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
15th Annual Spring Contra Dance Weekend
When In Doubt, Swing! (WIDS) XV
Dallas, Texas, April 1-3, 2005


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Jim X. Borzym
calling to the music of
The Avant Gardeners
Laura Light (fiddle and vocals)
George Paul (piano and accordion)
Scottie Williams (percussion)
Roger Gold (guitar)
at the
Sokol Athletic Center
5600 Sq Ft wood floor

Based in Virginia, Laura Light and the Avant Gardeners are a nationally touring swing and contra dance band, tunesmiths, and songwriters, famed for their outrageous rock and roll contra dance sets, hot swing, and highly original arrangements of traditional music. They have wowed dancers at the Glen Echo Gala, Blue Moon dance weekend, the Bogue Banks Boogie, the Dance Vortex, and countless dances and concerts from coast to coast. As a concert group, their range of performing styles will leave you wanting more. You can get legally high off this brand of homegrown. More Info: http://www.lauralight.com/bands.html.

Jim X. Borzym is a lively and energetic caller from Colorado specializing in American Vernacular Dance and dances of the early 20th century. He organizes CFOOTMAD's Sunday Tea Dances and was a featured teacher at the 19th annual dance festival at the Folk Center in Mountain View Arkansas. His long list of artistic pursuits includes teaching historic social dance, the annual spring Columbine Ball in Denver, and the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival.

Tentative Schedule:
Friday, April 1
3:00 pm - 7:30 pm : Setup
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm : Registration
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm : Dance - Jim and Avant Gardeners
11:00 pm - 1:00 am : Party at Jim Mills' House

Saturday, April 2
8:30 am - 9:00 am : Continental Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:30 am : Contra Workshop - Barb Kirchner and Avant Gardeners
10:45 am - 12:00 pm : Contras and Other Formations - Jim and Avant Gardeners
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm : Lunch (on your own)
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm : Six-count Sociable Swing - Jim and Avant Gardeners
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm : Waltz Workshop - Jim and Happensdance
5:15 pm - 8:00 pm : Supper (on your own)
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm : Dance - Jim and Avant Gardeners
11:00 pm - ?? : Party at Rhonda Beckman's House

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

Cost (no pre-registration needed):
Adults: Entire Weekend: $65
Adults: Partial attendance:
Friday = $15, Saturday daytime = $20, 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 Avant Gardeners web site
Dance Weekend: info(at)nttds.org, or Glenn Manuel at 972-231-5639


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