The Dance Gypsy presents

Folk, contra and traditional dance festivals and other events

(between February 24, 2017  and  February 24, 2018)

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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

Friday, February 24, 2017

Ellenville, NY: Stardust Dance Weekend (75 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Friday, February 24, 2017 — Sunday, February 26, 2017

Description: ballroom tango swing

Dance styles include: Ballroom Tango Swing Dance

Venue: Nevele Grand Hotel get a map

Price: $240 (and up)

For more information: (800) 537-2797; (Email): de('stardust', 'net', 'catskill');

Web: www.stardustdance.com

(This event (festival #1180) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2017)

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Gainesville, FL: Dancing with the GODS (annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Friday, February 24, 2017 — Sunday, February 26, 2017

— Sponsored by: Gainesville Oldtime Dance Society

Description: All contra all the time

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Venue: Thelma Boltin Center: 516 NE 2nd Ave. get a map

Price: $85/$50 for students

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

Web: godsdance.org

(This event (festival #714) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2017)

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Pasadena, CA: Fiddling Frog Dance Festival (28 th annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Friday, February 24, 2017 — Sunday, February 26, 2017

— Sponsored by: california dance cooperative

Description: Contra

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Venue: Pasadena Masonic (Dream Hall) get a map

Price: $to be determined

For more information: (626) 303-1136; (Email): de('fiddlingfrog', 'net', 'verizon');

Web: www.caldancecoop.org/cgi/frogdriver.cgi

(This event (festival #343) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2017)

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Cranston, RI: 23rd Annual Cajun & Zydeco Mardi Gras Ball (25 th annual) (unconfirmed)

— Sponsored by: Lagniappe Productions

Description: Non-stop music and dancing at the most vibrant Mardi Gras celebration in New England. Featuring Grammy winning Beau Soleil avec Michael Doucet, Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys. These guys know how to let the good times roll... in a big way! Mardi Gras Ball RI is ”costume optional” event! Costumed Mardi Gras Ball partiers are eligible for prizes in several categories! a $250 Grand Prize goes home with the best overall costume. Prizes are awarded also for best group, couple, individual, traditional and creative categories. *If costumes aren’t your thing, no worries! Celebrants dress in everything from formal wear and masks to tee shirts and jeans and everything in between. TICKETS only $30 in advance. Reserved tables available for larger groups, $325 for a reserved table for 10 (advanced only). Tickets now on sale on website. Cajun-inspired food available, cash bars. ”Laissex les bon temps rouler!”

Dance styles include: Cajun Contra Otherstyle Multiple_style Dance

Note: Please, no outside food or drink. Confetti is prohibited in venue.

Venue: Rhodes On The Pawtuxet get a map

Price: $30 in advance/ 40 at the door

For more information: (401) 783-3926; (Email): de('chukwent', 'net', 'cox');

Web: www.MardiGrasRI.com

Date for 2017: Saturday, February 25

(This event (festival #341) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2017)

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Palm Desert, CA: Palm Desert Greek Festival. (21 st annual) (unconfirmed)

Multi-day event: Saturday, February 25, 2017 — Sunday, February 26, 2017

— Sponsored by: St George G O C

Description: Dance lessons, mouth- watering Greek lamb chops, Gyros, kabobs, heavenly, honey drenched Pastries, Greek Salads, Appetizers, Imported Greek Wine/Beer, Greek coffee, Authentic market place, kids zone & guided church tours. Find us on FB/Twitter #PDGREEKFEST

Dance styles include: Balkan Otherstyle Folk Dance

Note: No Pets

Venue: St George Greek Orthodox Church get a map

Price: $3.00 Admission

For more information: (760) 568-9901; (Email): de('info', 'org', 'pdgreekfest');

Web: www.pdgreekfest.org

(This event (festival #1154) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2017)

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Cape Girardeau, MO: Chance Dance (8 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, March 3, 2017 — Sunday, March 5, 2017

— Sponsored by: Cape Friends of Traditional Music and Dance

Description: Traditional Contra Dance weekend featuring the Mean Lids,turnip the Beet, and the Bruce Zimmerman Band; Two No Cook Brunches and a Potluck Dinner; Money Back Gurarantee if you need to cancel due to inclement weather along your route

Dance styles include: Contra Square Swing Waltz Dance

Note: No Restrictions

Venue: American Legion Hall (Chance Dance) : 2731 Thomas Drive get a map

Price: $50 for advance registration; $60 after advance registration deadline

For more information: (573) 334-4706; (Email): de('johndcoffman55', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: chance-dance.angelfire.com

(This event (festival #1401) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Julian, CA (United States): Julian Contra Dance

— Sponsored by: Enthrall Inc.

Description: Historic sprung dance floor! Julian Town Hall: 2129 Main St Julian CA 92036 Caller: Becky Nankivell Band: Raggle Taggle Theme: April Fools! Traditional style contra dances.

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Note: No restrictions

Venue: Julian Town Hall: 2129 Main Street get a map

Time: 6:00-9:00

Price: $12.00

For more information: (760) 782-9202; (Email): de('info', 'org', 'enthrallinc');

Web: www.enthrallinc.org

Date for 2017: Saturday, April 1

(This event (festival #2116) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Minneapolis, MN: Call of the Loon Weekend (7 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, April 7, 2017 — Sunday, April 9, 2017

— Sponsored by: Tapestry Folkdance Center

Featuring: ~ Carol Ormand ~ David Millstone ~ Latter Day Lizards ~ Northern Air ~ Northern Aire

Description: Enjoy our beautiful hardwood sprung floors in our very own building.

Dance styles include: Contra Waltz Dance

Venue: Tapestry Folk Dance center: 3748 Minnehaha Ave. S., get a map

Price: $see website

For more information: (Email): de('calloftheloon', 'org', 'tapestryfolkdance');

Web: calloftheloon.org

(This event (festival #2102) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hillsdale, NY (United States): Mettabee Farm Contra Dance

— Sponsored by: DanceFlurry Organzation

Featuring: Capital District Mega Band ~ David Kaynor ~ George Wilson ~ John Guay ~ Melanie Axel-Lute ~ Vonnie Estes

Dance styles include: Contra Family Dance

Venue: Mettabee Farm: 551 Harlemville Road get a map

Time: 6pm

For more information: (518) 567-5123; (Email): de('info', 'com', 'mettabeefarm');

Date for 2017: Saturday, April 29

(This event (festival #2113) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Owen Sound, ON: Fiddlefern Spring Fling (20 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, May 5, 2017 — Saturday, May 6, 2017

— Sponsored by: Fiddlefern Country Dancers

Featuring: ~ Audrey Knuth ~ Dance-A-Rama ~ Frank Francalanza ~ Mark Bagdon ~ Mark Hellenberg ~ Sam Bartlett ~ Scatter the Cats ~ Will Mentor

Description: A weekend of dance, music, food and fun to welcome the spring season.

Dance styles include: Contra Square Swing Dance

Venue: St. George’s Church Hall: 1049 4th Avenue East get a map

Price: $see website link

For more information: (519) 376-5001; (Email): de('info', 'ca', 'fiddlefern');

Web: fiddlefern.ca/spring-fling

(This event (festival #2115) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Darlington, MD: Almost Heaven Dance Weekend (30 th annual)

Multi-day event: Thursday, May 18, 2017 — Sunday, May 21, 2017

— Sponsored by: Almost Heaven Dance Weekend LLC, non-profit subordinate of CDSS

Description: Music will be provided on all 4 days by Swallowtail, Barefoot, and the O-Tones (swing, blues). Contras called by George Marshall, Tim Van Egmond, and TBA. Workshops include Salty Dog Rag, Swing, Waltz, Play With Swallowtail, singing, and percussion. Outdoor activities include swimming, canoeing, birding, fire circles, s’mores. Rural environment on the Susquehanna River. Low price includes comfortable lodging, 9 meals, and party snacks. All ages welcome.

Dance styles include: Contra Swing Waltz Otherstyle Dance

Note: Advance registration required. Beginners welcome. If space is available, we will open the Saturday night Flamingo Ball to walk-in dancers. (watch website)

Venue: Camp Ramblewood: 2564 Silver Road get a map

Price: $285 (age 21+), $199 (age 13-20)

For more information: (240) 304-9468; (Email): de('A.H.DanceCamp', 'com', 'gmail');

Web: sites.google.com/site/ahsince1988

(This event (festival #423) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Greenwich, NY (United States): Greenwich Library Contra Dance

— Sponsored by: Greenwich Public Library

Featuring: Fern Bradley ~ George Wilson ~ John Guay ~ Vonnie Estes

Description: traditional contra dance sponsored by the Greenwich Free Library

Dance styles include: Contra Family Dance

Venue: St. Joseph’s Church: 36 Bleeker Street get a map

Time: 7pm

For more information: (518) 692-7157; (Email): de('amiller', 'edu', 'sals');

Date for 2017: Saturday, May 20

(This event (festival #2120) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Ballston Spa, NY: Gottagetgon Festival (annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, May 26, 2017 — Monday, May 29, 2017

Featuring: Set Americain

Description: Concerts, workshops. Sat. night family dance

Dance styles include: Family Multiple_style Dance

Venue: Saratoga County Fairgrounds get a map

For more information: (518) 882-6809; (Email): de('betsyfry', 'com', 'aol');

Web: www.pickingandsinging.org

(This event (festival #422) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Atlanta, GA: Catapult! the National Contra Showcase (4 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, May 26, 2017 — Monday, May 29, 2017

— Sponsored by: Catapult Showcase

Description: A four-day festival focused on showcasing the next generation of undiscovered contra dance weekend musicians and callers. 6 Hot Bands. 6 Cool Callers. 4 Days of Dancing. 24 Hours of Contra. 18 Hours of Workshops. Band and Caller applications being accepted now (see website for details).

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Note: Advanced registration required.

Venue: Clarkston Community Center (Atlanta) : 3701 College Avenue get a map

Price: $Tba

For more information: (404) 307-3444; (Email): de('info', 'com', 'catapultshowcase');

Web: www.catapultshowcase.com

(This event (festival #1734) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Wasilla, AK: Dancing Bears Dance Camp (36 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, May 26, 2017 — Monday, May 29, 2017

— Sponsored by: The Dancing Bears

Featuring: Bob Isaacs ~ Full Nelsons ~ Pete’s Posse ~ Susan Kevra

Description: An annual 3+ day dance camp featuring contra and square dancing as well as a variety of other dance and music workshops. Located at beautiful Kings Lake Camp near Anchorage, Alaska.

Dance styles include: Contra Square Otherstyle Dance

Note: Advanced registration is required. See our website (thedancingbears.org) for details.

Venue: King’s Lake Camp get a map

Price: $275 before May 1; $295 after May 1

For more information: (907) 223-2327; (Email): de('barbara', 'com', 'alaskabike');

Web: thedancingbears.org

(This event (festival #1834) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Coeur d'Alene, ID: Lady Of the Lake Music and Dance Week (32 nd annual)

Multi-day event: Sunday, June 18, 2017 — Saturday, June 24, 2017

— Sponsored by: Lady of the Lake

Description: Contras, English Country Dance, Couple Dancing & Squares, singing, music workshops, and more. Fantastic staff! the Rhythm Raptors and the Canote Brothers with Seth Tepfer and Susan Michaels calling contras & a squares. Corkscrew with Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak and Mark Douglass with Kalia Kliban for English Country Dancing and contra dancing. Camp N-Sid-Sen has cabins nestled in the trees on the shore of Lake Coeur D’Alene and a wonderful beach for swimming and boating. Dancing all day & every evening, calling workshop with Seth Tepfer. Numerous small group music workshops & jamming opportunities! and then take a swim ….

Dance styles include: Contra English Square Waltz Dance

Note: Advanced registration required. Registration opens Jan 2017 on a first come, first serve basis. on-line registration is now open.

Venue: Camp N-Sid-Sen get a map

Price: $635 adults / $545 Teens

For more information: (406) 581-8178; (Email): de('danceweek', 'org', 'ladyofthelake');

Web: www.ladyofthelake.org

(This event (festival #454) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, August 11, 2017

San Francisco, CA: Balance the Bay (10 th annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, August 11, 2017 — Sunday, August 13, 2017

— Sponsored by: Bay Area Country Dance Society

Featuring: ~ Adam Broome ~ Andrew Vannorstrand ~ Great Bear ~ Jaige Trudel ~ Kim Yerton ~ Maivish ~ Matthew Olwell ~ Noah Vannorstrand

Description: Urban contra weekend in San Francisco featuring Great Bear (6) & Maivish, with callers Sara VanNorstrand and Luke Donforth. Cool weather, hot dancing!

Dance styles include: Contra Dance

Note: Advanced registration required: Registration opens March 15, 2017

Venue: Janet Pomeroy Center: 207 Skyline Boulevard get a map

Price: $See web site

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

Web: www.bacds.org/btb

(This event (festival #2117) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Decatur, GA: Atlanta Dance Weekend (41 st annual)

Multi-day event: Friday, November 10, 2017 — Sunday, November 12, 2017

— Sponsored by: Chattahoochee Country Dancers

Description: Atlanta’s 41st annual contra dance weekend will feature Crowfoot, Latter Day Lizards and Will Mentor, plus much, much more (to be updated as plans evolve). Registration will open summer 2017.

Dance styles include: Contra Waltz Dance

Note: Please wear only clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. We cannot allow hard-soled shoes, spiky heels or boots. Children who are supervised are welcome in the dance hall.

Venue: Decatur Recreation Center (Atlanta) : 231 Sycamore Street get a map

Price: $To Be Announced

For more information: (Email): de('deelite2', 'com', 'hotmail');

Web: www.contradance.org/html/weekend/index.php

(This event (festival #2111) is believed accurate by the Dance Gypsy)

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Brattleboro, VT: Immaginary (unconfirmed)

Venue: American Legion Post #5: 32 Linden Street get a map

For more information:

Date for 2018: Monday, January 1

(This event (festival #2079) unconfirmed by the Dance Gypsy for 2018)

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