Driftless Folk School

Driftless Folk School Contra Dance Series

February 22, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Lace up those dancing shoes and come on out to La Farge! You’re invited to the Driftless Folk School Contra Dance Series in La Farge, Wisconsin, EVERY 4TH SATURDAY. What is contra dancing, you ask? Contra dancing is simply social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. The rest is just details (Read more below). Instruction provided, no experience required, singles welcome, childcare available, and homemade treats for sale.

Dates: 4th Saturdays – March 22, April 26, May 24, June 28, July 26, August 23
Instruction: 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Dance: 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $5, Under 18 free
Location: La Farge Community Center, 202 N State Street, La Farge, WI

JUNE 28th-The ARK in Viroqua-7:00 PM

 

Saturday, March 22, 2014
Inaugural contra dance, March 22nd with the Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers and Sue Hulsether!

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Saturday,  April 26, 2014
Tim Foss, Hans Verick, and Mark Ritchie and Sue Hulsether!

Saturday, May 24, 2014
The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers and Steve Pike from Madison!

Saturday, June 28, 2014
TBA

Saturday, July 26, 2014
TBA

Saturday, August 23, 2014
TBA

WHAT IS CONTRA DANCING?

A caller works with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. A dancer and his or her partner dance a series of figures, or moves, with each other and with another couple for a short time. They then repeat the same figures with another couple, and so on. The figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing. The figures are combined in different ways for each different dance. The caller teaches each dance before it is actually done to the music. This gives everyone an idea of what to expect so the movements can be easily executed. Contra dances are a place where people from many walks of life come together to dance and socialize. As long as parents are responsible for keeping non-dancing children out of harm’s way, everyone will enjoy everyone else’s presence. At most dance events in North America, people dance with a different partner for each dance.  You do not need to come with a partner!

This is 2014. Women can ask men to dance. At a contra dance this is certainly true and has been for some time. It might be just as common as men asking women, or more so. Women will sometimes dance with women, and men will sometimes dance with men. The above notwithstanding, it is a good idea at some point to dance the opposite role. It’s a real eye-opener! Be warned, however, that you’ll need extra alertness and concentration.

Contra dancers make eye contact whenever possible. This adds to the connectedness of the dance, and helps reduce dizziness, especially during the swing. It is also uncomfortable for some. Don’t let anyone tell you that you must make eye contact, but give it a try even if it’s a little uncomfortable. Expand your comfort zone. You might get used to it and even like it. Remember: they’re gazing into your eyes not because they love you but because they want to make the connection! Come on out and give it a try. We are excited to have you!