Contra Dance / Contradance
Essays

Collections of Essays
Contra Dance, Beyond the Basics | Organizing Dances
Dance People | Bob McQuillen | Dance History
Composing Dances & Choreography | Calling and Surviving the Evening
Caller Workshop Notes | Calling - Other Topics
Learning and Playing the Music | Composing the Music
Musical Experiences | Music Reviews | A Mix of Musical Matters
Tales of the Dance | The Dance Experience
Close Relatives (Irish Set, English, Scottish, Squares, Ceili, etc.) | Miscellany
Humor

With the number of essays approaching the 300 mark, I thought it best to establish a new page and make an attempt to put them in categories.

Collections of essays

Contra Dance, Beyond the Basics

Organizing Dances

Dance People

Bob McQuillen

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 3, 2014 there was 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 were lots of opportunities for playing and dancing and sharing of stories.

Other stories of note:

Videos:

Calling and Surviving the Evening

Caller Workshop Notes

Calling - Other Topics

Learning and Playing the Music

Composing the Music

Musical Experiences

  • At the Rehoboth, MA dance on September 30, 2011, Rehoboth dancer Eric Shaw performed a waltz that he had written to honor both Cliff and Linda Gordon and the Rehoboth dances at Goff Hall. A video of the performance has been posted on YouTube. It features Eric singing "Devotion Waltz," accompanied by the band members of Arigana Highway. You can also see Rehoboth dancers in the foreground of the video. In addition, the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) has included the musical score of "Devotion Waltz" in its Winter 2012 issue and has posted an MP3 of Eric performing the waltz.

    Music Reviews

    A Mix of Musical Matters

    Tales of the Dance

  • A Pomona/Claremont College student writes about Contradance: Outside the Claremont Bubble on going to dances outside of the college campus. New entry (February 24, 2017)
  • Caller Stephanie Marie has a story called She Found about what a young woman found when she ventured outside of her closet. New entry (February 24, 2017)
  • A first-time dancer at the Fiddle and Bow dance series sends a note about how well people treated her at the dance. New entry (February 25, 2017)

    The Dance Experience

    Close Relatives (Irish Set, English, Scottish, Squares, Ceili, etc.)

    Miscellany

    Humor


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