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Dance Schedule Archives 2008

Sunday Jan 6
7-10 pm

Band:  Chicks with Guns
Caller: Judy Bass
Guest Callers: David Keller and Chrystal Galacci

Sunday Jan 6
7-10 pm

Band:  Chicks with Guns
Caller: Judy Bass
Guest Callers: David Keller and Chrystal Galacci

Saturday Jan 12
8-11 pm

Workshop 7:30

Band:  Jim Nelson, Geoff Seitz & Company
Caller: Deborah Hyland

Intermediate Workshop: Star Through, Square Through, Petronella

Led by Judy Bass

Ever wonder the differences between a star through and a square through?  Why sometime you're on time and other times you’re not? Ever have a neighbor who’s unsure of which way to twirl in a Petronella? How do you help a new dancer with these moves?  What are some subtle ways you can stay more connected to your partner/neighbor while doing these moves?  Come find out the answers to these questions and learn some subtle ways to be an even more graceful dancer. 

Sunday Jan 20
7-10 pm
Band:  Whistle Pigs
Caller: Ted Steele
Guest Caller: Martha Edwards
Sunday Jan 27
7-10 pm
Band:  Mound City Slickers
Caller: Mac McKeever
Guest Caller: Bob Green
Sunday Feb 3
7-10 pm
Band:  Echo Valley String Band
Caller: Judy Bass
Guest Caller: Wade Pearson

Saturday Feb 9
8-11 pm

Workshop
7:30 pm

Band:  Hoosier Uprights
Caller: Lisa Harris

Intermediate Workshop

Active Inactivity:
What you probably should be doing when the caller isn't telling you to do something

Led by: Wade Pearson

For much of the time during a dance, the caller is giving instructions only to your partner or your neighbors. That doesn't mean that you should just stand there and twiddle your thumbs! Good dancing demands that you do more than that. Learn how the laws of physics (really!) provide guidance for you when you are left to your own devices.

Sunday Feb 17
7-10 pm
Band:  Devil's Elbow
Caller: Mac McKeever
Guest Caller: Joe Felsen
Sunday Feb 24
7-10 pm
Band:  Big Limber
Caller: Paula McFarling
Sunday Mar 2
7-10 pm
Band:  Hogtied
Caller: Deborah Hyland
Guest Caller: Martha Edwards

Saturday Mar 8
8-11 pm

Workshop 7:30 pm

Band:   Marc Rennard and Friends
Caller:  Roger Diggle

Intermediate Workshop: Connecting with your Partner

Led by: Greg Rohde

What's an action you do dozens of times during a dance, often on autopilot?

  • Engaging & Disengaging your partner.
  • Receiving & Releasing.
  • Linking & Letting Go.

In this workshop we’ll encourage dancers to be very intentional about how, when, and where they connect and disconnect with their partner. Since limiting one sense helps us focus more on the others, a portion of the dancers will be invited to dance "blind". No one will be forced to do it.

Bring some supplies (sunglasses, sleep masks, a couple of bandanas, etc) that we can offer our seeing-impaired partners. Be creative.

Sunday Mar 16
7-10 pm
Band:   Chicory
Caller:  Ted Steele
Sunday Mar 23
7-10 pm

Band:   Night Crawlers
Caller:  Mac McKeever
Guest Caller: Wade Pearson

Sunday Mar 30
7-10 pm
Band:   Footloose (fresh from their engagement at Spring Breakdown in Columbia)
Callers: Deborah Hyland, Mac McKeever, Eric Schreiber

This is a special 5th Sunday dance. The fee will be $6 at the door.
Sunday Apr 6
7-10 pm
Band:   The Gray Squirrels
Callers: The Hatchlings (Bob, Chrystal, David, Joe, Kay, Martha and Wade)
Saturday Apr 12
8-11 pm

Workshop 7:30 pm

 

Band:   New Bad Habits
Caller:  Paula McFarling

Intermediate Workshop: How to be a Better Twirlfriend

Led by: Martha Edwards

Box the Gnat, Swat the Flea, Star Through, California Twirl - and more!  In this workshop we'll explore the variations of the "twirl to swap" moves, as well as other twirl opportunities, as time permits: Rory O'More, twirl in the hey, ladies' chain. The key to success, as always, is safety, momentum and awareness of the passing of time. As the Cat in the Hat says, "It's fun to have fun, but you have to know how."

Sun Apr 20
7-10 pm
Band:   Chicory
Caller:  Judy Bass
Guest Caller: Eric Schreiber
Sun Apr 27
7-10 pm
Band:   Hoosier Uprights
Caller:  Ted Steele
Sun May 4
7-10 pm
Band:  Folk School Wall of Sound
Caller: John & Kathy Coffman
Sat May 10
8-11 pm

Workshop 7:30 pm

Band:  Mickey Soltys, Jeff Miller and Jim Nelson
Caller: Jerome Grisanti

Intermediate Workshop: "Hey there" (You with the Stars in your eyes)

Led by: Jerome Grisanti

The Hey for Four is one of the few non-contact moves in the contra dance repertoire. In this workshop, we'll play with a variation known as the Push-Back (or Richochet) Hey.

How does one do this? When it is appropriate? (Hint: Not always). Who can do it? Is it always called, or can it be done "on the fly?" How can you signal to initiate it, or turn it down?

These questions and more will be answered in a most breathless manner by Jerome Grisanti (MA in Flirtation, Universitá di Amore, 1999).

In addition, we will examine the pleasures of the hands-across star (gasp!). If you believe a hands-across star is just an allemande for four, come and let us change your mind.

If time permits, we will also play with the scandalous Gypsy Hey, which was actually banned in 1848 by Emperor Franz-Josef II of Austria. This move demands a surety of step and space, and is not for the faint of heart. The closely related Gypsy-Arch Hey may also be covered.

Sun May 18
7-10 pm
Band:  Devil's Elbow
Caller: Deborah Hyland
May 23, 24, 25 & 26
(Fri-Mon)
Kimmswick Dance Weekend
Curivre River State Park
Sun Jun 1
7-10 pm
Band:  Big Limber
Caller: Debra Harpe
Sun Jun 8
7-10 pm

Band:  Chicks with Guns
Callers: Judy Bass and Larry Boyer

Sat Jun 14

Workshop
7:30 pm

Band:  New Mules with Garry Harrison & Andy Gribble
Caller: Mac McKeever

Intermediate Workshop: The Thrill of Being On Time

Led by: Bob Green and Martha Edwards

Sun Jun 22
7-10 pm
Band:  The Boney Goat String Band
Callers: The Hatchlings
Sun Jul 6
7-10 pm

Band:  Hogtied
Caller: Paula McFarling

Sat Jul 12
8-11pm

Band:  James River Scraphounds
Caller: Gaye Fifer

Special pre-dance workshop featuring Dutch Crossing, a double square dance for multiples of 16 people. See this YouTube version done with origami cranes.

Sign Up for Dutch Crossing
You should sign up if you want to do this dance, since it must be done in multiples of 16. Just send an email with your name and the subject "Dutch Crossing", to Martha at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Here is the list of people who have already signed up.

Sun Jul 20
7-10 pm

Band:  Marc Rennard, Robert Freeman, Jim Nelson
Caller: Deborah Hyland

Sun Jul 27
7-10 pm

Band:  Mound City Slickers
Caller: Mac McKeever
Guest callers: Karen Jackson and Dale Wilson

Sun Aug 3
7-10 pm

Band:  Night Crawlers
Caller: Martha Kelley

Sat Aug 9
8-11 pm

Band:  Matt Turino & Ben Smith
Caller: Deborah Hyland

Sun Aug 10

No Waltz Party tonight - Flash Dance at the Botanical Gardens instead!

Sun Aug 17
7-10 pm

Band:  Old Corn Lickers
Caller: John & Cathy Coffman

Sun Aug 24
7-10 pm

Band:  Bottomfeeders
Caller: Mac McKeever

Sun Aug 31
7-10 pm
Band:  Devil's Elbow
Caller: Gail Hintz
Sat Sep 6
7:30-10:30 pm

First Saturday Hatchling Dance
Band: Tu'Penny Uprights and Reel Women & the Jigelos
Calling: Hatchlings

Sun Sep 7
7-10 pm

Band: Echo Valley String Band
Caller: Judy Bass
Guest caller: Martha Edwards

Sat Sep 13
8-11 pm
Band: Euphoria
Caller: Jim Thaxter
Sun Sep 14
6-9 pm
Waltz Party - Workshop 6pm, Dance 7-9pm
Band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
Sun Sep 21
7-10 pm
Band: Bony Goat String Band
Caller: Eric Schreiber
Guest Callers: Bob Green and Karen Jackson
Sun Sep 28
7-10 pm
Band: Road Kill Ramblers
Caller: Ted Steele
Guest Caller: Wade Pearson
Sat Oct 4
7:30-10:30 pm
First Saturday Hatchling Dance
Band: Tu'Penny Uprights and Reel Women & the Jigelos (Kristin, Martha, Ben, Paul and Mike)
Calling: Hatchlings
Sun Oct 5
7-10 pm
Band: Night Crawlers (Kristin, Ted and Mike)
Caller: Judy Bass
Guest Caller: Billy Boyer
Sat Oct 11
8-11 pm
Band: U4 (Tom, Matt, Michael)
Caller: Ted Steele
Sun Oct 12
6-9 pm
Waltz Party - Workshop 6pm, Dance 7-9pm
Band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
Sun Oct 19
7-10 pm
Band: Marc Rennard, Buckhannon Brothers
Caller: Mac McKeever
Sun Oct 26
7-10 pm
Band: Leather Hat (Michael, Barb and Ted)
Caller: Deborah Hyland
Sat Nov 1
7:30-10:30 pm

First Saturday Hatchling Dance
Band: Reel Women and the Jigelos
Caller: Hatchlings

Sun Nov 2
7-10 pm
Band: A Dog Named Rover
Caller: Fred Park
Sat Nov 8
8-11 pm
Band: Celticladda (Randy Miller, Tom Hodgson and Eric Anderson)
Caller: Adina Gordon
Sun Nov 9
6-9 pm
Waltz Party - Workshop 6pm, Dance 7-9pm
Band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
Sun Nov 16
7-10 pm
Band: Chicory (Martha, Ben, Michael, and Mike)
Caller: Judy Bass
Sun Nov 23
7-10 pm
Band: Mound City Slickers
Caller: Chicklings
Sun Nov 30
6-7 pm
7-10 pm

Fifth Sunday Dance - special dance to honor Alice's special birthday.
6-7 Waltzes composed by Marc Rennard
7-10 Contra

Band: Marc Rennard and Friends
Caller: Ted Steele

Sat Dec 6
7:30-10:30 pm

First Saturday Hatchling Dance
Band: Reel Women and the Jigelos
Callers: the Hatchlings

Sun Dec 7
7-10 pm
Band:  Folk School Seranaders
Caller:  Kat DiFoxfire
Sat Dec 13
8-11 pm
Band:  Ill-MO Boys
Caller:  Ted Steele
Sun Dec 14
6-9 pm
Waltz Party
Workshop 6pm, Dance 7-9pm
Band: Halcyon Light Orchestra
Sun Dec 21
7-10 pm
Band:  Ted Vasquez & Friends
Callers:  Karen Jackson and Wade Pearson
Sun Dec 28
7-10 pm
Band:  Marc Renard
Caller: Mac McKeever
Wed Dec 31
9pm-1am
NEW YEARS EVE DANCE

Band:  The Avant Gardeners and Chicory
Caller: Open Calling

Admission: $10 (and bring a snack to share!)