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Spark Meetup in Binghamton, NY Sat 11/9

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

If youíre anywhere near Binghamton NY, come join me and DDOORN at a beginner-friendly contra dancing event happening next Saturday, November 9 in Binghamton. There will be LIVE MUSIC and lessons!

Contra dancing is sort of like square dancing crossed with swing. There is always fun live music. Itís super beginner-friendly and if you can walk, you can pretty much contra dance. Here's a video with people explaining why they like contra dancing and showing them dancing:

DDOORN hasnít ever done it before, either, so you wonít be alone as a newbie.

I started contra dancing in March and wrote about it in a blog post

There are links to more videos of dancing and descriptions there.

Some of the things I love about contra is that it has helped me get used to physical contact with others, it's pulled me out into a more social scenario, and I'm getting used to how my "new" body feels and moves.

Plus it gives me a chance to channel my inner femme, with all of those twirly and sparkly skirts I find in thrift shops. Most of the time I'm a tomboy, so this is a lot of fun.

Here are details about the event

**Announcing the 9th annual KINDRED SPIRITS day of dance in Binghamton**

Contradance and English Country Dance, with workshops in Scottish and Scandinavian


Saturday, November 9, 2013 (detailed schedule below)
Trinity Church, corner of Main and Oak in Binghamton NY

Calling by: ADINA GORDON

Music by:
FLARE EIRE (Randy Miller and Roger Kahle) for contra, and
HEY FOR THREE (Eileen Nicholson, Laurel Sharp, Charlene Thomson) for English

The special feature of Kindred Spirits is that contra and English happen in the same room, with smooth transitions back and forth.

Entire day $20 at the door
$12 per segment (afternoon or evening)
Under 25: $5, or $3 per segment.

For more information:
Contact Ross Geoghegan 607-798-0787

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Schedule of Events

12:30 pm - Beginner First Step classes:
English Country Dance (Dining Room)
Contradance (Main Room)

1:00 - 4:00 pm - Afternoon Main Dance (English and Contra)

4:15 - 5:15 pm - Choice of Workshops:
Swedish Turning Waltz with Joan and Jim Savitt OR
Introductory Scottish with Terry Glasspool

5:15 - 7:00 pm - Potluck Dinner (coffee, tea & goodies supplied by Kindred Spirits 2013) or local restaurants.

7:00 - 7:30 pm - Couples Dancing
7:30 - 10:30 pm - Evening Main Dance (Contra and English)

Note: In the main dances there will be an equal mix of English and Contra.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/14/2013 11:00AM


It sounds like Don and Annie will try it again in the area - maybe you can join them!


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/14/2013 10:58AM


Sorry you didn't get to meet up with us in Binghamton!

Maybe you can join the Fingerlakes team, and then you'll get emails when we're planning to do stuff. I sent a message to them about the dance.

Here's the URL:

Anyway, I dance in Rochester and Syracuse too, so anytime you're contemplating coming up here, drop me a line. Even if I haven't planned a Spark-specific thing, I might have a dance or something fun in mind.

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CASSIES 11/13/2013 6:12AM

    Arghhh! I was thinking of driving up to Cortland last weekend to visit a friend. If I had seen this it might have helped to motivate me into doing it!

Hope it was a great time. I do have to meet up with you guys at some point. I was in Ithaca Columbus day weekend.

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FRECKS96 11/5/2013 9:55AM

    Oh man! I SO wish I could do this but Saturday is completely booked up for me.

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DDOORN 11/5/2013 9:47AM

    SO looking forward to it! :-)


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TINAJANE76 11/5/2013 9:44AM

    Super cool! Sure wish I didn't live a continent away, lol!

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LESLIELENORE 11/5/2013 9:35AM

    Have fun! You'll have to post pictures after. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 11/5/2013 7:36AM

    Wish I lived close enough to join you! Have a blast and thanks for the links!!!

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KATHIC2 11/5/2013 7:34AM

  What fun!!! We will look for a contra dance here in WI!

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WATERDIAMONDS 11/5/2013 4:48AM

    I never thought of the idea that dancing could allow us to learn to be more comfortable with human contact. Great idea!

have a wonderful time...

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NEW-CAZ 11/5/2013 3:20AM

    have fun emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/5/2013 2:48AM

    I dance to the music in my head...

Have fun!!

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