At the Worcester contra dance, April showers held off long enough for us to enjoy einstein's little homunculus, a regular fixture at our June dance but coming to us early this season. The five-part band kept everyone moving with their lively music and variety of instruments.
Our calling was provided by Portland, Maine's own Dugan Murphy, completing a three-day contra-calling tour that took him to Concord and Greenfield. His final stop saw him introducing many newcomers to the pastime of contra, while veterans enjoyed the combined kinetic calling and music.
Einstein's Little Homunculus!
Down the hall and back!
Jeremy and Geoffrey discuss how to split the evening's take.
Dela offers a private beginner's lesson.
The front and back of the dance hall!
Stealing snacks at halftime.
Long lines, forward and back!
A backstage pass to elh!
Calling by Dugan Murphy!
We still have two dances left in the season, so please join us on May 12 for the music of Julie Metcalf & Mark David Buckles, with Dereck Kalish calling!
Thank you to everyone who came to our second dance of the season! We barely got in some wonderful dancing in before Hurricane Matthew opened the skies.
Making the trek from Portland, Maine, was Dugan Murphy, a renowned caller who made his Worcester debut. His thoughtful, encouraging beginners' lesson and energetic, diverse calling accommodated a variety of skill levels, making everyone feel welcome.
Musician Jim Fownes last played the Worcester dance in May 2015, but he returned this month in a different configuration alongside his daughter, Kathleen. Together, they form Light Reaction, whose music totally rocked our hall.
Our thanks to everyone who has been generous with our new sliding scale admission fees! Instead of raising the prices, we've counted on your goodwill to allow us to afford such wonderful talent to perform at our dances. Thank you for being such charitable dancers.
On that note: We're always looking for volunteers to help us open and close the hall for each dance! Please email us if you can donate an hour of your time in exchange for free admission.
Kathleen and Jim Fownes of Light Reaction.
This trio was meant to perform together.
Caller Dugan Murphy. You will never meet another caller who sells his own shirts.
The view from up top.
You're out now, but you'll be back in soon!
Welcome, Jess, to your first Worcester contra dance!
Just who does this little one belong to, anyway?