The info below is from May Madness 2016.  Check back in Spring 2017 for detailed info for 2017, or contact us at

Good To Know!

May 11 Update:

50-50 Raffle during Friday Concert:

There will be a 50-50 raffle during the concert at the Gazebo- Friday 6 - 7 PM.  The person holding the winning raffle ticket will get half the proceeds of the raffle ticket sold during the concert. The remaining 50% will go to support Clarkdale parks programs.  Bring cash to buy your raffle tickets.  You may get a HUGE return on your investment.

Massage Therapist:

There will be a massage therapist available to provide massages on-site at selected times during the May Madness weekend.  Check the signs in the hall for more info.

Weekend Schedule:

The final (at least we hope it is final) schedule is available.  Click the blue 'Schedule' button to the left to download the schedule.  The schedule and workshop descriptions will be posted in the hall, and limited paper copies will also be available.  Check the posted schedule for last minute changes.

May Madness Raffle:

Please consider supporting the May Madness raffle this weekend.

  • Donations of art, crafts, jewelry, instruments, chocolate and non-perishable food treats, etc. will be accepted through Friday evening.
  • Be sure to bring cash or checks to buy raffle tickets for your chance to get that special item.

All proceeds from the raffle will support young dancers and the May Madness scholarship fund.

Jam Session:
Check the 'Schedule and Workshops' page for additional info including a tune list for the Sat. AM Band Jam workshop session.

May 4, 2016

Dear May Madness Dancer,

Welcome to the 25th Annual May Madness Contra Dance Weekend in Clarkdale AZ! We can’t wait to dance with you the third weekend in May (the 13th –15th) at the charming:

Clark Memorial Clubhouse
19 N. Ninth Street
Clarkdale, Arizona 86324.

Below is info on:
      Talent                             Schedule            Food                                Raffle
      Clothing Exchange          Massages           Getting to Clarkdale        Camping / Lodging
      Staying Connected          Roster                Packing List                     BYO Cup

The info in this email, with updates as needed is also available on the ‘Good to Know’ page on our website,

THE WEEKEND’S ACTIVITIES begin on Friday, May 13. The doors will open at 5:00 PM. The kick-off event is a concert in the park at the Clarkdale town gazebo, 6 - 7 PM. The Friday evening dance starts at 7:30 PM. From Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, there will be plenty of contra dancing day and night in the dance hall. In addition, workshops for dancers and musicians will be offered during the daytimes in other parts of the building.

You’ll love the INCREDIBLE TALENT of two amazing bands, Maivish with Jamie Oshima, and Joyride! Jeremy Korr and Bev Bernbaum will expertly guide the dancing fun. May Madness ends on Sunday with a dance finale from 1:30 – 3:30.

There is STILL ROOM FOR A FEW MORE dancers to join us for this exciting weekend. There is currently no waiting list. If you know other people who would delight in the music and dancing, please invite them to sign up.

SCHEDULE: The preliminary dance and workshop schedule is available on the website on the ‘Schedule and Workshops’ page. The final schedule including workshops will be posted on the website soon, and will be posted at the hall. Limited paper copies of the schedule will also be available at the hall. You are encouraged to print a copy of the final schedule before you arrive or download it to your portable device.

FOOD: No full meals will be provided. Healthy, delicious, and plentiful snacks will be available throughout the weekend, including a light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. We will try to provide some vegetarian and gluten-free options.  We won’t be able to cater to all dietary restrictions, though, so if you need special food, please bring it. Our schedule will give you time to explore the area between Jerome, Clarkdale and Cottonwood where you’ll find a variety of great eating options.

  • Check out the ‘Food’ webpage for more details including our new ‘grab and go’ set-up. 
  • A restaurant list is also available, in the navigation bar to the left.  Limited copies will be available in the hall.  If you are interested in the restaurant list, you are encouraged to print a copy of it before you arrive or download it to your portable device.

RAFFLE: Support young dancers and the May Madness scholarship fund by buying tickets or bringing items for our May Madness raffle!  Check your closets and drawers for beautiful items that your friends will cherish (or at least bid on).  Raffle items could include artwork, chocolate, musical instruments, books, jewelry, music, chocolate and non-perishable food treats, and other miscellaneous tchotchkes and baubles. Donations to the ever popular chocolate baskets are always welcome.  Buy your tickets early and often as the raffle will end Saturday night with winners announced on Sunday morning.  Please contact Judy and Deborah, the Raffle Queens, at for more info, or to let them know which treasures you plan to donate. Also, if you happen to have a basket that you can donate (for us to put raffle items in), we'd be happy to take that off your hands.

CLOTHING EXCHANGE: Are you getting tired of that same old shirt? Favorite skirt getting a little tight or loose? Need a new swirly skirt or t-shirt to round out your collection? Bring your clean, new-ish dance clothes and shoes to the clothing exchange and trade them in on a new look. Any items not adopted during the weekend will be donated to Goodwill.

MASSAGE:  We are working on having a massage therapist on-site during May Madness.  If we are successful, we’ll post an update on the ‘Good to Know’ page on the website and our Facebook page: May Madness Dancers on Facebook .

GETTING TO CLARKDALE is an easy 2-hour drive from Phoenix or 1 hour from Flagstaff. The historic town of Clarkdale is located in the beautiful Verde Valley of Northern Arizona. If you are flying in, Phoenix Sky Harbor is the best airport to use. If you plan to carpool you may find rides or riders on our Facebook page, May Madness Dancers on Facebook. From the airport, you may also take the Cottonwood Shuttle.

LODGING AND CAMPING sites may be limited. The Cottonwood area is a popular destination this time of year.  If you don’t have a room already, be sure to book your space right away! A wide range of possibilities are available to you in nearby Cottonwood and a little further away in Sedona and Camp Verde. You can also find a room in the nearby historic ghost town of Jerome. Please visit our website for suggestions about where to stay in the area.

Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood is an excellent camping option; the park has sites for tents and trailers, with or without electric hook ups, great hot showers and opportunities for other activities in a beautiful riparian setting. For booking a site near other dancers, or for sharing campsites, please see our Facebook page at:

To STAY CONNECTED with other May Madness dancers, join our Facebook page. Here you can chat about getting or offering a ride, sharing rooms or campsites, exploring the area around Clarkdale, or just see who else is excited about the weekend.

ROSTER: The preliminary May Madness Roster was emailed to registered dancers about a week before the dance. It won’t have the late-comers on it, but it might help you find someone to carpool or share a room with. Please look your own information over, and e-mail Judy at with updates or changes. Please make a copy for your use during the weekend. A final roster will be emailed after the weekend.

PACKING LIST:  Here are some suggestions of things to bring to keep you safe and comfortable in the warm, dry climate of northern Arizona.

  • A reusable water container and coffee mug. We will have plenty of liquids on hand including filtered water, but it helps with the recycling situation to cut down on the number of cups we use. There will be marking pens to put your name on your own cup and water bottle. No open containers are allowed on the wood floor in the dance hall.
  • Light, loose, comfortable clothing. The chance of extra-warm weather is probably greater than the chance of rain!
  • Several extra t-shirts if you tend to get damp while dancing. We will have fans, evaporative cooling, and adequate air flow, but extra changes are usually a good idea.
  • Soft soled shoes that are comfortable and easy to dance in, but separate from street shoes to help protect the dance floor
  • Several extra pairs of cushiony socks
  • A lawn chair or blanket for Friday’s outdoor concert in the park
  • A sun hat and sunscreen for prowling around the Clarkdale area in the day time
  • Musical instruments and/ or recording devices for workshops and jam sessions
  • Your raffle items and any clothes destined for the clothing exchange.
  • Extra $ for Maivish and Joyride CD’s, treasures from the raffle, and a relaxing massage.
  • Flyers and information to share about your home dances and events  

Please DO NOT BRING pets or alcohol. The Town of Clarkdale has a no alcohol policy for public places including the dance hall. A few short blocks away in town there are some fine watering holes with cool, refreshing beverages.

Also, please bring your unscented hygiene and beauty products for the weekend as a courtesy to your friends with chemical sensitivities.

BYO CUP: You are encouraged to bring your own cup for coffee and hot drinks, and don’t forget your water bottle. We will also have the traditional May Madness mug adoption option again this year to help us minimize trash. You may adopt your own ceramic mug from the collection of gently used May Madness mugs for just a $1 donation. If you love your selection, you are welcome to take it home after camp.

OTHER QUESTIONS? Please visit the May Madness website at, or email, or call/text Carl at (602) 268-7181. We’ll do our best to find answers and help you have a wonderful weekend in Arizona!

We’ll see you in Clarkdale on May 13!


The May Madness Team