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Contra Dancing in PrescottWe offer contra dancing with great bands and callers. Special rates for families over two, members, students, and teachers. Except for no dance in December, monthly fourth Saturday dances are held at the First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley, Prescott, from 7 to 10 PM.

Country Dance and Song Society Centennial Tour - Prescott Portion of the Arizona Tour, April 27 and 28, is All Free. This is Big!

The Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) is celebrating its 100th birthday by touring seven states, with Arizona privileged to be selected. The tour will be in Tucson Saturday, April 25 and Wednesday through Friday, April 29 though May 1, in Phoenix Sunday, April 26, and in Prescott Monday and Tuesday, April 27 and 28. Our friends in the Valley, Phoenix Music and Traditional Dance, have established an excellent, informative website http.phxtmd.org/cdss-tour.html Country Dance and Song Society also has a website, http:www.cdss100.org

Access these websites for further information. In total, statewide, there will be six dances and nineteen workshops!

Leading all this will be Carol Ormand, renowned contra dance and square dance caller and dance author and the nationally known band Maivish; Jaige Trudel, fiddler and music author; Adam Broome, guitarist, tune-smith, and songwriter; and Matthew Olwell, perscussionist, flutist, and internationally known step dancer, including clogging. To see a ten minute video of Maivish playing for a contra dance with caller Adina Gordan, goggle contra dancing Maivish and then click on Anina Gordan and "Maivish" at Glen Echo, MD.
Prescott was selected for the tour not only for having an active contra dance community but also due to our young persons' band, the Chupacabras, which plays four times a year for Prescott contra dances plus for other dances and events. 

All Prescott activities at Prescott Parks and Rec, 824 E. Gurley, the Old Armory. 

Two first workshops led by Carol Ormand and Maivish will be on April 27; Playing for Dancing from 1 to 2:30 and Laying the Grove from 2:45 to 4:15. The other two workshops by Ms.Ormand and Maivish will be on April 28; Melody Playing from 9 to 10:30 and So You Want to be a Caller from 10:45 to 12:15.  

The dance, contra with a little bit of square and English Country, will be from 7 to 10 PM on Monday, April 27.The Chupacabras will accompany Ms. Ormand and Maivish. During the intermission, after the waltz, there will be a step dance
demonstration by Matt Olwell.

All Activities Are Free!

Contra Dancing in Prescott, AZ

Introductory Contra Lesson from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM and Contra Dancing from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM. Dress is casual and smooth soled shoes work best. Beginners and experienced dancers are always welcome. Partners are definitely not required.

Donation: $8 general public
Newcomers pay your first time and come back for the second dance for free!
$6 members of Folk Happens! or other Arizona Contradance organizations, teachers, and students
$4 teacher and student members
Family Members after the first two are free

Receive a Discount:
Contra Dancer who brings in a “Newbie”, gets a dollar off of the admission price.

Local and out of town callers and bands generally alternate month to month.

For information call 928.925.5210

For monthly dances click here: CONTRA DANCE SCHEDULE
Need more information? Call Bruce at 928.445.3496.

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May Madness Dates: May 15-17, 2015

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