The Dance Gypsy presents

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

(between July 28, 2015  and  July 28, 2016)

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Plymouth, MA: CDSS Harmony Of Song & Dance at Pinewoods (5 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, July 25, 2015 — Saturday, August 1, 2015

— Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Description: a week for singers who love to dance and dancers who love to sing.

Dance styles include: Contra English Square Dance

Venue: Pinewoods Camp: 80 Cornish Field Rd get a map

Price: $875

For more information: (413) 203-5467; (Email): de('camp', 'org', 'cdss');

Web: www.cdss.org/fm

(This event (festival #638) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Plymouth, MA: CDSS English Dance Week at Pinewoods (82 nd annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, August 1, 2015 — Saturday, August 8, 2015

— Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Description: Provides the opportunity to study and enjoy the variety of English dance and music traditions including country, morris, sword, clog, etc.

Dance styles include: English Dance

Note: Age 15 and up

Venue: Pinewoods Camp: 80 Cornish Field Rd get a map

Price: $875

For more information: (413) 203-5467; (Email): de('camp', 'org', 'cdss');

Web: www.cdss.org/camp

(This event (festival #509) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Plymouth, MA: English Dance Musicians Course (3 rd annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, August 1, 2015 — Saturday, August 8, 2015

Description: A course in playing for English country dancing for musicians of at least intermediate level.

Dance styles include: English Dance

Note: Age 15 and up

Venue: Pinewoods Camp: 80 Cornish Field Rd get a map

Price: $895

For more information: (413) 268-7426; (Email): de('camp', 'org', 'cdss');

Web: www.cdss.org/camp

(This event (festival #1249) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Nahant, MA: Victorian Day Weekend (24 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, August 8, 2015 — Sunday, August 9, 2015

— Sponsored by: Nahant Historical Society, Vintage Victorian & the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers

Description: Saturday night “An Evening in Vienna”: Victorian Era music, dance and refreshments celebrating Nahant’s past. Live Music by Spare Parts. Formal or semi-formal dress is requested. Period dress of the 19th century is encouraged. Sunday Concert: Waltzing Through Time with Spare Parts, with Formal Tea followed by informal dancing.

Dance styles include: Vintage Dance

Note: Children are welcome if supervised, soft-soled shoes recommended. Workshop 3-5pm.

Venue: Town Hall: 334 Nahant Rd. get a map

Price: $Entire Weekend, General $40/20 student, Ball Only, General $30/15 student, Concert Only, General $15

For more information: (781) 499-2589; (Email): de('Katy', 'com', 'VintageVictorian');

Web: www.vintagevictorian.com/nahant.html

(This event (festival #611) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Plymouth, MA: CDSS English & American Dance Week at Pinewoods (82 nd annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, August 8, 2015 — Saturday, August 15, 2015

— Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Description: Rich variety of styles and traditions of dance and music

Dance styles include: Contra English Square Dance

Note: Age 15 and up

Venue: Pinewoods Camp: 80 Cornish Field Rd get a map

Price: $875

For more information: (413) 203-5467; (Email): de('camp', 'org', 'cdss');

Web: www.cdss.org/camp

(This event (festival #529) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Plymouth, MA: CDSS Campers Week at Pinewoods (36 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, August 15, 2015 — Saturday, August 22, 2015

— Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Description: Many of the activities are planned and led by campers, who enthusiastically initiate others in areas of their interest and expertise. Almost every day some new classes appear.

Dance styles include: Contra English Family Square Dance

Venue: Pinewoods Camp: 80 Cornish Field Rd get a map

Price: $775 (less for children)

For more information: (413) 203-5467; (Email): de('camp', 'org', 'cdss');

Web: www.cdss.org/camp

(This event (festival #497) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Plymouth, MA: CDSS American Dance & Music Week at Pinewoods (40 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, August 22, 2015 — Saturday, August 29, 2015

— Sponsored by: Country Dance and Song Society

Description: A variety of social dance classes: Contras, Squares, Tango, Swing, Kerry Sets, as well as old-time and contra music classes

Dance styles include: Contra Square Dance

Note: Age 15 and up

Venue: Pinewoods Camp: 80 Cornish Field Rd get a map

Price: $875

For more information: (413) 203-5467; (Email): de('camp', 'org', 'cdss');

Web: www.cdss.org/camp

(This event (festival #517) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Plymouth, MA: Pinewoods Scottish Session II (62 nd annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, September 5, 2015 — Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Description: Dancing, music playing workshops, parties, swimming.

Dance styles include: Scottish Dance

Venue: Pinewoods Camp: 80 Cornish Field Rd get a map

Price: $265

For more information: (781) 593-5949; (Email): de('scdpinewoods2009', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: www.rscdsboston.org

(This event (festival #128) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Plymouth, MA: Labor Day Weekend at Pinewoods (73 rd annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, September 5, 2015 — Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Description: English and American dancing in the evening, daytime activities are camper-led.

Dance styles include: Contra English Dance

Note: Application deadline is July 15

Venue: Pinewoods Camp: 80 Cornish Field Rd get a map

Price: $170

For more information: (781) 334-6784; (Email): de('laborday', 'org', 'cds-boston');

Web: www.cds-boston.org

(This event (festival #180) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Belmont, MA: Facone Benefit Bash (26 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Dance styles include: Balkan International Folk Dance

Venue: Payson Park Church: 365 Belmont Street get a map

Price: $20

For more information: (781) 662-7475; (Email): de('fac', 'org', 'facone');

Web: www.facone.org

Date for 2015: Friday, September 11

(This event (festival #214) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

South Amherst, MA: An Advanced English Country Dance

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

Description: An Advanced Dance led by Laura Mé Smith. Knowledge of dance figures, concepts and basic repertoire is expected.

Dance styles include: English Dance

Note: Clean, soft-soled shoes please!

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

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm

Price: $15

For more information:

Web: www.amherstECD.org

Date for 2015: Sunday, September 20

(This event (festival #2002) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Becket, MA: The Northeast Squeeze-in (26 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Friday, September 25, 2015 — Sunday, September 27, 2015

— Sponsored by: The Northeast Squeeze-In

Description: Major accordion and concertina event with participant-lead workshops, concert, dance, lots of networking, jamming, stuff on display/sales/etc. Accommodations range from heated lodge rooms (with shared bath) to unheated cabins (with central bath building) to camping (also with access to bath building). Saturday night Contra Dance is part of the overall event with a pickup band of participants; it is not open to the public. NESI Registration opens on May 15. Discount period ends June 30. Check website for registration information, prices, etc. on or after May 15.

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Note: Send general questions to the contact email address. Send registration questions to register@squeeze-in.org

Venue: Camp Chimney Corners get a map

For more information: (Email): de('contact', 'org', 'squeeze-in');

Web: www.squeeze-in.org

(This event (festival #539) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Concord, MA: Fall Favorites (23 rd annual)

Description: English Country Dance -- Vote for 5 of your favorite dances.

Dance styles include: English Dance

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

Time: 8 - 11:00

Price: $14/12 advance; $17/15 at door; $8 under 25

For more information: (781) 591-2372; (Email): de('edc', 'org', 'cds-boston');

Web: www.cds-boston.org

Date for 2015: Saturday, September 26

(This event (festival #251) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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New Bedford (Waterfront), MA: Working Waterfront Festival (12 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, September 26, 2015 — Sunday, September 27, 2015

Description: Working Waterfront Festival, New Bedford, MA (September 27-28, 2014). an award winning, family friendly event celebrating the history and culture of New England’s commercial fishing industry featuring live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, vessel and harbor tours, fisherman’s contests, author readings, film screenings, local seafood, festival bookstore, maritime artisans marketplace & more. the FREE festival presents all that goes into bringing seafood from the ocean to the table in a way that is hands-on, educational and fun. This year, we put the spotlight on the historic and contemporary role of fishing families, both on shore and at sea. Programming will highlight the skills, knowledge, and traditions which are passed from one generation to the next. We will explore what it means to grow up in a fishing family; consider the important support role family members play; and pay tribute to the many family businesses which are part of the industry.

Dance styles include: Contra International Swing Otherstyle Folk Dance

Venue: Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 3: MacArthur Boulevard get a map

Price: $Free

For more information: (508) 993-8894; (Email): de('info', 'org', 'workingwaterfrontfestival');

Web: www.workingwaterfrontfestival.org

(This event (festival #1393) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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Sunday, October 11, 2015

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

Dance styles include: Cajun Dance

Venue: Camp Keewanee: Glenbrook Drive get a map

Price: $20

Date for 2015: Sunday, October 11

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Becket, MA: LCFD Autumn Dance Camp (26 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Friday, October 16, 2015 — Sunday, October 18, 2015

— 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 reigstration discount. Work exchange, and scholarship assistance available. Contras Called by Nils Fredland; Band is the Elixir; English Country Dance led by Tom Amessé.

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: $240

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 2015)

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Greenfield, MA: Fall Frolic (20 th 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 2015: Sunday, November 8

(This event (festival #1399) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2015)

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

— 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), Doug Creighton (flute, melodeon) and Joyce Crouch (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

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm

Price: $15

For more information:

Web: www.amherstECD.org

Date for 2015: Sunday, November 8

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

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 2015: Thursday, November 26

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Watertown, MA: Thanksgiving Dance (37 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 2015: Thursday, November 26

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Brookline, MA: Boston Israeli Dancing Marathon (36 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Thursday, December 24, 2015 — Friday, December 25, 2015

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

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Melrose, MA: Annual Christmas Concert and Dance (32 nd 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, and Harp!

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 2015: Friday, December 25

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

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

Multi-day event: Thursday, December 31, 2015 — Friday, January 1, 2016

— 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

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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 2015: Thursday, December 31

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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 2015: Thursday, December 31

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Friday, January 1, 2016

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 2016: Friday, January 1

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

South Amherst, MA: An Afternoon Playford Party (31 st 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 2016: Sunday, January 3

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Greenfield, MA: Martin Luther King Weekend Dance (18 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 2016: Sunday, January 17

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

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 2016: Saturday, February 6

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Framingham, MA (United States): Boston Playford Ball (36 th annual) (unconfirmed)

— Sponsored by: Country Dance Society Boston Centre

Dance styles include: English Dance

Venue: Nevins Hall, Memorial Building: 150 Concord St get a map

Price: $45/50 before Feb 10, $55/50 after, $30 under 25 & limited income

For more information: (617) 524-8869; (Email): de('edc', 'org', 'cds-boston');

Web: www.cds-boston.org

Date for 2016: Saturday, March 5

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Concord, MA: Balkan Music Night (31 st annual) (unconfirmed)

— Sponsored by: Folk Arts Center of New England

Description: The biggest Balkan event in the area. High-energy combination of concert & marathon dance party featuring folk songs, instrumental music, participatory dance traditions from Bosnia. Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, and Turkey. After the concert, the party offers the audience a chance to learn simple, no-partner dances, refreshments, sing-alongs, and dance demonstrations. Concurrently, the Kefana offers acoustic music in an intimate space perfect for a more mellow listening experience.

Dance styles include: Balkan International Folk Dance

Venue: Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord: 51 Walden St. get a map

Price: $30 concert&dance; $20 dance party only

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

Web: www.balkanmusicnight.com

Date for 2016: Saturday, March 19

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