North Texas Traditional Dance Society

Based in Dallas, Texas, NTTDS promotes 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
27th Annual Spring Contra Dance Weekend
When In Doubt, Swing! (WIDS)
Dallas, Texas, April 21-23, 2017
at the
Sokol Athletic Center
5600 Sq Ft wood floor

Joseph Pimentel
Joseph Pimentel

Adam Broome (Guitar, Bouzouki, Jaw Harp, Foot Percussion)    
Jaige Trudel (Fiddle, Cello)
Cedar Standistreet (Fiddle)

Joseph Pimentel is a popular caller at dance events from Alaska to Florida. He has been involved in traditional dance since the early 80's, and has been calling Contra Dances since 1995. He draws on a broad repertoire of contra, English country, and community dances, all presented with crisp teaching, discriminating taste, respect for tradition, and high energy. Joseph has written many popular contra dances, and has served on the board of directors of the Country Dance and Song Society. More Info: Joseph Pimentel web site

Maivish makes music with vibrant energy, inspired interplay and abundant delight. Gathering traditions from the British Isles, Ireland, and America with a mix of original compositions, American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Broome are joined by Cedar Stanistreet to create a lilting double-fiddle sound underpinned by lyrical and compelling guitar accompaniment. The name Maivish is an English colloquial term for the Song Thrush.
More Info: Maivish web site

Cost Entire Weekend:
Adults (18 and up, not Student): $95
Students 18 and up: $50
Children under 18: FREE (except $10 for Sat Lunch)
CDSS Members: $5 discount
Early Registration: $10 discount (before April 9)

Partial attendance:
Adults: Friday Night = $25, Sat Day (includes lunch) = $30, Sat Night = $25, Sunday (includes brunch) = $25
Students over 18: $15 for each session (Friday Night, Sat Day, Sat Night, Sunday)
Children under 18: FREE, except $10 for Sat Lunch
Family Plan: Pay for the 4 oldest persons, and the rest are free!

Pre-Registration is now closed. Pre-Registration is NOT required to attend the event.
Walk-ins who pay at the door are welcome to attend any/all of the weekend.

Refunds:  No Refunds after April 11. If you must cancel, you may contact the registrar to request a donation receipt.

Lee Dixon, 5507 Anita Street, Dallas, TX 75206

Neva Lindell     214-769-2014

Special Activities

Our theme this year is "Meet the Contra Cousins". We'll dance all day Saturday to Irish Set Dances, Scottish Country Dances, English Country Dances, and our beloved Contras. The Cousins have all influenced each other and inspired dance creators and dancing feet. Come help us find the family resemblances.

There will be a skirt sale. Please bring skirts you no longer want or need to donate to the sale, and bring some cash to purchase ones that want to go home with you.

We will have drawings for a few nice prizes. Bring some cash to buy tickets.

Karizmah Dance Shoes will have a booth selling dance shoes.

Chair massage will be available for a fee on Saturday afternoon.

Friday April 21
 7:00 pm -  8:00 pm: Registration
 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Contra Dance with Joseph Pimentel and Maivish

Saturday April 22
 9:00 am: Doors Open
 9:30 am - 10:45 am: Irish Set Dancing
                     Susan & Michael Harrison with music by Annie Turano & Allison Hicks
11:00 am - 12:15 pm: Scottish Country Dancing
                     Brian Turano with music by Annie Turano & Allison Hicks
12:15 pm -  2:00 pm: Lunch provided by NTTDS (for pre-registrants only)
12:45 pm -  1:45 pm: Lunch Time Workshops:
                     Singing - Adam Broome
                     Alexander Technique - Jaige Trudel
 2:00 pm -  3:15 pm: English As a Second Language - Joseph Pimentel and Maivish
 3:30 pm -  5:00 pm: Dance Like Nobody's Watching (Advanced Contra) - Joseph Pimentel and Maivish
 5:00 pm -  8:00 pm: Supper, on your own
 7:00 pm: Doors Open
 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm: Contra Dance - Joseph Pimentel and Maivish
11:00 pm -  ???: Pizza and Chocolate Party, at the dance hall

Sunday April 23
 9:30 am - 11:30 am: Fabulous Brunch (note the earlier time)
11:30 am -  1:30 pm: Contra Dance - Guest Callers and Maivish
 1:30 pm:  Fond farewells and clean-up

More Information:
NTTDS Email , or Phone 972-546-8858 or Martha Quigley email

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North Texas Traditional Dance Society is a 501(c)(3) organization with registered offices in the State of Texas.
How to contact NTTDS:    972-546-8858    OR       OR    PO Box 820203, Dallas, TX 75382
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