Looking Glass Music And Arts Association
Lansing, Michigan

 

Looking Glass is a loosely knit group of fun seekers who have been organizing monthly square and contra dances, workshops, and other traditional music and arts activities for nearly 30 years. We are a volunteer, non-profit organization, and anyone is welcome.

Did you know we host the Looking Glass Dance Festival the 3rd Weekend of October?





We hope you can join us for a contra dance sometime soon. Dancing is fun, good exercise, and movement to music with a group of smiling people. Join us on the floor and give it a try, we think you'll like it.

Want to know a little more? The Hamilton Country Dancers, Hamilton, Ontario have put together two sets of "instructions"- The Contra Dance Primer is a nice overview. There is also the more detailed ContraCulture .

It's a multi media world- check out this contra dance video on YouTube-


Lansing does not have a "fireplace line" (referenced in the video). We enjoy seeing people of all ages coming together to enjoy the dance.



Local Dance and Caller Info
Michigan Dance Links
Out of State Dances
Out of State Weekends

Upcoming events, 2014:

Unless otherwise noted, all dances take place at the
Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol, in Lansing on the third Saturday of the month. Directions and Map to church
Beginner's workshops start at 6:30 p.m.; the dance is from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, cost is $8 for Looking Glass Members (and members of other traditional dance groups) , $10 for the public, and $5 for students (high school, college) with ID. Children under 15 are admitted for free!

No Lansing dances in July or Aug. We'll start up again Saturday, Sept 20

Saturday, September 20
Band: Pat and Possum, Caller: Pat Hoekje

Friday, Oct 17- Sunday, Oct 19
THE LOOKING GLASS FESTIVAL
3 days of music and dance
Callers- Carol Ormand and Louie Cromartie
Music from- The Katy Flyers and Ladies of the Lake
No pre-registration needed
More info will be posted in Sept

Saturday, November 15
Band: TBA, Caller: Brad Baufman

Saturday, December 20
Band: TBA, Caller: TBA

Looking Glass Membership
Memberships are currently $10 per calendar year- renewable in January. For more information
call 517-337-0235
or write LGMAA at P.O. Box 1403 E. Lansing MI 48826
or email Looking Glass


Hey! Bands and callers passing through Lansing, contact Bonnie,
about playing or calling for one of our dances.

Local Bands and Callers

Bands
Scarlet Runner String Band
Oh! Contraire
New Money

Callers
Bob Stein
Julie Levy-Weston


Join Us for the Looking Glass Festival, 3rd Weekend in October each year.

Michigan Dance Links

  • Ten Pound Fiddle- Dances and Concerts in Lansing
  • Lansing English Country Dancers
  • AACTMAD- Ann Arbor Dance
  • Grand River Folk Arts Society
  • Wheatland Music Organization
  • Country Dancing in Kalamazoo
  • Allegan Woods Folk Arts (Dancing in Holland, Michigan)
  • Oakland County Traditional Dance Society Webpage
  • Paint Creek Folklore Society Webpage
  • Bayside Travellers in Traverse City
  • Folk Music Society of Midland
  • The Michigan Dance Calendar lists traditional dance and music, mostly for Southern Michigan and is updated regularly
  • Michigan Dance Heritage presents two dance camps ( Spring and Fall) a year. MDH also offers support for traditional dance in Michigan
  • Looking Glass is a member of the Greater Lansing Arts Council. Follow this link to lots of great arts organizations in the Greater Lansing area- it's a hoppin' town.
  • Michigan Dance Weekends

  • Michigan Dance Heritage - Fall - usually 3rd weekend in Sept
  • Ann Arbor Dawn Dance Weekend- Usually late Feb
  • Michigan Dance Heritage - Spring - usually 3rd weekend in April
  • Wheatland Traditional Arts Weekend- Memorial Day Weekend
  • Looking Glass Festival- 3rd Weekend in Oct. Right Here in Lansing!

    Out of State Information
    Regular Dance Series

    Bloomington, IN
    Goshen, IN
    Fort Wayne, IN
    Indianapolis, IN
    Toledo, OH
    Cleveland, OH
    Columbus, OH
    Chicago, IL
    Madison, WI
    Urbana, IL
    St. Louis, MO
    New York Dancing
    Index of local contra dance pages in the US and Canada
    Looking Glass is a member of the Country Dance and Song Society


    Dance Weekends and Special Events-
    Jan Jam-Champaign-Urbana, IL Early Jan
    Ralph Page Dance Legacy Weekend, Durham, NH, Mid-Jan
    Dance Flurry- Saratoga Springs, NY in Mid-Feb
    Pigtown Fling- Covington, KY- usually late March
    Spring Thaw- Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in early April
    Mad Robin Romp- near Bloomington, IN, in April
    Dandelion Romp- Oberlin, OH in late April
    NEFFA- Manchester, MA, in late April
    Kimmswick - near St. Louis, MO in late May
    Dance Trance - Lexington, KY in Mid June
    IndepenDance Weekend- Delafield, WI early July
    River Rendezvous- Coshocton, OH in Mid July
    Sugar Hill- Near Bloomington, IN, in Mid Aug
    Squirrel Moon- Not far from Madison, Wisconsin, Mid Sept
    Gypsy Moon Ball- Near Bloomington, IN, late Oct
    Pittsburg Fall Dance Weekend- In Pittsburgh, in Mid-Nov
    Breaking Up Thanksgiving- Near Chicago, Thanksgiving Weekend
    Winter Warm-up- Columbus, OH area, in early Dec.

    In Canada
    London, Ontario
    Toronto, Ontario
    Hamilton, Ontario

    I try to keep all the links on this page current, but if you find something broken, please send an email to Julie at levyj at msu dot edu.
    This page last updated July 18, 2014