March 2015 – Drive the Dull Winter Away: March Dance

When: Saturday March 7, 7:30 pm; quick lessons for newcomers from 7:15-7:30 pm.
Where: Unitarian Church of Calgary, 1703 First Street N.W.
Callers: Steven Méthot and James Prescott.
Band: Our very own Contraband.
Admission: $12/person at the door.

Bring a friend or three…

We’ve had a wonderful season of dancing, and it has been very pleasant to see so many new people attending and returning with friends. Now when the long winter seems to be thinking of relinquishing its grasp and our thoughts turn to outdoor activities, we want to remind you – we’re still here! Bring a friend out, spread the word. You know we don’t bite (much).

Interesting Links and Such

Those of you who have asked about where our particular dance tradition had its roots (both the dances themselves and our community style) might enjoy this little TV piece from New Hampshire. Our Calgary contra dance traditions are very much rooted in New England and Ontario (loyalist country) and do go back, far back to the very first days of European settlement.  Keen-eyed watchers may see the name of a dance or two that we have in our repertoire.

And in keeping with things traditional, here’s a dance that Steven will be “prompting” (neat term learned from that video!). We’ve danced it before, but it’s so much fun we thought it could do with some repeat viewing, “Beneficial Tradition.”  Practice up your hooting and hollering!

Next Dance

Saturday April 11, 7:30 pm.  Unitarian Church of Calgary. Note that for April our dance is the SECOND Saturday of the month due to Easter.

See the side bar for the dance schedule for the rest of the season.

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