesunion.com/opinion/article/Letter-Daily-walk-is-therapy-in-these-tough-times-15216802.php?t=b1d66f5c83https:
Playford Pandemic Ball https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ma_sJmce2Ek
Playford Pandemic Ball Out-Take https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E37OSNPTdPU
I warmly recommend viewing Karen Axelrod’s marvelous Tuesday Evening videos. They can be viewed, even if you do not have a Facebook account, on her page. They have been made weekly since March 31. Karen plays along with many other musicians who are patched in. You’ll hear some of your favorite tunes and get wonderful visits with the dance community via the message side bar and simply seeing the interactions with Karen, the music, and those who are playing along. https://www.facebook.com/karen.axelrod.9?epa=SEARCH_BOX
Dancing Minds- Darlene Hamilton’s Five Things is an amazing series of interviews with numerous people from the dance community, it’s available on Facebook and Youtube.
Dances: Click the link to go to that dance’s page.
All Around Our World – Flying Solo by Lea Smith
Bar a Bar for One Couple by Don Bell https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzbcqO2gYhc&feature=youtu.be
Cloistered Gardens by Sharon Green video below at Kelsterne Gardens
Adaptation of Emperor of the Moon by Sharon Green
Joy, Health, Love, and Peace by Neil Stuart
Kind And Easey, adapted by Susan English
Mount Hills Duo by Sharon Green
Mount Hills Solo by Sharon Green
Rose of Tankerton Adaptation for one couple, Rose of Yallambie by Colin Towns
Rose of Tankerton Adaptation for one person, Stamen of Covid by Colin Towns
Row Well Ye Mariner Catherine Campbell
Sharon Spangler’s dances and adaptations https://symmetryecd.com/?page_id=1310
Sides of Mutton by John Sweeney Instructions Link http://contrafusion.co.uk/Dances/SidesOfMutton.html Video Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWJcF4C9qxA
Steps Back In Time by John Sweeney Instructions Link http://contrafusion.co.uk/Dances/StepsBackInTime.html Video Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teHDdOjudUM
Trip to Your Imagination by Carmen Giunta http://web.lemoyne.edu/giunta/dance/TripImagination.html