Brooklyn Contra, like most contra dance
organizations in the US today, enjoys the benefits of membership, as an affiliate of CDSS.
Sassafras Stomp, from Maine by way of Montana, features fiddler Johanna Davis and guitarist Adam Nordell playing folk music with a dynamic contra dance
Goldman recently danced his way around the United States, finding contra dances
to attend in at least a dozen cities as he traveled.
and dinner, with home-cooked food, live music, chili dinner served from 6-7 p.
She knew I played the fiddle (with the Aman Folk Ensemble and the Turtle Creek Contra Dance
Band) and asked if I knew Lewis and Clark had a fiddle player.
Eugene Folklore Society - Contra dance
with music by Atlantic Crossing; caller Woody Lane, 7 p.
at the Grey Eagle, Asheville, North Carolina
Her English country dance band, Midnight Smorgasbord, has since branched into contra dances
under the name "contraption," and the ever-versatile Erin has learned to rock out on tuba and to impersonate a fiddler on trumpet.
In 2008, contra dances
, local musicians, movies and networking sessions were held in the evening hours.
The popularity of dances done by individuals in a group setting or line configuration has persisted over the centuries--from early American country and English contra dances
to the Stroll of the '50s, the Bunny Hop and Alley Cat of the '60s and '70s, and the Macarena and Cha Cha Slide of the '90s--and are still being done by adults and kids at today's parties and school dances.
They included quadrilles (squares), contra dances
(using many of the same figures as square dance, but danced by couples in two facing lines -- for example, the Virginia reel), and round dances like the varsovienne, the waltz, and the polka.
The Onlies have developed a strong fan base on the West Coast, performing concerts, square and contra dances
and pub gigs from Port Townsend, Wash.