Downtown
Amherst
Contradance
Most Wednesdays - 7:30-10:30
Beginners Lesson at 7pm - bring your friends!
 
 
Newcomers and beginners ALWAYS welcome! 
Intro lesson at 7pm at every dance
FREE ADMISSION for new dancers who attend Intro Lesson!
Masonic Lodge 99 Main Street - Amherst, MA
 (near the Black Sheep Deli and the Police Station)
Admission: $10, Students: $8, High School: $6
Please bring water and clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the wood floor. 
This is a Fragrance-Free and Substance-Free event. Please refrain from wearing highly scented products. Dances are smoke, drug and alcohol free.
 

Dance Schedule 

July 15, 2015
Music: Atlantic Crossing
Calling: Ron Blechner

Great northern Vermont-based band Atlantic Crossing returns, featuring Viveka Fox on fiddle, bodhran, djembe; Peter Macfarlane on fiddle, low whistle and vocals; Tristan Henderson on mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, foot percussion, vocals and more; Rick Klein on guitar and vocals.






July 22, 2015
Music: The Dead Sea Squirrels
Calling: Nicholas Smith

The Dead Sea Squirrels is a versatile band that plays the traditional music of the American South, both instrumental and vocal, a rich stew of archaic British transplanted ballads; haunting modal tunes and songs, African-rooted rhythms and blues; Cajun waltzes two-steps; Celtic-influenced guitar nuances; and old-time fiddle and banjo tunes – driving and stately, bouncy, quirky and often eerily beautiful.

Members of the band consist of Cathy Mason on fiddle, Craig Edwards on fiddle, banjo, button accordion, guitar, mandolin and vocals, and Henry Yoshimura on guitar. We have played and toured widely on the East Coast, and have rocked the house at dances, music weekends, parties and concerts.






Friday, July 24   8–11ish pm 
 Challenging Contras 
Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA

July 24, 2015
Music: T-Radicals
Calling: Linda Leslie

A stellar musical group: David Cantieni on winds, Randy Miller on fiddle, Roger Kahle on guiltar, Ann Percival on keyboard and accordion. With one of New England’s favorite callers, Linda Leslie, serving up a program of “challenging” dances to occasionally turn your head and also make you smile  :-D

This dance is open to anyone but will be geared toward experienced dancers so it’s probably not the best night to introduce someone to contra (there will not be a beginner lesson). 

"Experienced" means:

 You know how to do a roll away, California twirl, pass through to a wave, contra corners, and the basic moves without being taught
 You know where to be at the start of each dance phrase and how to recover from a lapse
 You assist your partner and neighbor to the next move
 You execute flourishes safely and on time without disturbing others

The Greenfield Challenging Contras 4th Friday series is managed by Will Loving. For further information see the series Facebook page.



July 29, 2015
Music: Cardinal Direction
Calling: Warren Doyle

Massachusetts-based band Cardinal Direction (formerly Firefly) brings beautiful melodies and relentless energy to dance floors and listening audiences across the Northeast. Cardinal Direction is Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle, Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens on clarinet, and Jonathan Cannon on guitar.  Their repertoire is drawn from the Irish, New England, and Quebecois traditions, and seamlessly mixes oldies-but-goodies with modern compositions. They take particular pleasure in playing for contra dances, where their love of the drive and flow of the dance comes across clearly in their music.






August 5, 2015
Music: Party of Three
Calling: Jack Mitchell

Party of Three brings together three musicians from diverse musical backgrounds who share a depth of experience playing for dancing. Combining high energy Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle music with Latin and Funk influenced piano and drum grooves, Party of Three has been enthusiastically received by dancers across the mid-atlantic and northeast. Members include Lilly Pearlman on fiddle, Neil Pearlman on piano, mandolin and banjo, and Joe De Paolo on drums, doumbek and bodhran.






August 19, 2015
Music: The Moving Violations
Calling: Kristin Seibert

Valley favorites return! Van Kaynor on fiddle; Ron Grosslein on fiddle and mandolin; Chuck Corman on bass, guitar, percussion; Eric Eid-Reiner on keyboard. Nationally touring, North Carolina based caller Kristin Seibert graces our stage for the first time.






August 26, 2015
Music: Tempest
Calling: Jacqui Ann Grennan (Los Angeles, CA)

More to come...





Friday, August 28   8–11:15 pm 
 Challenging Contras 
Guiding Star Grange, Greenfield, MA

August 28, 2015
Music: Giant Robot Dance
Calling: Bob Isaacs

Three pairs of brothers, light up the stage with the most amazing variety of contra music you’ve ever heard. Expect to hear pop, jazz, tv series theme songs, 70s funk and whole lot more played with a whole lot of style.

This dance is the first part of a special Giant Robot Dance weekend which will include an English Country Dance from 3-6pm on Saturday and the regular Saturday night Contra Dance. Combination tickets will be available and a special “English as a Second Language: Intro to English Country for Contra Dancers” will be held at 2:30 on Saturday.

This dance is open to anyone but will be geared toward experienced dancers so it’s probably not the best night to introduce someone to contra (there will not be a beginner lesson). 

"Experienced" means:

 You know how to do a roll away, California twirl, pass through to a wave, contra corners, and the basic moves without being taught
 You know where to be at the start of each dance phrase and how to recover from a lapse
 You assist your partner and neighbor to the next move
 You execute flourishes safely and on time without disturbing others

The Greenfield Challenging Contras 4th Friday series is managed by Will Loving. For further information see the series Facebook page.




September 2, 2015
Music: Russett Trio
Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

More to come....




September 16, 2015
Music: ‘Techno’ contra with Buddy System
Calling: Dave Eisenstadter

Buddy System is Noah VanNorstrand of Great Bear Trio on fiddle and guitar and Julie Vallimont on keyboard, accordion, synths, effects and jaws harp. They are guaranteed to set your feet a-dancin’ with their musically rich blend of live fiddle and keyboard infused with infectious beats, loops, samples. Dramatic lighting with black lights and lasers (but no strobes). Bring your favorite glow-in-the-dark clothing, face paint, etc!






SPECIAL EVENT: OUR FIFTH ANNIVERSARY DANCE!
Cake, Desert Potluck, fabulous music and calling!

September 23, 2015
Music: JEMS
Calling: Will Mentor

More to come....








September 30, 2015
Music: The Free Raisins
Calling: Ron Blechner

The Boston-based Free Raisins are one of our favorite bands and we’re delighted to have them back to play for us, with:
Audrey Knuth — Fiddle
Amy Englesberg — Piano
Jeff Kaufman — Mandolin, Octave Fiddle

Local favorite Ron Blechner provides clear calling and fun dances.








October 7, 2015
Music: Ed Howe & Owen Morrison
Calling: Adina Gordon

More to come....





October 21, 2015
Music: John Coté & Audrey Knuth
Calling: Dave Eisenstadter

More to come....





October 28, 2015
Music: ‘Techno’ contra with Buddy System
Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

Buddy System is Noah VanNorstrand of Great Bear Trio on fiddle and guitar and Julie Vallimont on keyboard, accordion, synths, effects and jaws harp. They are guaranteed to set your feet a-dancin’ with their musically rich blend of live fiddle and keyboard infused with infectious beats, loops, samples. Dramatic lighting with black lights and lasers (but no strobes). Bring your favorite glow-in-the-dark clothing, face paint, etc!






November 4, 2015
Music: Nor’easter
Calling: Will Mentor

More to come....







SPECIAL EVENT: “Stylistic Contra” with Lisa Greenleaf
A special evening to tune up your dancing and learn the subtleties that change a dance from fun to sublime.

November 18, 2015
Music: Peter Seigel, Audrey Knuth, Everest Witman
Calling: Lisa Greenleaf

More to come....





December 2, 2015
Music: Glen Loper, Julie Metcalf, Bethany Waickman
Calling: Nils Fredland

More to come....







December 16, 2015
Music: Bartieni Street
Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

Come join us Downtown for a fun evening of dance and music from this unique ensemble. Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle), David Cantieni (winds) and Peter Barnes (keyboard and guitar).





December 30, 2015
Music: Pete’s Posse
Calling: Will Mentor

Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over hi-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards. Old songs and tunes, lyrical and driving, along side brand new ones. That’s the multi-generational heart and mind of PETE’S POSSE, at work and at play.





December 31, 2015 at the Guiding Star Grange
Music: NOVA
Calling: Nils Fredland

NOVA exploded onto the scene last year and has been thrilling dancers ever since. They’ll be making only a few appearances with us this year due to busy schedules, so don’t miss them. NOVA is Kathleen Fownes on fiddle; Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin on keyboard, accordion and foot percussion; Everest Witman on guitar. The amazing Nils Fredland calls and electrifies the floor with his trombone!





January 6, 2016
Music: The Moving Violations
Calling: Maia McCormick (from NYC)

Valley favorites return! Van Kaynor on fiddle; Ron Grosslein on fiddle and mandolin; Chuck Corman on bass, guitar, percussion; Eric Eid-Reiner on keyboard.





January 20, 2016
Music: ‘Techno’ contra with Buddy System
Calling: TBA

Buddy System is Noah VanNorstrand of Great Bear Trio on fiddle and guitar and Julie Vallimont on keyboard, accordion, synths, effects and jaws harp. They are guaranteed to set your feet a-dancin’ with their musically rich blend of live fiddle and keyboard infused with infectious beats, loops, samples. Dramatic lighting with black lights and lasers (but no strobes). Bring your favorite glow-in-the-dark clothing, face paint, etc!





January 27, 2016
Music: Great Bear Trio
Calling: TBA

The amazing Great Bear Trio returns to Amherst! New York based Great Bear Trio features brothers Andrew VanNorstrand (fiddle, guitar and bouzouki) and Noah VanNorstrand ( fiddle, mandolin, feet) and their mom, Kim Yerton (piano).





February 6, 2016
Music: The Free Raisins
Calling: TBA

The Boston-based Free Raisins are one of our favorite bands and we’re delighted to have them back to play for us, with:
Audrey Knuth — Fiddle
Amy Englesberg — Piano
Jeff Kaufman — Mandolin, Octave Fiddle

Local favorite Ron Blechner provides clear calling and fun dances.








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Dances organized by Amherst Area Contradances, a group of local dance enthusiasts. For information, Click HERE 

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Beginners
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