Clemmons – the Organic Family Band, Dean Snipes calling

Tuesday, March 13, Clemmons: Dean Snipes & The Organic Family Band from Maryland (Jacob Raitzyk & Family.)

Lesson and fellowship 7:30, dance 8 – 10:30 pm

The Organic Family Band brings a range of musical experiences and styles to dance and folk music, blending jazz, Irish, Quebecois, Klezmer, New England, ragtime, rock, and more to create a soundscape that’ll keep you moving and grooving all night long! With veteran lead player Rebekah Geller (13) on fiddle, dad (and experienced jazz guitarist) Michael Raitzyk, older brother Jakob Raitzyk (18) on fiddle and foot percussion, and mom Judith Geller on french horn, The Organic Family Band carries on musical traditions and brings new life into the sound of dance/folk music.

Also, to add to the evening’s fun, is a caller we all love, Dean Snipes, the original “mighty fine” caller who engages us with his humor and wit as he clearly teaches the lesson and calls the dances. Spontaneous hilarity breaks out at times as Dean corrals we sometimes inattentive dancers as we socialize and talk. It is humorous when we accidentally mess up during the dance and Dean has to get us back in line.

That’s why contra is some much fun – its something we can do and not have to worry about doing right, enjoying the freedom to make mistakes, knowing that everyone makes mistakes but its ok!

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com
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Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Clemmons – Ryan McKasson (Syncopaths) & George Paul, Nick Boulet calling

Clemmons – Ryan McKasson (Syncopaths) & George Paul, Nick Boulet calling
7:30 pm lesson
8 – 10:30 dance

Ryan McKasson of the nationally known contra band, “Synchopaths” joins us as a special guest all the way from California to thrill us with his fiddle playing.

George Paul, the amazing keyboardist who enjoys accompanying melody players everywhere, will be playing many styles during the evening as he joins Ryan in this rare collaboration. Its always cool to see what improvisations they come up with during the dance!

Nick Boulet teaches and calls the dances and livens up the evening with his good nature and humor!  Join him for an enjoyable evening of community dancing.

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

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Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

Greensboro – Copious Notes with Tom Hinds of VA calling

Copious Notes (Mara Shea & Julie Gorka of the Triangle) with Tom Hinds of VA calling!
at the Grange in Greensboro
7:30 pm lesson and mingle
8 -11 dance!

January 20, Saturday, at the Greensboro Grange we have a couple of very talented ladies from the Triangle energizing us on the dance floor with their great music on fiddle and keyboard! Mara Shea and Julie Gorka are some favorite musicians from right here in North Carolina.

Not only that but this dance features American dance creator and caller, Tom Hinds, from Virginia! Prolific dance writer and publisher, he is friendly, fun, inspirational, and just generally wonderful.

Lots of good parking at the Grange is now available!

GENERAL INFO
– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $10 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5).
Free Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 11:00 pm

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers
www.feetretreat.com

Fiddle & Bow Contra Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Location: Guilford Grange Hall. 4909 Guilford School Rd, Greensboro, NC.
*Note – Despite what internet mapping sites may show, Guilford School Rd is NOT accessible from Guilford College Rd.

Directions: Traveling in either direction on I-40, take Exit 213 (Guilford College Rd). At the end of the ramp, turn right and continue about a mile until you cross railroad tracks at West Market Street. In 100 more feet, turn left onto Lindley Rd. Go 4 tenths mi., then turn right onto Guilford School Rd. The Grange is the last building on the right.

At Clemmons – Pilot Mountain Bobcats

Our Annual Fund-Raiser is ongoing through the end of December!

On December 19, Tuesday at Clemmons Civic Club we once again welcome one of our favorite regional bands, “The Pilot Mountain Bobcats”! These talented and experienced musicians offer the best of music in the lively traditional style and will get you off your seat and onto the floor for some rollicking good times. No one is immune to the call of this rhythmic music that will draw you into the fun of community dancing!

Our caller will be George Segebade! Yes, the George Segebade who is always booking these great bands for us, organizing our yearly extraordinary FEET RETREAT dance weekend and calling wonderful dances throughout the region and beyond! You’ll be in good hands with George’s walk-throughs and calling.

7:30 – lesson for those new to contra dancing
7:30 – fellowship, help with the lesson, help at check in
8:00 – The fun begins! (dance starts)

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

At Clemmons -George Paul & Nic Coker

Our annual fund-raiser is ongoing through the end of December!

On December 5, Tuesday at Clemmons Civic Club we have an energetic band composed of two expert musicians – George Paul on keys and Nic Coker on fiddle – whom you’ve enjoyed in other well known bands.  George Paul’s fingers fly over the keys making jazzy and improvised chords and rhythms.  You get double the fun with new synergy thrown in!

Warren Doyle, one of our favorite callers from the Appalachian Mountains, will bring us flat-landers some jolly good dancing fun!

7:30 – Lesson time – for those new to contra dancing and those wanting to help with the lesson
8:00 – Dance begins

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

At Clemmons – The Stuff with Cynthia Stewart calling

On November 21 at Clemmons “The Stuff” is back to bring us more great dancing music. Great stuff!

Gretchen Caverly’s fiddle playing will carry you away with her precise yet freely interpreted melodies. Nic Coker works the guitar, supporting the melody with his creative and fluid rhythm and bass lines. In other words – music that is great fun to dance to!

Our local caller, Cynthia Stewart, who is a long time dancer and been involved in our organization for many years brings her love of contra dance to us through a fun repetoire of dances she enjoys that will make this a fun evening!.

No partner necessary because you will dance with everyone in the room. 🙂
No experience necessary because this is:
– just for fun
– walking a pattern
– you’re told what to do ahead of time and as you dance
– other friendly people who have danced at least a few times will guide you when you need it 🙂

If you’re new though, you’ll probably have more fun if you attend the short lesson at 7:30 just before the dance.

Dancing starts at 8 and runs until 10:30 with a short break in the middle. Clean, soft soled shoes are best for the floor.

General admission $9 (members $8)
Full time students (under 24) $6. (members $5)
Free Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Website:
www.FeetRetreat.com

At Clemmons – High Country Rollers with Dean Snipes calling

If you will coming to the Civic Club after 9pm, be aware that you will have to  come in a different way!  Here is a map and directions:
Detour Map and Directions for download

We eagerly anticipate dancing to the music of this four piece band on Tuesday, November 14 at Clemmons when we welcome back the High Country Rollers!

Let me introduce the band:

Kilby Spencer is from Crumpler NC and has been playing old-time music on fiddle for most of his life.
Kelley Breiding, a NC native an award-winning banjo player, propels the band’s sound with her rhythmic clawhammer style banjo.
Rick Davidson, from Lewisville NC, is a multi-instrumental award-winning string band musician.
Joanne Davidson, from Lewisville NC, is an accomplished upright bass and guitar player.

Someone who is familiar to us will come from the Charlotte area and that is, none other than the original “Mighty Fine” caller, Dean Snipes!. We love him and enjoy his firm but thorough walk-throughs and witty sense of humor as he calls.

No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares.
– Treat one another with care and respect

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
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Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

 

 

David DiGiuseppe and George Paul with Dugan Murphy calling

Tuesday Oct. 17 at Clemmons we’ll dance to the highly energetic and unpredictable music by David DiGiuseppe of the bands Footloose, Contrazz, etc., and George Paul of the bands, Ivory Boys and Playing with Fyre. When these two, two of our longtime favorites, get together you can depend on a fiery and passionate performance, making dancing irresistible! These guys have experience and drive behind them, having been featured players of many dance weekends around the country. David DiGiuseppe is a nationally recognized accordionist known for his fiery and emotive playing.

Expect smooth, sultry dance sets, traditional sets, French-Canadian, jazz and driving – something for everyone, all done with finesse but with impromptu highlights that will inspire your dancing!

Dugan Murphy is our caller, coming all the way from Maine to introduce us to his own unique repertoire of dances. Dugan will be a featured caller at the LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) the following weekend. We are fortunate to have a caller of this caliber with us at our dance!

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)
Donations are always welcome to help cover the costs of the quality talent.

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

 

SPECIAL! Blazer & Spero with Andrea Nettleton

Now the big reveal about some of our best out of state talent of the year!! This is a special event you don’t want to miss!

On October 10 at Clemmons Civic Club we will have the privilege of hosting “Blazer & Spero”, a collaboration of two amazing musicians from two well known and in demand bands, The Synchopaths and Lift Ticket!

Jeff Spero writes dances and is a musician in The Syncopaths, probably the foremost contra band on the West Coast. They have played SDR and Gypsy Meltdown in recent years.

People who regularly go to dance weekends know Rex Blazer who was the fiddler for Lift Ticket when they were the featured band at Feet Retreat about 10 years ago, and he has played at numerous festivals for years. Lift Ticket was one of the featured bands at Warren and Terry Doyle’s sold out Contradance Winter Holiday event in December of 2016, and they were very well received!

And to top off this very special evening we have one of the region’s well known and experienced callers, Andrea Nettleton of Atlanta, who has called our dance at least twice in recent years and called at Splashdance 2016.

Please help support this special event and high quality talent by making an extra donation this time if you can. A suggested regular admission to this dance of $10 and full time students at $6 will help defray the extra costs. And, be sure to let your friends and others know about this event so they can enjoy it with you!. Your first time dancer guests will be admitted FREE! Thanks!

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
– If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Reel Shady with Dean Snipes calling

If you missed going to Feet Retreat for any reason, you’ll be glad to at last get back on the dance floor this Tuesday, September 19 at the Clemmons Civic Club, the place of friendly dancers!  And if you enjoyed Feet Retreat but are now coming off the high, re-energize here at your local dance where new people need you to help them get started and where the dancing is always fun and often hilarious.

We’ll thrill to the sounds of the well known regional band, Reel Shady as they provide their own energetic interpretation of Scottish, Celtic and traditional tunes!  Reel Shady has been providing listeners with this finely detailed, tight sound at venues in the area’s venues for many years, adding fresh new interpretations at each dance!  They blend their many talents, experience and instruments in a way that makes dancing to the music easy and fun.

Also, to add to the evening’s fun, is a caller we all love, Dean Snipes, the original “mighty fine” caller who engages us with his humor and wit as he clearly teaches the lesson and calls the dances. Spontaneous hilarity breaks out at times as Dean corrals we  sometimes inattentive dancers as we socialize and talk. It is humorous when we accidentally mess up during the dance and Dean has to get us back in line. That’s why contra is some much fun – its something we can do and not have to worry about doing right, enjoying  the freedom to make mistakes, knowing that no one cares!

– No partner necessary, No experience necessary
– If you can walk, you can contra dance
If new, join in the fun lesson at 7:30
– Bring clean, soft soled shoes with you to change into to protect floors
– Bring friends for more fun!
– Community dancing for all ages
– High energy, live music
– Everyone makes mistakes but nobody cares
– The more you do it, the easier and more fun it becomes
– Treat one another with care and respect, smile and have a good time

General admission $9 (Members $8)
Full time students 23 and under $6 (Members $5)

FREE Lesson 7:30 – 8
Dance 8 – 10:30 pm with short break in middle

Clemmons Civic Club
Exit 184 from I-40
2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons, NC

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers Website: www.FeetRetreat.com

Follow us on our Facebook Page: Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers
Join our Facebook Group: Fiddle and Bow Contra Dancers

Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.