*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts.
**As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future.
Midwest Camp Task Group Survey
The Country Dance and Song Society, working with the Midwest Camp Task Group has created a survey to gather information regarding preferences related to programming of a week-long event, and to determine if there is an appetite as well as community support for another camp in an environment where there are already many competing events. The information gathered in this survey will be used in developing a business model and plan to bring this camp to fruition if the results indicate widespread interest and support for such a camp. A summary of the data and findings will be shared on the CDSS website.
Southern Dance Collection
Connie Carringer and Valerie Helbert are creating a collection of contra dances and short essays on Southern Contra Dance to celebrate and explore the unique and vibrant dance communities that have developed throughout the South. Their goal is to create an online resource for callers and authors to share dances, notes and musings.
Well-known New Hampshire fiddler Harold Luce passed away on August 13, 2014. The Valley News has an obituary, as does the Rutland Heraldand Adam Boyce has a remembrance.
Try Contra and Dance Web Site Checklist
Jeff Kaufman has put together a web site/app Trycontra.com which, with a user entering a zip code, will provide links to nearby contra dances. In addition, based on the work he did in creating that web site, he developed a dance web site checklist with plenty of good advice as to what information to include. That same advice can be very helpful when sending out press releases, announcements, e-mails and Facebook postings.
Dancing Well: The Soldier Project
Dancing Well: The Soldier Project is a two-year program to provide restorative community dance experiences to soldiers and veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). Through a dance experience uniquely tailored to the needs of afflicted soldiers, veterans, and their families, these individuals will be able to benefit from the powerful healing, bonding, and socialization offered by traditional music and dance.
Contra Dance and "Buying Local"
If you want to follow the movement of Buying Local, think about contra dance and that "Local" may refer not just to geography:
Volunteers and Dancers Needed
No, not for the web site. But just as dances don't exist without dancers on the floor, they also won't exist if not enough dancers volunteer to help make the dances happen. The following dance series have publicized the need for volunteers and more dancers. If you want dancing to exist in your area, think about spending some time helping out along with spending time on the dance floor or coming to your local dance on a more regular basis. Typical volunteer duties include opening and/or closing the building on dance nights, taking money, bringing snacks or beverages, managing the snack counter, helping with promotion, and other jobs.
Why We Contra Dance
The Chattahoochee Country Dancers have produced a video called Why We Contra Dance which might explain to your non-contra dancing friends and family (and maybe even to fellow contra dancers) why we enjoy this activity so much.
If you are looking for contra dance information and cannot find it here, please e-mail me or check one of the other sites listed below as no one person keeps up with everything that is happening on the contradance scene.
Other Omnibus Sites
Bands and callers are listed twice, once in the region in which they are based, the other in the "All Bands and Callers" page. Organizations are listed once, just in the region in which they are based (although if they have an activity in another region, they will be listed there also). The United States is divided into several different regions. The dance at Rehoboth, Massachusetts is the one I attend most often.