The Dance Gypsy presents

Contra dance festivals and other events

(between February 25, 2018  and  February 25, 2019)

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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

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Wooster, OH (United States): Celebration for Bill Alkire

— Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Description: Bill Alkire has been leading traditional dance for over 70 years. Come celebrate the CDSS 2018 Lifetime Contribution Award with Bill. a presentation at 2 p.m. will be followed by dancing until 5 p.m. with invited callers and music by Pocketful o’ Gimmick.

Dance styles include: Contra English Square Dance

Venue: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County: 3186 Burbank Road get a map

Time: 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Price: $Free

For more information: (330) 347-8155; (Email): de('senglish', 'edu', 'umich');

Web: www.woosterdance.com

Date for 2018: Sunday, February 25

(This event (festival #2154) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Cape Girardeau, MO: (duplicate Of) Chance Dance (9 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, March 2, 2018 — Sunday, March 4, 2018

— Sponsored by: Cape Friends of Traditional Music and Dance

Description: Traditional Contra Dance weekend featuring the Mean Lids,Meadowhawk, and the Bruce Zimmerman Band; Two No Cook Brunches and a Potluck Dinner; Money Back Gurarantee if you need to cancel due to inclement weather along your route

Dance styles include: Contra Square Swing Waltz Dance

Note: No Restrictions

Venue: American Legion Hall (Chance Dance) : 2731 Thomas Drive get a map

Price: $50 for advance registration; $60 after advance registration deadline

For more information: (573) 334-4706; (Email): de('johndcoffman55', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: chance-dance.angelfire.com

(This event (festival #2138) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Minneapolis, MN: Call of the Loon Weekend (8 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, April 13, 2018 — Sunday, April 15, 2018

— Sponsored by: Tapestry Folkdance Center

Featuring: ~ Carol Ormand ~ David Millstone ~ Latter Day Lizards ~ Northern Air ~ Northern Aire

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

Dance styles include: Contra Waltz Dance

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

Price: $see website

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

Web: calloftheloon.org

(This event (festival #2102) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Owen Sound, ON: Fiddlefern Spring Fling

Multi-day event: Friday, May 4, 2018 — Sunday, May 6, 2018

— Sponsored by: Fiddlefern Country Dancers

Description: Join us for an amazing weekend of dance, music, food, and fun. Friday and Saturday night dances will keep you movin’ and Saturday dance, calling and music sessions are sure to inspire. Featuring wonderful musicians: Anna Patton, Andrew VanNorstrand, Julie Vallimont with Sarah VanNorstrand calling. Our own House Band - Scatter the Cats will be on stage with Frank Francalanza leading us through the dances.

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Note: Bring soft soled indoor dancing shoes, water bottle and wear layered clothing. This is a scent-free venue.

Venue: St. George’s Church Hall: 1049 2nd Avenue East get a map

For more information: (Email): de('fiddleferndancers', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: fiddlefern.ca

(This event (festival #2159) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Darlington, MD: Almost Heaven Dance Weekend (31 st annual)

Multi-day event: Thursday, May 17, 2018 — Sunday, May 20, 2018

— Sponsored by: Almost Heaven Dance Weekend LLC, non-profit subordinate of CDSS

Description: Music will be provided on all 4 days by Swallowtail, the Morrison Brothers, and Devine Comedy. Contras called by George Marshall and Alex Deis-Lauby. Workshops include Play With Swallowtail orchestra and couple dances. Outdoor activities include swimming, canoeing, birding, fire circles, s’mores. Rural environment on the Susquehanna River. Price includes comfortable lodging, 9 meals, and party snacks. All ages welcome.

Dance styles include: Contra Waltz Otherstyle Dance

Note: Advance registration required. Beginners welcome. If space is available, we will open the Saturday night Flamingo Ball to walk-in dancers. (watch website)

Venue: Camp Ramblewood: 2564 Silver Road get a map

Price: $310 (age 18+), $180 (age 18-25, Fri-Sunday)

For more information: (201) 572-1302; (Email): de('A.H.DanceCamp', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: sites.google.com/site/ahsince1988

(This event (festival #423) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Greenwich, NY (United States): Greenwich Library Contra Dance

— Sponsored by: Greenwich Public Library

Featuring: ~ Bonnie Epstein On Harp ~ Fern Bradley ~ George Wilson ~ John Guay ~ Vonnie Estes

Description: traditional family/contra dance sponsored by the Greenwich Free Library. Schedule: 6:30pm family dance, 7:45pm contra for beginners, 8:pm09:30pm contra dance

Dance styles include: Contra Family Dance

Venue: St. Joseph’s Church: 36 Bleeker Street get a map

Time: 6:30pm

Price: $free will donation

For more information: (518) 692-7157; (Email): de('amiller', 'edu', 'sals');

Date for 2018: Saturday, May 19

(This event (festival #2120) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Atlanta, GA: Butterfly Whirl

Multi-day event: Friday, May 25, 2018 — Monday, May 28, 2018

— Sponsored by: Dance Rhapsody

Description: A Limited-Edition*, Spring-Time,4-Day Contra Dance Extravaganza in Atlanta (*to mind the gap until Catapult Showcase! returns in 2019 (see website for details)).

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Note: Advanced registration required. If available, a La Carte sessions may be offered.

Venue: Clarkston Community Center (Atlanta) : 3701 College Avenue get a map

Price: $130 by 5/7/18; $140 after 5/7/18

For more information: (404) 310-0929; (Email): de('Jethi', 'com', 'iCloud');

Web: www.butterflywhirl.com

(This event (festival #2160) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Wasilla, AK: (duplicate Of) Dancing Bears Dance Camp (37 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, May 25, 2018 — Monday, May 28, 2018

— Sponsored by: The Dancing Bears

Featuring: ~ Bethany Waickland ~ Brian Demarcus ~ Buster ~ Carol Ormand ~ Carter Bancroft ~ Dave Langford ~ David Millstone ~ Garren Volper ~ Glen Loper ~ Jay Marvin ~ Scotty Meyer ~ Stomp Rocket

Description: An annual 3+ day dance camp featuring contra and square dancing as well as a variety of other dance and music workshops. Located at beautiful Kings Lake Camp near Anchorage, Alaska.

Dance styles include: Contra Square Otherstyle Dance

Note: Advanced registration is required. See our website (thedancingbears.org) for details.

Venue: King’s Lake Camp get a map

Price: $275 before May 1; $295 after May 1

For more information: (907) 223-2327; (Email): de('barbara', 'com', 'alaskabike');

Web: thedancingbears.org

(This event (festival #2149) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hillsdale, NY (United States): Mettabee Farm Contra Dance

— Sponsored by: Capital District Mega Band (DanceFlurry Organization)

Featuring: ~ Capital District Megaband ~ George Wilson ~ John Guay ~ Megaband ~ Melanie Axel-Lute ~ Vonnie Estes

Description: George Wilson will be conducting the Megaband for your dancing enjoyment.

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Venue: Mettabee Farm: 551 Harlemville Road get a map

Time: 7pm

Price: $10 suggested donation

For more information: (Email): de('mmaxellute', 'com', 'yahoo');

Web: www.mettabeefarm.com/mettabee-events/2018/5/26/contra-dance-with-megaband

Date for 2018: Saturday, May 26

(This event (festival #2005) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, August 10, 2018

San Francisco, CA: Balance the Bay (11 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Friday, August 10, 2018 — Sunday, August 12, 2018

— Sponsored by: Bay Area Country Dance Society

Description: Urban contra weekend in San Francisco featuring Hot Point & Nova, with callers Seth Tepfer and Sue Rosen. Cool weather, hot dancing!

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Note: Advanced registration required: Registration opens April 11, 2018

Venue: Janet Pomeroy Center: 207 Skyline Boulevard get a map

Price: $See web site

For more information: (707) 338-9362; (Email): de('carrs1', 'com', 'hotmail');

Web: www.bacds.org/btb

(This event (festival #2117) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2018)

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

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

For more information:

Web: www.mainewoodsdancecamp.org

(This event (festival #2155) 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

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 dance weekend. Out 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

Note: Advanced Registration required; adults;

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

Price: $100 not including housing

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

Web: www.truecolorcooking.com

(This event (festival #2150) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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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');

Web: www.tapestryfolkdance.org

(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, 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');

Web: www.contradance.org

(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');

Web: bozemanfolklore.org/wintergreen.html

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

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