Community Calendar

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jun 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Fiddlin Banjo Billy & The Old Time Players (Tolono, IL & somewhere in the Ozarks!)

Caller: Jim Hemphill (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jul
12
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jul 12 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Too Old To Be Controlled (McLean County)

Caller: Bob Green (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jul
19
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Jul 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Acoustic Mayhem

Caller; Gail Hintze (Chillicothe, IL)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Aug
2
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Aug 2 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Mean Lids

Caller: Karen Jackson (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Aug
16
Fri
2019
Creole Stomp @ Taste of Champaign-Urbana
Aug 16 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

6:30-7:30pm: Creole Stomp

Aug
30
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Aug 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Cosmic Otters (Chicago, IL & Bloomington, IN)

Caller: Georges Augustin (Chicago)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Sep
6
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Sep 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Too Old To Be Controlled (McLean county)

Superhero Caller: Martha Tyner (Bloomington, IL)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Sep
8
Sun
2019
Backdoor Cajun Band @ The Iron Post
Sep 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join the Backdoor Cajun Band for an evening of traditional Cajun music including graceful waltzes, lively two-steps and get-down Zydeco.  This local band features:

  • Matt Turino on fiddle
  • Randy Cordle on bass
  • Rob Krumm on accordion
  • Sam Payne on guitar
  • Dave Pride on percussion

Come on out, dance, and pass a good time.

Sep
20
Fri
2019
Gender-Free Electro-Contra Dance @ Phillips Recreation Center
Sep 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

DR Shadow will mix banjos with beats for music that will get you moving. Dance with whoever’s coming at you because this dance will be gender-free! Caller Deborah Hyland will lead dancers who have chosen to dance on the LEFT as LARKS and on the RIGHT as RAVENS.

  • 7:30 Beginners Lesson
  • 8-11pm Dancing
  • $5-10 Sliding Scale
Sep
28
Sat
2019
10th Anniversary Kalyx Center Barn Dance!!! @ Kalyx Center for Sustainability
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Euphor (IL, IN, KY)

Caller: David Ernst (Bloomington, IN)

  • 5:30p  Potluck Dinner
  • 7:00p  Barn Dance
  • 9:00p  Massive Bonfire
  • 9:45p  More Dancing!
Oct
4
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Oct 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Bands: Big Bluestem (first half) / Open Band (second half)

Caller: Sarah Kaiser (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Oct
18
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: The Young and the Fretless

Callers: Amanda Ramey & Miriam Larson

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Oct
25
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Urbana Dance Company
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Band: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers (Viroqua, WI)

Caller: Martha Tyner (Bloomington, IL)

7:00-7:30p  Intro Contra Dance Lesson
7:30-9:30p  Contra Dance!!!

Cajun Cornstalkers @ Rose Bowl Tavern
Oct 25 @ 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Cajun Cornstalkers

Sure to be a foot stompin’ good time, the Cornstalker Cajun Band aims to make you dance. The Cornstalkers are Matt Turino on fiddle, Tom Turino on accordion, Shannon Arnold on guitar, and JB Faires on bass. Some members of the band have been playing Cajun and zydeco music from southwest Louisiana together for some twenty years.

Nov
1
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Nov 1 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Patt & Possum (Evanston, IL)

Caller: Bob Green (St. Louis)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Nov
15
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Meadowhawk

Caller: Gail Hintze (Chillicothe, IL)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Dec
6
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Phillips Recreation Center
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Mean Lids (Urbana & Indianapolis)

Caller: Georges Augustin (Chicago)

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Dec
13
Fri
2019
Contra Dance! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Band: Acoustic Mayhem

Caller: Jonathan Sivier

7:30 p.m. New Dancer Orientation

Jan
3
Fri
2020
Jan Jam Contra Dance Weekend !!! @ Illini Union
Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

8:00-9:30p  Contra Dance with Mean Lids and Lauren Peckman calling

9:45-11:30p  Contra Dance with Meadowhawk and Lauren Peckman calling

11:45-1:30a  After party Hangout and Dancing at The Rose Bowl Tavern w/ DJ Dennis

Jan
4
Sat
2020
Jan Jam Contra Dance Weekend !!! @ Illini Union
Jan 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Workshops 10 am-4:30 pm (Illini Union rooms)
http://urbana-contra.org/Files/Jan_Jam_2020_Schedule.pdf

Afternoon Dances 1:30-4:30 pm (Illini Rooms)
1:30-2:45p  Challenging Contra Dances with Alex & Meadowhawk
3:00-4:30p  Contra Dance with Lauren Peckman & Meadowhawk

Potluck Dinner 5-7 pm (Channing-Murray)
Please bring a dish to share.

Evening Dance 7-11 pm (Illini Rooms)
A great evening of dance with The Mean Lids,
Meadowhawk, and caller Alexandra Deis-Lauby!

After Dance Party 11 pm- 2 am (Channing-Murray)