Archive for August 29th, 2011

• Monday, August 29th, 2011

ITHACA NY — We are lucky to have two new contra dance musicians in the Ithaca area. Ethan Jodziewicz (bass, guitar, banjo, mandolin and feet) will be studying double bass performance at Ithaca College. Ethan is from Washington state. Andrea Katz (from Texas on playing fiddle) is a PhD candidate in applied physics at Cornell University. Both are fantastic contra dance musicians and are playing a TCCD dance at Bethel Grove Friday Sept 2nd with local contra musician Mike Ludgate. This will be a fun dance! FB event PHOTOS (also see and calendar listings at ).

More information about the upcoming dance: Celebrate the START of the semester with the latest exciting version of NO’Shanigans!  A fun DANCE PARTY featuring  special guests Ethan Jodziewicz (guitar, bass, banjo and feet) and Andrea Katz (fiddle) along with Mike Ludgate (mandolin) at Bethel Grove Community Center. This is also a WALTZ JAM night, so come early! Dancing (to a waltz jam) starts at 7:00 pm and the contra dance starts at 8:00 pm. Local favorite house callers will be calling the contra dances; including Megan Ludgate!. All at 1825 Slaterville Road (Rt 79 about 4 miles east of Ithaca) Ithaca NY dancing from 7-11 pm. Admission $6- Sponsored by: TCCD - Tompkins County Country Dances. Don’t miss this celebration of the roots of New England folk dance! This is an authentic Old New England style venue with a newly refinished wooden dance floor! Bring clean shoes, a water bottle and YOUR FRIENDS! All dances taught, No partner needed.

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This version of NO’Shanigans features Andrea Katz on Fiddle, Ethan Jodziewicz on guitar and Mike Ludgate on mandolin.

DIRECTIONS to this DANCE Bethel Grove Community Center 1825 Slaterville Road (NYS Rt.79) (from Ithaca take State Street east to Rt. 79, about four miles from the Ithaca Commons; a few hundred yards past the Bible Church)

GOOGLE MAP link to this DANCE

MORE INFORMATION About Contra Dancing …

NPR: Youth Flock To Contra Dancing — Contra dancing has been around since the 1700s. If you don’t know it — it’s kind of like square dancing but with long lines of dancers. The dance is having a renaissance around the country thanks to a thriving youth scene and incredibly lively acoustic music. Article by Marika Partridge on All Things Considered NPR July 2nd 2010


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