Earlier in 2013, the BBC produced a fantastic program called “Jane Austen: Having a Ball”. I had a chance to finally see it via You Tube, and I wanted to take this opportunity to show it to you all. The researchers prepared and executed a Regency-Era Ball modeled after the Netherfield Ball in Pride and Prejudice.
This included food, clothing, and of course, period dance. When you have an hour and a half, I highly recommend the program. It shows some fantastic dancing with period-correct footwork. Enjoy!
I will be teaching a Regency workshop at the Westerville Public Library later this year, and this put me in the mood to get working on the program!
This little number was tweaked for both the Texas Renaissance Festival (as Highland Welcome) and Scarborough Faire (as Welcome to Scarborough) by Miz Ellen Horr, Dance Captain Extraordinaire. It’s actually a variation on a contra dance called Haste to the Wedding – modified slightly to make it easy for patrons with no dance experience to pick up.
A variation of ‘Haste to the Wedding’ by Ellen Horr for the Texas Renaissance Festival circuit.
I know it’s been quite some time since I was able to update, and I apologize for that. 2012 was a very rough year for my family, and there were a lot of things that came up which precluded me being able to do much dance. I am confident 2013 will be much more positive.
To that end, I’ve got LOTS of fun news, but some of it will have to wait I will, however, brag for a moment about two of the shows I’m working on! Both Aidan 5 and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries were nominated for IAWTV awards this year, and I’ll be heading to Vegas on January 8 to attend the awards ceremony! How exciting!
Wow…this year’s Lysts on the Lake was both a lot of fun and quite scary at times! I had a great time, despite the terrible weather. If you’d like to read a little about our harrowing adventure in the Taylor Rodeo bathrooms, feel free to head over to The Jousting Life’s blog about the storm. Now that we (and the horses!) are all safe, it’s pretty funny, but at the time, well, it was a bit frightening.
Despite the weather, I had a wonderful time. Lysts was officially the largest joust in over 200 years, and we had a fantastic time. For the official results, again check out The Jousting Life’s fantastic wrap-up of the event. I had the opportunity to meet competitors from around the world, and left with a bunch of new friends. I can’t wait to do it all again!
A few months ago, I did a little casting for what was then an untitled project. Last week, we went live. Ladies and Gentleman, please meet Lizzie Bennet!
This is the first part of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. I’m really excited to see it up and running!
I am very excited to announce that ticket sales have opened for this year’s Lysts on the Lake! I had a great time last year, and had the opportunity to meet and work with a lot of really fun people. This year, my co-announcer will be Richard Alvarez. Richard and I worked together a few years ago when he interviewed me for his documentary “American Jouster“. I’m totally in it!
You can buy tickets over at the Lysts on the Lake website. I hope to see you all there!
In case you missed our premiere on WOSU Valentine’s Day night, The newest installment of Columbus Neighborhoods is now available online. Take a look and let me know what you think! I’m very proud of everyone!
I am thrilled to announce that Video Game Reunion has just been nominated for NINE Indie Intertube Awards! A full list of nominations is available on their site, but here is a list of our nominations:
Best Theme Music – The Minibosses (Which you can download for free at their website! Yay free!)
Best Actor in a Comedy – Britain Spellings as Mario
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy – Tonya Kay as Princess Peach
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy – Woody Tondorf as Link
Best Writing in a Comedy
Best Ensemble Cast in a Comedy
And our two by-proxy nominations: Brendan Bradley and Woody Tondorf for Smexiest Actor
I just received my copy of the Renaissance Magazine Weddings issue – guess who was cited in the “Live Wedding Music” article? I will admit that I’m a little bit smiley at seeing my name in a national magazine. Honestly, I’ve put a lot of thought into trying to break into the wedding market. I had a lot of fun doing it previously, and I’d love to teach more people to dance for their big day. Weddings are fun!
Counts to Nine Productions is Whitney Rowlett Senn, a lifelong dancer, musician and performer. Whitney lives in Los Angeles, California, where she works as a Production Coordinator. She has developed dance programs at Renaissance Festivals and Living History sites across the country, and is currently working on several film projects. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys cooking and throwing parties with good wine and food on tiny plates.
Whitney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Positive press about Whitney and Counts to Nine Productions:
“Whitney is an amazing dancer and an even more amazing choreographer. I have had the pleasure of working with Whitney for a number of years and I have yet to find a more qualified and friendly dance choreographer anywhere in the world. A heart of gold with feet to match.” — Christopher Eden, OM Entertainment
“Whitney is an excellent choreographer. In her instruction to the dancers she is concise and patient. Whitney has the ability to choreograph complex dances within a limited timespan and with varying levels of experience of her dancers. She carefully chooses which dances will be performed to ensure they are not only spectacular, but that they are also contiguous with the rest of the performance. Whitney also knows exactly what a musician needs in order to play music for her dances. She communicates this information clearly thus making the job of the music coordinator much easier. Whitney is a wonderful, kind hearted person and working with her is always a pleasure.” — Bethany Duke, Musician and Awesome Person
“I had the privilege to take private lessons in historical dance from Whitney for several months during 2007 and 2008. She is an amazing teacher with a knowledge base of incredible depth and breadth, and clearly has a passion that parallels her skill.” — Alison Farabee, Queen of Numbers and Stuff
“If I could all the top attributes above for Whitney I would. I have been fortunate to work with Whtiney on a number of occasions. She has worked for me an in the renaissance festival industry as a group leader, actor and dance choreographer. The has also worked for me on two occasions as a caterer. I have always been please with her work and professionalism and would not hesitate to hire her again.” — John Hidalgo, Owner, Cavalier Dayes of Texas (1994-1997)
“Whitney is a talented actress/dancer/choreographer with a eye for detail and a very professional approach to her craft. Her dedication and hard work were integral to the success of the entertainment at the Texas Renaissance Festival” — Travis Bryant, Texas Renaissance Festival School Days Coordinator (2007-2010)