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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June 2017

Last dance of the season!  Don’t miss out.

When: Saturday, June 3, 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers at 7:15 pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Calgary
, 1703 First Street N.W.
Callers:
Steven Méthot and Michael Pollock
Admission:
$12.00 per person
Next Dance:
Saturday, September 9, 7:30 pm (first dance of the 2017-2018 season) 

Last Dance

Well, another dance season is coming to an end, please join us to dance up a storm and to thank all the people who have helped make this season a success, from the band members to the various volunteers who help keep us kick up our heels.

 Water Valley!

A good number of the members of the band, the callers and members of our dance community will be gathering to perform and to celebrate the 19th annual Water Valley Celtic Folk Festival on June 24th.  The festival was conceived of and founded by our very own Davey Settles, who is now the artistic director.

Here’s a video from a few years back that will give you a taste of what’s in store for you.

I’m not saying that this song will be performed, but it IS Celtic (And yes… it is supposed to, um, sound like that).

This Month’s Video

Steven will be prompting this dance, “Lady of the Lake”, a Contra “Chestnut”, fun and easy.

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May 2017

It’s Spring!  No, really!  It’s safe to come out and dance!

When: Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm; quick teaching of basics for newcomers at 7:15 pm
Where: Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 First Street N.W.
Callers:
Steven Méthot and James Prescott
Admission:
$12.00 per person
Next Dance:
Saturday, June 3, 7:30 pm (last dance of the season)

This Month’s Video

Steven will be prompting this dance, “Downstream”.  It’s a simple little dance that has an interesting aspect to it.  Very often we “go down the hall” only to turn right around and come on back.  This one will have us dancing at the other end of the hall – or the Safeway parking lot if there’s a lot of us.

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