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.
I hope to see you on the dance floor!
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:
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.
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:
Saturday, September 27, 1:15-3:15: Family Dance with Carolina Catbirds, Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Raleigh, NC
Sunday, October 13: Music and Dance program for international students at UNC Chapel Hill
Friday, November 1: Private Contra Dance in Apex, NC
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)
Come on out - it will be great to see friends on the dance floor!
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 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.
Guilford Grange in Greensboro, NC
Band: Tickle, Scratch, and Groove (yay!)
Callers: Jesse Edgerton and Connie Carringer
Bands: Rob Z and The Trustees, Euphor
Callers: Connie Carringer and Jesse Edgerton
...or springing into dance, as the case may be. April will be another busy month for calling and traveling!
Saturday, April 6th
Band: Contra Culture
Friday, April 12th
Halle Center for Culture Arts
Band: Shay Garriock, Pan Riggs, Brett Riggs, Jake Riggs
Thursday, April 18th
Apple Barn, Valle Crucis, NC
Friday, April 19th
Saturday, April 20th
Band: Rip the Calico
2013 has proved to be a busy year already! Already in March I called the NC Squares Dance in Carrboro and the First Saturday Contra dance With Footloose in Carrboro. We had amazing turn outs for both dances and I had a blast calling! Here is what I'm looking forward to for the rest of March:
Tuesday, March 5
Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Thursday, March 7
Guilford College Rowdy Contra Dance
Guildford College, Greensboro, NC
Friday, March 8
Saturday, March 23
Historic Apex, NC
Welcome to 2013! I'm currently on tour in the mid-Atlantic. I called for the lovely folks of Baltimore on Wednesday, January 9. Now am I visiting friends in DC. Here is what I have coming up:
January 11: Glen Echo Contra Dance (near DC)
January 12: Richmond, VA Contra Dance
January 18: Carrboro, NC Contra Dance
January 25: Boone, NC Square Dance
February 9: Apex, NC Family Dance
February 15: Charleston, SC Contra Dance
I hope to see old friends and new friends alike at these dances!
I'm looking forward to calling down in South Carolina for the first time!
Friday, December 7th
Lance Hall behind Circular Church, 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Band: Good Foot