Dec. 2, 2014

Join us in celebrating as Rhonda Minnich calls her first full evening of Indy Contra! Emily Ann and Kelly Thompson will play.

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Adam RiviereBurn off calories before Thanksgiving by dancing  on Nov. 25th. Adam Nichols calls (he’s also a regular sound guy and a board member) to music by Convolution with not just one, but two guests: Mario Joven & percussionist Adam Riviere!
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Indy Contra has joined the AmazonSmile program. If you shop using AmazonSmile, Indy Contra will receive 00.5% of what you spend on eligible purchases. We’re able to participate in this program because we’re a 501(c)3 charity.

You may find AmazonSmile a convenient way to donate small amounts without even noticing it; we also appreciate direct donations, which are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law (and with the end of the tax year coming, many charities will remind you that donations may help you too, come April 15.)

However you chose to help, via AmazonSmile, your own charitable donations, by volunteering, or bringing cookies, are all valuable contributions to building and maintaining a music and dance community!


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It’s google’s fault!

Our web software knows why our calendar disappeared, “Google took version 2 of the GCal API offline, which breaks all calendar feed displays.”

They’re working on it. For now, our “When” page has details on who’s scheduled to call or play each week.

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Upcoming dances

Something is going wrong with  “Upcoming Dances:” in the right hand column of our website. We are scheduled to contra every Tuesday night (including the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s) for the foreseeable future, and are  troubleshooting the problem.

Tuesday, November 25 will feature Adam Nichols calling to music by Convolution with Mario Joven and Adam Riviere.

You can also see our schedule on our “When” page.

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November 18

GayeWe welcome visiting caller Gaye Fifer, with music by Convolution!

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Mulberry Street

Tuesday, November 11, we feature a new band, Mulberry Street, and Frank Buschelmann, one of our favorite Cincinnati callers.

Mulberry Street features Kristen Planeaux (of The Ripples), with Ben Hemmendinger and Perin Ellsworth-Heller, playing fiddle, foot percussion, guitar, ivories, percussion, and squeezebox! That’s two instruments each, if we call two feet one instrument. Come dance!

Mulberry Street

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November 4, 2014

We start November with the Open Band, Bradley Smith calling, and two dozen visitors from a community leadership development group, coming to learn about contra community.

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GMB 2014 final, final schedule

Printed copies available at the dance.

Friday (10/24):

8 p.m. to midnight – Contra dance with Mean Lids & Dana Parkinson

Saturday (10/25):
10 – 10:50 a.m. – Intermediate waltz with Lauren Peckman, OR Feel good yoga for dancers with Lisa Reeves

11 – 11:50 a.m. – Dancing musically with Matt Turino (of Mean Lids), OR Contra dance calling with Dana

12 noon -1 p.m. – Fancy flourishes with Dana & The Ripples, OR Band workshop with Ben Smith & Miriam Larson (of Mean Lids)

1 – 2 p.m. Lunch Break

2 – 3 p.m. – Funky fresh contras with Lauren &  Mean Lids

3 – 4 p.m. – It’s all About the Flow contras with Dana & The Ripples

4 – 4:30 Waltz break with The Ripples

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Formations For-schmations contras (triplets, crazy diagonals, etc.) with Lauren & The Ripples

5:30 – 7 p.m. – Dinner. Hall closed. Change into costumes!

7 -8 p.m. – Couple dances with Mean Lids

8:00 – 10 p.m. – Contra with Lauren & The Ripples
8:30 – Costume contest judging. Music by The Ripples, judging by Mean Lids, parade led by Dana & Lauren.

10:15 p.m. – midnight – Contra with Dana & Mean Lids

midnight – ? a.m. – Party at Doug & Fiona’s

Sunday (10/26):
10:30 – 11 a.m. – brunch & waltz to recorded music

11 a.m. – 12 noon – brunch & waltz with live music by Dianna Davis & Kristen Planeaux

12 – 3:30 p.m. – contra with Dana & Mean Lids

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Gypsy Moon 2014 important last minute news

As always, Indy Contra will welcome any who arrive at Gypsy Moon Ball, whether or not you pre-registered. We take cash and checks for admission.

We are at Zion Evangelical United Church of Christ, 416 E. North St., at the corner of New Jersey St. in downtown Indianapolis, 46202.  It is across the street from the Murat / Old National theater.

Parking is free for you in the church lot, which will be staffed Friday and Saturday evening to keep it from filling up with people attending other downtown events. Just tell them you are attending Gypsy Moon Ball and they will let you in.  We appreciate the church volunteers and staff who are giving their time for parking, cleaning, and other tasks so we can dance this weekend.

Please carry in clean, non-marking, smooth sole shoes that won’t mar or damage the church floor. They don’t have to be “dance shoes,” but they do need to be clean and carried in. (Socks or bare feet are fine too.)

Our schedule on the main GMB 2014 page is about 90% accurate.  We are slightly adjusting Saturday afternoon around 4p.m. to accommodate a wedding, but we’ll still be dancing (quietly). will answer any last minute questions promptly .



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