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CONTRA & BARN DANCES are wicked fun! They are public dances which are taught & prompted! Come alone, with friend, family, or as a couple; there are partners-a-plenty! Music includes Irish, New England & Quebecois jigs & reels and is performed Live! There is no smoking or alcohol, but there's plenty of dancing! Children are welcome. Wear cool, comfortable clothing and come join the fun! Wear non-marking footwear that move easily on the floor. Bring a water bottle. We look forward to seeing you at our dances!

Upcoming events (4)

HCD Quiet Corner Contra Dance! Fri 02/04/2022!

Patriot's Park Lodge

$12.00

HCD QUIET CORNER CONTRA DANCE, Fri 02/04/2022

*** VAX CERTIFICATE AND MASK ARE REQUIRED ***

● In-Person on Friday February the 4th!
● Basic moves 7:45pm, LIVE Dancing 8 - 11pm!
@ Patriots Park Lodge, 172 Lake Street, Coventry, CT 06238
● Yes, this is a masked dance. Bring your vaccination card and a mask. (A mask mandate is in effect for indoor public events in Coventry, so please do bring your own mask - it's essential).
● Liz Nelson based out of MA will be calling. A new voice on the contra scene, she is excited to bring her love of teaching to the dance community.
● LIVE MUSIC! "WILD NOTES" is an energetic and exuberant traditional acoustic group with roots in Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian, jazz, and classical music, has been described as "St. Patrick at a hoedown." As one fan put it, "Wild Notes will change your O'Doul's to Guinness!" With Mickey Koth on fiddle and various wind instruments, John Kalinowski on accordion, concertina, and fife, and Kasha Breau on keyboard and harp, they have played together since 1998, first as the Wingnuts, then as Wild Notes.
● We are part of the Hartford Community Dance group (HCD) and will be following their protocols:
*** 1) All attendees (e.g., organizers, volunteers, dancers, bands, callers, instructors, listeners) must be vaccinated (at least two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or one of J&J). Each must present their CDC vaccination certificate (photocopies and cellphone photos are OK).
*** 2) 3. All attendees (except the caller and band members, who will be segregated in one corner of the hall) must be masked, with masks covering mouth and nose.
*** 3) All attendees must sign and provide contact info (email or phone) on our contact tracing & waiver sheet. By signing each agrees: (1) I am vaccinated. (2) I am not ill today. (3) I understand that I am dancing at my own risk. (4) I will conform with HCD’s safety requirements and the instructions of the dance organizers.
● Admission is $12.00 per person OR..
Students (with ID, please) are asked to pay $6.
● Donations are greatly appreciated and encouraged!
● Google location map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Lake+St,+Coventry,+CT+06238/@41.7669658,-72.3086049,18z

Worcester Contra Dance, Sat. 02/12/2022!

Wesley United Methodist Church

$8.00

WORCESTER CONTRA DANCE, Saturday, 02/12/2022!
Wesley United Methodist Church's basketball court hall,
114 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608 - 7:00 pm
Come on up and join us in Central Massachusetts it's not far for live dancing!
● We have another fun-filled evening of live music and dance as we move joyously to the sounds of New Hampshire's band "Jumpstart" and caller Don Heinold!
● No experience is necessary. All dances are taught. Don't forget to bring your mask and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test with you. These are required for admission to the dance.
● For admission fees and further details refer to https://www.worcesterdance.org. We look forward to seeing you there! Google maps location:
● Parking is up State Street and turn left in behind the Wesley United Methodist Church.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/114+Main+St,+Worcester,+MA+01608/@42.26941,-71.8031027,17

HCD Contra Dance - Saturday Feb 12

Temple Beth Torah

$13.00

*** VAX CERTIFICATES AND MASKS ARE REQUIRED ***

*** The Covid situation is changing rapidly. Please recheck here before you actually travel to the dance. ***

● This month we feature HCD founder Jim Gregory calling to the great music of Fifer's Delight (Walt Sweet, flute; John Kalinowski, accordion; and Vince O’Donnell, fiddle).

● We dance 7:30 to 10:30, with a brief newcomer workshop at 7:15.

● Admission: $13.00 ($5 for students, $30 max for families)

● Location: Temple Beth Torah, 130 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. Please use the driveway side entrance, not the front entrance.

● Parking: Parking is tight. Please park on the street or in the public lot behind Keeney Hall (about 1/10 mi north on Main St). There's no parking on the Temple grounds. Please do not even turn into the Temple driveway (and, Lord forbid, please please do not turn into the drive of the house next to the Temple).

● All dances are taught and prompted by the caller. Our dances are smoke-, alcohol-, and fragrance-free. You don't need to bring a partner (but do feel free to bring friends!).

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Covid-related restrictions

1. All attendees (e.g., organizers, volunteers, dancers, bands, callers, instructors, listeners) must be vaccinated (at least two doses of Pfizer/Moderna or one of J&J). Each must present their CDC vaccination certificate (photocopies, cellphone photos, and CT vax passports are OK).

2. All attendees must sign and provide contact info (email or phone) on our contact tracing & waiver sheet. By signing each agrees: (1) I am vaccinated. (2) I am not ill today. (3) I understand that I am dancing at my own risk. (4) I will conform with HCD’s safety requirements and the instructions of the dance organizers.

3. All attendees (except the caller and band, who will be segregated in one corner of the hall) must be masked for the entire event, with masks covering mouth and nose.

● Google location map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Temple+Beth+Torah/@41.7095,-72.6565357,17z
● Mapquest location map: https://www.mapquest.com/us/connecticut/temple-beth-torah-355668658

Mystic Contra Dance (The Pie Dance), Sat Feb 26th 2022

Groton Senior Citizens Center

$10.00

MYSTIC CONTRA DANCE (The Pie Dance), Sat. Feb. 26th, 2022
● The Mystic Pie Contra Dance is having a dance with LIVE MUSIC and DANCING!
● In-Person Contra Dance! On Saturday February the 26th, 2022.
● Mingle at 7:30 pm, Basic moves 7:45, LIVE Dancing 8;00 - 11:00 pm!
● @ Town of Groton Senior Center: 102 Newtown Rd, Groton, CT. 06340
● RICH SBARDELLA will be calling, and music by WRY BRED with Robert Messore on guitar, Mickey Koth on fiddle and Julie Sorcek on flute or saxophone., who will amaze you with their exciting dance music!
● COVID: Don't forget to bring your mask and proof of vaccination or negative COVID test with you. These are required for admission to the dance.! Please bring your own water bottle and remember to wash your hands! We want everyone to be safe!
● PIE SLICES: Cherry and Custard pies home-made pie slices are offered at the break: $3/slice goes to the band and caller.
● Admission: $10, students $7, families $25, under twelve $2.
● The Groton Senior Center has plenty of parking!
● Dress is casual - wear cool comfortable clothing! Please bring shoes that move easily on the floor! There is a smoke & alcohol-free event.
● Google location map:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Groton+Senior+Citizens+Center/@41.3494649,-72.0323941,17z

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