This month Indy Contra has two special events on top of our weekly dances, and we get to dance with hundreds of our best friends at Bloomington’s annual “Sugar Hill” weekend.
Tuesday, August 4th
Convolution with Rhonda Minnich
Our “house band” of Ben and Dianna play music from many traditions beyond contra. We’ll dance gypsies to gypsy influenced tunes, and swing to swing tunes, and if there’s a musical style called “hey” they probably play it too.
Friday, August 7th
Bonus: State Fair contra!
Emily Ann and Kelly Thompson, with Frank Buschelmann
Join us at the Indiana State Fair
We’re on the Dance Stage, far west side of the fairgrounds, near the midway. Come early for fair food.
A few fair admission passes are available to members of Indy Contra and other contra groups. Email us ASAP or ask any board member at the dance.
Tuesday, August 11th
Deb Shebish and Johnandrew Bellner, with Bob Duffy
The last time Deb and Johnandrew played we had a dozen brand new dancers, and several non-dancing friends who came just to listen. Expect an enthusiastic crowd again this time!
Sunday, August 16th
Mulberry Street with Josiah Roberts
Mulberry Street is a 3 piece trio out of southwest Ohio. With fiddle, accordion, piano, and percussion putting out an energetic mix of New England, Cape Breton, and French Canadian styles, they’ll tempt your toes to tap and feet to fly across the floor.
Tuesday, August 18th
Electro contra: DR Shadow with Adam Nichols
Time to get out your glow in the dark t-shirts.
Tuesday, August 25th
Guest caller Alex Deis-Lauby, and LEDFoot
Alexandra started contra dancing five years ago in Chicago and began calling a year ago. She loves dancing all over the country and travels widely and often to dance. Since Chicago, she has moved to her home town, New York City, and dances more on the east coast, so this may be your only chance to dance with her for a while!
Her enthusiasm for contra is evident when she invites everyone she meets to come dance with her, so perhaps you can think of someone you could invite to come try contra this week?
Friday – Sunday, August 28-30
Sugar Hill dance & music weekend
Join hundreds of dancers at Camp Ransburg on Lake Monroe.
Dancing may go to dawn both nights; meals & tent camping included in registration.
More at bloomingtoncontra.org/sugar-hill/