• Contra Dance featuring the Sparklers with caller Janet Shepherd

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 7pm with the dance actually starting at 7:30. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $4 for those 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. The Sparklers play lilting dance tunes from Ireland, Cape Breton, Quebec, and New England and the Southern US for your dancing pleasure. The band name reflects the shimmering sound of the hammered dulcimer played by Rob Angus, accompanied by Jim Cauthen on fiddle and Joyce Cauthen on guitar. Janet began calling shortly after moving to Atlanta in 1990, and has been a mainstay there ever since. With smooth walk-throughs, infectious humor and a dash of southern charm she has delighted dancers throughout the Southeast and states beyond. Whether with zippy contras, rowdy squares, or quirky odd formations, she is always brewing up fun for every crowd. • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

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  • Contra Dance featuring Contraplicity!

    YWCA

    $10.00

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 7pm with the dance actually starting at 7:30. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $4 for those 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. Jef Hodge will be calling and the music will be provided by an Atlanta band, Contraplicity, Bob Kirkman (fiddle), Stven Carlberg (piano), Bill Porter (flute) play flowing, textured danceable music. Jef Hodge is a delightful caller. This combo will make this a dance you won't want to miss. • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

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  • Contra Dance featuring Over The Moon!

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 7pm with the dance actually starting at 7:30. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $4 for those 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. Doug Singleton has been calling around the Southeast and Midwest USA now for 20 years calling contras, squares, unusual figures and mixers. His calling includes high energy dances with lots of interesting patter and a clear and concise teaching style. Over the Moon (ō-vər t͟hə mün) (noun) from the Abridged Encyclopedia of Contra Happiness: 1. Smooth high-octane joy, grace, lift and flirtation. 2. A wide variety of music and styles from traditional New England to modern and jazzy, from graceful jigs to hot Irish reels, with many stops in-between, always keeping the beat clear and the dance moving. 3. Robin Behn, flute and whistle (of Waxwing); Dave Marcus, concertina, (of Holy Coyote and Reelplay); Robbin Marcus, piano from, (of Renewable Energy and Reelplay). • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

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  • Contra Dance with Flying Jenny!

    YWCA

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 7pm with the dance actually starting at 7:30. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $4 for those 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. Flying Jenny is an old-time string band full of vim, vigour and verve. Laura Vines (banjo) and Jim Cauthen (fiddle) play zesty dance melodies with rhythm provided by Joyce Cauthen, guitar, and Rachel Turner, bass.Our own Naomi Anderegg will call all the right dances. • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

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  • New Year's Eve Contra Dance!

    YWCA

    $15.00

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 8:30pm with the dance actually starting at 9. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $15 PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. You will have a great time celebrating New Year's Eve with Birmingham Footmad while you dance to the music of the Ed (great fiddler) and Elsie (fine rhythm piano player) and the top-notch calling of Deanna Palumbo. We go all out for this dance with decorations, lots of good food and we ring in the New Year with gusto. • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

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  • Turkey Trot Contra Dance

    YWCA

    $10.00

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 7pm with the dance actually starting at 7:30. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $4 for those 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. If you go out of town for Thanksgiving be sure to come back in time to dance at Footmad's special Turkey Trot Dance. If folks come to visit you for Thanksgiving, you all should pile in the car and come dance to the music of the Red Mountain Yellowhammers from Birmingham. They have a long record of delighting dancers across the nation with great tunes played with high energy. Members are Jim and Joyce Cauthen, Philip Foster, Jamie Finley and Nancy Jackson. Matthew Beadlecomb is also from Birmingham but now comes to us from Nashville, where he is a frequent caller, dancer and dance musician. He's really fun. • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) This dance is also a benefit for the YWCA's Santa's Workshop. We will be collecting new unwrapped gifts and donations for children living in homelessness and transitional shelters. • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

  • Contra Dance with FOOTMAD

    YWCA

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 7pm with the dance actually starting at 7:30. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $4 for those 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. Your 5th dance is free. PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. Carter Laney of Birmingham is a really talented guy who plays most stringed instruments and puts together fun old-time bands for our dances. With our own Naomi Anderegg calling we'll have a great home-team dance. • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

  • Contra Dance to ReelPlay - Costumes encouraged!

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 7pm with the dance actually starting at 7:30. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $4 for those 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. Your 5th dance is free. PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. Reelplay, from Atlanta, is Doug Olsen (mandolin), Dave Marcus (concertina), and Robbin Marcus (piano.) All are talented musicians who play lovely, textured arrangements of contra dance tunes. Rob Harper is a expert teacher and dynamic caller from Atlanta. • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

  • Contra Dance to Contra Mantra

    YWCA

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 7pm with the dance actually starting at 7:30. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $4 for those 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. Your 5th dance is free. PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. Contra Mantra is a three-piece contra dance band based out of Nashville, TN. They give new life to traditional music from Appalachia, Ireland, and Quebec among many others. They also compose and perform original compositions. Contra Mantra focuses on creating danceable music that will move you through a range of emotions and energy levels. From soft and sweet to high energy and upbeat, Contra Mantra delivers a fantastic dancing and listening experience. Contra Mantra is comprised of Nick Bergin (keyboard), Matthew “Beadle” Beadlecomb (fiddle, guitar, and foot percussion), and Becca Darling (fiddle and guitar). Rachel Bergin, a Nashville caller, will make her B'ham debut with the band. • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

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  • Contra Dance to Flying Jenny

    YWCA

    • What we'll do Join us for a fun contra dance. A beginner lesson starts at 7pm with the dance actually starting at 7:30. No partner needed! Spread the word and bring a friend or two. COST (at the door): $10 for adults, $8 for college students, $4 for those 13-18, and free for those 12 and under. Your 5th dance is free. PARKING: A lighted parking lot with security cameras is beside the YWCA on 3rd Ave. N. There is also street parking. Vicki Herndon of Chattanooga doesn't get down our way much and we are looking forward to her skillful, fun calling to the driving music of Flying Jenny of Birmingham made up of Jim Cauthen, fiddle; Joyce Cauthen, guitar; Laura Vines, banjo, and Rachel Turner, bass. This sounds like a really enjoyable dance. • What to bring Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes. Bring a water bottle if you have one to stay hydrated (contra dancing is good exercise!) • Important to know Contra dancing is social dancing, but everyone dances with everyone. No partner needed as there will be plenty of folks at the dance. :-)

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