North Texas Traditional Dance Society

NTTDS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization that promotes a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing, its music, its history, and related folklore. We are a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society.


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The North Texas Traditional Dance Society's
16th Annual Spring Contra Dance Weekend
When In Doubt, Swing! (WIDS) XVI
Dallas, Texas, March 31 - April 2, 2006

Great Bear Trio

Gaye Fifer
calling to the music of
The Great Bear Trio
Teenage brothers Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand
on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, didgeridoo, djembe, etc.
and mother Kim on piano
at the
Sokol Athletic Center
5600 Sq Ft wood floor

Gaye Fifer, from Charlottesville , VA has been a caller and teacher at almost every dance weekend in the eastern US. She delights dancers with her clear walk-throughs and smooth-flowing contras. Gaye and partner Wayne Albright also teach enchanting waltz workshops. With their engaging and entertaining style, they teach moves to really get dancers connecting with each other and the music.

The Great Bear Trio is an exciting and energetic family band from Fulton, NY, performing a unique blend of Celtic, French-Canadian, Scandinavian and Appalachian music. Andrew often takes the lead on fiddle or nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed-fiddle) as well as playing accompaniment on guitar, bouzouki and banjo. Noah is also a gifted fiddler and mandolin player but he adds a powerful groove to Great Bear on an assortment of world-beat percussion instruments including the African djembe and the Australian didgeridoo. The boys are joined by their mother Kim, playing a solid and inventive style of piano all her own. They were the headliners at the 2005 Dance Flurry weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY. More band info: http://www.vfiddle.com

Schedule:
Friday, March 31
3:00 pm - 7:30 pm : Setup
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm : Registration
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm : Contra Dance - Gay and Great Bear Trio
11:00 pm - ??? : Party at Jim Mills' House

Saturday, April 1
9:00 am - 9:30 am : Continental Breakfast
9:30 am - 10:45 am : Contra Smooth Moves - Gaye and Great Bear Trio
11:00 am - 12:15 pm : Progressive Double Two Step, Part I
12:15 pm - 2:00 pm : Lunch (on your own)
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm : Progressive Double Two Step, Part II
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm : Challenging Contras - Gaye and Great Bear Trio
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm : Supper (on your own)
8:00 pm - 11:15 pm : Contra Dance - Gaye and Great Bear Trio
11:15 pm - ??? : Party at Rhonda Beckman's House

Sunday, April 2
10:00 am - 12:00 pm : Brunch
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm : Contra Dance - volunteer band and callers
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm : Cleanup

Cost (no pre-registration needed):
Adults: Entire Weekend: $60 ($70 after March 4)
Adults: Partial attendance:
Friday = $15, Saturday daytime = $25, Saturday night = $15, Sunday = $15
Children 12 and under half price.

Registration: Print, fill out, and send Registration form to
Jimmy Boyer, 11702 Lochwood Blvd, Dallas, TX 75218
jimbodance(at)yahoo.com, 214-324-5691

Hospitality: Melody Ball, melodyba(at)swbell.net, 214-827-8980
Hospitality requests after March 15 are NOT guaranteed.

More Information:
The Great Bear Trio web site
Dance Weekend: info(at)nttds.org, or Glenn Manuel at 972-231-5639

We decided most people have enough t-shirts, so we will be selling TOTE BAGS instead, for only $8. See the Design

WIDS 2006 Locations and Maps    WIDS 2006 Registration Form
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