Intergenerational, beginner-friendly, welcoming contra dance. No partner needed! New dancers are welcome!
Cost: $8 ($4 for age 12-25). All money goes to pay musicians and callers.
Please bring your own refillable water bottle, and dress in lightweight, loose clothing. 'Potluck' snack table, free childcare, and warm, welcoming dancers. Children who are able to join in the dancing are welcome.
Contra dances are from 8:00 to 10:30. If you're new to contra, come at 7:30 for a brief introductory session. All dances are walked-through and cued by the caller. No experience needed, you will be warmly welcomed into our dance community.
*Summer Saturday Dances through August!*
During fall, winter and spring we dance (mostly) on the second Friday evening of each month. In summer months we dance one Saturday evening of each month; the annual summer potluck is held before the July dance.
Saturday, June 18 -- "Cracking Chestnuts" is the theme -- local callers have selected the most popular contra dances from the earliest days of American dancing. Fine music provided by Three Rivers String Band.
Saturday, July 23 Summer Potluck & Contra Dance -- Kathy Anderson calls with Donkey Nation / Potluck at 6:30 / dancing from 7:30 to 10:30 / beverages and table service provided
Saturday, August 20 -- Zeke's Fancy with caller Kate Power
All Soles Contra Dances are sponsored by First Unitarian Universalist Church, and attract from between 40 to 90 dancers of varying experience and skill levels -- new dancers are ALWAYS welcomed. Contra dance is a highly social and connecting form of early American folk dance in which partners change frequently, no special dress is required (but wear lightweight clothing since things will heat up!). Please wear clean, non-marking shoes to protect the wooden dance floor. Almost all ages can learn. It is said about a contra dance that by the end of the evening, you will have danced with everyone in the room!
No partner is required, and all dances will be taught -- no special dance skill or background needed.
If you'd like to know more about contra dance, follow this wonderful link: http://www.thecommonspace.org/2002/06/games.php
NPR did a GREAT story: "Youth Flock to Contra Dancing"
Central Ohio Contra Dance calendar: don't miss any local contra dance events!
Great video of festival contra dancing produced by Doug Plummer
For more information on contra dancing, and a nice tribute to the First UU leadership for supporting the creation of All Soles in 2002, visit the website of First UU's own Kate Power at http://www.powerkate.com
Questions: call or email Kate Power -- 614-430-9027Â
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Photographs by Heather Morris (Morristowne Photography, Athens)