December 2017

Dancing through the snow?

When: Saturday, December 2, 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers at 7:15 pm
Where: 
Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 1 st Street N.W.
Callers: 
Steven Méthot and Annette Lefaive
Admission: 
$12.00 per person
Next Dance: 
Sunday, December 31, 8:00 pm (New Year’s Eve – see details below).

This Month’s Video

I know that I have shared this one before, but it’s a good one and it happens to be of a dance that Steven will be prompting this week.  No, there won’t be any “Busby Berkley” camera angles from the ceiling, but we just might raise the rafters.

Crowfoot in Tacoma from Doug Plummer on Vimeo.

December Events

Chautauqua: The Other Sounds of Christmas.
An annual benefit for the Food Bank. An evening of music, storytelling, dance, mummery – a non-traditional traditional Christmas.
Saturday December 9, 7:30 pm, Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 1 St NW
Individuals $10, Families $25. NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR. Contact Natalie to reserve your tickets.

A Christmas Carol 
Charles Dickens told his story over 100 times in a series of soirees. Join Calgary storyteller Steven Méthot in a recreation of one of these performances. Music by Natalie Manzer, Michael Pollock and Karen Pollock.
December 5th  and 17th 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30) – Time to be confirmed. The Lougheed House, 707 13 Ave SW, Calgary
Visit the Lougheed House website for information on how to reserve tickets.

New Year’s Eve Contra Dance
December 31st at 8:00 pm, Unitarian Church of Calgary,
Admission is $12 at the door. No need to have a partner.
Bring finger food for sharing after the dance.  We’ll mingle and celebrate the turning of the year together.
NOTE:  Drug and alcohol free.

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November 2017

When: Saturday, November 4, 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers at 7:15 pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Calgary1703 1 st Street N.W.
Callers: Steven Méthot and Leslie Gotfrit
Admission: $12.00 per person
Next Dance: Saturday, December 2, 7:30 pm. See the sidebar for all our 2017-2018 dance dates.

Edmonton Dance Recap

And the Battle of Alberta is on! Steven and Natalie traveled to Edmonton on October 21st to call a contra, and several familiar faces from Calgary turned up too. Many thanks to Tegen and Colleen for making the trek, and to Bill and Candy Watson who used to be regulars in Calgary.

Here’s the thing: 65 people turned out to dance. You read that right. I think that the Calgary dance can turn out at least that many. The challenge has been sent…

This Month’s Video

Here’s a great introductory video to the basic steps of contra.

December Events

Chautauqua: The Other Sounds of Christmas.
An annual benefit for the Food Bank. An evening of music, storytelling, dance, mummery – a non-traditional traditional Christmas.
Saturday December 9, 7:30 pm, Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 1 St NW
Individuals $10, Families $25. NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR. Contact Natalie to reserve your tickets.

A Christmas Carol 
Charles Dickens told his story over 100 times in a series of soirees. Join Calgary storyteller Steven Méthot in a recreation of one of these performances. Music by Natalie Manzer, Michael Pollock and Karen Pollock.
December 5th  and 17th 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30) – Time to be confirmed. The Lougheed House, 707 13 Ave SW, Calgary
Visit the Lougheed House website for information on how to reserve tickets.

New Year’s Eve Contra Dance
December 31st at 8:00 pm, Unitarian Church of Calgary,
Admission is $12 at the door. No need to have a partner.
Bring finger food for sharing after the dance.  We’ll mingle and celebrate the turning of the year together.
NOTE:  Drug and alcohol free.

 

 

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October 2017

Trick question:  When is October’s Contra Dance?

When: Saturday, September 30, 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers at 7:15 pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Calgary,
1703 1 st Street N.W.
Callers: 
Steven Méthot and James Prescott 
Admission: 
$12.00 per person
Next Dance: 
Saturday, November 4, 7:30 pm. See the sidebar for all our 2017-2018 dance dates.

Edmonton Dance

If you’re the type of Calgarian that keeps score, Calgary has been ahead of Edmonton in terms of Contra dance for a while now. But that’s about to change.  Steven will be calling a dance in the Capital City later in October. If you know anyone who might want to attend, please feel free to pass the information along. There’s also a few of our crew who are going on up to lend some support.

October 21st at 7:00 at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 8424-95th Avenue which is in Cloverdale, not far from Downtown and not far from Calgary Trail. Tickets are $15 at the door.

This Month’s Video

Sometimes one wonders who or what inspires the titles of certain dances. This video is of “Cows Are Watching”, a dance Steven will be prompting. Cows? In Cowtown? Maybe.

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September 2017

And We’re Back!

When: Saturday, September 9, 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers at 7:15 pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Calgary
, 1703 1 st Street N.W.
Callers: 
Michael Pollock and second caller TBA
Admission: 
$12.00 per person
Next Dance: 
Saturday, September 30, 7:30 pm (our “October” dance). See the sidebar for our 2017 dance dates. 

This Month’s Video

Natalie and Steven are going to be in the UK for the September dance.  Here’s a reminder that our particular dance form has adherents even in Britain.

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June 2017

Our first dance of the 2017-2018 season will be on Saturday, September 9 – same time, same place.

Have a Happy Summer, everyone!

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