A Jumping June

The Worcester contra dance closed its 2018–2019 dance season to the music of Concepdance and the calling of Rich Sbardella! The summer heat was slowly making its presence known, but we remained cool and comfortable with ice cream novelties at break time, alongside traditional snacks of crackers, almond bars, and fruit salad.

Speaking of refreshments, you can always count on us to keep you hydrated — the water flows freely at our dances! But starting in this fall, we're going to be environmentally friendly by asking dancers to bring their own water bottles. We appreciate your support as we seek to eliminate cups from our dances.

Thank you to everyone who made this season a success! We're looking for volunteers to assist with opening the hall and taking admission in the new year. If you're interested, please contact us!

A jocular June

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!

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!

A joyous June

Smoke & Mirrors

Thank you to all who came to our June dance! Although attendance was light, those who showed up had a wonderful time.

Our hall was filled with the music of Smoke & Mirrors, a group new to Worcester that came recommended by our friends in Northboro. Their tunes were complemented by the calling of Angela DeCarlis, a veteran of BIDA and Concord who raised the bar for Worcester's dancers with her diverse dance selection. Like Smoke & Mirrors, Angela was new to Worcester, and we welcomed the opportunity to host new talent at our venue. We expect we haven't seen or heard the last of these talented artists, band and caller alike.

The details of our 2016–2017 season are imminent, so sign up for our mailing list or Facebook group to get the details as soon as they're announced. In the meantime, have a great summer, and we'll see you on September 10!

A jubilant June

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!

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