North Texas Traditional Dance Society

NTTDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that promotes a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing, its music, its history, and related folklore. We are a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society.


Fact Sheet, including directions, maps, hotels, restaurants, etc.(924 KB PDF)
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Joseph Pimentel
Joseph Pimentel
The North Texas Traditional Dance Society's
Set For Spring
English Country Dance Weekend
Dallas, Texas
March 19 - 21, 2010
Joseph Pimentel
calling to the music of
Foxfire
Daron Douglas (Violin)
Karen Axelrod (Piano)
at the
Dallas Arts Council Ballroom
Dallas Arts Council Ballroom
Foxfire
Foxfire

Set for Spring 2010, a weekend of English Country Dancing, will be held at the Dallas Arts Center, 2030 Main Street at Pearl, and Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm Street at Exhibition. The Dallas Arts Center features a 6,000 square-foot ballroom with a sprung wood floor and many windows with great views of downtown Dallas. Dance Master Joseph Pimentel will teach, and Foxfire (Daron Douglas on violin and Karen Axelrod on piano) will provide the music.

Dances will be held Friday and Saturday evenings with workshops during the day on Saturday. A Sunday afternoon dance will be held at the Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided throughout the weekend. Local dancers will provide hospitality for those who request it early.

"For Those Who Know" DANCES:
Here are the dances that will be performed WITHOUT teaching. Please download and learn them BEFORE the weekend.
Dusty Miller, Hambleton's Round O, Miss De Jersey's Memorial (UPDATED 2/22), Newcastle (UPDATED 2/22), Nonesuch (UPDATED 2/22), Picking Up Sticks (UPDATED 2/22), Prince William (UPDATED 2/22), Summary of all dances, formatted for 3x5 cards (UPDATED 2/22).

SILENT AUCTION:
To help provide seed money for next year's Set for Spring and to repay the CDSS grant we received, we will hold a silent auction on Saturday. If you have something to donate, please bring it with you. It doesn't have to be dance-related. NTTDS is a non-profit organization, so donations are tax deductible.

SCHEDULE:

Friday March 19 (at Dallas Arts Center)
 6:00 pm to  8:00 pm - Registration
 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm - Dancing with Joseph and Foxfire
11:00 pm to  ?:00 am - Party (at Hotel Indigo)

Saturday March 20 (at Dallas Arts Center)
 9:00 am             - At-the-door registration opens
 9:45 am to 10:45 am - ECD workshop with Foxfire
10:45 am to 11:00 am - Break
11:00 am to 12:00 pm - ECD workshop with Foxfire
12:00 pm to  1:30 pm - Lunch (on your own)
 1:30 pm to  3:00 pm - ECD workshop with Ladies at Play
 3:00 pm to  3:30 pm - Afternoon Tea
 3:30 pm to  5:00 pm - For Those Who Know dances (plus others)
                       with Ladies at Play
 5:00 pm to  8:00 pm - Supper (on your own)
 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm - Dancing with Joseph and Foxfire
11:00 pm to  ?:00 am - Party (at Hotel Indigo)

Sunday March 21 (at Sons of Hermann Hall)
11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Brunch
 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - Dancing with Joseph and Foxfire
 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Goodbye to Joseph and Fred
 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm - Dancing with guest callers and Foxfire

DIRECTIONS:     Dallas Arts Center     Sons of Hermann Hall

PARKING:
For the Dallas Arts Center, the best place to park is in the parking garage directly across the street. Parking is normally $8.00, but we have negotiated a special rate of $5.00. The reduced-rate coupons are available at the dance, and a machine accepts the coupon when you leave the garage. Unfortunately, the garage does not have "in & out" privileges, so we ask everyone to ride-share as much as possible.

For Sons of Hermann Hall, consult their web site, EXCEPT parking is NOT allowed in the Baylor parking lot. Their web site has not yet been updated with this recent change.

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS:
Fact Sheet, including directions, maps, hotels, restaurants, etc. (924 KB PDF)

PREFERRED HOTEL:
Indigo Hotel The Hotel Indigo is our official host hotel. It is at 1933 Main Street, 75201, just ONE BLOCK away from the Dallas Arts Council Ballroom, so you can park your car once in the covered parking garage and walk to and from the event.
It was the very first Hilton Hotel, and is a historic landmark that was recently renovated. The rooms and suites are beautifully equipped and decorated. The hotel has a full bar and restaurant plus a workout room, if dancing all day isn't enough of a workout. The restaurant and the food are sensational (try the salmon salad!). Also, the prices of meals there are quite reasonable.
Our special rate is $89 per night + tax, for either rooms or suites! This special rate is available for extra days before and after the weekend, so if you want to come a day early or spend extra days after the dance to enjoy Dallas, you may do so with no rate increase.
The hotel has a special registration web page for us. Please use this web page to book a room. Or, if you prefer, you can call them at (214) 915-8305. Be sure to mention the North Texas Traditional Dance Society.
Please book a room there, preferably before February 28. If you've already made reservations somewhere else and can change the reservation, we encourage you to rebook at Hotel Indigo. The hotel is across the street and one block from the ballroom, so it is extremely convenient. They are really helping us out, and they will give us the use of the lobby and two large adjoining rooms for our after-dance parties if we book 20 rooms.

HOSPITALITY:
If you wish to skip the Hotel Indigo and stay with local dancers, we have a limited amount of hospitality available. We want to start matching hosts and guests in February, so please register for the weekend and request hospitality as soon as possible.

TRANSPORTATION:
Dallas is served by two airports.

The big airport is Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW), located northwest of the city, about 20 miles from the dance hall. It is served by all major airlines (except Southwest).

The smaller airport is Dallas Love Field (DAL), located within the city, about 10 miles from the dance location. It is served by only a few airlines: Southwest, Continental, and Express Jet (to/from Houston only).

Dallas has a mass transit system called Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), with busses and trains that serve much of the city. It does NOT yet extend to DFW airport, so you must rent a car or use a cab or commercial shuttle to/from that airport. You can hail a cab or a shuttle at the airport, either directly in the pickup zones or by using phones located in the airport.
There is a bus that serves Love field, and there are bus stops very near the dance hall and the downtown hotels, and train stations about 5 blocks away. The DART web site has a Trip Planner that will plot a route between two points.

The best DART train station for the Dallas Arts Center is the Pearl Street station, served by both the Red and Blue lines. Walk about six blocks South on Pearl to the DAC at the intersection of Pearl and Main.

The best way to get to Sons of Hermann Hall via DART train is to take the Red or Blue line to the Pearl station, then take the Green line East to the Baylor station. The hall is about six blocks from the Baylor station (see map in the Fact Sheet).

COST:
$85 for the whole weekend (PRICE DROP: ONLY $45 for STUDENTS, any age)
$25 each for Friday evening or Saturday daytime workshops or Saturday evening
$20 for Sunday only

REGISTRATION:
Pre-registration is closed. Walk-ins for any/all sessions are warmly welcomed. Just show up and pay and we'll be glad to let you dance.

Financial assistance provided by CDSS and Austin English Country Dance.
CDSS Logo

Fact Sheet, including directions, maps, hotels, restaurants, etc. (924 KB PDF)
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