Sunday, November 29, 2009

End-of-Semester Dance

Come celebrate the impending snow and vacation with our final dance of the fall semester!

Friday December 11th
Note the time change: we're starting an hour later to catch some latecomers from a fiddle concert in town

As always, the last dance features the Wesleyan MEGABAND open to all. If you're interested in playing please email for more information on rehearsals and tunes we like to play.

Our dances are open to all - bring friends, family, professors, students, workmates!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Contra dance Friday the 13th

Contra dance!
Friday the 13th
Beckham Hall

Music by Rebecca McCallum (fiddle), Emily Troll (fiddle), and Josh Van Vliet (guitar)
Calling by Carl Levine.

SNACKS! provided by Folk Revival Initiative and by YOU

Contra dancing is a community event. Families welcome, beginners welcome. Bring your friends, your professors, your neighbors! All dances will be taught. Come enjoy the live music and social atmosphere.

Email with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Upcoming events

Scottish Country Dance Party
Wednesday October 28, 7-10, $10
First Church Hall, 190 Court Street, Middletown
(across from Klekolo's, entrance in back of building)
Live music and refreshments! Beginners welcome. Email for more information.

Jeremiah McLane and Dave Surette
Sunday November 1st at Russell House, 3pm
Beautiful accordian and guitar playing traditional dance tunes from all over the place. It's FREE!

Eilen Jewell and the Sacred Shakers
Friday November 6th at 8:00,
Amazingly good old-country music and gospel. It will be a great show. Don't miss this!

Contra dance!
November 13th 8-11, Beckham Hall, Wyllys Ave
Music by Josh Van Vliet, Emily Troll and Rebecca McCallum (guitar and fiddles)
Calling by Carl Levine from NY
Bring friends, bring beginners. Stop by after dinner or join us from start-to-finish. Snacks will be provided. It's FREE! (but there's a donation box if you can help us out a little)

If you're interested in helping out with the contra dance, or want more information about any of these events please email

Monday, September 28, 2009

Contra dance is back!

Our first contra of the year is less than a week away -

Friday, October 2nd
Beckham Hall

We have two fabulous musicians coming from Western Mass to play for us: Karen Axelrod on piano and Mary Lea on fiddle. Quality. Please join us and bring friends. It's easy and fun and everyone is welcome.

We'll also be having dances on November 13th and December 11th - mark your calendars!

We need some help to put on a big event like this, set-up, clean-up, snacks, dinner, sound... If you're interested in getting involved please email Volunteers are always treated to a free homecooked dinner beforehand (plus it's fun).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Balfa Toujours comes to Wesleyan!

We're starting the year off with a BANG

Our first event: dance party with Balfa Toujours!
Friday September 18th 10:30 Beckham Hall

Preceded by a concert at Crowell Concert Hall, 8:00. Get your tickets at

Preceded by a dance workshop at 4:30, pick up a little two-step and waltz. Not at all a pre-requisite for the dance, just some extra info for the curious.

Thanks to the CFA for sponsoring an entire night of wonderful Cajun music!
If you're curious about Balfa Toujours, check out their website, or this video:

Hope to see you there! As always, feel free to email with questions or suggestions.

PS Save these dates for upcoming contra dances: October 2nd, November 13th, December 11th.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Final Contra Dance

Our last contra of the year will be Tuesday, May 6th, Beckham Hall, 8-11 - don't miss it! Email for directions.

Stay tuned - we'll be back in the fall...

Megaband returns!

The Wesleyan Megaband will be playing the second half of our Final Contra Dance (next Tuesday, May 5th). All musicians welcome!

We will rehearse/jam for one hour Monday night (time TBA), so if you're interested in playing, please email with the times you would be free and the instrument you play.

I hope you'll join us!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Hip Bones

The Hip Bones (you may remember them from a fabulous dance at Wesleyan last year) will be playing Ralph Sweet's SHINDIG AT THE BARN this Sunday. Definitely check it out! More info and directions at

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

April 10th - (Not Just A) CONTRA DANCE

Hey everyone!

This time get ready for an evening of contra, squares, swing, schottische, and waltzing! Music provided by yours truly, Emily and Josh.

8-11 in Beckham Hall as usual

Bring friends, especially beginners, and get ready to dance your socks off! You do not need to know anything except how to have a good time.

Email with any questions.

Monday, March 23, 2009

March 27th - Special feature!

In the spirit of West Indian week, we'll be having a West Indian quadrille demonstration and teaching by Wesleyan students of WISA (West Indian Student Association).

Way cool! Come early so you don't miss it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Next Dance: March 27th

Celebrate the start of spring with a contra dance!

Friday, March 27th
Beckham Hall

Lively (and very much alive) music by:
Steve Hickman and Karen Axelrod

Calling by: DeLaura Padovan

Everyone is welcome, as always. Bring friends and beginners! Invite a professor!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

January Dance

First dance of Spring 2009!

Friday January 30th


Beckham Hall (Wyllys Ave)

Music by: Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, Owen Marshall

Calling: Rebecca Lay

Beginners and friends always welcome! It’s gonna be good...