Dancing in Lansing!

Hello! As many of our friends know, Julie Levy-Weston writes a short e-newsletter with current Lansing Contra Dance News, events and information, called Dancing in Lansing. Julie, or occasionally another board member, sends the e-newsletter to our list of interested members and friends on the Thursday evenings before the first and the third Saturday dances. We'll archive the messages here, with the most recent at the top. By the way - YOU can join that list by sending us your email address, noted with your name and city. We will never sell or share your email address to anyone, Dancer's Honor.


Dancing in Lansing sent on May 15, 2020

Hi - How are you doing in this strange new world? Sort of feels like vacation (as I have not retired yet), but I'm just staying home, not traveling to interesting places. Just wanted to let you know that the organizers for both the Ten Pound Fiddle (first Sat Dance) and Looking Glass Music and Arts (3rd Sat Dance) have cancelled the dance that would have been held this coming Sat, May 16, plus both the June dances- June 6 and June 20.

We're still in a "wait and see" mode on the fall- CUMC is booked, but that is easy to change if needed. Contra dancing would no doubt be a "super spreading" event if an infected but asymptomatic person were to be at the dance. We want to be sure we can all dance safely before we take to the floor - sigh.

As far as I know, all spring dance weekends have been cancelled. Last I heard CDSS was still hoping to hold some of their camps- including at Cavell here in Michigan in August. If you need a dance fix, I'd suggest Youtube and search contra dance. Lots of fun videos out there. Who knows, you may even see yourself in one of them. I'll keep you posted when decisions are made about Fall events.

Hugs your loved ones, Work on that project you've been putting off (photo albums for me!) and be well. (9 weeks in and I have not touched photo albums or photos- seems when I have unlimited time it is harder to get things started or done- darn it!)

Stay Safe! Julie LW


Dancing in Lansing sent on March 14, 2020

Hi - you probably figured this was coming- due to Covid-19, both Looking Glass and the Ten Pound Fiddle have decided to cancel dances between now and Mid-May. We'll see how things are looking in Mid April before we make a call on the May 16 dance. Both groups optimistically hope we'll be able to dance together in June- but we are just going to have to wait and see.

So, there is no dance next Sat, Mar 21
There is no dance on Sat April 4
No dance on Sat April 18
and
No Dance on Saturday, May 2

**Weekends**
Pig town is Cancelled
Dandelion Romp is cancelled
Spring Thaw is cancelled
Trillium Twirl is cancelled

Mad Robin - ??
Traditional Arts at Wheatland - ??
Nothing on their websites yet- we'll just have to wait and see

Contra dance is so the opposite of "Social Distancing", it really was only a matter of time before we would have to make this call.

Hugs your loved ones, Work on that project you've been putting off (photo albums for me!) and be well.

Julie LW


Dancing in Lansing for Saturday March 7 sent March 4, 2020
Hi- Happy Birthday to Bob Stein! The next dance in town will be the Ten Pound Fiddle Dance on Sat Mar 7. It is very close to Bob Stein's 85th birthday, so he's making it a dance party day. All this will be happening at CUMC- 215 N Capitol Ave in Lansing.

There will be an afternoon of English Country dancing beginning a 2pm. Calling will be Gay Fifer- she is in demand for dance events all over the country- and the music will be provided by Big Fun (that's Brad Battey, Myron Grant and Marty Somberg).
The English dance ends at 5pm and and 5:30 we'll share a potluck. Bring a dish to share (with serving utensil) and place setting for yourself (though we will have paper and plastic if needed).
We can use the oven for heating up food, but no cooking, please. We'll also be able to put cold food in the fridge.
The evening will bring the regular 1st Sat contra dance. Gaye will be calling and Big Fun will provide the hot dancing tunes. They like to explore lots of types of danceable music.
New Dancer intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7 -10.
Usual prices- Gen Public $12,
Members of Trad. Dance groups $10 and Students and first time dancers $6.

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HEY- it appears that parking in the lot to the north of church is once again OK. For now, it would be good if you stick to the spaces assigned to CUMC (not St. Paul's or the other church or the catering Co.) The parking ramp/garage is a good option too.
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The Looking Glass dance on March 21 is going to be at our ALTERNATE LOCATION- the Dewitt Township/Valley Farms Community Center. 16101 Brook road, Lansing. Caller will be Rick Szumski and the band is The Banjo Tramps New dancer intro at 6:30, Dance 7 -10. Usual pricing- Gen Public, $12 - members $10 - students and first timers $6

(Long story- we requested CUMC for this March 2020 date back in June of 2019. Church said- sorry, theatre is there. Found out a couple months back that Peppermint Creek's next show is actually in the Dining Room in the basement. but by the time we knew that, the Fellowship Hall had already been booked for a wedding reception- oh well)
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Cheryl from Flint let me know that "There’s going to be a contra dance on March 21, Saturday, from 2 to 4 pm at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Grand Blanc (5005 McCandish Rd.). The dance is open to the general public. There is no entry fee but there will be a “free will offering” to help cover expenses. Ed Vincent will be calling. Most of the dancers will probably be beginners. Ed is planning on doing some family dances as well as contras and maybe a few squares. Flint's Homegrown Contraband will be playing. "
Again, everyone's invited. Spread the word!

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More local dancing
There is also English Country Dancing at MSU once a month through the college year.
this semester's remaining dates are Mar 12 and April 9
The dance goes from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Michigan State University
RCAH Theater, room C20 (lower level) – Snyder-Phillips Hall
362 Bogue Street, East Lansing
(free parking available near Snyder-Phillips after 6pm)
Admission $6, students $4, free to MSU students
More information at http://mathcs.albion.edu/~ram/lecd/
*****
Spring Dance weekends
*
Registration is open for Trillium Twirl, Michigan Dance Heritage Spring Weekend. the event is held at a camp on a small lake near tiny Dowling, MI. Dates this year are April 24 - 26. the music will be provided by Turnip the Beet with calling by Bob Isaacs
more info at https://michigandanceheritage.org/trilliumtwirl/
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**Pigtown Fling- Mar 27-29 in Cincinnati. More info http://www.cincinnaticontradance.org/pigtown.htm
**Dandelion Romp, April 3-5, Oberlin, OH. More info http://www2.oberlin.edu/stuorg/dromp/
**Mad Robin Romp- Bloomington, IN - April 10-12 - http://bloomingtoncontra.org/mad-robin-romp/
**Spring Thaw in Toronto, April 24-26. https://www.tcdance.org/thaw.php
**It's a bit of a drive- to St. Louis, MO- but they are hosting a 4 day event over Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25- Meet Me in St. Louis. More
info at http://www.childgrove.org/stl-dance-weekends/meetmeinstlouis
**Also over Memorial Day, Wheatland hosts Traditional Arts Weekend. Lots of dance and all kinds of other arts/folk activities. More info at
https://www.wheatlandmusic.org/traditional-arts-weekend/

Happy Dancing!
Julie LW


Dancing in Lansing for Sat February 15, 2020 - sent Feb 14, 2020
Hello -- There is a contra dance in town on Saturday, Feb 15. This Dance is hosted by the Looking Glass and will feature the music of Askin' for Trouble and the calling of Julie Levy-Weston. The dance will be at Central United Methodist Church, 215 N Capitol Ave (CUMC). New Dancer intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7 -10. Usual prices- Gen Public $12, Members of Trad. Dance groups $10 and Students and first time dancers $6.

Note- that it is also time to renew (or start) your membership in Looking Glass. Membership gets you discounts to dances and demonstrates to the board that you support the work we do to keep contra dances happening in Lansing. Looking Glass Membership is $15 per year - Jan - Dec. You can pay at the dance and get your discount the same night!
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HEY- it appears that parking in the lot to the north of church is once again OK. For now, it would be good if you stick to the spaces assigned to CUMC (not St. Paul's or the other church or the catering Co.) The parking ramp/garage is a good option too.
*****
The next dance in town will be the Ten Pound Fiddle Dance on Sat Mar 7. It is very close to Bob Stein's 85th birthday, so he's making it a dance party day. All this will be happening at CUMC.

There will be an afternoon of English Country dancing beginning at 2pm. Calling will be Gaye Fifer- she is in demand for dance events all over the country- and the music will be provided by Big Fun (that's Brad Battey, Myron Grant and Marty Somberg)
The English dance ends at 5pm and and 5:30 we'll share a potluck. Bring a dish to share (with serving utensil) and place setting for yourself (though we will have paper and plastic if needed)
We can use the oven for heating up food, but no cooking, please. We'll also be able to put cold food in the fridge.
The evening will bring the regular 1st Sat contra dance. Gaye will be calling and Big Fun will provide the hot dancing tunes. They like to explore lots of types of danceable music.
New Dancer intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7 -10.
Usual prices- Gen Public $12, Members of Trad. Dance groups $10 and Students and first time dancers $6.
*****
The Looking Glass meeting about how to keep dancing active and viable here in Lansing went well- about 15 people in attendance.
There will be two "sub-committee" meetings this Sunday Feb 16, 2020, at the same time in different locations.
Operations - will meet at 2pm at John and Christy's (529 Wayland) in East Lansing
The Booking group - will also meet on Sunday @ 2pm, at Bob and Laura Stein's (431 Gainsbourough)
We're still looking for folks interested in doing PR.
We have set up a binder, that will be at each dance, that has an outline of all the tasks that need to be done for each dance, so we all can quickly find out where we can help. Send an email here DancinginLansing@gmail.com if you have questions - I will make sure I check!
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More Local Dancing - English Country Dancing
There is also English Country Dancing at MSU once a month through the college year.
This semester's dates are Feb 13, Mar 12 and April 9, the dance goes from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Michigan State University
RCAH Theater, room C20 (lower level) – Snyder-Phillips Hall
362 Bogue Street, East Lansing
(free parking available near Snyder-Phillips after 6pm)
Admission $6, students $4, free to MSU students
More information at http://mathcs.albion.edu/~ram/lecd/
*****
Spring Dance weekends
*
Registration is open for Trillium Twirl, Michigan Dance Heritage Spring Weekend. The event is held at camp on a small lake in Dowling, MI. Dates this year are April 24 - 26, the music will be provided by Turnip the Beet with calling by Bob Isaacs.
See more info at https://michigandanceheritage.org/trilliumtwirl/
*
**Pigtown Fling- Mar 27-29 in Cincinnati. More info http://www.cincinnaticontradance.org/pigtown.htm
**Mad Robin Romp- Bloomington, IN - April 10-12 - http://bloomingtoncontra.org/mad-robin-romp/
**Spring Thaw in Toronto, April 24-26. https://www.tcdance.org/thaw.php
**It's a bit of a drive- to St. Louis, MO, but they are hosting a 4 day event over Memorial Day weekend- Meet Me in St. Louis. More
info at http://www.childgrove.org/stl-dance-weekends/meetmeinstlouis
**Also over Memorial Day, Wheatland hosts Traditional Arts Weekend. Lots of dance and all kinds of other arts activities. More info at https://www.wheatlandmusic.org/traditional-arts-weekend/

Happy Dancing!
Julie LW


Dancing in Lansing, for this Sat, Feb 1 - sent January 30, 2020

Hello -- There is a contra and square dance in town is Saturday Feb 1. This Dance is hosted by the Ten Pound Fiddle and will feature the music of The Scarlet Runner String Band and the calling of Peter Baker, from Ann Arbor. The dance will be at Central United Methodist Church, 215 N Capitol Ave (CUMC). New Dancer intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7 -10. Usual prices- Gen Public $12, Members of Trad. Dance groups $10 and Students and first time dancers $6.
*****
HEY- it appears that parking in the lot to the north of church is once again OK. For now, it would be good if you stick to the spaces assigned to CUMC (not St. Paul's or the other church or the catering Co.) The parking ramp/garage is a good option too.
*****
The next dance in town is Saturday Feb 15 at CUMC. This dance will feature the music of Askin' for Trouble with Julie Levy- Weston calling (that's me!). New Dancer intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7 -10. Gen Public $12, Members of Trad. Dance groups $10 and Students and first time dancers $6.
****
Early notice for the March Ten Pound Fiddle Dance on Sat Mar 7. It is very close to Bob Stein's 85th birthday, so he's making it a dance party day. All this will be happening at CUMC.

There will be an afternoon of English Country dancing beginning a 2pm. Calling will be Gay Fifer- she is in demand for dance events all over the country- and the music will be provided by Big Fun (that's Brad Battey, Myron Grant and Marty Somberg)
The English dance ends at 5pm and and 5:30 we'll share a potluck. Bring a dish to share (with serving utensil) and place setting for yourself (though we will have paper and plastic if needed)
We can use the oven for heating up food, but no cooking, please. We'll also be able to put cold food in the fridge.
The evening will bring the regular 1st Sat contra dance. Gaye will be calling and Big Fun will provide the hot dancing tunes. They like to explore lots of types of danceable music.
New Dancer intro at 6:30pm, Dance 7 -10.
Usual prices- Gen Public $12,
Members of Trad. Dance groups $10 and Students and first time dancers $6.

*****
Meeting Report - The meeting about how to keep dancing active and viable here in Lansing went well- about 15 people in attendance. There will be two "sub-committee" meetings on Sunday Feb 16.
1) Operations- will meet at 2pm and John and Christy's in East Lansing (email back for specifics)
2) The Advertising and PR group will also meet on Sunday - early afternoon, at Bob and Laura Stein's (I'm almost positive)
We have set up a binder, that will be at each dance, that has an outline of all the tasks that need to be done for each dance, so we all can quickly find out where we can help.
****
More local dancing
There is also English Country Dancing at MSU once a month through the college year.
This semesters dates are Feb 13, Mar 12 and April 9
The dance goes from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Michigan State University
RCAH Theater, room C20 (lower level) – Snyder-Phillips Hall
362 Bogue Street, East Lansing
(free parking available near Snyder-Phillips after 6pm)
Admission $6, students $4, free to MSU students
More information at http://mathcs.albion.edu/~ram/lecd/
****
I happened to note that the Ann Arbor folks are having a mini dance weekend Feb 7 and 8.
Caller will be Emily Abel, with Music by The Mean Lids and Dr. Shadow
Contra dance Friday night at 7:30pm
workshops and waltzing the afternoon on Sat
"Traditional" contra 7:30pm on Sat, followed by a TECHNO CONTRA at 10pm on Sat night.

Techno is called dance and uses the moves we know, but the music is modern/techno (but still, usually, has the 64 counts we are used to). These events are accented with colorful lighting, moving lights and sometimes black lights. not sure what the plans are for Ann Arbor, lighting wise, but it sounds like fun! (go to YouTube and search for Techno Contra- lots to look at)
And each event is pay what you can- suggested $10 for the contra sessions.
the event take place at the Concourse Hall 4531 Concourse Dr. in Ann Arbor
here's a link to some additional info
https://assets.aactmad.org/pdfs/nexgen.techno.contra.pdf
*****
Spring Dance weekends
Registration is open for Trillium Twirl, Michigan Dance Heritage Spring Weekend. the event is held at camp on a small lake in Dowling, MI. Dates this year are April 24 - 26. the music will be provided by Turnip the Beet with calling by Bob Isaacs
more info at https://michigandanceheritage.org/trilliumtwirl/

Pigtown Fling- Mar 27-29 in Cincinnati. More info http://www.cincinnaticontradance.org/pigtown.htm
Mad Robin Romp- Bloomington, IN - April 10-12 - http://bloomingtoncontra.org/mad-robin-romp/
Spring Thaw in Toronto, April 24-26. https://www.tcdance.org/thaw.php

Happy Dancing!
Julie LW


New Year's Eve Dance, DeWitt Township - sent December 30, 2019

Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve is here! The Ten Pound Fiddle and Looking Glass will be joining forces to host a contra and square dance on Tues evening, Dec 31, 2019 at the Dewitt Township Community Center, at 16101 Brook Road (just south east of Old 27 and State Road). We're pleased that Darlene Underwood will call, and our friends from the North, The Johns, will provide the tunes.
We'll start the evening by sharing a potluck supper beginning at 6:30PM, bring a dish to share and place settings, if possible. we will have disposable plates and plastic ware as well.
NOTE- there are limited electrical outlets at this space, Please avoid crock pot things. Also, please bring an appropriate serving utensil for your dish.
Dance will begin at 8pm,
We'll take an extra long break around 10 and have nummy dessert treats
We'll dance until midnight and share "Auld Ang Signe" and a (non alc.) toast.
This is been one of my favorite dances for years- such a happy community feel -all dancing together.
Pricing will stay the same at the past few years. Gen Public- $18, Members of Trad dance groups (in Michigan and beyond) $15, Students $8 (note there is no new dancer discount for the New Year's Eve dance)
(we are hoping the weather will cooperate- I'll let you know if anything changes)
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Next dance- first of 2020- will be on Saturday, Jan 4. Hosted by The Ten pound Fiddle; Julie Levy-Weston will call and they'll be some great tunes by The Banjo Tramps. the dance will be at CUMC, New Dancer intro at 6:30, Dance 7 -10. Usual prices- Gen Public $12, Members of Trad. Dance groups $10 and Students $6. Bring a friend and introduce them to contra dancing! (first timers get in for half price) ****
Don't forget about the English Country Dancing resumes on Jan 9 at MSU.
The dance goes from 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Michigan State University
RCAH Theater, room C20 (lower level) – Snyder-Phillips Hall
362 Bogue Street, East Lansing
(free parking available near Snyder-Phillips after 6pm)
Admission $6, students $4, free to MSU students
More information at http://mathcs.albion.edu/~ram/lecd/
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Happy Dancing and Happy Holidays!
Julie LW
PS- my cold is much better, but I'm still coughing. My husband is in the worst part of it now. It has been a pretty quiet break.