Slow but Steady

I have had to scale back my involvement in the dance community because I am committing most of my time and energy to graduate school. I started last fall and will finish in about 2 years. It has been extremely difficult to scale back when I have been building momentum in my calling career and…

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Preparing for Catapult!

One of my favorite things to do is to prepare for dance weekends. I also love planning for one evening dances, but I just adore the endless possibilities at a dance weekend. More time, more dancers, more experienced crowd, more opportunities to try new stuff, more workshops, more hugs, MORE! Gosh, can you tell that…

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Gender and Dance Roles

I have seen many in-depth conversations about gender and contra dancing on Facebook and blogs. It’s so exciting to see the community discuss gender in contra dance, especially pertaining to dance roles. First thing’s first: I firmly believe that gender is a spectrum. I believe that the body you were born into isn’t the biggest…

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Money Musk and Chestnuts

Chestnuts are old contra dances. Many of our favorite modern contra moves come from chestnuts, such as Petronella and Rory’O’More. Each dance has a tune written to accompany it (like an English Country Dance). I first danced the chestnut Money Musk in 2010 at Augusta Dance Camp. Nils Fredland led a daily workshop on chestnuts…

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