The Dance Gypsy presents

Contra dance festivals and other events

(between April 19, 2018  and  April 19, 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

Friday, May 4, 2018

Brownstown, IN (United States): Mad Robin Romp

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

— Sponsored by: Bloomington Old-Time Music and Dance Group

Featuring: ~ Alex Sturbaum ~ Alexandra Deis-Lauby ~ Brian Lindsay ~ Countercurrent ~ Problem paragraph: ~ Traditional American Dance ~ Unidentifiable Performer

Description: Spring Dance Weekend in the Spacious upper floor in the main Lodge at Camp Pyoca.

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Note: Camping in tent or vehicle or on floor of Lodge is included with registration.Bring your own sleeping bag or bed linen. Priority of requests for beds is based on date registration form and check are r

Venue: Camp Pyoca: 886 East County Road 100 South get a map

Price: $Basic admission only $55, ($65 after 10 April). Ala carte pricing available. Beds in Modern Cabins a

For more information: (Email): de('baus1210', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: bloomingtoncontra.org/mad-robin-romp

(This event (festival #2166) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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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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Friday, May 18, 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: Friday, May 18

(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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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Scotia, NY (United States): Freedom Park Contra NIght

— Sponsored by: Freedom Park

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

Description: George Wilson and the Megaband play a contra from 7-8:30pm at the open stage area of the park

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Venue: Freedom Park: Schonowee Avenue get a map

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

For more information: (518) 312-8646; (Email): de('info', 'com', 'freedomparkscotia');

Web: www.facebook.com/pg/freedomparkscotia/about/?ref=page_internal

Date for 2018: Saturday, August 11

(This event (festival #2164) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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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, 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');

Web: www.squirrelmoon.org

(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

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

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');

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 & 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');

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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