This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances (but not Modern Western Square Dances), traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in Vermont including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Vermont which include contra dancing and these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.
Note: No current notes.
Barre - Traditional Dances from Nova Scotia and Quebec: At 8:00pm at the Old Socialist Labor Hall 46 Granite Street, Barre. Traditional dances from Nova Scotia, the Gaspe and other Quebecois locales, and musicians passionate about the old tunes will play, part of the Traditional Dance Series. The event is sponsored in part by the Country Dance and Song Society. Amateur musicians are invited to sit-in with the band, and new and experienced dancers are welcome on the dance floor for this celebration of regional dances from the French diaspora of the 19th and 20th centuries. We'll be doing long-ways dances, squares and circle mixers…maybe a Grande March, Les Saluts. We'll share treats and songs, too! Contact Merry Kay Shernock (email@example.com) for details. Web site: None.
Bennington: Dances on 1st Fridays from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the One World Conservation Center 1.2 miles south of the intersection of US 7 and Route 9. Admission $10. Every one is welcome - all ages, no partner or dance experience needed. Come join us for wonderful live music that compels you to move, a community that extends great hospitality to new dancers and a style of dance that is very easy to learn. Web site: http://www.benningtondance.org.
Bennington - Irish Music Festival: Two-day weekend mostly music festival. Dancing may include some contras. Held at Colgate Park, 1545 West Road, Bennington, Vermont 05201-9630. Web site: http://benningtonirishmusicfestival.com/.
Bennington - Sacred Harp/Contra Dance: Sacred Harp Sing and Contra Dance hosted by Bennington College singing school students from 7pm to 9pm at the Deane Carriage Barn at Bennington College off Route 67A in Bennington. Contact Joanne Fuller 518-854-3391. Web site: None.
Braintree - Benefit Concert/Ceilidh for Braintree Flood Relief: Benefits the Braintree Flood Relief Fund. Event runs from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Location: Braintree Town Hall. Contact 877-343-3531 or Web site: http://www.vtfiddleorchestra.org/.
Bennington - Southern Vermont Art and Craft Festival: A dance on Saturday from noon to 2pm is one of the activities of this festival. Web site: http://craftproducers.com/festivals/southern-vermont-art-craft-festival/.
Brattleboro: The dance takes place in the Stone Church at the corner of Main and Grove Streets, just north of the post office in downtown Brattleboro on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. The dance runs from 7pm to 10pm. Beginners' session at 6:45pm. Admission is $10 ($7 students/seniors/low income). Beginners are welcome; all the dances will be taught. You don't need to come with a partner, other friendly dancers will dance with you. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-320-2729. Please bring a pair of clean, soft-soled, non-street shoes for dancing. This will help to protect the old wood floor and keep the hall clean. Please change your shoes in the front hall before entering the dance space. Thanks! The Brattleboro Dance welcomes musicians to a slow jam session before every dance. All instruments and skill levels are welcome to come and play tunes starting at 5:30 PM and going until around 6:30. Web site: http://www.brattcontra.org/.
Brattleboro - Dawn Dance - Memorial Day Weekend: The Dawn Dance takes place at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main Street (Rt. 5), in Brattleboro on Memorial Day Weekend (U.S.). It starts off with an English Country dance segment in the middle of the afternoon and then there are three contra dance segments with the last ending the following morning. Web site: http://www.dawndance.org/.
Brattleboro - Dawn Dance - Labor Day Weekend: The Dawn Dance takes place at the Gibson-Aiken Center, 207 Main Street (Rt. 5), in Brattleboro on Labor Day Weekend (U.S.). It starts off with an English Country dance segment in the middle of the afternoon and then there are three contra dance segments with the last ending the following morning. Web site: http://www.dawndance.org/.
Brattleboro - English - Before the Dawn Dance: You may have heard that the Brattleboro Dawn Dance is not hosting an afternoon English session on Memorial Day weekend this year. Feeling that would be a terrible loss to the ECD community, we have pulled together a smaller English Country Dance still on Sunday afternoon from 2:30 to 5:30 PM at the Stone Church right across the street from the Brattleboro Gibson-Aiken Center where the Dawn Dance will start that evening! While not a Dawn Dance event, the Dawn Dance Committee has been very supportive of this effort. Flyer and registration form available. Please note that we are strongly encouraging advance registration so that people don't travel a long way and risk being turned away at the door. We wish to keep our event comfortably full, but not too crowded to enjoy the beautiful music and dancing. Peg Hall and George Sanders - EnglishBeforeDawn@AbsoluteRealty.org - Web site: http://www.absoluterealty.org/Dance.
Brattleboro - Northern Roots Traditional Music Festival: A day-long, mostly music event in late January, bringing together local and regional musicians representing the best of various northern musical traditions including Irish, Scottish, English, Swedish and French Canadian. Web site: http://www.bmcvt.org/northernroots.
Brattleboro - Strolling of the Heifers: Enjoy three days in early June filled with great events to entertain and educate the whole family, highlighted, of course, by the world-famous Strolling of the Heifers Parade on Saturday on Brattleboro's historic Main Street, followed by the Dairy Festival and Green Expo. Contra dance on Saturday night. Web site: http://www.strollingoftheheifers.com.
Brattleboro - Northern Roots Traditional Arts Camp for Kids: Day camp held in late June/early July at the Hilltop Montessori School. Features traditional New England dancing and singing as well as dance band classes for beginners (on tin whistle) and more experienced players. The camp day, from 8:30 am to 3 pm, will also include other forms of traditional English dance as well as storytelling, crafts and games. Register in advance. Web site: http://bmcvt.org/summer-programs/traditional-arts-camp.
Brattleboro - Cuba Field Trip Benefit: As you may have heard, I [Arthur Davis] am part of a group at Brattleboro high school that is going to Cuba in November. We will be in Cuba for a week under a humanitarian license granted by the New York Institute for Cuban Studies. A large part of our time will be spent working at community centers in Havana and Pinar del Rio that work with children with Down Syndrome through the arts. As part of our fundraising effort, we are holding a contra at Green St. School in Brattleboro. It will begin at 7:30 and there is a suggested donation of $10. If you have any questions please call me at 257-1819 or email me at email@example.com. This is a truly amazing opportunity for a high school group to go to Cuba and we hope to see you on the 29th. Web site: None.
Brattleboro - Oak Grove: Family Dance at 6:30pm at the Oak Grove Elementary School in Brattleboro. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-257-1819 - Web site: http://www.bmcvt.org/.
Brattleboro - Square Dance Lab: Nils Fredland writes: I am looking for a small group of dancers to help me work with a collection of singing squares for a new CDSS publication. Read on for more details...The singing squares collection I'm working with is from an 84 year old square dance caller from Southwestern NY named Keith Blackmon. The collection is very large - over 250 dances - which isn't surprising considering he started calling when he was 14 years old. For purposes of the CDSS publication, I've pared the collection down to about 50 squares. The dances are quirky and antiquated; as fascinating as it is to just do the transcriptions, I would very much like to see the choreography in action, and discuss how it feels with a small group of dancers. I'm not setting out to correct or improve the choreography, but rather to understand how these squares work, to understand what they say about the regional tradition from which they came, and to understand how I can present them in a way that will be relevant and fun for the dancers I come in contact with as a caller. By working with this material in a Square Lab setting, I anticipate increasing my own personal connection to the collection, as well, which will make my contribution as an editor that much more sensitive. Tentatively scheduled meetings are Saturday, 2/12 in Greenfield, MA from 4-6 PM, and Sunday, 2/13 in Brattleboro, VT from 3-5 PM. If you're interested in participating, please call or email me ASAP for location details. I can be reached anytime at (603) 903-2369 or at email@example.com. Web site: None.
Brattleboro - Heart Thoughts Midwifery Benefit: A Contra Dance Party for All Families. Adults, children, friends, family, babes in arms, and pregnant bellies, all welcome at The Stone Church, 210 Main Street, Brattleboro from 1 pm-4 pm. Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids, $20 family maximum. All proceeds to benefit Heart Thoughts Midwifery. The midwives will use these funds to help families who choose homebirth, but whose medical insurance will not cover this service. To donate additional funds, treats, silent auction items, or your time, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://www.heartthoughtsmidwifery.com/.
Bristol: Contra Dance from 8pm to 11pm EDT in Holley Hall in Bristol. Information - email@example.com - Dance to benefit sound improvement project in Holley Hall. All dances taught- no experience necessary. Admission sliding scale $5-$10 Beginners workshop at 7:30 For info call 802-453-4613 Sponsored by Bristol Rec Department. Web site: None.
Brookfield - Squares: Square dance at 7pm in the Old Town Hall. Info: 802-276-3839 (?) Web site: None.
Brookfield - Squares - Town Hall Benefit: The Old Town Hall opens its doors for an evening of square dancing, perfect for square dance veterans and novices alike. The dance begins at 8 PM. So, if you've never square-danced before, but thought it might be fun to try - this is your night! Because the event is sponsored by Gillespie Fuels of Northfield, all ticket sales will directly benefit the renovation of the Old Town Hall. A donation of $5 per person is requested. Family-friendly beverages will be on sale. All events at the Old Town Hall are organized by the Brookfield Community Partnership, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to community development in Brookfield. Web site: None.
Brookfield - Vermont Old Time Music Gathering: Old Time Music and Dance Party weekend with music jams, square dancing, chili and cornbread dinner on Saturday night, swimming, etc. Camping is encouraged! Bring everything you need for camping out the whole weekend. Facilites include bathrooms, outdoor showers, and an outdoor kitchen. New this year an outdoor pavilion for jams and dancing! Sliding Scale Donation. Kick Off Party in Montpelier on Thursday, August 12th - Concert and Square Dance. For more information call Jennifer at 802-276-3839 or contact us with questions. Web site: http://www.twinpondretreat.com.
Brookfield - Contra Dancing: The Brookfield Old Town Hall opens its doors for a contra dance evening from 8 to 10 PM. The Brookfield Old Town Hall has hosted many dances since the auditorium space was added to the original building over 100 years ago. However, it has been over ten years since the space has played host to a contra dance. Admission to the dance is free, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Web site: http://www.brookfieldvt.org/townhall.php.
Burlington: Dances on 2nd Fridays at various locations. Dances go from 8pm to 11pm with a new dance orientation from 7:45pm to 8:00pm. We are a friendly bunch and are happy to introduce you to the fun that is a contra dance. Admission is $8. Children 12 and under dance for free. Web site: http://www.queencitycontras.org/Home.html.
Burlington - New Year's Eve: Dance is part of the First Night celebration. Web site: http://www.firstnightburlington.com/.
Burlington - Champlain Valley Folk Festival: Music and dance festival held in mid-July at Rock Point School in Burlington, Vermont, tucked in between Burlington High School and scenic North Beach. Web site: http://www.cvfest.org/.
Burlington - Barn at Intervale: Dance at 7pm in the Barn at the Intervale, 180 Intervale Road, in Burlington. Web site: http://www.intervale.org.
Burlington - University of Vermont: Contra and Square Dance starting at 7:00 PM at the Billings North Lounge at the University of Vermont, 48 University Place. Part of the UVM Old Time Music Festival. Web site: http://www.youngtraditionvermont.org/.
Burlington - Young Tradition Weekend: Dance as part of Young Tradition Weekend in mid-May. Location: Edmunds School. Family dance at 6:45pm. Regualr dance begins at 8pm. Web site: http://www.youngtraditionvermont.org.
Burlington - Mad Robin Callers Collective: Dance series at the 1st Congregational Church at 38 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington on the 4th Friday of the month. Dances usually run from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Newcomers are invited to come for an orientation at 7:45pm, and the dance begins at 8. No partner is necessary, and all dances are taught as we go. Admission is $8. Please bring a water bottle, and clean, soft-soled shoes. There will be a dessert potluck at the break, so feel free to bring something sweet to contribute! Web site: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Mad-Robin-Callers-Collective/158898843438 or http://www.madrobincallers.org/.
Burlington - Old Time Dance Festival: In Billings at the University of Vermont (various venues at the University throughout the weekend in Burlington in early April with dances, workshops, concerts and shape note singing. Presented by the UVM Old Time Music Club and Young Tradition Vermont. Benefits the Tom Sustic Fund. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: None.
Burlington - Winter Festival: Various outdoor and indoor events during this one-day festival in early February, including a family dance. Web site: http://www.enjoyburlington.com/Programs/SpecialEvents/WinterFestival.cfm.
Burlington - Grow Team: 7 p.m. at the Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler School, Archibald Street in the Old North End. Fun for the whole family, raffle of garden goodies, and sweets. Suggested donation $5 ($10 per family). Web site: http://www.growteamvt.com.
Burlington - Zuckerman for State Senate: At the Edmunds School in Burlington at 8pm. Pete Sutherland is inviting everyone to come join us - a people-powered band for this great evening of dancing, fundraising and fun. Caller, musicians and sound engineer are donating their time. Info: email@example.com - Web site: None.
Cabot: Barn dance at 7:00 pm at the Longfield Farm Barn, which is at the top of Houston Hill in Cabot. Benefits restoration of the United Church of Cabot - info and directions: (802) 426-3281 Web site: None.
Cabot - Old Time Family Contra and Square Dance: Dances are now held on the second Saturday of the month starting at 7:30 pm in the Willey Building. The Willey Building is located right in the village, on Main Street, opposite Harry's Hardware. The dance is called Cabot Old Time Family Contra and Square Dance. The dances are taught and are easily learned by young and old. The contra and square dances are traditional Vermont and New England social dances that have been danced for many generations in the town halls, barns and kitchens around Vermont. Musicians are always invited to sit in and join with the fun of playing traditional dance tunes. The dance series is sponsored by the Cabot Library. There is a small donation requested to defray costs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-563-3225. Web site: https://www.sites.google.com/site/cabotpubliclibrary/programs/ongoing-programs/contra.
Charlotte - Old Lantern: Dance at the Old Lantern at 8:00pm. This event should be a hoot n' holler! It's a "barn dance" in the famous & great Old Lantern dance hall in Charlotte an' a kick-off to the Annual East Charlotte Tractor Parade. We'll be playin' for dancin' from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. The 5-piece old-time band, Steak O'Lean, with a caller, will be on from 6pm-8pm for square/contra dancin'. There will be lite fare available, as well as a cash bar. The Old Lantern has a terrific, LARGE hardwood floor so dance fans should be sure to make this one! Also, this event is a benefit for the East Charlotte Grange. Web site: http://www.oldlantern.com/home.html.
Charlotte - Congregational Church: Dance from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Charlotte Congregational Church Vestry at 403 Church Hill Road, Charlotte, VT. Information: email@example.com - Web site: None.
Chester - Journey School: Benefit Contra Dance to raise money for the Journey School of Chester, VT, an arts and nature based resource center and homeschool co-op. Family dance from 6:30-8 p.m., followed by beginner dances at 8 p.m. Dances will get progressively more complicated as the night goes on. Admission is $7 per person, with a $15 per family maximum. Children 5 and under are free! A raffle of local items will take place, along with a delicious baked goods sale. Come out and have a great evening! Dance is at the Chester Town Hall, 556 Elm Street. Contact Margaret Grisczenkow at 609-682-2275 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.thejourneyschool.com.
Chittenden - Benefit: Dance and cake walk from 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Barstow Memorial School. Come to dance, take a chance on winning a cake or just enjoy the music and community. Admission is $5.00 per family and tickets for the cake walk are $.25 each. All proceeds are in support of the 5th Grade field trip to Cape Cod. Web site: None.
Colchester: Contra and Square Dance from 7pm to midnight at the Elley Long Music Center. Presented by St. Michael's College, the Mad Robin Caller's Collective and Young Tradition Vermont. $10, $5 for students, St. Michael's students attend for free. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: None.
Colchester - St. Michael's College: Contra and Square Dance from 4pm to 11:30pm at the Elley Long Music Center in Colchester. 4pm to 6pm contras and squares, 8pm to 9:30pm contras and squares, 9:30pm to 10pm potluck coffee and dessert and 10pm to 11:30pm contras and squares. Donations benefit the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. Contact email@example.com - Web site: None.
Colchester - Champlain Valley Folk Festival: One-day event including concert, potluck, workshops, and a dance at the Elley-Long Music Center at St. Michael's College. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Champlain-Valley-Folk-Festival/125204521370.
Cornwall: Community Dance with at the Cornwall Town Hall in Cornwall. 5pm potluck supper. 6pm family dance. 7pm contra and square dance. Contact Andrew 802-462-3722. Web site: None.
Cornwall - Contras and Squares: Contras and Squares at the Cornwall VT Town Hall 2629 Rt 30 (intersection of VT Rt 30 and Rt 74) Cornwall, Vermont 05753. 7pm to 9:30pm on 2nd Saturdays from October to April. Contact Andrew 802-462-3722. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/CornwallContraDance.
Cornwall - School: Contras and Squares at the Cornwall School in Cornwall. 7pm to 9:30pm. Contact Andrew and Kristin 802-462-3722 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: None.
Craftsbury Common - Sterling College: The Art House along with Sterling College are sponsoring a contra dance from 7:30 to 10:30pm. The dance will be held in Dunbar Hall. The charge will be a sliding scale from $8-$10. Beginners are welcome and there will be refreshments during break. For more information contact Melissa Winchell at email@example.com or call at 802-586-2200! Web site: http://www.sterlingcollege.edu/.
Danville: Bring a partner or dance with whoever is there, and dance 'til you're feet hurt! Happens every first Friday of each month @ 8 p.m. at the Danville Town Hall. The Danville Old Time Family Contra and Square Dance happens on the first Friday of the month - normally October to May, but you never know. The house band is named the Hull's Union Suit String Band. Different callers are on hand with Chip Hedler prompting at least half of the seasons dances. The dance takes place at the Danville Town Hall starting at 8 pm. The dance has been taking place in its' current form for 28 years. $5 per person. For more information contact David Carpenter at 802-563-3225 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site (Northeast Kingdom, in general): http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21817441024.
Derby Lane - Food Relief Benefit: A community initiative of The First Universalist Parish of Derby Line. Proceeds to benefit the Newport Area Food Shelf. Suggested donation $8. Please bring soft sole; non-marking footwear. First Universalist Parish Hall, 112 Main Street, Derby Line, VT at 7pm. Web site: None.
Dummerston: Contra dance from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the Evening Star Grange in Dummerston Center. Folktales at the mid-way point. Part of the Village Dance Series. Contact 802-257-1819, or email@example.com Web site: None.
Dummerston - Northern Roots Weekend: Mostly music weekend with workshops including dance band and some dancing held in early mid-July at the Green Mountain Camp. Register in advance. Web site: http://bmcvt.org/summer-programs/northern-roots-weekend.
Dummerston - Annual Pourparler Conference: The 2013 Pourparler Conference will be held in mid-October. Pourparler is a yearly gathering of dance and music educators from North America who are dedicated to teaching folk/ethnic/world/traditional dance in schools and/or community events. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.nfo-usa.org/.
Dummerston - Montessori: Hilltop Montessori School Family Dinner and Contra Dance, Celebrating Going Solar. The event will be at the Dummerston Grange with dinner at 5:30pm and the dance from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Tickets $10 for adults and $5 for children, includes dinner. Proceeds go toward Hilltop's Financial Aid Fund and solar energy educational materials. For details: Amelia Farnum, 802-257-0500. Web site: http://www.hilltopmontessori.org/.
East Charleston - Benefit for North Wood: Dance at 8pm at Northwoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Dr. Cost $10, benefits NorthWoods programs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Maria at 802-723-6551 x112. Back by popular demand, the Mountain Folks bring together talented musicians from various parts of New England and Quebec and will share music from the mountains and the backwoods. Enjoy foot-stomping music as you twirl your partner on the hardwood floors. Bring your friends or meet them here. Jam session follows the dance. Web site: http://northwoodscenter.org.
East Charlotte - Tractor Parade - Dance: Location: The Old Lantern, 3260 Greenbush Road, Charlotte, Vermont from 6pm to 11pm including barn dancing. Web site: http://www.tractorparade.com/.
East Putney: Dances at Pierce's Hall, 121 East Putney Road (go north from Putney Village for 2 miles on Rt. 5. Turn right onto East Putney Falls Road and go 1/2 mile until you come to the driveway to the hall on the left.) Beginners' workshop from 7:30 to 8:00, after the contra dance goes from 8:00 to 10:30. Suggested donation is $7 for adults, $4 for children, and $20 for families. For more info, call 802-387-5357. This dance is celebrated for its fine music and warm community atmosphere, where dancers of all ages and skill levels are welcome. No experience or partner is necessary. All dances will be taught. Web site: None, although listings are posted in I-Putney and The Brattleboro Reformer.
East Randolph: Family Contra Dance at the East Randolph Community Hall Route 14 – Next to the Fire Station. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Come dance or just sit, visit, and tap your feet. Suggested donation: $5.00 per person. Benefits: Bethany Church Youth Group Web site: None.
East Thetford - Huntington's Pavilion: Dance at 7:30 PM at the historic dance hall, Huntington's Pavilion, recently renovated and available for special dance this evening. Pavilion Road, next to Cedar Circle Farm. Information: Bill Keegan - email@example.com - Web site: None.
Essex Junction - Waltz Class: Sponsored by Essex Junction Recreation and Parks at the Maple Street Recreation Center, Essex Junction, Vermont 05452 Venue Phone: 802-878-1375 Phone: 802-878-1375 Fax: 802-872-3371 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm on four Wednesday nights. Ticket Pricing: $48 single resident/$54 single non-resident/$86 couple resident, $98 couple non-resident In this four week session we will focus on mastering the Waltz; one of the most beautiful of all ballroom dances. Simple steps and accented 1-2-3 beats make the Waltz easy to learn. Web site: http://www.ejrp.org/.
Essex Junction - Vermont International Festival: An annual celebration of cultures from around the world, bringing their crafts, foods, music and dance to our doorstep. The Vermont International Festival will be held at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Route 15/Pearl Street, Essex Junction, Vermont. The Champlain Valley Expo has unlimited free parking, is on the CCTA bus line and is handicapped-accessible. Includes a contra dance on Friday night. Web site: http://www.vermontinternationalfestival.com.
Fairfield - Community Food Shelf Benefit: Tickets at the door include full dinner and dance. $10/person, $18/couple, $25/family, $8 seniors. Call the Fairfield Community Center for more information, 802-827-3130 or 802-827-6626. Come enjoy dinner and dancing with your friends and neighbors and support our area food shelf which serves the communities of Fairfield, Bakersfield, Sheldon, Fairfax and Enosburg. Event starts at 5:30pm and lasts until 9:00pm and is held at the Fairfield Center School, 57 Park Street. Web site: None.
Fairlee - Scandinavian Ski Dance Weekend: Annual festive weekend of dancing, skiing and socializing at the Hulbert Center held in late January. Web site: http://skidance.us/.
Ferrisburg - Squares: Community Square Dance from 7pm to 9pm at the Town Office and Community Center in Ferrisburgh. Presented by the Friends of the Ferrisburgh Grange Hall. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: None.
Greensboro: Dances are from 8pm to 11pm in the Caspian Lake Grange Hall in Greensboro. Web site: http://nipsmusic.net.
Guilford: Contra Dance at 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Broad Brook Grange in Guilford. Information: Robin or Andy Davis email@example.com or 802-257-1819. Web site: None
Guilford - Village Dance Series: Contra Dance at 6:30pm-9:30pm at the Broad Brook Grange in Guilford. Potluck at 5:30pm (bring dish, plates, flatware); $4 for children, $7 for adults and $20 for a family. Information: Andy Davis firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-257-1819. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/167574159920020/.
Guilford - 250th: Contra Dance honoring Rich Blazej with many guest callers and musicians at 6:30pm at the Broad Brook Grange in Guilford. Part of the Dance A Month Series for the 250th anniversary of the Town of Guilford. Proceeds benefit the Rich Blazej Music Fund at Guilford Central School. Contact Don McLean email@example.com - Web site: http://www.guilford250.com.
Guilford - Norwegian: Special Norwegian events with guest Loretta Kelley, Hardanger fiddle! daytime workshops in Hardanger fiddle, flat fiddle, and Telegangar/Telespringar dancing. 5:30 potluck, 6:30 free concert followed by dance For more information, contact Annamarie Pluhar (802) 451-1941. Web site: None.
Hardwick: Dance at the East Hardwick Grange (126 Hazen Union Drive, Hardwick, Vermont 05843) with a potluck at 5:30pm, family dance at 6:30pm and advanced dance at 7:30pm. Admission is $5 per person and $10 per family. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.facebook.com/groups/277075038990066.
Hardwick - Buffalo Mountain Food Co-op: Localvore Challenge - Poltuck and contra dance. Bring a ready to eat dish containing locally produced ingredients. Enter your dish in the recipe contest! Include recipe and ingredients. Please bring you own plate and utenils. Potluck at 5pm, dance at 6:30pm. Location: Caledonia Grange #9 on Church Street in East Hardwick. This event is sponsored by the Buffalo Mountain Co-op and is free. Please consider a financial donation to thank the Grange for the use of their gorgeous space. Web site: http://www.facebook.com/groups/277075038990066.
Hardwick - Buffalo Locavore Challenge Dance: If you're in withdrawal, the Buffalo Mountain Localvore Challenge Contra Dance will chase away the blues. Come dance to local music and share local potluck yumminess. Potluck at 6 dance from 7-9. It all happens after the Hardwick Famers' Market at Atkins Field. Look for the BIG tent. Web site: None.
Hardwick - Elementary School Music: Spaghetti supper and dance in support of the School's music program. Kick off Spring Festival Weekend with a dinner and a dance!! Live music, traditional New England Contra and line dancing. Dinner - 5:30- 6:30pm (or until food runs out) -$5/adult $3/kids 12 and under Dance - 6:30 - 7:30 - free w/dinner, donation without. All proceeds to benefit the music program. All dances will be taught - no worries, you can do it!! Web site: http://www.hardwick.ossu.org.
Hartland - Community Arts: Join us for a family-friendly, foot stamping, rollicking good time as we appreciate the arts in our community. All are welcome – beginners and aficionados, families and individuals, young and formerly young. Please bring a snack to share during the break and a change of shoes for the dance floor. We'll provide great music and calling, community, and fun for everyone. Dance at Damon Hall, Hartland, VT at 3pm. Free admission (donations towards HCA programming accepted). Directions: I-91 to exit 9, Route 5/Route 12 north 1 1/2 miles to Hartland. Just past the gas station go straight ahead to the stop sign. Damon Hall is diagonally across to your left. For more information: Shelley Jerman, 436-3047. Web site: http://hartlandcommunityarts.org/.
Hinesburg - Benefit for Access CVU: Beginner's Workshop from 6:30pm - 7pm; Dance from 7pm to 9pm. At Champlain Valley Union (CVU) High School, 369 CVU Road. This event is a fundraiser for Access CVU (http://www.cvuhs.org/access/). Web site: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=194974932887&index=1.
Hinesburg - Town Hall: Dance at the Town Hall, 10632 VT Route 116 at Charlotte Road and Route 116. Web site: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=wall&ref=ts&id=100000189153916.
Island Pond: Dance at the Northwoods Stewardship Center, 154 Leadership Dr, Island Pond, VT 05846. Venue Phone: 802-723-6551, beginning at 7:30pm. Share stories and lessons learned while skiing, paddling and honing traditional skills on Kroka's incredible 600-mile journey through VT and NH. Following the presentation, dance to the foot stomping sounds of Mountain Folks - music of the mountains and backwoods. $10 including refreshments. A jam with the band will follow the dance and all welcome to join in. Proceeds to benefit the Northwoods Stewardship Center. 933-2545 or email@example.com - Web site: http://www.northwoodscenter.org.
Jeffersonville: Family Dance presented by the Cambridge Arts Council with Young Tradition Vermont. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com - Location: Cambridge Elementary School in Jeffersonville from 7pm to 9pm. Web site: http://www.youngtraditionvermont.org.
Jericho: Come alone, bring a partner or bring your entire family. No prior experience needed. Family dance at 7pm; adult dance at 8pm to 10pm. Suggested donation is $5 for individuals or $10 for families. Info: 802-899-4686. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace. Web site: None.
Jericho - Library Benefit: Come alone, bring a partner or bring your entire family. No prior experience needed. Acoustic musicians are welcome to join in with the band. Suggested donation is $5 for individuals or $10 for families. Info: 802-899-4686. Location: Jericho Community Center, Browns Trace. Web site: None.
Johnson - Northeast Heritage Music Camp: Held in mid-June, the NHMC offers a highly diverse musical experience. We're a fiddle camp, but you can also study fretted instruments like guitar, banjo, and mandolin, not to mention flute, whistle, piano, piano accordion, and voice. We started out with a focus on Québecois music, Cape Breton music, New England music and other northeastern styles, but we soon broadened our scope to include such other traditional music styles as Irish music, Scottish music, old-timey (Appalachian) music, and Swedish music. What's more, if you enjoy ensemble work, we offer band classes, singing classes, and choruses. Web site: http://www.northeastheritagemusiccamp.com.
Lincoln - Historical Society Benefit Dance at Burnham Hall, 52 E River Rd in Lincoln Center. Admission: $8 ($5 for Lincoln residents and full time students). All are welcome! All proceeds to benefit the Lincoln Historical Society. Dance is from 8pm to 11pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/467621393331641/.
Marshfield: Dance at The Barn of Vivien and Michael Fritz, 693 McCrillis Road from 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Suggested Donation Adults $10, children $5. For all levels, beginners welcome, suggested age for children 10 years and older. There will be child care provided at the library for a small fee. Questions? 802-426-3581. Web site: http://www.marshfield.lib.vt.us.
Middlebury - Haiti Benefit: Haiti Earthquake/Mercy Corps Benefit at Town Hall Theater. The benefit, organized by Bob Turdek of Lincoln, will feature two popular bands (Beginners welcome.) The suggested donation for the evening is $16. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call Bob Turdek at 453-3920. Web site: None.
Middlebury - 3rd Friday: Dances from 7pm to 10pm in the Municipal Gym in Middlebury. 3rd Fridays. Sponsored by the Teen Center. Contact 388-6356 or firstname.lastname@example.org Web site (but no information): http://www.addisonteens.com.
Middlebury - Middlebury College: Contra Dance at 8pm in the McCullough Student Center/Social Space at Middlebury College in Middlebury. Contact Samuel Richard Bartlet Colton email@example.com Web site: None.
Middlebury - North Branch School Benefit: Annual North Branch School Auction, Dinner, and Contra Dance at the Town Hall Theater, Merchants Row. Phone: 802-388-3269. Event goes from 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Tickets: $20/adults, $15/students. Tickets are available at the Vermont Bookshop on Main Street, Middlebury, at the North Branch School, from North Branch families, or at the door. Web site: http://www.northbranchschool.org.
Middlebury - Vermont Folklife Center: Dance at 7:30pm at the Middlebury Municipal Gymnasium. Tickets are $7.00 at the door. The dance will be held in the gymnasium adjoining the Middelbury town offices. All dances will be taught. No partner or prior experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. Soft-soled, non-street shoes are required. This dance is part of a long local heritage of social dances, which offer an excellent way to meet new people. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/vermontfolklifecenter or http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/.
Monkton: The week-long Monkton Creates Community Celebration continues with a family potluck supper and community contra dance. Children's art depicting Monkton will be on display. Event is from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Monkton Central School, Monkton Vergennes Road. Pricing: $5. Information: 802-453-3795. Web site: None.
Montpelier - 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturdays: Dances at the Capitol City Grange Hall Northfield Road (Hwy. 12), Montpelier (1/2 mile south of Montpelier) on 1st, 3rd, 5th Saturdays -- 8 PM. Admission: $8, $5 for dancers 15 and under. Newcomers always welcome! All dances taught. Please help us preserve our dance floor! Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes, and change into them downstairs before joining the dance on the main floor. Presented by the Contradance Umbrella. Information: (802) 744-6163; Email: ttaska at pshift dot com. Web site (out of date): http://capitalcitygrange.org/contradances.
Montpelier - New Year's Eve - Grange: Special New Year's Eve Dance at the Capitol City Grange Hall Northfield Road (Hwy. 12), Montpelier (1/2 mile south of Montpelier) -- 8 PM. Admission: $8, $5 for dancers 15 and under. Newcomers always welcome! All dances taught. Please help us preserve our dance floor! Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes, and change into them downstairs before joining the dance on the main floor. Presented by the Contradance Umbrella. Information: (802) 744-6163; Email: ttaska at pshift dot com. Web site (out of date): http://capitalcitygrange.org/contradances.
Montpelier - 2nd Saturdays: Dances at the Capitol City Grange Hall Northfield Road (Hwy. 12), Montpelier (1/2 mile south of Montpelier) on 2nd Saturday -- 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. Help organizing this dance IS welcomed! Everything from refreshments to sweeping the floor! We'd like to turn this into a dance series, and need help to make it a reality! $8.00 at the door. Brief "basics" instruction/review at the start. Please call Tim or Merry: 802-225-8921, or Aaron at 617-721-6743. Web site: None.
Montpelier - 4th Saturday: Traditional New England dances are the focus of the continuing series of "Homegrown in the Tradition" dances. This series features New England callers who want to focus on the older dances that set the stage for the contra-dance revival which took place in the 1970s and beyond. The dances called have included contra-dance forms, square dances (or quadrilles), Sicilian Circles, reels and others. Another unique feature is the "The Homegrown Chestnuts", which consists mainly of dancers who had played little if at all in public before the formation of this band. The group has a mixture of players with classical training, by-ear folk players, old-timey musicians and the occasional punk-rocker. They say they really enjoy rehearsing together--as well as enjoying playing for dancers! Hearing a group of up to 12 musicians on the stage is a different sound, and a rich one for dancing. Beginners and experienced dancers are all welcome at this dance, and a good time is guaranteed for all! Dances are from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at the Capitol City Grange Hall Northfield Road (Hwy. 12), Montpelier (1/2 mile south of Montpelier). Information: Merry Kay Shernock - firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://www.capitalcitygrange.org/taxonomy/term/7.
Montpelier - Family: Come to a Family-Friendly Contradance from 2:00pm to 5:00pm at the Capitol City Grange Hall Northfield Road (Hwy. 12), Montpelier (1/2 mile south of Montpelier). This is a fundraiser for the Grange. We are proud to be able to present this one-of-a-kind event for the whole family. The suggested donation for entire families is just $15; unaccompanied adults are $8. Refreshments will be available. For more info call Jody at 522-6171 or Kenric at 223-6347. Web site: None.
Montpelier - Farmer Emergency Fund: Vermont College of Fine Arts will host a Contra Dance from 7:30 -11:00pm, at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Gymnasium, located on corner of East State and College Street. Funds raised from admission to the contra dance will go to NOFA Vermont's Farmer Emergency Fund for organic farmers -- like Pete's Greens - whose farms have been adversely affected by natural and unnatural disasters, including fire, flood, damaged barns from snow weight, etc. The suggested admission donation is $10. Volunteers are needed for the day of the event. Those wishing to volunteer should contact Emily Boedecker at email@example.com. The organizing committee is also seeking donations of cookies, brownies and other finger foods to be sold at the event. Linda Sproul, at firstname.lastname@example.org is coordinating food donations. There will also be a silent auction at the event; cash and checks will be accepted. Items can be donated to the Silent Auction by contacting Mary Welz at email@example.com - The contra dance is one of many events being organized in Central Vermont to help Pete and other farmers who face similar disasters. This is a family friendly event and all are welcome, including those new to contra dancing. The time and talent of the musicians, and the facilities at Vermont Collegeof Fine Arts, have all been donated to ensure that every possible dollar will go directly to support our farmers. On January 12, 2011, a fire broke out at Pete's Green Farm, destroyed the barn and its contents. Included in the losses were vegetable washing and processing equipment, walk in coolers and freezers, all the harvested crops, a tractor trailer freezer full of our chicken, beef and pork, tractors, and miscellaneous tools and equipment. Pete estimates his uninsured losses to be at $450,000. For more information about the event contact Mary Welz at 828-8555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.vermontcollege.edu.
Montpelier - Waltz: Waltz at Montpelier City Hall from 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Live orchestra, all ages, fancy dress optional. Free dance instruction from 7:00pm to 7:30pm. Silent auction, complimentary desserts, door prozes. Information: email@example.com. Admission: $12, students and seniors $6, children under 5 are free. This is a benefit for the Green Mountain Youth Symphony. Web site: http://www.gmys-vt.org/.
Montpelier - Waltz - Workshop: Waltz workshop at Capitol City Grange Hall, Northfield Road (Route 12) from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission, $15 (financial assistance available). Contact Gina Sonne at waltzlover at gmail dot com or 802 785-4220. Web site: None.
Montpelier - Montessori: Benefit dance for the Montessori School of Central Vermont from 2pm to 4pm at the Capitol City Grange Hall. Entry is $5 per person and $15 per family of any size!. Contact Tamatha Thomas-Haase at 802.882.8025 or johntamatha at aol dot com. Web site: None.
Montpelier - In Memory of Robert B. Russell, Jr.: Community Dance, Open Stage and Potluck at the Capital City Grange in Montpelier, sponsored by New Acadia Music and Dance in memory of Robert B. Russell, Jr. Dance from 3pm to 5:30pm and Potluck from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Open Stage from 6:45pm to 8pm. Contact Robin Russell 802-889-3246 or firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: None.
Montpelier - Squares: Monthly Old Time Square Dance at the Lamb Abbey, 65 Pioneer St, just off of Barre St, near the intersection of Rt 2/River St. It is right next door to "The Source" auto shop. Dance begins at 7:00pm. $5 Suggested Donation. For more info contact, Jennifer Steckler 802.276.3839 or Lamb Abbey. Web site: http://www.thelambabbey.com.
Montpelier - Square Ball: A full day of squares at the Capitol Grange Hall in Montpelier from 9:30am to 11:00pm. $22.00 Full Event, $15.00 Day, $8.00 Evening Only. Questions: email@example.com. Presented by Will Mentor, Nils Fredland and the CDSS. Web site: None.
Montpelier - Special: Special dances on special days at the Capitol Grange Hall in Montpelier. Times and admission charges vary. Web site: None.
Montpelier - Square Dance Calling Class: Class on 8 Tuesdays, from September 21, 2010. Register in advance. Date and time: Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm. Location: Monteverdi/Summit School building, Barre Street. Web site: http://www.summit-school.org.
Montpelier - Summit School Benefit: Dance, silent auction and bake sale to benefit the Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture from 7pm to 10pm at the Capitol City Grange. Contact 802-917-1186 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.summit-school.org.
Montpelier - New Year's Eve - First Night: Dance is part of Montpelier's First Night celebration. Web site: http://www.montpelieralive.org/first_night_montpelier.
Montpelier - Calling for MUD: Benefit dance for The Montessori School of Central Vermont. Location: Capitol City Grange Hall, Northfield Road, Highway 12, Montpelier. Entry: $5 per person, $15 per family. Dance is from 2pm to 4pm. Come hungry, pasta dinner to follow, $6 per person. Please help us preserve the Grange's dance floor. Bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. Contact Mercy at 802-223-3320 or email@example.com - Web site: http://www.mscvt.org/contra-dance.
Montpelier - Washington County History Fair: Event, but not the dance, goes from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Vermont Historical Society Museum located on State Street next to the State Capitol. Event is free. Contra dance is one of the activities (displays, demonstrations, lectures, workshops, music, dance). Web site: http://www.wcvths.org.
Montpelier - Guitar Workshop: Workshop from 3:30 - 5:30 Saturday. Fee $30 (separate concert and concert fee later in the evening) for reservations, information and/or directions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Susan at 802 229 1403. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Attic-Series/286645557698.
Montpelier - Fiddle/Cello Workshop: Workshop at the Summit School, 46 Barre St., Montpelier, VT. Minimum of 7 students. Workshop is from 1pm to 4pm (different hours for different abilities) with a free contra dance from 4pm to 5pm for friends and family. Register online or call 802-917-1186. Price is $25. The workshop is open to fiddles and cellos. Web site: http://www.summit-school.org.
Montpelier - Squares - Black Door: Dance at the Black Door in Montpelier from 7pm to 9pm. E-mail: email@example.com - Web site: http://www.blackdoorvt.com.
Montpelier - Swedish Dance Day: Spread the word! It’s official! We’re going to have what may be the first ever day of Swedish dance in Montpelier! Afternoon workshop from 3:30pm-5:30pm. Then there will be a potluck and an evening Gammaldans from 7:30-10:30pm (you’ll get to dance to your hearts content–hambo, schottis, waltz, snoa, polka, and more). Whether you’re a seasoned Swedish dancer, or completely new, we’d love to have you there. Web site: http://www.capitalcitygrange.org.
Montpelier - Midwinter Gathering: Join us for Northeast Heritage Music Camp's Midwinter Gathering from 4pm to ?? at the Capital City Grange, Route 12, Montpelier VT. Play, dance, socialize, concert, reunion, jam, potluck, dance. $15 admission. Web site: http://www.northeastheritagemusiccamp.com/.
Norwich - 2nd Saturday: Dances at Tracy Hall, 300 Main Street from 8:00pm to 11:00pm on 2nd Saturdays (but not July or August). Admission $8, students $5 (free for under 16 and donation for those over 60). Please bring a separate pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. All dances are taught, no partner is necessary, and beginners are welcome! For more information contact: Rick Barrows at (802) 785-4607 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Northern-Spy/163391513671238.
Norwich - 4th Saturday: Dances at Tracy Hall, 300 Main Street from 8:00pm to 11:30pm on 4th Saturdays (but not June, July or August). Some dances include a family dance at 5:00pm ($5) along with a potluck. Admission charges for regular dances are $8, members $7, free for those under 16 and those over 60 can make a donation. Please bring a separate pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. This is a smoke-free and alcohol-free event. All dances are taught, no partner is necessary, and beginners are welcome! Contact Rick Barrows at (802) 785-4607, or e-mail at email@example.com. Web site: None.
Norwich - New Year's Eve: Dance at Tracy Hall, 300 Main Street on New Year's Eve. Admission: $15 - (Students $10, under 16 - $5, Seniors by donation). Festive attire encouraged. Please bring potluck finger foods for a snack at the break. Please bring a separate pair of clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing. This is a smoke-free and alcohol-free event. Dance is from 8pm to 1am. All dances are taught, no partner is necessary, and beginners are welcome! For more information contact: Rick Barrows at (802) 785-4607 or mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: None.
Norwich - Hot Dance for a Cold Night: Every once and a while annual dance for experienced dancers at Tracy Hall, 300 Main Street in mid-winter. Admission charge is $8. Web site: None.
Norwich - Family - Marion Cross Elementary School: Dance is from 6pm to 8pm. Dance takes place in the school gym; easiest to enter through back door. Web site: None.
Norwich - Fiddle Workshop: With Lissa Schneckenburger at the Norwich Congregational Church. All levels of Experience Welcome. $20 fee. 3pm-5pm if fewer than 20 participants; 1pm-5pm if more. 1pm-3pm beginner/intermediate workshop; 3pm-5pm advanced workshop. 5:15pm potluck supper. 6pm-7:30pm: Jam with Lissa and students. Web site: http://www.revelsnorth.org/.
Norwich - Special Needs Support Center Fundraiser: Dance from 7-9:30pm at Tracy Hall in Norwich, VT. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, $20 for a family. Web site: http://www.snsc-uv.org.
Peacham: Dance at the Peacham Town Gym, over the Town Hall, 79 Church Street. All dances taught - beginners are welcome! Dance is from 7:30pm to 11:00pm. Contact Frank Miller at 802 592 3140 for more information. Web site: None.
Peacham - Acoustic Music Festival: Two-day festival held in mid-August with a contra dance on Friday night. Also includes music performances, craft fair, band scramble. Web site: http://www.pamfest.com/.
Peacham - Independence Day: We are starting the Independence Day celebration in Peacham with a contra dance from 7:30 - 10:00ish. The dance will take place at the Peacham Town Gym - 79 Church St. - over the Post Office in beautiful downtown Peacham. The first half hour will be an instructional time for new dancers. All ages and levels of dance experience welcome! Each dance is taught with clear step by step instructions. Bring a partner, come alone or bring the whole family! Free (however, donations are gratefully accepted). Web site: None.
Plainfield - Squares - Mad Pie Hoedown: Dance is from 7:00pm to 10:30pm at the Plainfield Community Center (above Plainfield Coop). Join us for some foot-stomping good fun with live music. During the set break we'll be auctioning off pies!!! featuring Phinn the fantastic auctioneer!! This is a fundraiser for the Village-building Convergence. All donations go to VbC to learn more go to www.vbc-vt.org. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/311508602245253/.
Plainfield - Twinfield Union School: Potluck supper and square dance at the Twinfield Union School at 106 Naismith Brook Road in Plainfield from 4pm to 8pm. Information: 4+ potluck 5+ dance Sarah Vecci 802-454-1117 or email@example.com - Web site: None.
Plainfield - Goddard College: Contra Dance from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Road Plainfield, VT. Time for students and community members to dance the night away! The public is invited to attend our contra dance during the Education program residency. Free event. For more information, please contact 802.322.1624 - Web site: http://www.goddard.edu.
Poultney - Green Mountain College: Dance from 9pm-12am. We will also be raffling off a weekend ticket to dance flurry to raise money for our club. $5 for one ticket or $20 for 5 tickets. Students dance for free (no matter what school or what grade) $5 for all non-student community members. Web site: http://www.greenmtn.edu/default.aspx.
Putney - Harvest Festival: Early October weekend festival of different events (including a contra dance) at The Putney School, Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road. Silent auction, cider pressing, games and races, international food, farm and garden stand, community booths, midway activities for the kids, and more. No admission or parking fee. Information: Alison Frye, 802-387-6273. Web site: http://www.putneyschool.org.
Randolph - New World Festival: An all-day, all-weather festival of Celtic and French Canadian music and dance performed on five stages simultaneously in historic Chandler Music Hall and in other all-weather facilities. Held the day before Labor Day (U.S.) in September. About 100 musicians and folk dancers from Northern New England, Canada, and the British Isles will perform. Web site: http://www.newworldfestival.com/.
Randolph - Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival: Despite the name, a contra dance is one of the events for this series of events in late August. Web site: http://www.centralvtchambermusicfest.org/.
Randolph - Arts Bus Fundraiser: The Arts Bus is hosting its second Intergenerational Community Dance in Randolph Center – a mixture of Squares and Contradances for all ages. Location: Vermont Technical College's Red Schoolhouse. Cost $8 per person/ $20 per household. Plenty of seating for listening, a children’s arts activity, and refreshments throughout the evening. No partner necessary. All dances taught. Please pass this on and bring friends! More info: call Robin Russell (802) 889-3246. All proceeds go to benefit the Arts Bus, Inc. Sponsorship by VTC and Randolph Rotarians. Web site: http://artsbusvt.org/.
Richmond - Celtic New Year: New Year's Eve (afternoon and evening) music celebration (with some dancing). Web site: http://www.acelticnewyear.org/.
Ripton: Traditional New England community dance for the whole family. No experience or partner necessary. Bring soft-soled shoes and plenty of enthusiasm. Refreshments for sale. Location: 1305 Vermont 125, Ripton, Vt. Time: 7pm to 10pm. Sponsored by Friends of the Ripton Community Church for the Ripton Community Church Bell Tower Restoration. Tickets at the door, in advance: $10.00 /$5 Seniors, Kids under 12. Questions or to purchase advance sale tickets please contact Lisa Knickerbocker 388-1062 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: None.
Rochester - Swing Into Spring: Dance is part of this day-long celebration in early May. A Community Celebration with Music, Dance, Drama, Food, Flowers and Fun at Pierce Hall and on the Rochester Park from 2pm to 9:30pm. Dance is from 7:00pm to 9:30pm. Admission for dance: Adults $8.00; Kids & Students $5.00; Family $20.00. more information call 802-767-9100. Web site: http://wrvp.blogspot.com/.
Rochester - VT: Summer series of dances on 3rd Thursdays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at Pierce Hall, 38 Main Street, Rochester, VT. Sliding scale admission - $5-$10. If the price is a deterrent for you, talk with Aaron Marcus about volunteering. Web site: None.
Rutland - Evening of French Music and American Dance: Combined concert and contra dance from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at Grace Congregational Church on Court Street. Cost $10. For more information, Mary Barron at (802) 773-0095 or email@example.com. Web site: http://www.houseblend.org/.
Rutland - Attempting The World's Longest Contra Dance Line: Pretty self-explanatory. Location: The College of St. Joseph. Outside record attempt in the afternoon. Potluck, then an evening dance. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Attempting-The-Worlds-Longest-Contra-Dance-Line/1405616956326045.
Rutland - HEAL Benefit: There is a benefit contra dance happening in Rutland from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Grace Church in the Fellowship Hall (8 Court St. in Rutland). Proceeds benefit the HEAL trip to Kenya. Donation: $8/ $30 maximum per family. There will also be food available. Web site: None.
Ryegate: Family dance at the Ryegate Town Hall from 6pm to 8pm. Web site: None.
Ryegate - 250th Anniversary: Dance is part of the Ryegate 250th celebration. Location: Ryegate Town House, 128 Witherspoon Road, Ryegate, Vermont from 6pm to 9pm. All levels of dance experience welcome! Beginners and those with young families are especially encouraged to give this exciting traditional dance style a try. Each dance is taught with clear step by step instructions. Web site: http://www.ryegatevt.org/.
Saxtons River - Main Street Arts: Contra and square dance at Main Street Arts, 32 Main St. Saxtons River, Vermont 05154, beginning at 7:30 p.m. All dances will be taught. Experienced and beginner dancers are welcome. Suggested admission fee is $7. Web site: http://mainstreetarts.org/.
Saxtons River - Caribbean Contradance: Main Street Arts presents these dances - Follow the drummer's calls to learn contra-like dances infused with Caribbean moves from the island of Martinique from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Chivers Center on the Vermont Academy Campus, Saxtons River, Vermont. Admission: in advance $8 member / $10 non-members and at the door $14 members / $17 non-members. Web site: http://www.monadnockfolk.org.
Shelburne: Dance at the Shelburne Town Hall, from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Bring your friends and get ready to dance off all that excellent food. Beginners are welcome, please bring a pair of clean shoe, or socks to dance in. Only $8 gets you a full night of dancing and excellent music! 461-3224. Web site: http://www.queencitycontras.org.
Shelburne - Champlain Valley Folk Festival Benefit: Dance at the Shelburne Town Hall, 5376 Shelburne Road from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Ticket Pricing: $5.00 per person. Family/children's contra dance from 6:30-7:30 followed by an easy contra dance from 7:30-9. Beginners welcome! Bring clean shoes for dancing. A fun Friday night for families and friends! Admission: $5 per person proceeds will support the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. Phone: 802-862-4922. Web site: None.
Shelburne - Family Dance and Contra Dance: at the Town Hall in Shelburne. Family Dance 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Contra Dance from 7:45pm to 9pm. Contact 802-985-1124. Web site: None.
Shelburne - Guitar Workshop: With Keith Murphy from 3pm to 5pm at 338 Thompson Road in Shelburne. Contact 802-985-1124 or JJames@cssu.org - Web site: None.
Shelburne - Fiddle Workshop>: With Becky Tracy from 2pm to 4pm. For reservations and info contact Joplin James - firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: None.
Shelburne - Young Trad Camp: Annual Trad Camp sponsored by Young Tradition Vermont, being held at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School at 359 Turtle Lane in Shelburne, Vermont. At Trad Camp kids ages 7 – 18 learn traditional dance, music and song from local teachers and performers. Attendance will be limited to 50 campers. We have enrollment targets of 20 campers confirmed by March 1st, 30 by April 1st, 40 by May 1st and 50 by June 1st. Tuition will be $225 for the week. Please let us know if you're planning to attend. Program, registration, payment and deposit information to come. It would be very helpful if potential campers could fill out the simple preliminary registration form here. Visit here for more information about the Lake Champlain Waldorf School. Web site: http://youngtraditionvermont.org/.
Shelburne - Shelburne Museum: Dance as part of the opening celebration for the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education. Location: 6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT. Web site: http://shelburnemuseum.org.
South Hero: Dance at the Folsom Educational Center/Community Library, 75 South Street at 6pm. Presented by the South Hero Public Library. Contact email@example.com 75 South Street. Web site: http://southherocommunitylibrary.blogspot.com/.
South Royalton - Benefit for the Wellspring Waldorf School: Chef-Prepared Irish dinner 5:30-9:00pm; Family Dance 6:30-7:30; Regular Contras 7:30-10:30. Soft-soled clean shoes please. Event at the Royalton Academy on Rte 14. Dinner Info: Ann: firstname.lastname@example.org - Dance info: Sharon.email@example.com - Web site: wellspringwaldorfschool.org.
South Royalton - BALE Fest: Dance is part of BALE Fest: A Celebration of All Things Local on the Green. Dance is from 7pm to 9:30pm at the Red Door Church in South Royalton. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-498-8438. Web site: None.
South Stafford - Waltz: Sunday from 2pm to 4pm at Barrett Hall, Route 132. Social waltzing, casual instruction. Wear clean shoes. Drinks or munchies for the break would be welcome. Contact Gina Sonne at 802-785-4220 or waltzlover AT gmail.com for more information. Web site: None.
St. Johnsbury - New Year's Eve: The First Night celebration in St. Johnsbury includes a contra dance (most of the time). Web site: http://www.firstnightstj.com.
Starksboro: The Five Town Contra Dances 4th Saturday Contradance. $6 admission. Newcomers welcome. All dances taught. Please wear soft-soled shoes. Information: 453-4613. Dance is at the Starksboro Town Hall, Route 116. Web site: None.
Starksboro - Hand in Hand Barndance: Benefit Dance from 6pm to 9:30pm at the Sentinel Farms Barn in Starksboro (States Prison Farm Road and Route 116). All proceeds go to food and housing for Haitian orphans. Contact Kanga 610-724-1720. Web site: None.
Starksboro - Northeast Heritage Music Camp: Held in mid-June, the NHMC offers a highly diverse musical experience. We're a fiddle camp, but you can also study fretted instruments like guitar, banjo, and mandolin, not to mention flute, whistle, piano, piano accordion, and voice. We started out with a focus on Québecois music, Cape Breton music, New England music and other northeastern styles, but we soon broadened our scope to include such other traditional music styles as Irish music, Scottish music, old-timey (Appalachian) music, and Swedish music. What's more, if you enjoy ensemble work, we offer band classes, singing classes, and choruses. Web site: http://www.northeastheritagemusiccamp.com.
Stowe - Land Trust Benefit: Dance from 4pm to 6pm at Sterling Valley in Stowe. Benefit for the Stowe Land Trust. Contact email@example.com. Web site: http://www.stowelandtrust.org/.
Thetford - Waltz: Open waltzing at the Rice's Mills Community Association Building in Thetford Center at the corner of Route 132 & Tucker Hill Rd with waltzes and mixers. Admission: $6. Contact: Gina Sonne at WALTZLOVER at GMAIL dot COM. Telephone: 802-785-4220. Web site: None.
Tinmouth: Dances on the 3rd Friday of the month from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at the Tinmouth Community Center, 573 Route 140. Admission is $9 for adults and $7 for teens. $5 if you bring a first-timer. For more information call 702-235-2718 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: None.
Tinmouth - Solarfest: SolarFest, a weekend festival in July, blends art, education, and grassroots activism to inspire the conservation of Earth's limited resources, to promote renewable energy, and to support the creation of sustainable communities. It has entertainment including a contra dance. Web site: http://www.solarfest.org/.
Tunbridge: We host monthly dances. Everyone is welcome. Come to dance, watch and listen, or visit! All dances are taught. Dance is from 7:30pm - 10:30pm. Please wear soft soled shoes. Dress comfortably! Old time contra dance is an easy style of dance for beginners. If you find modern contra dancing a bit too fast or too overwhelming, then give old time contra dancing a try. After a little practice with us, you may find modern contra dancing easier. Most dances are held at the Tunbridge Town Hall on Rt. 110 in Tunbridge, Vermont. Watch for our special dance held annually at Damon Hall at 3-Corners on Rt. 5 in Hartland, Vt. Web site: http://edlarkincontradancers.org.
Tunbridge - World's Fair: Multi-day agricultural fair held in mid-September which features performances by the Ed Larkin Dancers and other groups. Web site: http://www.tunbridgeworldsfair.com/.
Tunbridge - Traditional Music & Dance Weekend: Held in late August at New Acadia Farm. Includes a wide range of activities, not just music and dance. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.newacadiafarm.com/.
Vergennes - French Heritage Day: Don't miss this free, educational fun-filled family day! Includes a wide variety of activities plus square dancing. Held in mid-July. Web site: http://www.addisoncounty.com/pages/event.asp?content=frenchheritageday.
Waitsfield: Lasagna Dinner and Community Contra Dance from 3:30pm to 6:30pm at the Waitsfield Elementary School in Waitsfield. Benefits the Afterschool Program. Web site: None.
Wallingford - Benefit: Dance from 6:30pm-9:30pm to benefit the PTO Playground Committee. The dance will be held at the Wallingford Elementary School, 126 School Street. and include a pie auction. Cost is $5/person and $15 per family. Dancing from 6:30pm o 7:50pm with the pie auction beginning at 8:00pm. Contact Jane Campbell at 802-446-2141 or email@example.com for more information. Web site: None.
Waterville: Family Contra Dance from 7pm to 9pm at the Waterville Town Hall in Waterville. Presented by the Cambridge Arts Council. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.artsfestvt.com.
Weathersfield: Dances at the Weathersfield Center (VT) Meetinghouse. 7:00 pm - $7 or family donation. Info call George Ainley 802.263.5217 (tel:802.263.5217). Web site: None.
West Newbury - Squares: Dances are held at the Community Hall on Tyler Farm Road starting at 8:00pm. Admission is by donation with all ages and abilities welcome. The dances include the old singing squares (Eastern style, barn dance style), along with things like Virginia Reel, Portland Fancy, Paul Jones, as well as slow waltzes, polkas, foxtrots, and others. For more information: 802-429-2316 or e-mail: email@example.com Web site: None.
West Thornton - Sugar on Snow Party: Once again it is sugaring season and time for the annual West Thornton Grange Sugar on Snow Party. Location: Thornton Central School on Route 175. Serving of the SOS starts at 7 so don't eat dessert. All the usual fixin's. Brad Benton does a great job of cooking down the syrup and serving it up. Dancing will begin at 8 (if we can manage it!) and continue till about 10. Sit-in musicians are most welcome to help fill out the sound. Plenty of room on that stage but, unfortunately, no piano. Sure would like to see you folks come and have a good time. Lots of local folks there for sure but don't let that scare you off. Price is $8 for adult, $4 for kids.
West Townshend - Benefit for Country Store: Potluck at 6:30pm, dance at 7:30pm at the store on Route 30. Benefit to keep the building open. Donations welcome. Contact: 802-874-7141. Web site: None.
West Windsor - Squares: The West Windsor Historical Society will sponsor "Spring Fling," an evening of old time New England dance hall music at Story Memorial Hall in Brownsville, from 7-9pm. Dancing dependent on whether sufficient people show up to dance. Admission is by donation, and all proceeds benefit the West Windsor Historical Society. Contact Adam Boyce for more information: (802) 484-7719 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: None.
Westford: Dance at the Westford School in Westford from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Web site: None.
Westmore: Community Dance at Fellowship Hall (corner of Route 5A with Hinton Hill Road) from 7pm to 10pm. Join your neighbors and friends at the Fellowship Hall with this classic form of group dancing, including traditional squares, contras, couple dances, and more. Bring a change of clean, soft-soled shoes to change into at the hall to avoid tracking grit onto the floor - and a snack to share at the break. Admission is $8 for most folks, free for those under age 16 and by contribution for senior citizens. All dances taught, no need to come with a partner, newcomers and beginners welcome. Sponsored by the Westmore Association. For more information, contact Martha McDaniel at 802-525-4798 or email@example.com. Web site: None.
Weston - Youth Dance Weekend: YDW is an awesome weekend (late September) of dancing, singing, playing music, hanging out, meeting people from near and far, and more dancing at the Kinhaven Music School. YDW is open to participants ages 18 and up, and is focused on encouraging youth participation and leadership in the dance and music community. Web site: http://www.youthdanceweekend.org/index.html.
White River Junction - Waltz: Open waltzing, mixers and casual instruction at the TipTop Building, Stuido 260, Main Street. Admission: $6. Contact: Gina Sonne at WALTZLOVER at GMAIL dot COM. Telephone: 802-785-4220. Web site: None.
White River Junction - Dance Organizers: CDSS Outreach Notes by Linda Henry, Outreach Manager. Announcing... an upcoming leadership event co-sponsored by CDSS! Puttin' on the Dance: A Conference for Northeast Dance Organizers will happen on November 11-13, 2011 in White River Junction, VT. If you organize any English or American dance series (contra, square, English country, community, family, etc.) in the northeastern U.S. or Canada, join us for this rare and exciting opportunity. Meet with peers, share ideas, learn new skills, dance, have fun, be organizer geeks, and more! For more information: Contact Chrissy Fowler (ME), Delia Clark (VT), Linda Henry (MA): NEDanceOrgs@gmail.com - And if you need support for a music and/or dance event or project, CDSS can help! See our Outreach Funds page to apply for a grant. The next deadline is April 1. Contact Linda Henry for logistical support and advice: firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-268-7426 x 105. Web site: http://www.puttinonthedance.org/.
Wilmington: An evening of community contra and square dances. Beginning and experienced dancers are both encouraged to attend. The program will include traditional New England contra dances, square dances, circle mixers, and couple dances. All the dances will be taught with a brief and helpful 'walk through'. Come to dance, visit with friends, enjoy this beautiful old hall and celebrate downtown Wilmington. This event is an opportunity for families and friends to come together to enjoy one of New England's revered traditional pastimes. Admission is by donation. For more information or directions to the hall contact Carlotta Giddings at Historic Memorial Hall, 464-2892. Web site: None.
Winooski: Square Dance with from 4pm to 7pm at the Monkey Bar in Winooski. Contact email@example.com. Web site: None.
Woodstock: Dances at the Little Theatre, On Route 4, West of the Woodstock Green. The Old Sam Peabody Contra Dance Band plays contra dance standards and lively French Canadian dance tunes guaranteed to please a roomful of dancers. Together with caller, Delia Clark, they build community through dance, reaching out to new dancers and experienced dancers alike and creating a wonderful evening for all. Admission: $8; Children and teens free. Schedule: Dance from 7pm to 10pm with a workshop at 6:45pm. Come for any or all of the evening. No partner or experience needed. Just be ready to have fun!! Questions: Steve Hoffman at 802-785-4039. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/oldsampeabody.
Woodstock - Squares - Shir Shalom: Evening starting with a pizza supper at 5:30 pm, with dancing to begin at 6:30 pm. If you want to eat and dance, the price is $15 per person or $30 per family. However, if you just want to come and dance, the price is $10/each. Hopefully, folks won't be quite so scared off by the price as they were last year. The space is quite large, with nice wooden floors to dance on! Shir Shalom is on US Route 4, just west of the Woodstock Union High School...look for the sign on the right hand side, heading west. Web site: http://www.woodstockvtjewish.org.
Worcester: Irish Ceili and Contra Dance from 7pm to 9:30pm at the Worcester Town Hall. Ceili from 7pm to 8pm with step dancing, Irish songs and Ceili dancing. Part of a Benefit Dance Series for the Worcester Town Hall. Collecting non-perishable items for the Worcester Food Shelf. Contact 802-229-9468. Web site: None.
Worcester - Carolan Festival: Day long celebration of Turlough O'Carolan including jamming, workshops and dancing. Event is held at Mallory Farm in late June. Web site: http://www.carolanfestivalworcestervt.com/ or http://carolanfestvt.webs.com/.
Worcester - 1st Friday: Dances at the Worcester Town Hall, Route 12. Cost $5 per person, $8-$12 per family (sliding fee scale). This is a not for profit event and the admission charge is to cover the rental fee of the Town Hall. Supper (veggie soup and bread) provided from 5:30pm-6:30pm, family dance from 6:30pm-8:00pm, dessert, tea and snacks at 8:00pm and different events from 8:30pm-10:00pm. Contact Michael Travis (802) 229-0173. Web site: None.
This page is part of the Contrdancelinks.com web site. For more information about contra dancing, visit these other site pages:
*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.