The Dance Gypsy presents

Folk, contra and traditional dance festivals and other events in Massachusetts

(between September 30, 2016  and  September 30, 2017)

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This (optional) map includes “clickable” links to the confirmed events. Clicking on a “dancer pin” takes you to the details for that event. All events (confirmed or unconfirmed) matching your description are included (in chronological order) below the map. You may click on a marker or scroll down to those listings without waiting for the map to complete. The back arrow will bring you back to the map.

Understanding the Listings

Gray vs Black? Some listings appear in gray text. This is an intended difference. Gray events are not quite as important as black events. Gray events may be unconfirmed, cross-references or cancelled.

Unconfirmed: A “confirmed” event has in some way been confirmed. We don’t demand a lot for confirmation, but some sort of communication that says to us "yes, that event is taking place on that date!” This is strionger than “Well, there usually are (or used to be) events on that day.”

Cross reference: When a series moves temporarily (perhapsd their regular hall is closed), there is a cross refernce, helping find the actual listing for the day.”

Cancelled: A “cancelled event” appears in places where a dancer might reasonably expect a dance — but there is none. e.g. no dance on a holiday, summer vacation or there conflict". These listings are “lined-out”

The Map: Although the events are listed by date, the map above can be used to identify events by location. When you point at the push pin, the event name appears. Click on the pin and the window will scroll to the speciifc event

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Greenfield, MA: Harvest Moon Jam (annual) (unconfirmed)

Dance styles include: Cajun Dance

Venue: Camp Keewanee: Glenbrook Drive get a map

Price: $20

Date for 2016: Sunday, October 9

(This event (festival #1220) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Becket, MA: LCFD Fall Dance Camp (27 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Friday, October 14, 2016 — Sunday, October 16, 2016

— Sponsored by: Lavender Country & Folk Dancers

Description: Gender Free Contras, English Country Dancing, Workshops. Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. 2 nights lodging; 6 meals. Early registration discount. Work exchange, and scholarship assistance available. Contras Called by Will Mentor, English lead by Robin Hayden, Music by the Figments

Dance styles include: Contra English Dance

Note: Advance registration required; at-the-door last-minute attendees should call the registrar first

Venue: Camp Chimney Corners get a map

Price: $270/$290/$315 (var)

For more information: (518) 935-3913; (Email): de('camp', 'org', 'lcfd');

Web: www.lcfd.org/lcfd/lcfd-fall-dance-camp

(This event (festival #209) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Greenfield, MA: Fall Frolic (21 st annual) (unconfirmed)

— Sponsored by: Friends of Greenfield Dance

Description: Annual FUNd raising dance sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Dance. Help the Friends support the improvement of our wonderful Grange hall, as well as our other community projects. Food and crafts will be sold downstairs - bring extra $$! Please bring clean soft-soled shoes to protect our beautiful new floor, and refrain from wearing scented products for the health and comfort of our dancers.

Dance styles include: Contra Square Waltz Dance

Note: Please wear clean soft-soled shoes to protect our dance floor, and refrain from wearing scented products.

Venue: Guiding Star Grange: 401 Chapman Street get a map

Price: $15 dance only; $20 includes FGD membership includes admission to dance

For more information: (Email): de('events', 'org', 'friendsofgreenfielddance');

Web: www.friendsofgreenfielddance.org

Date for 2016: Sunday, November 13

(This event (festival #1399) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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South Amherst, MA: Gary Roodman’s Calculated Figures (annual) (unconfirmed)

— Sponsored by: Amherst Area English Country Dancers, Advanced Dance Committee

Description: Join us for ‘Calculated Figures’, an afternoon of Gary Roodman’s English Country Dances. This event will be called by Gary Roodman with music provided by Mary Lea (violin, viola), Earl Gaddis (violin, viola) and Peter Barnes (piano). Please note: These are challenging dances for experienced dancers, and complete familiarity with dance figures is necessary as basic figures will not be taught.

Dance styles include: English Dance

Note: Clean, soft-soled shoes please! We are also a fragrance-free event.

Venue: Munson Library: 1046 S East St. get a map

Price: $15

For more information:

Web: www.amherstECD.org

Date for 2016: Sunday, November 13

(This event (festival #247) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Lincoln, MA: Thanksgiving Night Contra Dance (annual) (unconfirmed)

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Venue: Smith School (Gym) : Ballfield Rd. get a map

Price: $6 for adults & students; $4 for children 10 years and under

For more information: (781) 259-0692; (Email): de('kwinchell', 'net', 'comcast');

Date for 2016: Thursday, November 24

(This event (festival #1737) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Watertown, MA: Thanksgiving Dance (38 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Description: a spectacular evening of contradances, squares, and couples dances for all abilities!

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Venue: St John’s United Methodist Church: 80 Mount Auburn St. get a map

Price: $suggested 8

For more information: (781) 665-3835; (Email): de('cammydance', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: www.manystrings6.com/dance

Date for 2016: Thursday, November 24

(This event (festival #552) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Brookline, MA: Boston Israeli Dancing Marathon (37 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, December 24, 2016 — Sunday, December 25, 2016

Description: 10 hours of non-stop all request Israeli dancing!

Dance styles include: Israeli Folk Dance

Venue: Congregation Kehillath Israel: 384 Harvard St THIS MAP IS WRONG! get a map

Price: $15 general admission, students/seniors/children $10, young kids free

For more information: (Email): de('mitisraeli', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: www.bostoncentral.com/events/dance/p23404.php

(This event (festival #292) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Melrose, MA: Annual Christmas Concert and Dance (33 rd annual) (unconfirmed)

Description: Kaynor family Concert at 7:00 morphs into a mixed evening of English Country, Contras, Squares, and couples dances for all ages and abilities. Music provided on Recorders, Fiddles, Viola, Cello, Piano, guitar....

Dance styles include: Contra English Family Scandinavian Square Folk Dance

Venue: Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church: 70 W. Emerson St get a map

Price: $Suggested donation 6

For more information: (781) 665-3835; (Email): de('cammydance', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: www.manystrings6.com/dance

Date for 2016: Sunday, December 25

(This event (festival #294) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Belmont, MA: FAC New Year’s Eve Party (annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, December 31, 2016 — Sunday, January 1, 2017

— Sponsored by: Folk Arts Center of New England

Description: Festive attire is encouraged. Refreshments and midnight toast included.

Dance styles include: International Folk Dance

Venue: Payson Park Church (Parish Hall) : 365 Belmont Street get a map

Price: $20

For more information: (781) 438-4387; (Email): de('fac', 'org', 'facone');

Web: www.facone.org

(This event (festival #308) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Concord, MA: New Years Eve Dance at the Concord Scout House (annual) (unconfirmed)

Description: A festive New Year’s Eve Dance with Contra dances, Squares, and couple dances. (Contributions of desserts and other munchies for the 10:30 PM break are most welcome.)

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Venue: Concord Scout House: 74 Walden Street get a map

Price: $15

For more information: (617) 547-7781; (Email): de('Walter_Lenk', 'net', 'Comcast');

Web: www.configular.com/dance/nyeve

Date for 2016: Saturday, December 31

(This event (festival #557) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Greenfield, MA: New Year’s Eve in Greenfield (annual) (unconfirmed)

Description: An evening of dance appropriate to the evening

Venue: Guiding Star Grange: 401 Chapman Street get a map

For more information:

Web: www.guidingstargrange.org

Date for 2016: Saturday, December 31

(This event (festival #305) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2016)

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Northampton, MA: New Year’s Day Dance and Potluck Dinner (annual) (unconfirmed)

Description: Scottish Country Dance Party

Dance styles include: Scottish Dance

Note: Soft soled shoes

Venue: 1st Churches: 129 Main St. — use Center St. entrance (across from the Iron Horse) get a map

Price: $Dance- $10 RSCDS members, $12 non-members, $1 and a dish Potluck.

For more information: (413) 527-3407; (Email): de('dansstep1950', 'com', 'gmail');

Date for 2017: Sunday, January 1

(This event (festival #1142) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2017)

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South Amherst, MA: An Afternoon Playford Party (32 nd annual) (unconfirmed)

Description: Dress up (period attire encouraged) for an afternoon of Cammy’s favorite 17th-18th century dances, Mad Robin’s baroque style, and the ”newcomer-welcoming” informality of a party. All dances taught. (Donations for refreshments table welcomed)

Dance styles include: English Dance

Venue: Munson Library: 1046 S East St. get a map

Price: $suggested donation $12

For more information: (781) 665-3835; (Email): de('cammydance', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: www.manystrings6.com/dance

Date for 2017: Sunday, January 1

(This event (festival #1972) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2017)

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Greenfield, MA: Martin Luther King Weekend Dance (19 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Description: Featuring Nils Fredland calling and Nor’easter playing. Contras, etc.

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Note: Please bring soft-soled shoes.

Venue: Guiding Star Grange: 401 Chapman Street get a map

For more information: (617) 833-5569; (Email): de('noreasterdanceband', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: www.guidingstargrange.org

Date for 2017: Sunday, January 15

(This event (festival #1803) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2017)

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Watertown, MA (United States): Canadian American Club (annual) (unconfirmed)

— Sponsored by: Canadian American Club

Description: Cape Breton Dance with Gordon Aucoin & Lloyd Carr and Rachel Reeds Admission is 10:00 Tea and Coffee served. Cash Bar.

Dance styles include: Celtic Dance

Note: Cash Bar. Over 21 years of age.

Venue: Cape Breton Dance: 202 Arlington St get a map

Price: $10.00

For more information: (617) 924-9827; (Email): de('canadianamericanclub', 'com', 'yahoo');

Web: www.canadianamericanclub.com

Date for 2017: Saturday, February 4

(This event (festival #1723) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2017)

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