Contra Dance / Contradance
Essays

Collections of Essays
Contra Dance, Beyond the Basics | Organizing Dances
Dance People | Bob McQuillen | Dance History
Composing Dances & Choreography | Calling and Surviving the Evening
Caller Workshop Notes | Calling - Other Topics
Learning and Playing the Music | Composing the Music
Musical Experiences | Music Reviews | A Mix of Musical Matters
Tales of the Dance | The Dance Experience
Close Relatives (Irish Set, English, Scottish, Squares, Ceili, etc.) | Miscellany
Humor

With the number of essays approaching the 300 mark, I thought it best to establish a new page and make an attempt to put them in categories.

Collections of essays

Contra Dance, Beyond the Basics

Organizing Dances

Dance People

Bob McQuillen

Contra dance musician and tune composer Bob McQuillen passed away on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. There is a Facebook group, Remembering Mac for those who wish to contribute or read stories about him.

On Saturday, May 3, 2014 there was be a variety of events honoring Mac. The "service" will be at ConVal High School in Peterborough, NH at 2pm, followed by a reception at the Monadnock Country Club on High St in Peterborough from 4pm-8pm, followed by the Contra Dance at the Peterborough Town Hall at 7pm dedicated to Mac. At the reception and dance there were lots of opportunities for playing and dancing and sharing of stories.

On Saturday, August 1, the Bob McQuillen Festival of Music and Dance was held to raise money for a scholarship fund in honor of “Mr. Mac,” as he was known by his students at ConVal.

Other stories of note:

Videos:

Dance History

Composing Dances & Choreography

  • Canadian caller Martha Edwards writes her work on proofing a particular dance in More on the Double Grand Square. New entry (February 24, 2017)

    Calling and Surviving the Evening

    Caller Workshop Notes

    Calling - Other Topics

    Learning and Playing the Music

    Composing the Music

    Musical Experiences

    Music Reviews

    A Mix of Musical Matters

    Tales of the Dance

  • A Pomona/Claremont College student writes about Contradance: Outside the Claremont Bubble on going to dances outside of the college campus. New entry (February 24, 2017)
  • Caller Stephanie Marie has a story called She Found about what a young woman found when she ventured outside of her closet. New entry (February 24, 2017)
  • A first-time dancer at the Fiddle and Bow dance series sends a note about how well people treated her at the dance. New entry (February 25, 2017)
  • Seth Tepfer posted in 2015 about his work in choreographing the contra dances that appeared in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. New entry (March 30, 2017)
  • Lorrie Wilkes writes that Contra Dancing Has Come to Armenia in this 2015 blog entry. New entry (August 5, 2017)
  • Rochester, New York caller and music Chuck Abell describes his time at the American Music and Dance Week at Pinewoods in 2014. New entry (August 12, 2017)
  • Susan Cerulean writes about shore birds and contra dancers after a visit to the Florida Snow Ball in 2015 in Yearning to Join the Dance. New entry (October 12, 2017)
  • Sarah Gowan wrote this preface to the Tuneadelphia tune book concerning the music and dancing at the Glenside dance series back in 2008. New entry (October 15, 2017)
  • Thomas S. Hodgson produced this photo essay of an evening of dancing in Woods Hole, Massachusetts in the summer of 2014. New entry (October 27, 2017)

    The Dance Experience

    Close Relatives (Irish Set, English, Scottish, Squares, Ceili, etc.)

    Miscellany

    Humor


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