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Spark Meetup in Binghamton, NY Sat 11/9

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

If you’re 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. It’s 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 hasn’t ever done it before, either, so you won’t be alone as a newbie.

I started contra dancing in March and wrote about it in a blog post www.sparkpeople.com/mypa

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 ross@math.binghamton.edu 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.
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