Monday, June 29, 2015

Do you want to dance this summer?

Hi dancers!

The ContraCola group is considering having summer dances at our new location because it offers a nice, air-conditioned dance facility.

Here are some features for these dances:
  • In order to save money, we will use recorded music (at least during 2015).
  • There will not be a door person collecting money — we will use an honor system to collect donations to cover expenses.
  • Dances will be on a donation basis, with a $5 minimum donation suggested. The money will be used to pay for the dance hall and to offset the losses the group experienced over the last few months.
  • Prior to each dance, we will have a Caller's Workshop (please see details below)
  • Caller: we will have a caller or callers in an open-mic format. 

Optional Caller's Workshop

In an effort to improve the availability of local callers, we will offer a caller's workshop led by Kenny Greer and Victor Gascón. This will be a donation-based workshop to cover some of Kenny's travel expenses.

July Workshop: Basics of Calling

6 - 8 PM: This workshop will cover the essentials of calling Contra dances: structure of dance music, teaching dance moves, easy and complex dances, basic of working with a band, and time for actual practice. Any caller will then have the opportunity to call at least one dance during the event.

August Workshop: Intermediate Skills

6 - 8 PM: Among the things we will cover are planning an event (what dances to choose, in what order, etc.), making adjustments (working with different crowd experience levels and different bands), and practice time. Callers can then participate in an open-mic format during the dance.


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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Next Contradance - Saturday, June 20, 2015

June 20 - Cabin Fever and Gretchen Caldwell

Regular Monthly Dance
New Dancer's Workshop with our caller, Gretchen Caldwell, from 7:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Learn Contra dance basics for a more enjoyable experience.
Time 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Emerald Ballbroom
1333 Omarest Drive
Columbia, SC 29210
General Admission $8*
Student Admission $5 (with student ID)
Please bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. Thanks!

*Prepaid admissions may be purchased for future dances at the discounted rate of $7. Prepaid admissions can be given as gifts and are good for up to a year after purchase.

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