The Dance Gypsy presents

Contra dance festivals and other events

(between August 15, 2018  and  August 15, 2019)

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This (optional) map includes “clickable” links to the confirmed events. Clicking on a “dancer pin” takes you to the details for that event. All events (confirmed or unconfirmed) matching your description are included (in chronological order) below the map. You may click on a marker or scroll down to those listings without waiting for the map to complete. The back arrow will bring you back to the map.

Understanding the Listings

Gray vs Black? Some listings appear in gray text. This is an intended difference. Gray events are not quite as important as black events. Gray events may be unconfirmed, cross-references or cancelled.

Unconfirmed: A “confirmed” event has in some way been confirmed. We don’t demand a lot for confirmation, but some sort of communication that says to us "yes, that event is taking place on that date!” This is strionger than “Well, there usually are (or used to be) events on that day.”

Cross reference: When a series moves temporarily (perhapsd their regular hall is closed), there is a cross refernce, helping find the actual listing for the day.”

Cancelled: A “cancelled event” appears in places where a dancer might reasonably expect a dance — but there is none. e.g. no dance on a holiday, summer vacation or there conflict". These listings are “lined-out”

The Map: Although the events are listed by date, the map above can be used to identify events by location. When you point at the push pin, the event name appears. Click on the pin and the window will scroll to the speciifc event

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Fryeburg, ME: Mainewoods Dance Camp Session One (annual)

Multi-day event: Sunday, August 12, 2018 — Saturday, August 18, 2018

— Sponsored by: Mainewoods Dance Camp

Description: A week-long International Folk Dance Camp held at Camp Indian Acres on the Saco River in Fryeburg, ME This session features: Roberto Bagnoli - ISRAELI Steve Kotansky - BALKAN Richard Schmidt - POLISH MerakKef Express - INTERNATIONAL FOLK MUSICIANS Plus, English, Contras & Squares with John McIntire Please see our website for more information or to register.

Dance styles include: Balkan Contra English International Israeli Folk Dance

Venue: Indian Acres get a map

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(This event (festival #2155) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Brattleboro, VT: Brattleboro Dawn Dance (42 nd annual)

Multi-day event: Sunday, September 2, 2018 — Monday, September 3, 2018

— Sponsored by: Brattleboro Dawn Dances

Featuring: ~ Andrew Vannorstrand ~ Arthur Davis ~ Buddy System ~ Cedar Stanistreet ~ Donal Sheets ~ Great Bear ~ Hannah Otten ~ Jean Gibson-Gorrindo ~ Julie Vallimont ~ Kim Yerton ~ Ness Smith-Savedoff ~ Noah Vannorstrand ~ Will Mentor

Description: Dance all night to three bands and three callers. Directions, online ticket sales, and information for how to volunteer for free entry on the website listed below. 2018 Labor Day schedule: Contra: 8 pm - midnight and Couple Dancing: 11:30- 11:50 pm Will Mentor calls with Great Bear! Andrew VanNorstrand - guitar, fiddle Noah VanNorstrand - fiddle, mandolin Kim Yerton - piano Chris Miller - saxophone Contra: 12:00 am - 3:30 am Jean Gibson-Gorrindo calls with Cloud Ten! Cedar Stanistreet - fiddle Donal Sheets - cello, guitar Arthur Davis - piano, banjo, trumpet Ness Smith-Savedoff - drums Contra: 3:30 am - 7:00 am Hannah Otten calls with Buddy System! Noah VanNorstrand - fiddle Julie Vallimont - piano

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Venue: Gibson-Aiken Center: 207 Main Street get a map

Time: 8:00am - 7:00am

Price: $25 - $30 sliding scale general admission, $20 seniors and students

For more information: (Email): de('info', 'org', 'dawndance');


(This event (festival #2168) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Dodgeville, WI: Squirrel Moon Contra and Square Dance Weekend (28 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, September 21, 2018 — Sunday, September 23, 2018

Description: The contra dance weekend takes place in the lovely Farwell Hall at Folklore Village, located in the country just 45 minutes from Madison, Wisconsin. Tenting and bunkhouses are on-site, and there are several motels within a short drive. See our website for talent and to register.

Dance styles include: Contra Square Dance

Note: The Dance Gypsy map mislocates Folklore Village; use the street address (3210 County Road BB).

Venue: Folklore Village: 3210 County Road BB get a map

Price: $90 (before Aug 30)

For more information: (608) 259-1812; (Email): de('SquirrelMoonReg', 'com', 'gmail');


(This event (festival #189) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Mountain City, TN (United States): True Colors CC Contra Dance Retreat (no dance today)

Multi-day event: Friday, October 5, 2018 — Sunday, October 7, 2018

— Sponsored by: True Color Cooking, Division of True Color Services, LLC

Description: True Colors Compassionate Communications Contra Dance Retreat is not your typical contra dance weekend. With the help of bands Lift Ticket and Go Figure along with callers Warren and Terry Doyle Our intention is to create an opportunity to explore, experience and practice ”Nonviolent Communication” as presented by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD within the space of a contra dance weekend. Betwixt and between dancing and dining, we will learn about the ways we communicate and consider strategies to live and dance with more compassion, grace and connections.

Dance styles include: Contra Waltz Dance

— (Event cancelled permanantly.) —

Note: Advanced Registration required; adults;

Venue: Appalachian Folk School: 3142 Divide Road get a map

Price: $100.00 not including housing

For more information: (828) 712-8278; (Email): de('truecolorcooking', 'com', 'gmail');


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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Minneapolis, MN: Falling Leaf (1 th annual)

Multi-day event: Saturday, October 13, 2018 — Sunday, October 14, 2018

— Sponsored by: Tapestry Folkdance Center

Featuring: Contratopia ~ George Marshall ~ Patrice Pakiz ~ Sue Hulsether! ~ Wild Asparagus

Description: Enjoy our beautiful hardwood sprung floors in our very own building.

Dance styles include: Contra Square Waltz Otherstyle Dance

Note: Tapestry does not allow alcohol on the premises.

Venue: Tapestry Folk Dance center: 3748 Minnehaha Ave. S., get a map

Price: $see website

For more information: (Email): de('staff', 'org', 'tapestryfolkdance');


(This event (festival #1566) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Decatur, GA: Atlanta Dance Weekend (42 nd annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, November 9, 2018 — Sunday, November 11, 2018

— Sponsored by: Chattahoochee Contra Dancers

Description: Atlanta’s 42nd annual contra dance weekend will feature the Syncopaths & Toss the Possum, Gaye Fifer & Jesse Edgerton... plus much, much more. Registration will open in Summer 2018!

Dance styles include: Cajun Contra English Waltz Dance

Note: Please wear only clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. We cannot allow hard-soled shoes, spiky heels or boots. Children who are supervised are welcome in the dance hall.

Venue: Decatur Recreation Center (Atlanta) : 231 Sycamore Street get a map

Price: $Early Bird - $? until ?, $? after ? & at the door. a La Carte available, see website for details

For more information: (Email): de('deelite2', 'com', 'hotmail');


(This event (festival #2111) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Bozeman, MT (United States): Wintergreen Dance Weekend (18 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, January 25, 2019 — Sunday, January 27, 2019

— Sponsored by: Bozeman Folklore Society

Description: Come dance the winter cold away in beautiful Bozeman, Montana! On-line registration available.

Dance styles include: Contra Square Dance

Note: Please no scents or perfume, not gender-balanced.

Venue: Bozeman Senior Center: 807 North Tracy Avenue get a map

Price: $99 until Oct.21st, thereafter membership dependent.

For more information: (406) 209-0593; (Email): de('wintergreen', 'org', 'bozemanfolklore');


(This event (festival #2157) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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