Hoosier Partner – October 12-14, 2018

REGISTER ONLINE HERE                           Weekend Schedule HERE

Indianapolis is gearing up for another amazing weekend of dancing for the second annual Hoosier Partner dance weekend! This year’s lineup will feature a weekend-long collaboration of many of your favorite Midwestern bands and callers! So what happens when you mix old-time with Irish with funk and international style in a never-before-heard fusion band? We wish we could tell you more but we aren’t even sure what incredible mash-ups will appear throughout the weekend!

The lineup includes the best of Midwest talent including Baba Yaga’s Stew, Meadowhawk, Turnip the Beet, and Wild Rumpus. Each band will appear in their original arrangements, but here’s the catch. Throughout the weekend, band members from each group will mix in new collaborations to give dancers a new and unique musical experience all weekend long. Unique partnerships of different instrumentations, playing styles, musical backgrounds, and experiences will be all in one place and one weekend!

Calling for you will be the fantastic trio Maggie Jo Saylor, Alex Deis-Lauby, and Lauren Peckman. These talented female callers will make this weekend an unforgettable dance experience with their energy and enthusiasm, their clear teaching, and their fresh and fun dance programming. Mixing and matching with our musicians throughout the weekend, our callers will ensure that no two dance sets are alike. Don’t miss the chance to dance to so many of your favorite callers and bands all in one weekend!

Hoosier Partner contra dance weekend will be held October 12-14, 2018 at the Zion Evangelical United Church, 603 N. New Jersey St, Indianapolis (very near Interstate 65, exits 111 and 112).

Registration now available! Early bird rates extended through 9/30/2018

Image without talent names will be on t-shirts

Click here for registration form!










Walk-in and Session registration is also available.

Session (a la carte) rates – pay at the door:

for ages 25+
Friday $25
Saturday workshops (any/all daytime) $20
Saturday night $30
Sunday (morning and afternoon combined) $20

for ages 12-24
each evening $10
each day (all daytime sessions combined; excludes evening sessions) $5

for ages 11 and under, FREE

Green and gray 3/4 length shirt – $20 each

Dark green unisex t-shirt – $15 each



T-shirt orders must be received by Sept 30, 2018.


Accommodations: Hospitality requests with local dancers (note that space is limited) should be sent to indycontra@gmail.com. On hotel searches for destination use Indianapolis, Speedway and/or Indianapolis Airport. Note that Carmel, Fishers, Plainfield, Avon are in neighboring counties (Indianapolis is in Marion County). Bed and breakfast places, AirBnB and similar accommodations may also be available.

Hoosier Partner/Gypsy Moon Ball has been held in Indianapolis annually since the 1980s. The name “Hoosier Partner” was adopted in 2017. Some recent history is below:

2017 – Mean Lids, Nova, Seth Tepfer, Michael Hamilton

2016 – Party of Three, Cis Hinkle, Mulberry Street, Bradley Smith

2015 – Music by Gallimaufry & Turnip the Beet, calling by Susan Kevra & Maggie Jo Saylor.

2014 –  Dana Parkinson, the Mean Lids, the Ripples, and Lauren Peckman.

2013 – Cocks of the North and Coffee Zombies with Gaye Fifer and Dugan Murphy

2012 – Anadama and Coffee Zombies with Rebecca Lay & Darlene Underwood

2011 – Changeling and Coffee Zombies with Kathy Anderson and Susan Moffett