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.
20th Annual Spring Contra Dance Weekend
When In Doubt, Swing! (WIDS)
Dallas, Texas, April 23 - 25, 2010
calling to the music of
Steve Hickman (Fiddle)
John Devine (Guitar)
David Crandall (Flute, Sax)
Claudio Buchwald (Fiddle, Piano, Banjo)
Sokol Athletic Center
5600 Sq Ft wood floor
Bob Dalsemer has been calling dances and playing fiddle, guitar and accordion for more than 35 years. He has called throughout the U.S. and in Canada, England, Denmark, Belgium, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Bob's original dance compositions are danced at contra dances throughout the country. He is the author of West Virginia Square Dances and has collected other traditional square dances in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. He is a past President of the Country Dance and Song Society and is currently the Music and Dance Coordinator of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC.
Steve Hickman is one of the truly great performers of fiddle music, electrifying audiences for close to thirty years. In addition to his fine fiddling and stage presence with D.C. area bands such as Evening Star, Fiddlestyx, and the Capitol Quicksteps, Steve is renowned for the arcane art of hambone, not to mention his handlebar mustache.
Claudio Buchwald, born into a musical family and raised in Peru until aged ten, delighted in and adopted some of the new music forms he met here in the U.S. While living in New England he became involved with square and contra dancing, and playing for dances has been the mainstay of his musical life. He’s been a member of The Backwoods Band, Evening Star, The Capital Quicksteps Orchestra, and The Monks. He plays fiddle, banjo, guitar, and piano, and is a big fan of the double fiddle sound.
John Devine is a solid mountain of rhythm guitar for all styles of country dancing from English to New England to Southern, with a not-so-secret leaning toward swing songs and joy. He has one of the most beautiful voices you'll ever hear.
David Crandall grew up in the thriving dance and music community of Berea, KY. He plays many instruments, including flute, saxophone and bass. As a member of the band Evening Star he has played at dance weeks and weekends across the country.
Adults, Entire Weekend: $90 ($80 before April 5), $5 discount for CDSS members
Adults, Partial attendance:
Friday = $20, Sat Day (includes lunch) = $30, Sat Night = $25, Sun (includes brunch) = $20
Children 12 and under half price.
SPECIAL: Students with ID: $25 for the entire weekend,
or $10 for Friday night, $10 for Saturday night, or $10 for Sunday.
Pre-registration is closed. Walk-ins for any/all sessions are warmly welcomed. Just show up and pay and we'll be glad to let you dance.
If you need to contact the registrar, here is the info:
Jimmy Boyer, 11702 Lochwood Blvd, Dallas, TX 75218
Hospitality: Joanne Fell,
Hospitality requests after April 15 are NOT guaranteed.
Friday April 23rd 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Registration 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Dancing with Bob Dalsemer and Evening Star 11:00 pm - ?? : Party at the home of Don and Dyann Slosar Saturday April 24th 8:30 am - 9:15 am: Light Breakfast, coffee and tea 9:15 am - 10:30 am: English Dances that contra dancers love 10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Contra Dance Chestnuts, Old and New 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch provided at the Hall. 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm: Hambone Workshop with Steve Hickman 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Early Western and Singing Squares 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Challenging Contras, music by Mimi and Friends 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Supper, on your own 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Dancing with Bob Dalsemer and Evening Star 11:00 pm - ??? : Party at the home of Rhonda and Tim Beckman Sunday April 25 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Fabulous Brunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm: More dancing. All musicians and callers invited to share. 2:00 pm: Fond farewells and clean-up
or Martha Quigley, 214-328-1938
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