Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca
Saturday, 28 April, noon to 11 pm
Beverly J. Martin School, 302 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca
Nearly 12 hours of music-making and dance bliss featuring the wildly playful, inventive contra band Tunescape(Tim Ball on fiddle, Rachel Bell on accordion, Nadine Dyskant on flute, Jodi Austin on keyboard, and Peter Blue on percussion and nyckelharpa), who merge traditional and modern grooves with verve. Celebrated Pittsburgh caller Ron Buchanan will dish up his creatively sequenced choreography for contras and mind-bending, peppy squares. The Uphill Battle Boys (Tom Owens, Dan Palmer, Jim Riedy, Bruce Brown, and guest Laura Taylor) will keep the squares on the beat with hot old-time tunes, and August Wheat (Eileen Nicholson, Tom Hodgson, and special guest) will provide flowing music for contras, waltzes, and an English Country dance, smoothly called by Pamela Goddard. Adding to the fun, particularly in the ever-popular contra medley, will be local callers Casey Carr, Katy Heine, and Nancy Spero. For instrumentalists, Mike Ludgate will be coordinating on-going jam sessions (including “waltz jam sandwiches” noon to 1 pm) and Tunescape will lead a musicians’ workshop (3-4 pm). Potluck supper 6:15-7:15 pm. Silent auction with a wide array of items and services. A chance to gather with old friends and make new ones.
See www.hands4dancers.org for details (including member/nonmember prices for afternoon, evening, or both) and registration form. Newcomers are always welcome; each dance is taught and the steps are simple, with friendly experienced dancers to assist beginners. Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor, and plate/cutlery and a dish to share if you are joining us for the potluck supper. Some housing is available for out-of-town dancers; call 607-539-3174 for more information.