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.

CANCELLED because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The North Texas Traditional Dance Society's
29th Annual Spring Contra Dance Weekend
When In Doubt, Swing! (WIDS)
Dallas, Texas, April 24-26, 2020

at the
Sokol Athletic Center
5600 Sq Ft wood floor

Wendy Graham
Wendy Graham

The Gaslight Tinkers
Gaslight Tinkers
Joe Fitzpatrick (Drums)
Garrett Sawyer (Bass)
Audrey Knuth (Fiddle)
Peter Siegel (Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo)

Self-described "dance maniac", Wendy Graham Settle's passion for music, song and dance caught fire on a youth dance tour of Denmark in 1991. Today, Wendy leads English, American, Community, and couples dance (Frankie Manning's Lindy Hop and Latin dances in particular) in her hometown, Durango, Colorado, throughout the country as far away as Alaska, and abroad in England and Denmark. She proudly served on the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS) board and is a Lifetime Contribution Award committee member. She is currently serving on the Lloyd Shaw Foundation board. Find out where in the world Wendy is at via her web site and her Facebook page.

The Gaslight Tinkers' blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012 the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals. Playing what The Valley Advocate describes as "Music that consistently fizzes and pops with unexpected textures and turns", The Gaslight Tinkers' shows are packed with delightful surprises, elated crowds, and exuberant musicianship. African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. It's the genre-bending future of the music of the past.
More Info: Gaslight Tinkers web site, and Gaslight Tinkers Facebook page.

Cost Entire Weekend:
Adult: $100
Student 13-25 with ID: $50
Children under 13: FREE
Non Dancer: $50

Partial attendance:
Adults: Friday Night = $25, Sat Day = $30, Sat Night = $25, Sunday (includes brunch) = $25
Students 13-25 and Non Dancers: $15 for each session (Friday Night, Sat Day, Sat Night, Sunday)
Children under 13: FREE

Registration is now closed.

Refunds:  No Refunds after April 22. If you must cancel, you may contact the registrar to request a donation receipt.

Lee Dixon, 5507 Anita Street, Dallas, TX 75206

Matt Simon,     469-288-6397

Special Activities

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. Note this is a SALE, not a SWAP, with proceeds going to NTTDS.

Karizmah Dance Shoes will have a booth selling their products.

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

Schedule (Very Tentative)

Friday April 24
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Registration
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Contra Dance, with Wendy and Gaslight Tinkers

Saturday April 25
9:00 am - 10:00 am Light Breakfast (muffins, etc.)
10:00 am - 11:30 am Contra Dance, with Wendy and Gaslight Tinkers
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch, ON YOUR OWN
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Contra Dance, with Wendy and Gaslight Tinkers
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Contra Dance, with Wendy and Gaslight Tinkers
4:15 pm - 8:00 pm Supper (on your own, doors re-open at 7:00 pm)
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Contra Dance, with Wendy and Gaslight Tinkers
11:00 pm - ??? am Party at Jeane McIntosh's House

Sunday April 26
10:00 am - Noon Fabulous Brunch
Noon - 2:00 pm Contra Dance, with Volunteer Callers and Band
2:00 pm Fond Farewells and Clean-up

More Information:
NTTDS Email , or Phone 972-546-8858
OR Neva Lindell, , 214-769-2014
OR Barb Smith, , 713-553-9109

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