SCHEDULE

The weekend starts with a concert in the square about 3 blocks from the hall, featuring Mean Lids from 6 - 7 PM.   The Friday evening dance starts at 7:30 PM, ending at 11 PM.


Saturday: 

9:30 - 10 AM         Waltzing

10 AM - 4:15 PM   Contra dancing and workshops, with a lunch break.

4:30 - 5:15 PM      Concert - Riptide

7:30 - 11 PM         Contra dance


Sunday:

9:30 - 10 AM         Waltzing
10 AM - Noon        Contra dancing and workshops.

1:30 - 3:30 PM       Contra dance


The complete schedule including workshops is available as a PDF download, click the 'Schedule' button in the navigation bar to the left.


Be sure to check the schedules posted in the hall for last minute changes.

 
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS


SATURDAY’S WORKSHOPS:

Movement Improvement with Tai Chi with Cis Hinkle 9:15 – 9:30  Fireplace Rm.

Come start your day with some gentle movements designed to get your joints lubricated and your muscles and mind warmed up for the dancing day ahead.

Waltz Workshop with Susan Petrick Saturday 10:00 – 11:00  Fireplace Rm.
Cross-step waltz evolved during the 1930s, and has recently had a revival and surged in popularity.  Come learn the basics of cross-step waltz, along with easy, elegant variations that work well with either cross-step or rotary waltzing.

Contra Flourishes Workshop with Susan Petrick Saturday 1:30 – 3:00 Main Hall
Learn or refine additions to your contra dancing skills repertoire.  Dances in this session will be selected to give you many opportunities to explore embellishments in ways that add to your fun without bringing fear or annoyance to your neighbors and partners.

Band Jam with Russ Healy 1:30 – 3:00  Fireplace Rm  
Bring your instruments and come and jam. All levels of musicianship and instruments are welcome but this will be an 'intermediate' jam - neither slow nor fast."  Russ will make sure the pace is an inclusive one and that nobody hijacks the jam.

   See the message below from Russ for more info including the tune list.


"Make ‘em want to dance!" with Mean Lids 11:00 – 12:00  Fireplace Rm.
A musician/band workshop focusing on making infectiously danceable tune arrangements

Joke Swap/Workshop with Charlie Adams and Duf  11:00-12:00  Back Terrace
Participants are encouraged to tell jokes or just come to listen and laugh. All reactions are welcome: from a belly laugh, titter, and giggle to a groan, snort and sound effects (“ba-dum-bum”). Learn ways to improve your joke-telling. These include: 1- how to remember jokes; 2- how to obtain jokes; 3- how to tell jokes; 4- categories of jokes; 5- what or to whom not to tell; and 6- where you can tell (everywhere).

Note: If you are planning to bring a child, please keep in mind that with workshop may contain adult humor.


SUNDAY'S WORKSHOPS:

Movement Improvement with Tai Chi: Cis Hinkle  9:15 – 9:30 Fireplace Rm.
Come start your day with some gentle movements designed to get your joints lubricated and your muscles and mind warmed up for the dancing day ahead.

Old-Time Country Gospel Sing with WPA: Warren Miller  10:00 – 11:00  Fireplace Rm.
Join WPA for this May Madness tradition, a group sing-along of eminently sing-able songs that invite spontaneous harmonies. Lyrics will be provided or bring your own favorites. It’s a gentle yet great way to wake up and rally for the last day of dancing.

Beginning DADGAD Guitar Workshop with Owen Marshall  11:00 – 12:00 Fireplace Rm.
DADGAD tuning is used widely throughout Celtic and other world music, and is known for powerful accompaniment for dances, tunes, and compelling textures for vocal accompaniment.  New approaches will be discussed for right-hand and picking technique, left-hand chords, harmonies, and substitutions.
   Over the course of the workshop, we will strengthen our knowledge of the fret board while building an array of right-hand rhythmic possibilities. Using polyrhythms and syncopation, we will explore ways to be an invaluable addition to any musical setting. By the end of class, we will have explored techniques to accompany tunes on the fly, and give new life to the music you already play.


A message from Russ Healy on the Jam Session:

Friends, I've been asked to lead the Band Jam from 1:30 - 3:00 on Saturday.  I hope the primary goal of the jam will be for everyone to have fun and have the opportunity to play tunes they know and like.  I have compiled a list of contra tunes that I've heard frequently in Tucson and elsewhere, from various genres, to guide us.  That does not mean we have to stick to the list, but it could be a starting point as we select tunes.  Perhaps we could proceed clockwise in a circle with participants either choosing a tune or passing, so that everyone, I hope, will have a chance to play tunes they like and are familiar with.  If we have banjo players present, we might want to stay in one key for a while before switching. I'd also suggest we try to keep the tempo roughly at dance speed or slower to accommodate all levels of musicians. However, I would not want to be inflexible about any of these ideas.  We can see what the spirit of the session suggests as well.  I hope many of you will bring your instruments and come play!

Old-Time Tunes
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Johnny, Johnny, Don’t Get Drunk D
Buck Mountain D
Seneca Square Dance (aka Waiting for the Federals, Shelby’s Mule) G
Colored Aristocracy G
Nixon’s Farewell D
Goodbye Liza Jane D
St. Anne’s Reel D
Angeline the Baker D
Julianne Johnson D
Speed the Plough A
Cold Frosty Morning A mix
Home With the Girls in the Morning Dm
Sandy Boys A
June Apple A mixolydian
Kitchen Gal A mix
Waterbound (aka Stay All Night)

Irish Reels
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Maid Behind the Bar D
Silver Spear D
Banshee G
Miss Monahan’s D
John Stenson’s #2 A
Congress Am
Red-Haired Boy A mix
Wind That Shakes the Barley D
The Mason’s Apron A

Irish Jigs
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Kesh G
Morrison’s D
Cliffs of Moher Am
I Lost My Love Am
Tobin’s Favorite D

Quebecois/Cape Breton
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Dedicado a Joe (Viva el West Side) Bm
St. Antoine’s A
Reel de Montreal G
Homage a Edmund Parizeau (aka Fromage a Edmund Parizeau) A
Glise de Sherbrooke G
Cheticamp G

Various Polkas
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Purple Lilies D
Sean Ryan’s D
Waves of Tory (aka Cheese) D
Ballydesmonds 1 and 2 Am

Waltzes
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Amelia’s D
Midnight on the Water D
Ashoken Farewell D
Josefin’s G
Planxty Irwin D



old schedule - from 2015

Below is info from May Madness 2015.  Check back 1 - 2 months before the weekend for info for May Madness 2016.   


SCHEDULE


The weekend starts with a concert in the square about 3 blocks from the hall, featuring Great Bear Trio from 6 - 7 PM.   The Friday evening dance starts at 7:30 PM Friday, with dancing and workshops Saturday and Sunday.  The final Sunday afternoon dance ends at 3:30 PM.  The complete schedule including workshops is available here:




Be sure to check the schedules posted in the hall for any last minute changes.



SATURDAY’S WORKSHOPS


English Country Dance with Michael Barraclough and Contra Sutra


Jane Austen did it.  George Washington did it.  So can you!  ECD is the predecessor of Irish, Scottish, square and contra dances. Of all these, English has the greatest variety of shapes, figures, moods and music with the pace varying from slow and elegant to lively and vigorous.  Come and spend an hour or so dancing wonderful dances to outstanding music and get rid of any pre-conceived idea that ECD is slow, or boring or ploddy. 


“Flat Footing” with Becca Molaro

Flat-footing with Becca Molaro - Come make music with your feet! Learn the basics of Appalachian Flat-foot Dancing, a solo freestyle form of American dance. This style of dance invites you to become part of the music by using your feet and body as a percussive instrument to echo the rhythms of banjo and fiddle tunes. Becca Molaro has been wowing audiences and winning flat-foot dance contests since she was 4 years old. If possible, wear comfortable hard soled shoes for this class. Everyone, every level are welcome.


Percussive Movement with Russell Shumsky

Clapping, stepping and slapping will be used to create rhythmic puzzles that will delight and challenge your rhythmic sensibilities and physical co-ordination. Be prepared for a fun and focused workshop. No musical instruments are needed. This workshop is for ALL DANCERS interested in rhythm. Limited to 30 people.


Joke Swap/Workshop Charlie Adams and Duf

Participants are encouraged to tell jokes or just come to listen. All reactions are welcome, from a belly laugh, titter, and giggle to a groan, snort and sound effects (“ba-dum-bum”). Learn ways to improve your joke-telling. These include: 1-how to remember jokes, 2- how to obtain jokes, 3- how to tell jokes, 4- categories of jokes, 5-what, or to whom, not to tell, 6- where you can tell (everywhere).


Dutch Crossing with Sarah VanNorstrand

Dutch Crossing is an intricate dance for 8 couples or 16 people. It was written by a Dutch dancer in the 90's and it has enticed Contra and English dancers with its fascinating choreography and sense of challenge. The actual figures in the dance are basic and familiar, but the complexity comes from the 4 different orientations in which it is danced. Dutch Crossing takes about an hour to teach and dance, but when you and your team of fellow dancers are successful in getting through the dance, the feeling is exhilarating! 


A conversation about musical mechanics of country music with Andrew VanNorstrand

The workshop includes singing, listening and conversation about the "hidden" musical mechanics of country music. 


Contra Fiddle groove, fun, and bending tradition  with Ryan McKasson

Anything goes in this workshop on dance fiddle!


SUNDAY’S WORKSHOPS


Sunday Morning Singing with Warren Miller

Join Warren Miller for this May Madness tradition, a group sing of eminently sing-able songs that invite spontaneous harmonies. Lyrics will be provided or bring your own favorites. It’s a great way to warm into your day.


Scandinavian pivot dances with Erik Erhardt

Explore the duple- and quadruple-time dances of Schottische, Norwegian Polka, and Snoa, all with variations to lively music by Rhonda Hotop.


Guitar Exploration with Dave Bartley

If you play guitar, you won’t want to miss this one! Expand your universe of guitar backup ideas, rhythms and techniques.  Bring riffs from music past and present, from several continents, to bear to dress up the music, and propel and excite dancers. Learn about interesting guitar backup rhythms. BYOG (bring your own guitar). Participants with at least some experience with guitar are encouraged to attend.