Cloud Ten with George Marshall
Sep
9
4:00 pm16:00

Cloud Ten with George Marshall

Band: Cloud Ten
Caller: George Marshall
Venue: TBA

Admission: Afternoon: $10/$12. Evening: $12/$15. Both: $20/$25
Advanced Dance: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Potluck: Dinner potluck begins at 6:15. With all this dancing, we'll have hearty appetites--so please bring a megaginormous dish to share!
Workshop: Beginner's Workshop at 7:30 p.m.
Evening dance: 8:00-11:00 p.m.

CLOUD TEN is Cedar Stanistreet (from Nor'easter) on fiddle, Donal Sheets (Gallimaufry) on guitar and cello, and Ness Smith-Savedoff (Gallimaufry) on percussion. Experienced dance from 4:00 to 6:00 and dance for all at 8:00.

Seaglass with Sarah VanNorstrand
Oct
28
8:00 pm20:00

Seaglass with Sarah VanNorstrand

  • Community School of Music and Art

Band: Seaglass
Caller: Sarah VanNorstrand
Venue: Community School of Music and Art

Admission: $8/$10
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.


Annual Meeting Dance:  Old World Charm School with Susan Kevra
Jun
17
6:30 pm18:30

Annual Meeting Dance: Old World Charm School with Susan Kevra

  • Beverly Martin School Gym

ICE CREAM SOCIAL AND HFDI MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Admission:  $8 members/$10 non-members
Potluck:       Ice cream social at 6:30
Meeting:      Annual membership meeting at 7:00
Flyer:          Download

Old World Charm School

Susan Kevra, Karen Axelrod, and Rachel Bell — known collectively as Old World Charm School — are equally at home playing contra dances, English country dances, French dances, and concerts, with Susan switching roles between caller and clarinetist/singer. In concert, the trio presents lively Quebecois songs, mesmerizing French village dance tunes, passionate waltzes, and exciting originals. In a dance setting, their music and calling strikes a delectable balance between energizing and idyllic. Best of all, these three simply love to play together, and that sense of joy and good humor is evident in every performance.

Ithaca Festival Parade
Jun
2
6:00 pm18:00

Ithaca Festival Parade

  • Ithaca Cmns Ithaca, NY, 14850 United States

Join us for our next event: The Ithaca Festival Parade! 
The parade is on Friday, June 2. 
Time: 6pm – maybe 8
Venue:  Cayuga Street, downtown Ithaca
 

Fiddlehead Frolic
Apr
1
12:00 pm12:00

Fiddlehead Frolic

  • Beverly J. Martin Elementary School

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 2017 FROLIC FEATURES:

Nova: Hailing from New England, Nova is a young contra dance band that weaves the sounds of fiddle, accordion, and guitar into a rich tapestry of sound. Nova draws from both traditional repertoire and original compositions to create versatile, high energy and driving dance music.

Donna Hunt: Donna Hunt calls contra and square dances with interesting choreography and variations. She is known for utilizing clear, concise instructions to minimize teaching time and maximize dance time. She offers programs of exciting dances in a variety of figures and formations for the dancers’ enjoyment. Donna infuses the dancers with confidence, regardless of their skill level, and she enjoys guiding new dancers and challenging experienced ones.

Ginger Equality is Tim Ball, Clare Fraser, and several of Clare's bandmates from Ginger Majority.

Flyer: Download

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Volunteering: Email Katy Heine to volunteer! Volunteers get reduced admission
Silent Auction: Contact Katy or bring items to donate to the silent auction!
Hospitality: Email Jamie Dye if you can provide or need hospitality!

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PRICES

All day: $36 members, $40 non-members
Half day: $18 members, $20 non-members

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SCHEDULE

Main hall:

1:00-3:00 Contras with Nova
3:15-5:15 Contras with Ginger Equality
5:30-6:00 Contra medley with Ginger Equality and friends
7:30-11:00 Evening dance party with Nova

Cafeteria:

Noon-1:00 Waltz jam sandwiches
1:00-3:00 Open jam
3:15-4:15 Intro to Cross-step waltz workshop with Rick Lightbody and Carol Johnson
4:15-4:45 Open waltzing to recorded music
6:15-7:30   Potluck supper

Auditorium:

Silent auction all day long!
3:30-4:30 Musicians’ workshop with Nova
4:30-5:30 Song swap with Margaret Shepard and Fred Letson

Contradictions
Jan
21
7:30 pm19:30

Contradictions

  • Community School of Music and Arts

Band: Contradictions
Caller: Vikki Armstrong, Casey Carr, Pamela Goddard, and Nancy Spero
Venue: CSMA

Admission: $8 members/$10 non-members
Potluck: Dessert potluck and couples dances at 10:30-11:30
Flyer: TBA

New Brew
Dec
10
8:00 pm20:00

New Brew

  • Community School of Music and Arts

Band: New Brew (Eileen Nicholson, Jane Knoeck, and Tom Santarsiero)
Caller: Katy Heine
Venue: Community School of Music and Arts

Admission: $8 members/$10 non-members
Workshop: Beginners' workshop at 7:30 p.m.
Flyer: Download

Buddy System with George Marshall
Oct
29
4:00 pm16:00

Buddy System with George Marshall

  • Beverly J. Martin Elementary School

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!
 

Continental Drift with Woody Lane
Jun
11
7:00 pm19:00

Continental Drift with Woody Lane

  • Beverly Martin School Gym

Ice cream social and HFDI membership meeting!

Continental Drift is fiddler Eileen Nicholson of Syracuse and keyboard player Eric Anderson of Seattle.

Ithaca Festival Parade
Jun
3
6:30 pm18:30

Ithaca Festival Parade

  • Ithaca NY 14850 USA

Join us for our next event: The Ithaca Festival Parade! 
The parade is on Friday, June 3. 
Time: 6pm – maybe 8
Venue:  Cayuga Street, downtown Ithaca
No flyer for this one

The Ithaca Festival’s full name is The Ithaca Festival of the Arts, and it celebrates the artist in all of us in all of its varied expressions, including dance!   It kicks off with the Festival Parade, one of the highlights of Ithaca's summer.  Hands Four will be in the parade again this year and we’d love to have about 20 or so people join us for the actual dancing.  This lasts about 30-45 minutes!  The choreography keeps us moving with the parade as all of Ithaca watches and cheers on… including YOU!!

For more information about the festival: http://ithacafestival.org/

If you want to join in the parade contact Phil or Katy at landline 607-273-0249

Fiddlehead Frolic with the Mean Lids!
Apr
16
12:00 pm12:00

Fiddlehead Frolic with the Mean Lids!

  • BJM School

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!

Contra and dessert potluck with the Contradictions!
Jan
23
7:30 pm19:30

Contra and dessert potluck with the Contradictions!

  • CSMA

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. 

AltEscape with Bob Nicholson calling
Nov
21
8:00 pm20:00

AltEscape with Bob Nicholson calling

  • CSMA

Alt-Escape is made up of Tim Ball on fiddle, Gail Blake on guitar, and Peter Blue on button accordion, nyckelharpa, percussion, and everything else. As they say on their website, “We play cool music for contra dancing.”

Clayfoot Strutters with George Marshall calling
Oct
22
4:00 pm16:00

Clayfoot Strutters with George Marshall calling

  • BJM

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!