SparkPeople Contra, Square, and Folk Dancers Team Messageboard A team for people to chat about contra dancing and other forms of folk dancing, including round, old-time, and modern western squares. SparkPeople Contra, Square, and Folk Dancers Team Messageboard Message Removed Message Removed Sat, 16 Jan 2016 10:52:03 EST I graduate tonight! After attending square dance lessons for a year, Doug and I graduate tonight. The kids have been dancing for 6 months now and will move onto Plus class after tonight's dance. <BR> <BR> We are so excited. We have gone to 3 plus level dances in the last 3 weeks and have been able to hold our own. There are still 2 calls (at least) that we haven't been taught. But I have learned one on my own. <BR> <BR> We are going to Bakersfield Fiesta in 2 weeks. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:08:28 EST Conventions Is anyone planning on going to any conventions? <BR> <BR> My family is planning on going to the Bakersfield Fiesta (in Bakersfield, CA) (in March), CA state convention in San Diego (in April), and Nationals in Springfield, MA (in June) if anyone else is going that would be great. Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:02:39 EST Rude Caller So my family, dh, ds17 and dd14 went to our classes on Tuesday. The club we are learning square dancing from does a split class where the first 1.5 hours is mainstream and the last hour is plus. <BR> <BR> So there was a substitute caller. He kept mixing up where everyone was and calling calls that hadn't been taught yet. He even called one call that is a plus call that our plus class hasn't been taught. And this was mainstream. He was also really FAST! We understand that at dances, the calle... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:33:20 EST Spark Meetup in Binghamton, NY Sat 11/9 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> 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! And English Country Dancing and Swedish Turning Waltz and Introductory Scottish Dancing! <BR> <BR> For those on the team who haven't done contra before, it's sort of like square dancing crossed with swing. There is always fun live music. It’s super beginner-friendly and ... Sun, 3 Nov 2013 20:16:43 EST Lets Dance! <em>350</em> Tue, 1 Oct 2013 20:07:34 EST Video from 2013 Great Bear Groove <link> </link> <BR> <BR> I missed that dance - had to run to the ladies room. So there's only one shot of me, at about 3:19, standing on the side under the white umbrella. <BR> <BR> It was a great time. Looking forward to next year! Wed, 7 Aug 2013 00:46:39 EST Shout out on Spark Radio I'd suggested contra dancing as a fun alternative kind of exercise to one of the Spark Radio hosts, and it appears she thought so too: <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> SP seems to have messed up the formatting on this post. You could copy and paste the above into a browser except that the direct links to spark radio episodes have expired too. <BR> <BR> (It may say �error� at first, but just be patient and the segment will load and begin to pla... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 17:12:36 EST Do you monitor your steps or heart rate? I have both a HR monitor and a fitbit, and in a vigorous 3 hr dance I typically burn about 600-800 calories. This past Saturday it said I burned over 1000, but I'm a little skeptical of that. <BR> <BR> In steps it's usually somewhere between 8000-12000 ( about 4-6 miles). <BR> <BR> When I can keep myself away from the snack table, that adds up to a nice deficit. I'm not always successful with that, though! Wed, 26 Jun 2013 06:03:55 EST What style of dance do you like? I enjoy the energy and simplicity of contra. <BR> <BR> The "floatiness" of English Country Dance is nice, but doesn't get me going as much. It could be fun to put together a period costume and do it, though. <BR> <BR> The occasional old-time squares they throw into a contra dance are fun, as are the odder "ninepins" and three-couple dances. <BR> <BR> I'll enjoy the contra waltzes more once my bf has gotten more comfortable with finding the beat and counting to 6. :-) <BR> <BR> I haven't... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 05:59:46 EST What kind of shoes do you prefer? I've found that my arthritic knee can't handle any kind of heels, but it's happy in flats. <BR> <BR> So I've been wearing the "Mary Jane" style karate flats with washable Pedag inserts. <BR> <BR> There are so many fun kinds of these to choose from, including various colors of canvas, silk, emroidery, brocade, glittery mesh, etc. Here's an amazing assortment: <link> </link> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 05:51:18 EST Funny stuff I find these YouTube videos hysterically funny. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> It might be one of those things where you have to be a contra dancer to "get it" though. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:44:47 EST What has dancing done for you? Here's a neat video with people explaining why they like contra dancing and what they get out of it, while showing them dancing: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> 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. <BR> <BR> Plus it gives me a chance to channel my inner femme, with all of those twir... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 14:09:13 EST Do you eat the snacks? Bring your own? Although I can burn over 1000 calories in a vigorous 3-hour dance according to my HR monitor, the baked goods at the snack table can easily undo a calorie deficit. <BR> <BR> How do YOU manage this dilemma? <BR> <BR> Here are some things that I try to do: <BR> <BR> 1) Bring a bottle of water that I can refill <BR> 2) Bring protein bars <BR> 3) Bring veggies to share, like baby carrots, hummus, etc. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:40:54 EST a video, finding dances, and how to do flourishes Do you have any favorite links or videos? <BR> <BR> As a video showing how much fun contra can be, I like sending people here: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Here are my three favorite ways to find dances by geographical region: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> And for figuring out fun ways to add twirls and other flouri... Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:28:28 EST Where do you dance? I'm in the Upstate NY area and dance mostly in Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca. We're lucky - Ithaca alone has THREE contra dance organizations! <BR> <BR> Plus there's English Country Dancing all over the place too. <BR> <BR> In the fall I'm going to investigate the modern western square dancing in Auburn. I've heard there are some differences, and maybe I won't like it, but maybe I will, and I won't know until I try! Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:21:29 EST