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When In Doubt, SWING! (WIDS)
Contra Dance Weekend
Dallas, Texas, April 26-28, 2024


Wendy Graham
Wendy Graham
Caller

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

Self-described "dance maniac", Wendy Graham'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 also served on the Lloyd Shaw Foundation board. Find out where in the world Wendy is via 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.

WIDS is a fragrance-free event (this includes perfume, smoke, and alcohol).
Your cooperation is appreciated.

LOCATION

SOKOL Athletic Center, 7448 Greenville Ave, 75231
There are two entrances to the SOKOL Hall grounds: the main one on Walnut Hill, and a secondary one on Greenville Avenue.
From Central Expressway (US 75), take Exit 6 for Walnut Hill Lane and go East on Walnut Hill to Greenville Avenue.
Walnut Hill entrance: Continue a very short distance past Greenville Ave, and turn right at the Sokol sign.
Greenville Ave entrance: Turn right on Greenville Ave, and take a left on the first (unmarked) street.
There are parking lots on the West and South sides of the building.
There is also a parking garage next to the Sokol West parking lot ($2 fee, no time limit, enter from the unmarked street that goes to Greenville Ave).

Schedule

Friday April 26
7:00 pm: Doors Open, Check in, Walk-In Registration
8 - 11 pm: Contra Dance, with Wendy and Gaslight Tinkers

Saturday April 27
10 am - Noon: Dance Workshop
Noon - 1:30 pm: Lunch, on your own
1:30 - 4:30 pm: Dance Workshops
4:30 - 8:00 pm: Dinner, on your own
7:30 pm: Doors Open
8 - 11 pm: Dance
After Party at Sokol at 11 pm

Sunday April 28
10 am - Noon: Fabulous Brunch
Noon - 2 pm: Farewell dance session

NTTDS will provide water and snacks throughout the weekend. Soft drinks are available for purchase any time, and beer and wine are available for purchase at the Saturday Night Party.

COVID Policy

NTTDS is adopting a trust-the-dancers health policy.
You acknowledge that the close physical contact inherent in contra dancing involves risks, including the transmission of infectious diseases. You accept those risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of others.
We are NOT requiring vaccination or testing. Masks are optional, at your own discretion.

We will have a sign-in sheet for contact tracing purposes.

If you have COVID symptoms or test positive in the week prior to the dance, PLEASE DO NOT COME! We will issue you a refund.

While at the dance, if you begin to have symptoms or test positive, please let the organizers know, and self-quarantine immediately!

If you begin to have symptoms or test positive within a week AFTER the dance, please send an email to the organizers (wids@nttds.org) as soon as possible, so that information may be shared anonymously with all attendees.

Cost

Entire Weekend:
Adult: $120 ($10 discount before April 1)
Student with ID (age 18 - 25): $50
Non Dancer: $60
Child under 18: FREE

Individual Sessions: (no pre-registration needed)
Adult
   Friday Night: $30,
   Saturday Morning: $15;    Saturday Afternoon: $25
   Saturday Night (includes after party): $30
   Sunday (includes brunch): $30
Student with ID (age 18 - 25): $10 each session
Non Dancer: $15 each session
Child 18 and under: FREE

Children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Registration

Registration is only used for the entire weekend.
Registration deadline is midnight Friday April 19. After that, just pay at the door.
Walk-ins are always welcome to attend all or any of the sessions for the weekend. But, alas, we won't be able to make a shiny new custom name tag for you.
 
There are two ways to register:
Use the ONLINE Registration Page    OR    Print, fill out, and mail the paper PDF Registration Form.

Refunds:  Refunds are available on a case by case basis. Please contact the registrar, or NTTDS via the "More Information" below.

Registrar: Lee Dixon, 5507 Anita Street, Dallas, TX 75206

More Information:
NTTDS Email , or Phone 972-546-8858
Flier without Registration in PDF format


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