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 first-time contra dancers!

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


September 17, 2014

Music: The Fabulous Stringrays!

Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

The fabulous StringRays are coming to Downtown Amherst! The StringRays include: New Hampshire Artist Laureate and fiddler Rodney Miller, Max Newman (guitar and mandolin), and Stuart Kenney (upright bass and banjo)! Coach Steve Z-A will be calling the plays for you!



4th Anniversary Celebration

September 24, 2014

Music: Perpetual e-Motion

Calling: Lisa Greenleaf

Come help us celebrate the beginning of our fifth year at the Downtown Amherst Contra Dance! Maine-based Ed Howe (electric fiddle) and John Cote (guitar, digeridoo and foot percussion) bring together superb musicianship and stack of custom-built electronics to create some of the most infectious dancing music you’ve ever heard. John and Ed easily flow from traditional, unadorned fiddle and guitar tunes to their own unique mix of looped and live layers. You won’t believe that two guys can make that much sound and it’s guaranteed to keep you moving all evening. The master caller Lisa Greenleaf joins us for our grand celebration.



October 1, 2014

Music: The Gig Hunters

Calling: Melanie Axel-Lute

Gig Hunters perform regularly throughout the northeast, bringing a mix of old time, Irish and Quebecois tunes to the dance and concert hall.  Gig Hunters will make you hoot and hollar to their rockin’ tunes!  Julie Metcalf and Eric McDonald first met at Berkley School of Music in Boston, MA.  Their paths were crossed once again with the help of veteran musician Stuart Kenney, who likes to tell it like it is… “We’re the Gig Hunters and we’re lookin’ for a job!”.




October 15, 2014

Music: Red Shift (Eric McDonald & Brendan Carey-Block)

Calling: Nils Fredland

High energy, great music! Eric McDonald (guitar, mandolin) and Brendan Carey Block (fiddle), both from the band Matching Orange, bring it home! The fabulous Nils Fredland calls.



October 22, 2014

Music: Techno Contra with Julie Vallimont & Jon Cannon

Calling: Will Mentor

Julie Vallimont on keyboard, synth, effects, accordion, and jaw harp, Jon Cannon on fiddle. Black light and laser effect “club” lighting will kick in after the first dance. Wear white or other black light clothes to stand out! Neon highlighters are great for temporary UV reactive tattoos.




October 29, 2014

Music: Perpetual e-Motion

Calling: Dave Eisenstadter

Two of the best around, back again!



November 5, 2014

Music: The Moving Violations

Calling: Linda Leslie

Driving double fiddle harmonies, strong rhythm, affectionate abandon and occasional silliness prevails. Original compositions as well as Celtic, Eastern European, Swedish, Klezmer, and Classical are all fair game for The Moving Violations: Van Kaynor - fiddle, Ron Grosslein - fiddle, mandoliin; Chuck Corman - bass, guitar, percussion; Eric Eid-Reiner - piano!



November 19, 2014

Music: Stuart Kenney & Friends

Calling: Steve Zakon-Anderson

Stay tuned for details.



December 3, 2014

Music: Nor’easter

Calling: Nils Fredland

“ toe-tappin', foot-stompin', shoe-shufflin', heel-clickin', booty-shakin' ”
the fabulous Nor’easter returns to Downtown Amherst. Nor’easter has the distinction of playing the first ever Burning Man contradance in addition to wowing dancers all over the country. Nor’easter features Julie Vallimont on keyboards, Cedar Stanistreet on fiddle and Max Newman on guitar and mandolin. Come hear one of the finest bands in the Northeast with calling by the equally fine Nils Fredland calling. Nils teaches a great beginning workshop so bring your friends at 7 for a great intro to contra dancing.



December 17, 2014

Music: Bartieni Street

Calling: Quena Crain

Come join us Downtown for a fun evening of dance with calling from another of our nationally touring local favorite, Quena Crain, and fabulous music from Cedar Stanistreet (fiddle) of Nor’easter, David Cantieni (winds) of Wild Asparagus, and Peter Barnes (keyboard and guitar). Last time this group played ended in a standing ovation.




SPECIAL NEW YEARS DAY DANCE

January 1, 2015 (Thursday)

Music: Nova

Calling: George Marshall

Start the year off right...with a contra dance. Nova has exploded on to the contra music scene like...well, a Nova. Fiddler Kathleen Fownes leads this group of very hot, young musicians, including Everest Whitman on guitar and Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin on keyboard, accordion and feet. And, we’re thrilled to have internationally known (and local favorite) caller George Marshall joining us!




January 7, 2015

Music: The Moving Violations

Calling: Ron Blechner

Driving double fiddle harmonies, strong rhythm, affectionate abandon and occasional silliness prevails. Original compositions as well as Celtic, Eastern European, Swedish, Klezmer, and Classical are all fair game for The Moving Violations: Van Kaynor - fiddle, Ron Grosslein - fiddle, mandoliin; Chuck Corman - bass, guitar, percussion; Peter Barnes - piano!




January 21, 2015

Music: TECHNO Contra with PHASE X

Calling: Mary Wesley

Chris Jacoby – guitar, mandolin, accordion, electronica; Ross Harriss – alto/soprano sax, guitar, electronica Contras with a Techno beat under black light. Mary Wesley will be calling contra dances to the music of Phase X which weaves together familiar contra tunes with pop/alternative music. Check out the videos of Phase X and techno contras at http://youtu.be/uJufGcIgzvw and at http://youtu.be/FioFnaEWtZY  Black light and laser “club” lighting will kick in after the first dance. Wear white or other black light reactive clothes to stand out! Neon highlighters are great for temporary UV reactive tattoos.






Click here to download a PDF of the current Amherst flyer


Dances organized by Amherst Area Contradances, a group of local dance enthusiasts. For information, contact Will Loving


This dance series is funded in part by the New Leaders, Good Leaders Fund of the Country Dance and Song Society


 







Beginners
Welcome!
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All Dances
Taught!
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No Partner
Needed!
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Please
Bring Clean,
soft-soled
Shoes!
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Download the
current Flyer
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