Second Annual SCA Dance Workshop

The Shire of Cathanar invites you to a day of dancing, both traditional Medieval Country Dance and Middle Eastern Dance.

The Workshop will be held at the Hispanic Center in New Bern, NC, beginning at 10 AM and running until 5 PM. Instruction will be tailored to the skill level of the participants, so don't be shy if you've never done this before. If you're an old hand at it, not only can we use your experience to help others along, but we also plan to include more advanced dances in the afternoon session.

Cathanar will provide a light lunch and refreshments during the Workshop. Please bring your own Feast gear or disposable tableware. (In order that we may have a sufficient amount of food on hand, please email and let us know you're coming.)

There is no charge, but donations to defray our expenses will be greatly appreciated.

Medieval Country Dancing
Simon Spalding has performed historical dance music and taught dance throughout North America and in twelve European countries. A graduate of UC Berkeley (1978, Music), he has created and directed music and dance shows for Renaissance Faires; has performed on a couple dozen commerical recordings; and has created music for several films. He is best known in local dance circles for his series of historical dance events at Tryon Palace, from 1998 through 2000. He served as the Living History Programs Manager at Tryon Palace from 1998 to 2003. In the SCA, he was Master of Music for the Kingdom of the West from roughly 1977-1979, Master of Sciences for the Principality of the Mists during about the same period, and has presented various workshops on historical dance, games, and other subjects.

Middle Eastern Dancing
Sahar al-Nur has been studying the ethnic and folk dances of North Africa, the Middle-East and Central Asia for 14 years and teaching for 10. She has had the honor of studying under many professional instructors in different techniques including Zills, Veil, Cane, and Sword as well as ethnic styles such as Tunisian, Egyptian, Turkish, Gypsy and American Tribal. She has taught in Bellefonte, PA, Toledo, OH, Salt Lake City, UT and currently holds classes in New Bern, NC. As well as basic "bellydance" style movements, she also teaches costuming, culture and history.

The Hispanic Center is located at 925 George Street in downtown New Bern, across the street from the Trailways Bus Station.

From Jacksonville and points south, take Route 17 to New Bern. Stay on 17 past the Route 70 overpass, where it becomes Business 70. Continue approximately 2 miles to George Street and turn left. Follow final directions below.

From Morehead City, take US Route 70 to New Bern and exit at the first New Bern exit #417A. Continue into downtown New Bern, over the swingbridge and three quarters around the traffic circle, then down Broad St (Bus 70) for .5 miles to George Street and turn right. Follow final directions below.

From Kinston, Raleigh, and points west, take Rt 70 to New Bern. Exit at Pembroke Rd/Trent Woods. Left at light at end of exit ramp, then turn right at the third traffic light onto Broad Street. Go .5 miles to George St and turn left. Follow final directions below.

Final Directions
Go .5 miles down George St. past the cemetery to #925, across the street from the Bus Station. Parking lot and entrance is around the corner on Guion Street.