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Next Dance:  Saturday January 17

Time and Location: 8:00 to 11:00PM,  Memorial Park administration building…directions shown below

Orientation session from 7:30 – 8:00 PM: introduction, basic moves, helpful hints for enjoyable dancing– for new & experienced dancers

Dance: 8:00 – 11:00 PM

Band: Joe Willey & the Aleraisers

Caller: Stuart Whipple

Admission: $8.00 Adults;      Under 18 – Free


No partner needed;   All dances are taught;   Clean, soft-soled, comfortable shoes are recommended

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Upcoming Dances in 2014 – Third Saturday of the Month

Jan 18          Band:  Guinness and Grits                               Caller:  Charlotte Crittenden

Feb 15          Band: String Theory                                         Caller: Robbin Marcus

March 15     Band:   Georgia Mudcats & Friends                Caller: George Snyder

April 19        Band:  Joe Willey & the Aleraisers                Caller: Stuart Whipple

May 17         Band:  Crosstown Traffic                                 Caller: Maggie Cowan

June 21        Band: ReelPlay                                                   Caller: Deanna Palumbo

July 19        Band:  Free Association           Caller:Rachel McCandliss

Aug 16        Band: String Theory                Caller: Jesse Edgerton

Sept 20        Band: Peavine Creek                                       Caller: Janet Sheperd

Oct 18        Band: Crosstown Traffic                                   Caller: Stuart Whipple

Nov 15        Band: Whistlin’ Rufus                                      Caller: Doug Singleton

Dec 20        Band: Free Association                                    Caller: Andrea Nettleton



Description of Dances

Our contra dances are participatory social dances. We always have live acoustic music, with most bands from the Athens or Atlanta areas, and a dance caller. The music is usually either old-time Appalachian string band music or Celtic jigs and reels. The main instruments are fiddle, banjo, guitar, and bass; occasionally we’ll also have piano, mandolin, autoharp, or harmonica.   The way the dances work is that the caller decides on a set of dances to call for the evening. The types of dances that we do include contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and progressive circle dances. Most of the dances in an evening are contras and squares; usually only one or two circle dances are included.  The moves used in all of these dance types overlap considerably. Moves such as do-si-do, swing, stars, circles, allemandes, and promenades are done in most of the dances. As a result, once new dancers learn a few moves, they can dance most of the dances done that evening. The formation (contra lines, squares of 4 couples, or circle of couples), how many dancers are in each set, and whether you keep the same partner for the entire dance, are the main features that distinguish contra, square, and circle dance types.  Each dance is taught in a walk-through before the music starts. Then the caller cues the musicians and the dance begins. The caller prompts the moves until the dancers get the pattern, and sometimes drops out till the end. The caller decides how long the dance will continue (usually about 10-12 minutes), and tells the band when he wants 1 or 2 more times through the music. Then the dancers stop when the music ends.  At the half-way break, and at the end of the dance, we have a waltz. We usually conduct a short 20-30 minute orientation session from 7:30 – 8 PM before the dance to give new dancers an introduction to what we’ll be doing, and to have them walk through the basic set of moves that we’ll be using for the dances that evening. The dance usually runs from 8 – 11:00PM. Our dances usually have a mix of ages and folks come from all parts of town. The main reason we dance is that we enjoy dancing. When I call, I always tell the newcomers that the most important thing to do in an evening of dance with our group is to relax and have fun. Newcomers are always welcome, so if you like to dance, I suspect you’d have a good time at one of our dances.


 Past Dances in 2013 – Third Saturday of the Month

Jan 19  Band: Hot Fire   Caller: Doug Singleton

Feb 16 Band: Free Association    Caller: Deanna Palumbo

March 16  Band: Crosstown Traffic    Caller: Rob Harper

April 20  Band: String Theory   Caller: Cis Hinkle

May 18  Band:     Caller: Andrea Nettleton

June 15  Band: Atlanta Open Band   Caller: George Snyder

July 20 Band:  Guiness Extra Stout   margie mcdonald – fiddle, dawn davis- fiddle, and mike robinson – guitar;  Caller: Charlotte Crittenden

August 17 Band: Joe Willey & Friends   Caller: Beverly Smith

September 21  Band: Mike Robinson & friends   Caller: Stuart Whipple

October 19   Band: Crosstown Traffic   Caller: Deanna Palumbo

November 16 Band: The Bridge Makers (Russell McCumber, Christian Lopez and Noel Blackmon)  Caller: Rob Harper

December 21 Band: Reel Play (Dave And Robbin Marcus and Doug Olsen)  Caller: Doug Singleton


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