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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April 2018

April (snow) showers bring Contra Dancers!

When: Saturday, April 7 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 Leslie Gotfrit
Admission: 
$12.00 per person
Next Dance: 
Saturday, May 5, 7:30 pm

The calendar says that it is spring, even if we might not believe it.  Come and dance to celebrate the change of the season.

Medley Mania

Last month’s (very enjoyable) dance featured a medley. A Contra medley is when two or more dances are combined into one set.  The first dance is taught and then once things get going, at some point in the dance the prompter changes one or more figures of the dance to “morph” it into another dance.

This was so much fun that we’ll do it again this dance.  Do not be afraid, the dances are all simple and the changes will be easy to adapt to and adopt!

This Month’s Videos

This month we present two short videos that will give you different perspectives on the same dance.  The dance is “Sunset Limited” and it is a beautiful flowing dance by Rick Mohr.  In the first video [it can’t be embedded, so you have to click] we see it danced in Denmark to the music of an energetic local band.  In the second edited video [see below] we see it called to the music of the Canadian band “Crowfoot”.  If you think that one was danced to faster music than the other you may be surprised to learn that the beats are the same.

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March 2018

Our March dance is in February!

When: Saturday, February 24 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 Annette Le Faive
Admission: 
$12.00 per person
Next Dance: 
Saturday, April 7, 7:30 pm

We usually hold our dances on the first Saturday of the month, but for March that date is taken by another group.  We decided to hold the dance a week early, and our March dance is in February.  Confused?  Don’t be.  Come on out and dance and the date won’t matter.   PS.  It’s close to Natalie’s birthday and Steven’s going to write a dance for her.  Don’t tell her.

This Month’s Video

This simple dance will have a bit of a twist.  It flows so nicely that we thought it would be a good idea to let it flow into another dance as part of a medley.  You’ll get two dances for the price of one!

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February 2018

When: Saturday, February 3 at 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 Presscott
Admission: 
$12.00 per person
Next Dance: 
Saturday, February 24, 7:30 pm

A word about our schedule of dances

We usually hold our dances on the first Saturday of the month, but for March that date is taken by another group.  We decided to hold the dance a week early, and our March dance is in February.  Confused?  Don’t be.  Come on out and dance and the date won’t matter.   PS.  It’s close to Natalie’s birthday and Steven’s going to write a dance for her.  Don’t tell her.

Community Dance Lessons in Olds

Alvin Nelson is hosting a series of lessons on basic dance steps, waltz, two-step, foxtrot, cha-cha and jive.  Each dance  event includes 40 minutes each of the Basic Rhythms above, dances with 3 or more people (Trios, Contras, Quadrilles, Squares, and Circles), and cued or freestyle Round Dances (7 step, Heel Toe Polka, a variety of mixers, and choreographed ballroom).  Tuesdays at the Evergreen hall from 1:30 – 3:30 pm for just $5.00  No partner needed, all are welcome.

This Month’s Video

This is a nice flowing dance that Steven will be prompting.  It is called “Groundhog Daze”, and we figure that it’s a seasonal enough offering to be enjoyed this time around.

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