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Big Life Changes

posted Dec 22, 2014, 9:20 AM by Connie Carringer

Hello friends! You may have noticed that I haven't been posting much about dance gigs, weddings, or other events recently and that has been for good reasons. 

First, my partner Justin and I bought, renovated and moved into a house in lovely downtown Apex. We've been settled in for about a month and love our new place. Secondly, we are expecting our first baby any day now! The official "guess date" (as our doula calls it) is January 2nd, 2015, but I'm over 38 weeks along, so out little gal could arrive any time. 

I called my last dance of the year back in November and will be taking a break to give myself time to get settled into motherhood. I'm hoping to jump back into calling local gigs and officiating weddings later in the spring and summer. I'm excited about this new adventure and so appreciate all the support I get from my friends and community.

Wishing you a very safe, restful, and joyful holiday season.

Off to Pinewoods!

posted Aug 21, 2014, 6:03 AM by Connie Carringer

After months of anticipation, I'm finally on the journey to Pinewoods for a week of teaching, learning, dancing, music, and community! I'm so grateful to be traveling with dear friends and, hopefully, making some new, wonderful friends once we arrive. I learned this week that this will be the final session of English and American Week at the camp after a long, long history of wonderful, end-of-summer joy, so we are going to make it a good one! I'll be out of reach of any cell phones or internet for a whole week. I'm looking forward to a full week of joyous, technology-free revelry!

I'll be back in September for some Family Dances at the Halle Center! We've got a great thing happening every month in that lovely, historic dance hall. I hope to see you there on September 26th!

Hot Time Dancing in the Summer

posted Jun 26, 2014, 6:14 PM by Connie Carringer   [ updated Jun 26, 2014, 6:14 PM ]

It has been a joyful beginning to the summer with lots of weddings and family oriented dances. June, July and August are going to be busy dance calling months! Here is what is happening next:

June 28th: Roanoke, VA Contra Dance with David Digiuseppe and Pete Campbell
July 11th: Carrboro, NC Contra Dance, Triangle Country Dancers
August 23-30: Teaching Southern Contras at Pinewoods CDSS camp - English and American Week

Hope to see you on the dance floor!

Woah! Is it Spring?!

posted Apr 4, 2014, 12:13 PM by Connie Carringer

Well, I can't believe it is April. As interminable as the winter was, spring has really snuck up on me. I took a little break from dance calling in February and March so that I could welcome two gorgeous baby boys into the world; my nephew Jonas and my best friend's little Max. It was a huge honor to witness Max's entrance into the world and then get to spend some quality time with my sister and her growing family. Now that it is April, I'm really glad to be getting back on the dance calling train. 

Coming up:
Friday, April 11th: Apex Family Dance, Apex, NC
Friday, April 18th: Charleston, SC Contra Dance
Saturday, April 19th: Columbia, SC Contra Dance

I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Dancing Through the Holidays

posted Nov 24, 2013, 1:53 PM by Connie Carringer   [ updated Nov 24, 2013, 1:58 PM ]

It has been a wonderful fall for dancing and calling. The most exciting announcement for me is that I have been invited to be the scholarship staff person for English and American Week at Pinewoods next August. I will get to teach contras in the morning and call along with some incredible callers and musicians each evening. I know I will learn so much. 

In other news, here are the dances I'll be calling the next couple months: 

December 6th - NC Squares, Carrboro 

November Apex Family Dance 2013

Lastly, the Apex Family Dance has been going so well. I have more fun each month. 
I'm looking forward to calling a dance every month in 2014. Check out this video of our last dance at the Halle Center on Friday, November 22, 2013. You can download a flyer for the first half of 2014 on the Apex Family Dance page on this website. No matter your age, dance level, or ability - you are welcome at the Apex Family Dance. Next dance is January 24th. 

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival and More

posted Sep 23, 2013, 10:25 AM by Connie Carringer

After a very busy July and August, I've been enjoying some needed time off from dance related traveling these last few weeks and even went on a vacation! I have some really fun gigs coming up:

Friday, September 26, 7:30-9PM: Square Dance with the Five Point Rounders, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, September 27, 1:15-3:15: Family Dance with Carolina Catbirds, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Raleigh, NC
Thursday, October 10, 7-9PM: Apex Family Dance Series, Halle Center for Cultural Arts, Apex, NC
Sunday, October 13: Music and Dance program for international students at UNC Chapel Hill
Friday, November 1: Private Contra Dance in Apex, NC

Staying busy in July

posted Jun 25, 2013, 7:42 AM by Connie Carringer   [ updated Jun 25, 2013, 7:43 AM ]

I'm thrilled to be doing a total of 7 dances in the month of July. Here is the plan:

Saturday, July 6: Greensboro Contra (Grange)
Friday, July 12: Apex Contra (Sovereign Grace Church, 411 Upchurch Street, Apex, NC - Lesson at 7PM, Dance 7:30-10:30)
Saturday, July 13: Boone Contra (Apple Barn)
Friday, July 19: Apex Family Dance (Halle Center)
Saturday, July 20: Realty Center Family Dance (Durham, NC)
Friday, July 26: CommUnity Dance (Todd, NC)
Saturday, July 27 (National Dance Day): Roanoke, VA

Come on out - it will be great to see friends on the dance floor!

Basking in the glow of Contrathon...

posted May 29, 2013, 2:46 PM by Connie Carringer

It was an amazing weekend in Jonesborough, TN. Contrathon was just about the most fun I've had calling since I first started 4 years ago. It was an honor to work with Jesse Edgerton, Euphor, and Rob Z and the Trustees. The pavilion at Serenity Knoll is a beautiful venue and we could not have asked for a more perfect day. I got to camp in my tent and see some great friends who now live far away. It was simply a wonderful, wonderful weekend that I will not soon forget. 

In other news, I'm really excited to kick off the Apex Family Dance Series next week on Thursday, June 6th with David DiGiuseppe and Pete Campbell providing the music. I've created a webpage and facebook group to help keep you all informed on what is going on with this series. It will be a monthly dance through November! 

I'm also looking forward to calling in Carrboro on June 21st, Greensboro on July 6th, and a new Contra Dance in Apex on July 12th. I'll be doing 7 dances in the Month of July - more information to come!

May Gigs

posted May 12, 2013, 10:51 AM by Connie Carringer   [ updated May 12, 2013, 10:54 AM ]

May is going to be a great month for dance calling. I'll be working with some of my favorite musicians, co-calling with one of my favorite callers, and visiting two of my favorite dance communities. 

May 18th
Guilford Grange in Greensboro, NC
Band: Tickle, Scratch, and Groove (yay!)
May 25
Jonesborough, TN
Band: Euphor
Callers: Jesse Edgerton and Connie Carringer

May 26
Bands: Rob Z and The Trustees, Euphor 
Callers: Connie Carringer and Jesse Edgerton

Dancing into Spring!

posted Apr 4, 2013, 1:22 PM by Connie Carringer

...or springing into dance, as the case may be. April will be another busy month for calling and traveling!

Saturday, April 6th
Guilford Grange
7:30-10:30PM Dance
Band: Contra Culture

Friday, April 12th
Halle Center for Culture Arts
7-9PM Dance
Band: Shay Garriock, Pan Riggs, Brett Riggs, Jake Riggs

Thursday, April 18th
JAM Dance 
Apple Barn, Valle Crucis, NC

Friday, April 19th
CommUnity Dance
Todd, NC
8-11PM Dance
Band: TBA

Saturday, April 20th
8-11PM Dance
Band: Rip the Calico

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