Next Dance August 31!
Plan on dancing in 2019 at NCSU! Dances usually start at 7pm until 10pm (free lessons begin at 6:30) Admission price $6 for students/faculty $8 general FREE LESSON!!! If you are new, please don't miss the FREE and helpful lesson--It will make your night of contra dance much more fun! And to all you many seasoned dancers, the new people could use your help, and you'll have an extra 3O minutes of dancing! Below is a video with a useful lesson --look at that AND come for the lesson.
Dancing is in the Coastal Ballroom at The Talley Student Union! The best place to park is the Reynolds Coliseum Parking Deck. Parking is free after 5 pm and on the weekends. Here is a MAP LINK Future Dates / Mark Your Calendar! September 30 October 27 November 17 So,…. What exactly is Contra Dancing? Contra dancing is a type of folk dance similar to, but in fact older than, square dancing. In Contra Dance, couples interact with other pairs in long lines of couples, and end up eventually dancing a turn with almost everyone in the line. An experienced person "calls the dance", instructing dancers with a practice dry run or "walk through", and then continuously calling throughout the dance along with the music. The caller keeps the beat and drives the dance, reminding dancers of the moves they practiced in the "walk through". A particular dance might last ten minutes or so, and the practiced moves are repeated every 64 beats, so dancers do the same set of moves repeatedly. Perhaps dancers will get to repeat the moves a dozen times or more with other couples up and down the line. When that dance is over, you thank your partner, invite someone else to dance, and quickly line up ready for a new dance. Contra Dance is fairly easy for beginners as we aare taught essentially everything one needs to know for each dance. The lesson is important and covers most of the basics. Throughout the night the caller will add details/instructions if a particular dance demands it. Between dances one can refine and clarify by asking experienced dancers to demonstrate steps and moves. During the evening,the caller prompts dancers throughout the actual dance, and you are always with a group of four people --so someone is bound to be able to help keep your group straight! Everyone gets mixed up sometime or another, but it is no big deal, and while you'll always want to try and improve, and avoid gumming things up, a mistake can be part of the fun. There's usually a large and friendly crowd, so it's easy to find a partner if you fly solo. Couples are encouraged to split up for some dances and dance with other people --it's just a dance! The point is to have fun and see that everyone else is having fun, too! Dances are becoming more and more gender neutral, meaning,… anyone can dance in any position, and it’s lots of fun to dance in a place that used to be declared as a more specific gender role (as men/women, ladies/gents, etc.). You may choose to lead or follow (even those terms are passing away), your comfort level is important, as long as it’s not challenging to others. It used to be that folk sat out often, whenever the gender numbers weren’t matching, but dancing any position makes for more people dancing and informs ud all in many ways. Here's a tip --don't wait to be asked to dance. It is even OK to ask someone for a future dance -- just remember you made that date! Best not to get too far ahead of yourself. Contra Dances are also nearby at UNC! Check them out on Facebook at: UNC-CH Contra Dance Club Triangle Country Dancers has long supported and assisted ContraDancesWithWolves. Here is a link to TCDANCERS.org, with many regular dances held in Carrboro (near Chapel Hill) and in Durham. Check them out! WATCH THIS WONDERFUL CONTRA DANCE LESSON! it's a link to a great 13 minute contra dance lesson -taught, or rather introduced by one of the best and well know callers, Mr. George Marshall. Watch to learn the basics and review to avoid 'spaghetti arms' and other nasty things! Click HERE! Here’s a cool Guardian article in praise of dance: Click HERE! Nils Fredland, an extraordinary Contra Caller, who visits NC and often calls at local and weekend deance events, referenced this article on his Facebook Page CONTRA ADDICTION This is a great article about Contra Dance from a newcomer's perspective: from the Louisville Magazine. Click HERE! Many people have the same experience and feeling at the NCSU Dances with Wolves! National Public Radio ran a fun article about Contra Dance entitled: Youth Flock To Contra Dancing Click HERE for a transcript and to listen -and then plan to Flock Over to NCSU Dances! You may meet someone special at our NC State contra dances, or just be glad you met and danced with so many great people. See you on the dance floor! SPREAD THE WORD! Share the Joy! TELL FRIENDS at OTHER SCHOOLS ABOUT CONTRA Here are some dances you can find throughout North Carolina and beyond EVERY NC DANCE / ContraDanceLinks.com a very comprehensive list by date and place ASHEVILLE Regional dances including the OldFarmersBall.com at Warren Wilson College CHARLOTTE DANCE GYPSIES CharlotteDanceGypsies.org GREENSBORO & WINSTON/SALEM FeetRetreat.com WILMINGTON / Cape Fear Contra Dancers WilmingtonContraDance.info OTHER DANCE LINKS and WEEKEND DANCE EVENTS at TCDANCERS.ORG MOST PHOTOS ARE COPYRIGHT © 2019, DOUG PLUMMER All Rights Reserved -used here with his permission. Check out his website: http://www.dougplummer.com COPYRIGHT © 2019, ContraDanceswithWolves.org, All Rights Reserved webmaster: Jack Anglin art@JackAnglin.com
Next Dance August 31!
Plan on dancing in 2019 at NCSU! Dances usually start at 7pm until 10pm (free lessons begin at 6:30) Admission price $6 for students/faculty $8 general FREE LESSON!!! If you are new, please don't miss the FREE and helpful lesson--It will make your night of contra dance much more fun! And to all you many seasoned dancers, the new people could use your help, and you'll have an extra 3O minutes of dancing! Below is a video with a useful lesson --look at that AND come for the lesson.
Dancing is in the Coastal Ballroom at The Talley Student Union! The best place to park is the Reynolds Coliseum Parking Deck, -free after 5 pm and on the weekends. Here is a MAP LINK Future Dates / Mark Your Calendar! September 30 October 27 November 17 So,…. What exactly is Contra Dancing? Contra dancing is a type of folk dance similar to, but in fact older than, square dancing. In Contra Dance, couples interact with other pairs in long lines of couples, and end up eventually dancing a turn with almost everyone in the line. An experienced person "calls the dance", instructing dancers with a practice dry run or "walk through", and then continuously calling throughout the dance along with the music. The caller keeps the beat and drives the dance, reminding dancers of the moves they practiced in the "walk through". A particular dance might last ten minutes or so, and the practiced moves are repeated every 64 beats, so dancers do the same set of moves repeatedly. Perhaps dancers will get to repeat the moves a dozen times or more with other couples up and down the line. When that dance is over, you thank your partner, invite someone else to dance, and quickly line up ready for a new dance. Contra Dance is fairly easy for beginners as we aare taught essentially everything one needs to know for each dance. The lesson is important and covers most of the basics. Throughout the night the caller will add details/instructions if a particular dance demands it. Between dances one can refine and clarify by asking experienced dancers to demonstrate steps and moves. During the evening,the caller prompts dancers throughout the actual dance, and you are always with a group of four people --so someone is bound to be able to help keep your group straight! Everyone gets mixed up sometime or another, but it is no big deal, and while you'll always want to try and improve, and avoid gumming things up, a mistake can be part of the fun. There's usually a large and friendly crowd, so it's easy to find a partner if you fly solo. Couples are encouraged to split up for some dances and dance with other people --it's just a dance! The point is to have fun and see that everyone else is having fun, too! Dances are becoming more and more gender neutral, meaning,… anyone can dance in any position, and it’s lots of fun to dance in a place that used to be declared as a more specific gender role (as men/women, ladies/gents, etc.). You may choose to lead or follow (even those terms are passing away), your comfort level is important, as long as it’s not challenging to others. It used to be that folk sat out often, whenever the gender numbers weren’t matching, but dancing any position makes for more people dancing and informs ud all in many ways. Here's a tip --don't wait to be asked to dance. It is even OK to ask someone for a future dance --just remember you made that date! Best not to get too far ahead of yourself. Contra Dances are also nearby at UNC! Check them out on Facebook at: UNC-CH Contra Dance Club Triangle Country Dancers.org has long supported and assisted ContraDancesWithWolves. Here is a link to TCDANCERS.org, with many regular dances held in Carrboro (near Chapel Hill) and in Durham. Check them out! WATCH THIS WONDERFUL CONTRA DANCE LESSON! it's a link to a great 13 minute contra dance lesson -taught, or rather introduced by one of the best and well know callers, Mr. George Marshall. Watch to learn the basics and review to avoid 'spaghetti arms' and other nasty things! Click HERE! Here’s a cool Guardian article in praise of dance: Click HERE! Nils Fredland, an extraordinary Contra Caller, who visits NC and often calls at local and weekend deance events, referenced this article on his Facebook Page CONTRA ADDICTION This is a great article about Contra Dance from a newcomer's perspective: from the Louisville Magazine. Click HERE! Many people have the same experience and feeling at the NCSU Dances with Wolves! National Public Radio ran a fun article about Contra Dance entitled: Youth Flock To Contra Dancing Click HERE for a transcript and to listen -and then Flock Over to NCSU Dances! You may meet someone special at our NC State contra dances, or just be glad you met and danced with so many great people. See you on the dance floor! SPREAD THE WORD! Share the Joy! TELL FRIENDS at OTHER SCHOOLS ABOUT CONTRA Here are some dances you can find throughout North Carolina and beyond EVERY NC DANCE / ContraDanceLinks.com a very comprehensive list by date and place ASHEVILLE Regional dances including the OldFarmersBall.com at Warren Wilson College CHARLOTTE DANCE GYPSIES CharlotteDanceGypsies.org GREENSBORO & WINSTON/SALEM FeetRetreat.com WILMINGTON / Cape Fear Contra Dancers WilmingtonContraDance.info OTHER DANCE LINKS and WEEKEND DANCE EVENTS at TCDANCERS.ORG MOST PHOTOS ARE COPYRIGHT © 2019, DOUG PLUMMER, All Rights Reserved -used here with his permission. Check out his website: http://www.dougplummer.com COPYRIGHT © 2019, ContraDanceswithWolves.org, All Rights Reserved webmaster: Jack Anglin art@JackAnglin.com