MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND
The 21st POURPARLER is scheduled for
November 1-4, 2018
at Our Lady of the Lake University in
San Antonio, Texas.
Lissa Bengtson is the on-site coordinator.
Information and Registration materials will be available
in the summer of 2018.
*** MORE GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT POURPARLER BELOW ***
If you want to meet and enjoy wonderful callers, teachers, and dance and music enthusiasts while singing, dancing, sharing teaching techniques, discussing important dance or music-related issues, and creating enduring friendships, you should register NOW for Pourparler. This is one of the best community dance experiences in the United States! It is warm, lively, and supportive, and you will dance and sing your way home with more new material that you thought one weekend could possibly produce!
The name Pourparler comes from the French word “to speak,” and connotes a get-together, a chat. Since its inception in 1997, Pourparler has taken place in Illinois, Utah, California, Massachusetts, Washington State, Vermont, and Wisconsin.
Pourparler is a yearly gathering of dance and music educators from North America who are dedicated to teaching folk/ethnic/world/traditional dance in schools and/or community events. The brainchild of Sanna Longden, internationally respected dance educator from Evanston, Illinois, this weekend is a unique blend of dance sharing, discussion and networking. Experts in the field, teachers and musicians known across the continent, join with relative newcomers to share their best dances and tips for successful school residencies, family dances and other events that build community through cross-cultural dancing. Pourparler is gathering of colleagues, where we are all leaders and participants, and there are no hired “experts.”
The content each year is different, reflecting the needs and skills of the people who attend. In the past we have learned dances from many traditions including Balkan, Scandinavian, Israeli, French, square dancing, contradancing, Maypoles, old-time couple dancing, singing games, and many others. We discuss teaching techniques, repertoire, costuming, music, school curricula and self-employment.
Dance sharing is the heart and soul of PP, the focus for discussions and the major way we learn from each other. All participants are encouraged to present a dance, whether or not they have attended previous Pourparlers. It is also okay not to, if preferred.
Each year since 2004, when we arrive at Pourparler, we are handed a syllabus and a CD of the music for many of the dances that will be done on the weekend. We all agree that this was tremendously useful, and Sanna and Mars have set a standard. The dance teaching is videoed and produced as a review DVD to be sold to participants (only to that year’s attendees, sorry!)
In addition, thanks to Margaret and Jeff Bary, the Pourparler list continues to connect us between gatherings. Anyone who has ever attended a Pourparler (but, again, not for those who haven’t yet joined us), may ask for advice, share happy and/or horrible stories, and get immediate feedback from colleagues around the continent.
Here’s what previous participants had to say about Pourparler:
“It’s hard to say which part of Pourparler I value most…spending a weekend dancing in a charmed place with charming people… or that these people know exactly the challenges I face and have six ways to solve every issue… or returning to my students with a deeper understanding of traditional dance.”
“The memories of our Pourparler weekend linger on. I cannot put into words the wonderful feeling I had of camaraderie and joy in dance.”
“Somehow, every year Pourparler seems to get better and better…. As always, I come away with a mellow high from associating with such wonderful people through the medium of music, dance, and simple childlike play.”
“This conference fills me up! I learn, I share, I laugh, I get stretched, I create, I meet new and longtime friends. It is just the best place to be refueled and to continue to carry forth bringing community dance to young and old. We all have equal value and experiences that our colleagues can learn from–there are no peacock feathers here. The materials you provide (CD, syllabus, DVD) make it easy and rich to take home. Pourparler has been a great gift in my life.”
No Cologne Zone
Because many of us are sensitive to scented products, Pourparler is a fragrance free event. Please come without cologne, or scented lotions, after shave or conditioners. You’re sweet enough as you are.
and receives additional funding from the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS)
BELOW ARE PHOTOS FROM POURPARLER IN PRIOR YEARS
[More about Pourparler BELOW the photos]