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Newsletter Highlight: Dance Revitalization in Palo Alto

Deadline: The deadline for our next issue (April-June) is February 1st, next Tuesday. We’d love your submissions. We’ve also posted a few articles from the current newsletter online and I wanted to highlight one today. Joyce Fortune wrote a wonderful piece entitled Revitalization: How Do You Make a Dance Come Back to Life (pdf) which looks at some […]

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Oberlin Dance Blogging

Oberlin College has had a significant dance scene for some time. In addition to a regular dance series on campus, the Oberlin Contra Dance Club, sponsors an annual dance weekend. The 12th Annual Dandelion Romp is coming up in April. From conversations with alums, I gather there’s significant participation from both the students and the […]

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A Week of Dancing on “Kentucky’s Backroads”

The Christmas Country Dance School at Berea College has been a place to celebrate and practice traditional dance, music, song and crafts since 1938. Lexington, Kentucky’s ABC news station did a nice piece on this year’s CCDS for a series called “Kentucky’s Backroads”. Read the story and see the video. (Or watch it fullscreen.) As […]

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Tony Parkes on a Caller’s Talents

What is “talent” when it comes to calling dances? What makes a talented caller? These are perhaps not questions one can fully answer in a sitting, but I’d like to share one pretty good stab at it. Tony Parkes, Boston-area caller of contras and squares, recently published the 2nd Edition of his landmark book, Contra […]

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Seven Questions for Larry Unger

Larry Unger has more miles under his belt than just about any other contra musician. For more than 25 years, he’s been on the road playing countless dances and composing hundreds of tunes. Recently his band Notorious — with Eden MacAdam-Somer (fiddle), Sam Bartlett (mandolin), Mark Hellenberg (percussion), and Mark Murphy (bass) — released their […]

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Tradition and Change

by Brad Foster, Executive & Artistic Director I gave a keynote address to the Southeast Dance Leadership Conference in North Carolina in October of this year. I wanted to show the lively and innovative state of change of contemporary life, and to contrast that to similar change in the past. I chose three videos to […]

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