Saturday, April 28, 2018

Stone Soup: Sat Apr 28, 2018 (Save the date)

For those of you who are inclined to plan ahead: we have reserved the Fellowship Hall at St Paul's UCC (our usual meeting place) for the annual Stone Soup Party, Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1pm-6pm, so add it to your calendar!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Spring Scandinavian Weekend - Mar 16-18, 2018, Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI

Spring Swedish Weekend 
March 16 ~ 18, 2018
Folklore Village, Dodgeville, WI
Featuring the music and dance of Föllinge and other areas of Jämtland.
With special guests from Sweden:        
Beret Bertilsdotter and Per Olof Petersson(dance) and
 fiddlers Mats and Ulf Andersson.

Traditional Dance & Music Fest Mar 16-18, 2018 - Urbana, IL

Central Illinois English Country Dancers & Urbana Country Dancers
Sixteenth Annual Marchfest
Traditional Dance & Music Festival
March 16-18, 2018
Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W.Stoughton,Urbana, IL

Friday evening contra dance, various dance workshops during the day Saturday, a Saturday evening English Country Ball and music events on Sunday (with the possibility of some dancing).

Featuring the band Rare Privilege from Wisconsin

Dance Instruction By Jon Hanson, Jonathan Sivier, Local English Dance Leaders

Jim Hemphill, Contra caller from Missouri

Additional Music By The Flatland Consort

Friday, February 9, 2018

Cancelled: Friday Feb 9, 2018, due to snow

We will not be dancing in Downers Grove tonight, Friday, February 9, 2018, due to the weather.  Hopefully this is a relief as much as a disappointment.  Stay safe!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Tonight Show: "Dancing for Busy People", Ding Dong Daddy

Unfortunately, this book was in a Tonight Show segment called "Do Not Read", but I think we actually did do the dance that they demo from it (Ding Dong Daddy) some years ago, Roo showed it to us, I think.  I couldn't make the embedded video start at the place of interest, which is about 3min8sec into the video, so here's a direct link to start there if you don't want to see the whole bit (you may have to view an ad first, no way around that):

See also, for demo of dance with music:
 And here are a few more links related to the music, the full title of which is "I'm a Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas":[]=ding%20dong%20daddy

Larry Hooper - Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas (Larry Hooper performs "Ding Dong Daddy" on the Lawrence Welk Show)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Univ of Chicago Folk Festival Feb 9-10, 2018

The 2018 University of Chicago Folk Festival includes a number of dance events, held at Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637:

58th Annual University of Chicago Folk Festival- February 8-10

Scandinavian Dance Workshop with Mary Allsopp & Friends Saturday, 10:30-12:00, Cloister Club (1st Floor, Ida Noyes Hall), Roo will be teaching
Waltzes, More Waltzes and English Country Dance with Putting On Aires and Tom Senior Saturday, 10:30-12:30, 3rd Floor Theater, Ida Noyes Hall
Cajun Dance with T'Monde Saturday, Noon-2:30, Cloister Club (1st Floor)
Morris Dancing with Pullman Morris Saturday, 12:30-1:30, Third Floor Theater
Old-Time Barn Dance with Bucking Mules (Saturday) and Heather and Dan (Sunday) Saturday 3:00-5:00 and Sunday 2:30-4:30, Cloister Club (1st Floor)
Irish Social Dance Sunday Noon-2:00, Cloister Club (1st Floor)