Past Hands Four dances!
We’re thrilled to welcome our old friend David Kaynor back to Ithaca, supported by two of Ithaca’s best contra dance musicians, fiddler/guitarist Tim Ball and pianist John Wobus.
HFDI members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting of the Hands Four membership! Did we mention there’ll be ice cream? Learn about how your organization is doing and what’s coming up in the year ahead.
After the meeting we’ll dance to an open band of wonderful local musicians headed by Tim Ball and Andrea Katz.
Caller Kathy Anderson from Dayton, Ohio, is making a rare appearance in Central New York! She’ll offer a square dance callers’ workshop during the day and call a contra dance for us in the evening. Mark your calendars!
An afternoon of relaxed contra dances with music by Eileen Kalfass (fiddle), Phil Robinson (guitar), Katrina Mackey (flute), and Michael Ludgate (mandolin).
CANCELLED because of predicted snowstorm!
Beloved Ithaca-based band The Contradictions offers an eclectic mix of blissfully danceable fiddle tunes from American and European traditions. Contras from 7:30 to 10:30, followed by a dessert potluck and an hour of couples dancing.
This year, George Marshall brings MAIVISH to play for our October double dance!
Gathering traditions from the British Isles, Ireland, and America with a mix of original compositions, this award-winning trio features Jaige Trudel on fiddle, Adam Broome on guitar, and Matthew Olwell on flute, bodhrán, and percussive dance.
Caller: Sarah VanNorstrand
Venue: Community School of Music and Art
Workshop: Beginner's Workshop at 7:30 p.m.
Evening dance: 8:00-11:00 p.m.
Seaglass is the dynamic combination of three of the best regional musicians who now perform all across America: Andrew VanNorstrand on guitar, Eileen Nicholson on fiddle, and Rachel Bell on accordion. Calling for them will be Sarah VanNorstrand, known for her delightful stage presence, clear teaching, and well-chosen dances.
Admission: Afternoon: $10/$12. Evening: $10/$12. Both: $18/$22
Advanced Dance: 4-6pm
Workshop: Beginner's Workshop at 7:30pm
Potluck: Dinner potluck begins at 6:15. With all this dancing, we'll have hearty appetites--so please bring a megaginormous dish to share!
The Fiddlehead Frolic is an annual day-long dance event featuring contras, music workshops and jams, a song swap, a contra medley, a silent auction, potluck supper... and more!
THE 2016 FROLIC FEATURES: The Mean Lids, Mary Wesley, George Wilson and Selma Kaplan!
Beloved Ithaca-based band The Contradictions offers an eclectic mix of blissfully danceable fiddle tunes from American and European traditions. Their repertoire ranges from lively Irish jigs, New England double fiddling, and French Canadian reels to enchanting Venezuelan waltzes, slick bluegrass fiddle breaks, and 1930s hot swing standards, all designed to get your feet moving.
Hands Four's big October double dance!!
We're very excited to bring the Clayfoot Strutters back to town for an afternoon and evening of "groove-based contra dance fusion" on Saturday, October 10, at Beverly Martin School, 302 W. Buffalo St., Ithaca!