Dancing at the Footmad Weekend in Mentone, August 2005
Our goal is to promote traditional dancing to live music. At our dances we primarily do contra dances, square dances and waltzes. Footmad members organize and run the dances and a steering committee meets on dates published in the monthly newsletter. We welcome attendance at the steering committee meetings of all interested dancers. There is a place for everyone.
FOOTMAD sponsors dances on the second Saturday of each month, with some additional dances and parties during the year and two highly acclaimed weekends of dancing - a weekend of contra and square dancing at Camp Riverview near Mentone, Alabama and a southern square dance weekend at Mt. Cheaha State Park. We have a low admission fee with discounts for members, students and children.
At our Saturday night dances a warm-up session starts at 7:00 and dancing begins at 7:30. Warm-up sessions give new and experienced dancers a chance to meet and go over the basic dance moves and techniques before the dance begins.
Once the evening begins a caller explains every new dance. He or she walks the dancers through each one to teach the sequence of moves before the music begins and continues to call the moves throughout the dance.
Don’t worry about bringing a dance partner. You will find a lot of friendly dancers, but don’t wait for one to ask you to dance. Feel free to ask someone you haven’t met yet. At FOOTMAD men ask women to dance, women ask men to dance, women ask women to dance and men ask men to dance. The only rule is to have fun!
Children are welcome at dances. They can join the dancing or just enjoy the music. There is a space at the end of the hall reserved for children to play in.
Dances end around 10:30. We can always use help cleaning up and taking down the sound equipment.
Consider becoming a member of FOOTMAD. With your membership each dancer in your family saves on dance admission. Members also receive our monthly newsletter and get news of upcoming dances in Birmingham as well as those in surrounding communities. In addition members receive a FOOTMAD phone directory. Most of all, your membership fees help keep us dancing.
All dances are held at the YWCA, 2300 3rd Avenue North. You will find parking in the lot beside the YW on 3rd Ave. North as well as on the street.
Live music, good dancing and nice company are what you will find at Birmingham Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance. We hope you will dance with us often and consider becoming a FOOTMAD member.