*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts.
**As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future.
Contra dance musician and tune composer Bob McQuillen passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. There is a Facebook group, Remembering Mac for those who wish to contribute or read stories about him.
On Saturday, May 3rd, there will be a variety of events honoring Mac. The "service" will be at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH at 2pm, followed by a reception at the Monadnock Country Club on High St in Peterborough from 4pm-8pm, followed by the Contra Dance at the Peterborough Town Hall at 7pm dedicated to Mac. At the reception and dance there will be lots of opportunities for playing and dancing and sharing of stories. Please re-post this.
Other stories of note:
Dances Composition Contest
Tyler Johnson is sponsoring a dance composition contest for two tunes included in his book, Tales from the Red Book of Tunes. Deadline for submission is May 15, 2014
Try Contra and Dance Web Site Checklist
Jeff Kaufman has put together a web site/app Trycontra.com which, with a user entering a zip code, will provide links to nearby contra dances. In addition, based on the work he did in creating that web site, he developed a dance web site checklist with plenty of good advice as to what information to include. That same advice can be very helpful when sending out press releases, announcements, e-mails and Facebook postings.
Dancing Well: The Soldier Project
Dancing Well: The Soldier Project is a two-year program to provide restorative community dance experiences to soldiers and veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Through a dance experience uniquely tailored to the needs of afflicted soldiers, veterans, and their families, these individuals will be able to benefit from the powerful healing, bonding, and socialization offered by traditional music and dance.
Attempting The World's Longest Contra Dance Line
Eric Smith has set up an event on June 7, 2014 in Rutland, Vermont to attempt to break the record for a dance line. Will Mentor and Adina Gordon will call and Perpetual e-Motion and Giant Robot Dance will play.
Westcustogo Grange Hall Fire
The Westcustogo Grange Hall in North Yarmouth, Maine burned to the ground on Thursday, August 29. The Hall was a popular venue for contra dances along with a variety of other events.
Greenfield Formation Contest
The Friends of Greenfield Dance wishes to share with you that a winner of the Greenfield Formation Contest has not been found. Although we received a good number of submissions, none met the criteria set by our contest rules. We were looking for a new formation, and a well-composed and intuitive dance sequence that would lend itself to being included in dance programs for mixed crowds. This was a very challenging contest, and we appreciate all those who spent time with their creative processes and submitted potential formations. We extend a huge, "Thank you!" to our three judges, Nils Fredland, David Kaynor and Linda Leslie, for their willingness to jump on board, work through the submissions and collaborate with each other to find a winner. In their own words, "Thanks so much for asking us to engage in this fascinating process. Looking forward to the Frolic!"
In song and dance - Val LaBelle - On behalf of the Friends of Greenfield Dance, Inc. www.friendsofgreenfielddance.org
Contra Dance and "Buying Local"
If you want to follow the movement of Buying Local, think about contra dance and that "Local" may refer not just to geography:
Volunteers and Dancers Needed
No, not for the web site. But just as dances don't exist without dancers on the floor, they also won't exist if not enough dancers volunteer to help make the dances happen. The following dance series have publicized the need for volunteers and more dancers. If you want dancing to exist in your area, think about spending some time helping out along with spending time on the dance floor or coming to your local dance on a more regular basis. Typical volunteer duties include opening and/or closing the building on dance nights, taking money, bringing snacks or beverages, managing the snack counter, helping with promotion, and other jobs.
Why We Contra Dance
The Chattahoochee Country Dancers have produced a video called Why We Contra Dance which might explain to your non-contra dancing friends and family (and maybe even to fellow contra dancers) why we enjoy this activity so much.
If you are looking for contra dance information and cannot find it here, please e-mail me or check one of the other sites listed below as no one person keeps up with everything that is happening on the contradance scene.
Other Omnibus Sites
Bands and callers are listed twice, once in the region in which they are based, the other in the "All Bands and Callers" page. Organizations are listed once, just in the region in which they are based (although if they have an activity in another region, they will be listed there also). The United States is divided into several different regions. The dance at Rehoboth, Massachusetts is the one I attend most often.