Category: Dance

A Winter Weekend in Woodstock

What a wonderful weekend spent with my contradance community in Woodstock, Connecticut. This was the 2nd Winter Weekend Retreat of the Lavender Country Folk Dancers (LCFD). Three nights and three days of smoozing, dancing, game-playing, eating, relaxing, and bonding. About thirty men and women descended upon the Senexet House, a retreat center that started out…

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Saturday Night Fever

The Annual LCFD Autumn Dance Camp in Becket, Massachusetts. A marvelous weekend of dancing and hugging and singing and everything there is to love about life. Elixir with Nils Fredland calling at the Saturday night dance in which “festive dress” is encouraged. Elixir features Nils Fredland calling, trombone and vocals; Ethan Hazzard-Watkins: fiddle; Jesse Hazzard-Watkins:…

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Abbots Bromley Horn Dance

Each fall and spring since 2009, I have been attending the LCFD Dance Camp. It’s a wonderful weekend in New England devoted to contradance, English Country dance, waltzes, and other fun moves. Twice now, I have been part of a performance of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. Thom Yarnal explains its history: The Abbots Bromley…

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How I Discovered Contradancing

It is a snowy evening, and the marching band is hosting a fundraiser at the LGBT Center as part of the 25th year celebrations. While we are amusing ourselves on the first floor with yet another Powerpoint presentation of the marvels of the LGBAC, there is a costumed Winter Ball happening on the third floor,…

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