The info below is from May Madness 2016. Check back in Spring 2017 for the detailed schedule for 2017, or contact us at email@example.com.
The weekend starts with a concert in the square about 3 blocks from the hall, featuring Maivish from 6 - 7 PM. The Friday evening dance starts at 7:30 PM, ending at 11 PM.
9:30 - 10 AM Waltzing
10 AM - 4:15 PM Contra dancing and workshops, with a lunch break.
4:30 - 5:15 PM Concert - Joyride
7:30 - 11 PM Contra dance
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.
English Country Dance with Maivish and Michael Barraclough (10:00 - 12:00, Fireplace Room)
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 two dancing wonderful dances to outstanding music and get rid of any pre-conceived idea that ECD is slow, boring or plodding.
Band Jam with Russ Healy (10:00 - 12:00, Rear Terrace)
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.
Give and Take with Bev Bernbaum and Maivish (1:30 - 3:00, Main Hall)
For musicians, callers and dancers who are interested in what goes into creating dance nirvana. This workshop explores aspects of the contra dance experience from the perspective of the caller, the band, and the dancers, with a focus on building the communication skills and levels of awareness necessary to create a truly satisfying dance experience for everyone. It involves dancing, matching music with the dance choreography, and time for Q & A.
Scandinavian Dance with Bruce Carlson (1:30 - 3:00, Fireplace Room)
Bruce has taught the Scandinavian Folk Dancers of Phoenix since 1978 and is an expert on Norwegian and Swedish dances. Depending on who attends, Bruce will either teach couple dances like the Schottische or set dances.
Singaround with Jeremy Korr (1:30 - 3:00, Rear Terrace)
Bring you voice, ukulele, guitar etc. Jeremy will have lots of songs for you to sing.
Joke Swap/Workshop with Charlie Adams and Diane (Duf) Duffy (5:15 - 6:00, Fireplace Room)
Participant 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; and 6- where you can tell (everywhere). Note: If you are planning to bring a child, please keep in mind that this workshop may contain adult humor.
Old-Time Country Gospel Sing with WPA: Warren Miller, Philip Dixon, Allison Dixon (10:00 - 11:00, Fireplace Room)
Join WPA 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.
Musical Alchemy with Sue Songer and George Penk of Joyride (10:00 - 12:00, Fireplace Room)
Turn reels into airs and jigs into waltzes. Uncover and explore the beauty and richness of tunes that fly by on the dance floor when they are played at slower, satisfying tempos. For all instruments.
Pucker and Blow with Erik Weberg of Joyride (11:00 - 12:00, Rear Terrace)
Get to know your inner Bombarde. See it...Hear it....Feel it...Become the Bombarde.
A message from Russ Healy on the Jam Session:
Friends, I've been asked to lead the Band Jam from 10-12 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!
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)
Maid Behind the Bar D
Silver Spear D
Miss Monahan’s D
John Stenson’s #2 A
Red-Haired Boy A mix
Wind That Shakes the Barley D
The Mason’s Apron A
Cliffs of Moher Am
I Lost My Love Am
Tobin’s Favorite D
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
Purple Lilies D
Sean Ryan’s D
Waves of Tory (aka Cheese) D
Ballydesmonds 1 and 2 Am
Midnight on the Water D
Ashoken Farewell D
Planxty Irwin D
old schedule - from 2015
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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 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!
The workshop includes singing, listening and conversation about the "hidden" musical mechanics of country music.
Anything goes in this workshop on dance fiddle!
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.
Explore the duple- and quadruple-time dances of Schottische, Norwegian Polka, and Snoa, all with variations to lively music by Rhonda Hotop.
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.