October 2018

Winter?!? Not yet!  We’ll warm you up with a fine evening of dancing

When: Saturday, October 13 at 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers at 7:15 pm
Where: 
Calgary Unitarian Centre, 1703 1st Street N.W.
Band: 
Our band has familiar faces in a new configuration:  We’ll be featuring Michael Pollock on fiddle!
Caller: 
Steven Méthot
Admission: 
$12 at the door
Next Dance: 
Saturday, November 3, 7:30 pm (see sidebar for dates of all 2018-2019 dances)

A word about that September dance

 Wow! What?  You wanted more?  We had the largest crowd for a regular dance in over four years, and that made for some fun dancing.  We’d love to repeat that experience.  Bring a friend.  Bring two! 

This Month’s Video

Steven will be prompting this flowing dance called “Laura’s Zigzag”.  Men’s skirts are optional.

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September 2018

And We’re Back! First dance of the 2018-2019 season!

When: Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers and flourishes for experienced dancers at 7:15 pm
Where: Calgary Unitarian Centre, 1703 1st Street N.W.
Band: Our band has familiar faces in a new configuration:  We’ll be featuring Michael Pollock on fiddle!
Callers: Steven Méthot and Leslie Gotfrit
Admission: $12.00 per person
Next Dance: Saturday, October 13, 7:30 pm (see sidebar for dates of all 2018-2019 dances)

Steven is old, what else is new?

Steven turns a significant digit on or about the date of our first contra.  His birthday wish?  He wants to call to a full hall.  Can you make it happen?

This Month’s Video

Natalie and Steven are going to be in the Atlantic Provinces for the next few weeks. There’s a thriving contra dance community in Halifax. Steven will be prompting this dance in September.

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Summer 2018

Mark your calendars – Our first dance of the 2018-2019 season will be Saturday, September 15!!

Have a great rest of your summer.

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June 2018

Our last dance of the season!

When: Saturday, June 2 at 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers and flourishes for experienced dancers at 7:15 pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 1st Street N.W.
Callers: Steven Méthot, Leslie Gotfrit and perhaps Parker Mann
Admission: $12.00 per person
Next Dance: Saturday, September 15, 7:30 pm – first dance of the 2018-2019  season!

Come join callers Steven Méthot, Leslie Gotfrit and perhaps Parker Mann along with our Mighty Fine Band ™ for a great evening of dance in celebration of the return of warm weather.

Return of a friend! Parker and Marian Mann were long-time regulars of our dance community and Parker both wrote and called dances. Parker will be here for our June dance, and we’ll see if we can coax him to call a set.

This Month’s Video

A wonderful dance that one of us (I’m sure) will call:

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May 2018

Spring is finally here.  Come dancing!

When: Saturday, May 5 at 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers at 7:15 pm
Where: 
Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 1st Street N.W.
Callers: 
Steven Méthot and Michael Pollock
Admission: 
$12.00 per person
Next Dance: 
Saturday, June 2, 7:30 pm – last dance of the season!

Is it too early to hope that we’ve seen the last of snow?  Come join callers Steven Méthot and Michael Pollock and a mighty fine band of musicians for a great evening of dance in celebration of the return of warm weather.

For experienced dancers we’ll also be teaching some flourishes at 7:15

In Search of Ideas

We are a non-profit, but lately we’ve been taking that a bit too literally.  We offer value for the entertainment dollar and our expenses are actually quite reasonable, but we find ourselves perennially in a loss position.  Our annual expense budget for 10 dances is $3,850, which equates to a need for an average of 32 dancers an evening.

A small renewable grant to cover rent or help pay for the stipend to our musicians would go a long way to providing security for our group and cover things like snow storms.  If you have any experience with applying for funding or grants from arts foundations, or if you have ideas or suggestions on how to ensure the financial sustainability of our dance series, we’d love to hear them.

This Month’s Videos

A short video this month with snippets of a dance that Steven will steal for calling.  It’s called “Steal This Dance” and has a wonderful diamond Petronella figure complete with clapping.

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