51st Frankfurt Spring Ball & Dayschool
- Event type:
- Ball, Workshop
- April 2, 2022, 10 a.m.
- April 2, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
Frankfurt Scottish Country Dance Club e.V.
- Pfarrheim St. Sebastian
Hanauer Straße 17, Mühlheim am Main, Germany
- Angelika Schmidkonz
- Birgit Stefanowicz
COVID-19 Caveat: At the moment we're fairly optimistic that the ball and day school will take place. We must, however, reserve the right to cancel the event at short notice if the COVID-19 situation, the regulations for the state of Hesse, or common sense make this necessary. In that case any pre-paid registration fees will, of course, be refunded.
The ball and day school will – unless regulations by the state of Hesse prescribe something stricter – be operated as “2G+” events, i.e., participants will have to be either fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection, and will need to provide proof of an antigen quick test taken on the day. We do recommend “booster jabs” for all participants unless medically contraindicated.
Our 51st Spring Ball takes place on 2 April 2022 in the hall of the Pfarrheim St Sebastian (St Sebastian Parish Centre, Hanauer Str. 17, 63165 Mühlheim-Dietesheim), with music by Christine Moos (fiddle), Anselm Lingnau (piano), and surprise guests.
Like last time, there will be a Day School (for intermediate dancers and above). Our teacher this year will be Angelika Schmidkonz (accompanied by Anselm Lingnau on the piano). There will be a walk-through session of dances from the evening programme later in the afternoon.
|15.15-16.45||Walk-Through for dances from the evening programme|
The Day School and walk-through will also be held at the St Sebastian Parish Centre.
The programme of dances corresponds to that of the 2020 ball which had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. Here is a full programme with diagrams (PDF).
Admission to the ball is 40 euros and includes a cold buffet dinner. There is a €5 discount for RSCDS members. The walk-through in the afternoon is free for ball attendees. The day school alone is 15 euros (€10 for RSCDS members), and there is a special combination price of only 45 euros (€40 for RSCDS members) for the ball and day school together.
Important: An additional early-bird discount of €5 applies to all registrations received before 26 February 2022. I.e., Ball+Day School €40 (RSCDS €35), Ball only €35 (RSCDS €30), Day School only €10 (RSCDS €8).
Please register by 25 March 2022 using our online form (see the button at the foot of this page). Pre-payment details will be sent out by e-mail in response to your registration. Guests from outwith the SEPA may pay at the door but must still register ahead of time.
Feel free to contact Birgit Stefanowicz or Anselm Lingnau on email@example.com for questions or assistance. We can also be reached by phone on +49(0)6158-7409936.
We're looking forward to seeing you!
Our 51th Spring Ball programme features dances from the Frankfurt SCD Club's second ball in 1970, as well as the 26th Spring Ball in 1994. We've padded it with some dances from old and new RSCDS books, plus enduring favourites of the Club.
|1||The Laird of Milton's Daughter||J32||3/4L||Craigmyle: RSCDS XXII|
|2||Nighean Ruadh||S32||3/4L||Lingnau: 9 Weddings|
|3||Nice to See You||R32||3+3RR||Craig: RSCDS XL|
|4||Major Ian Stewart||J32||3/4L||Drewry: RSCDS XXXV|
|5||Sandy o'er the Lea||S32||2/4L||MMM|
|6||Swiss Lassie||R32||3/4L||Betsche: RSCDS XXXIX|
|7||Buffet, Waltzes & Zwiefache|
|8||Noah's Ark||J32||2/4L||Maarseveen: RSCDS XLIII|
|9||Miss Ogilvie's Fancy||S32||3/4L||Campbell: RSCDS XX|
|10||Bobby Brown's Canadian Breakdown||R32||4S||Millar|
|11||Waverley||J48||3/4L||Wilson: RSCDS XV|
|12||The Queen City Salute||M64||4/4L||Birdsall: RSCDS XXXVII|
|13||Shiftin' Bobbins||R32||3/4L||Clowes: RSCDS 30 popular, Vol 2|
|14||Farewell to Balfour Road||J32||5/5L||Buxton: RSCDS LII|
|15||Gang the Same Gate||S32||3/4L||Levy: RSCDS XXXVI|
|16||Catch the Wind||R32||3/4L||Butterfield: RSCDS XLV|
|17||Light and Airy||J32||3/4L||Campbell: RSCDS IV|
|18||Triple Happiness||S32||3/3L||Oyama: RSCDS LII|
|19||The Reel of the 51st Division||R32||3/4L||Atkinson: RSCDS XIII|
|20||Auld Lang Syne, Polka & Last Waltz|
We're holding a series of “virtual” classes (in German), where we discuss the dances from the ball programme based on diagrams, videos, and our demo set of Playmobil® figurines. Here are the recordings for review.
22 February 2022: Laird of Milton's Daughter – Sandy o'er the Lea
1 March 2022: Swiss Lassie – Waverley
8 March 2022: The Queen City Salute - Gang the Same Gate
15 March 2022: Catch the Wind - The Reel of the 51st Division
Mühlheim-Dietesheim is on the Rhine-Main area suburban rail (“S-Bahn”) network and is conveniently reached using the S8 and S9 trains. Both run between the main train stations of Wiesbaden and Hanau and pass Frankfurt Rhine-Main Airport as well as Frankfurt main station on the inner-city run. The S8 trains also serve Mainz. Travel times from Frankfurt main station to Mühlheim-Dietesheim are approximately 20 minutes.
The suburban trains run all night.
From the suburban rail station it is approximately a 10-minute walk to the St Sebastian parish centre – cross Fichtestrasse (B43) and follow Bettinastrasse all the way to the end, then at the “Dietesheimer Schänke” pub continue to the left onto Hanauer Strasse. The parish centre is on the left after approximately 200 yards.
From the North: Drive south on A5 and at the Bad Homburger Kreuz change to A661 to Offenbach. Take exit 16 (Offenbach-Taunusring) and follow B43 through Offenbach towards the east. In the Waldheim suburb, B43 forks and becomes a “one-way street” – keep to the right in order to go in the correct direction. After approximately 1,5 miles, in Mühlheim-Dietesheim, turn left into Elisabethenstrasse and follow it until you reach the B43 going the in the other direction (on the corner there is a bakery and opposite there is a bank). Turn left. The parish center is a few yards on on the left.
From the West: Drive on A3 to the Offenbacher Kreuz (exit 52) and turn onto A661 towards Bad Homburg. Leave the motorway at exit 16 (Offenbach-Taunusring) and follow the instructions in the previous paragraph.
From the East: Drive on A45/A66 to Hanauer Kreuz. Keep semi-right on B43a, and follow this to the “Hanau-Großauheim/Hanau-Hafen” exit, leave the motorway and turn right onto Rodgaustraße. Shortly afterward (after a curve to the right), turn left onto Kinzigheimer Weg and follow this for approximately 2/3 of a mile, then turn left onto Westerburgstraße (B43). Follow B43 for approximately 2,5 miles towards Mühlheim/Offenbach. In Mühlheim-Dietesheim, the parish centre is on the left-hand side shortly after a bank.
From the South-East: Follow A3 to exit 54 (Hanau), and turn off there north onto B45 towards Hanau. Follow B45 (i.e., keep left where B43a splits off towards the right) and after nearly 3 miles turn left onto Offenbacher Landstraße (B43). Drive on B43 to Mühlheim-Dietesheim; the parish centre is on the left-hand side shortly after a bank.
Parking may be possible to a certain extent in Hanauer Strasse; otherwise you will have to look for a spot in the surrounding residential areas. Please do NOT park in the area in front of the church; we need the scarce space there to allow for loading and unloading.
In Mühlheim-Dietesheim there appear to be a few hotels of the more basic kind. At first glance, the Hotel-Café Kinnel looks reasonable, but we only know it from its web site.
Thanks to the good suburban rail connection it would not be entirely out of the question to find a place to stay in Frankfurt. The usual hotel web sites should turn up various options which are reachable late at night by suburban rail, metro, a night bus, or a taxi, and should suit all tastes and wallet sizes.
There is also very limited opportunity for sleeping-bag accommodation with members of the group – please ask well in advance!
Q. What about COVID-19?
A. It is, of course, difficult to state now (October 2021) what the world will be like next April. Unless there are dramatic changes, though, it is safe to assume that the whole day will be run as a “2G” event, i.e., at the entrance we will be checking vaccination information or certifications of a healed COVID-19 infection in the recent past, and in turn we will be able to eschew masks and distancing requirements inside the hall. We will provide disinfectant but would also encourage all guests to take their own precautions. We do have contact information from the registration :^)
Q. Is there accommodation and/or hospitality?
A. There are a few (fairly basic) hotels in Mühlheim-Dietesheim. The Hotel-Café Kinnel looks fairy reasonable but we only know it from its web site.
If you prefer a more fancy place to stay, the good suburban rail connection makes it feasible to find something in Frankfurt. The usual hotel web sites should turn up many options that are reachable late at night and cater to all tastes and wallet sizes.
We may also be able to arrange private hospitality (sleeping-bag class) with members of the Club. This operates on the time-honoured basis of “first come, first served”.
Q. Why is there another day school this year?
A. Previous day schools were very well-received, and we would both like to continue the tradition (three times is a tradition as far as we are concerned) and on the other hand give guests from elsewhere an extra incentive to come along.
Q. Will the day school cover dances from the evening programme?
A. Not necessarily – this is why there is a separate “walk-through” session in the afternoon. The teacher is completely free to select whatever they want to teach at the day school, but it is quite possible that they may intentionally pick dances with similar formations to ones on the evening programme.
Q. What do you mean, “intermediate and above”?
A. For the day school we stipulate that you can do the five basic Scottish country dance steps and the basic movements and formations (including grand chain, ladies' chain, promenade, allemande, poussette, and reels of three and four) and are able to join them together. This should apply to pretty much anyone who has been dancing on a regular basis for 6–12 months and/or attending dance workshops. If you are unsure, ask your teacher.
Q. What is the “walk-through” in the afternoon?
A. We have 90 minutes to give a quick explanation of the more difficult or less well-known dances on the evening programme, and possibly dance them a few times through (typically “once and to the bottom”). We cannot provide comprehensive tuition, but such a quick walk-through is usually better than nothing. You can leave your fancy duds for the evening; simple “mufti” will suffice.
The walk-through is really meant for dancers from elsewhere, who are invited to make requests. Just because we had the question in the past: It is unfortunately completely unsuitable as a starting session for people who have never done SCD before :^(
The walk-through is free and you do not need to register – if you're there, then you're there.
Q. Will any dances be walked through during the evening?
A. No, but there will be recaps (brief explanations of the dances in English). This is a Frankfurt ball tradition; we try to adjust the ball programme accordingly, and to cover the more unusual dances during the afternoon walk-through. Note: At the 2022 we will for once break with this tradition and walk through all dances quickly once, on the night, immediately before they are danced. This is a special exception acknowledging the fact that many of our guests probably did not have much opportunity to practice beforehand.
Q. I just want to watch. Do I get a special price?
Most of the admission fee covers food and the rent for the hall, both of which are largely independent of whether you're dancing or not. This means no.
Q. Is there a concession for children who don't eat that much?
That sounds reasonable. Ask us.
Q. Who are the ”surprise guests”?
A. If we told you it would no longer be a surprise, wouldn't it? (Our regular visitors may not be all that surprised, though.)
Q. What about warming up?
A. It is customary for everybody to take care of themselves as far as the actual ball is concerned. There will be a collective warmup for the afternoon session. We usually pick the first dance of the ball programme such that it does not involve dozens of pas de basque, poussette or hello-goodbye setting; this is an opportunity to “ease into” the dancing for the night.
Q. Will the dances be walked through during the ball?
A. See above under “Walk-Through”.
Q. I haven't been dancing for so long. Which dances on the program will I be able to join?
A. Our ball programme contains a rough guide to the degree of difficulty of each dance (the asterisks in the right part of the Pilling diagram title lines). This is of course subjective but may serve as a starting point. As a beginner one should probably stay away from three-star dances unless one has practised them specially (there are only a few of those on the programme, anyway). As far as the others are concerned, it depends on one's own security and the trustworthiness of one's partner. If one is absolutely unsure about a dance it is probably best to resist any attempts to get one to join it.
Q. Are kilts (for gents) or white dresses and sashes (for ladies) mandatory?
A. We don't know who started that rumour. The only rule for our ball, as for most others, is “appropriately formal, if possible”. With a t-shirt and ragged blue jeans one would be clearly under-dressed compared to most of the attendees; however there is nothing to be said against a white shirt and dark (non-denim) trousers (for gents) or a skirt or summer dress (for ladies).
Q. Will guests who are not Scottish dancers be able to dance anything at all?
A. Guests can join the waltzes and Zwiefache at the end of the dinner break and, if they hang around long enough, the polka and last waltz after the »Auld Lang Syne«. Everything else, sadly, requires appropriate knowledge. Warning: The speed of Scottish waltzes is between that of the slow waltz and Viennese waltz that you may know from ballroom dancing.
Q. Why Zwiefache?
A. See the official history of the Frankfurt ball (German only for now, sorry).
Q. What about a seating order (and seats in general)?
A. Everybody finds their own place, there are no table registrations like in ballroom dance school (we have enough to organise already without keeping track of who will sit where, thank you very much). In any case, the tables will only be brought in for the meal, and we would be delighted if some of our more muscular guests could give us a hand when the time comes :^)
Many people reserve their seats when they arrive for the afternoon session, by marking them with spare garments or other sundry articles.
Q. What about a dressing room?
A. This time around that is actually not entirely unlikely. Do be advised, though, that we cannot assume liability for any valuables left in the hall.
Q. When is dinner?
A. In Frankfurt we usually break for dinner after the first two dance blocks (six dances), approximately from 8.15pm to 9.45pm.
Q. When does the ball finish?
A. Since we want to tidy up as far as possible immediately after the ball, we aim to finish by 12.30am. The suburban trains are running all night so there is no cause for concern.