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 joined the Worcester contra dance this season! It was such a joy to share the music and calling of our bands and callers with so many wonderful dancers, both new and veteran. And what a wonderful way to end the season with einstein's little homunculus and Don Veino!
Stealth shot of caller Don Veino.
LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU
Grand music from elh.
An eclectic band.
Merch! Only $10 per CD.
Committee members extraordinaire. (ALL committee members are extraordinary!)
einstein's little homunculus!
Blow, baby, blow.
Sit back and relax, enjoy the show!
LIVE FROM WORCESTER
Rockin' & rollin'!
Here comes Peter!
There are many ways to swing!
Go, Jenny, go!
So happy together.
Our next dance is September 9 — but you don't need to wait until then to get your dance fix! Nearby Rutland will be picking up our slack with two Saturday dances on June 17 and July 15, 8–11 PM. That first dance is less than a week away and features the calling of Tod Whittemore from Connecticut. Joining him will be Julie Metcalf and friends, whose music is sure to delight us all.
The dance will be held at the Finnish Heritage Society on Finn Park Road in Rutland. Admission is $10 per adult and $5 per student.
For more details, visit the website or RSVP on Facebook.
See you in Rutland this weekend and in Worcester this fall. Have a happy and safe summer in between!
Thank you to all who came to the closing dance of Worcester's season! Just as they did in 2011, Einstein's Little Homunculus sent us off in grand fashion. (More contra bands need drums!) Dan Pearl's calling was flawless as always, accommodating newcomers and veterans alike in line dances, circle mixers, and no squares whatsoever.
We look forward to seeing everyone at our next dance on September 13! In the meantime, please check out the below photos from our June dance; take our biennial survey; enjoy the Summer Contra Dance Series in Rutland, starting June 27!