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
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
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
21
Sat
2019
Dennis Stroughmatt and Friends @ The Iron Post
Sep 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dennis Stroughmatt and Friends

Dear friends and music lovers,

I’ll be playing Cajun music & more with my musical compadre Dennis Stroughmatt, this Saturday Sept. 21.  This will be an early show at the Iron Post, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This will be a “full band” gig at the Iron Post, so come on out for two sets of Cajun, Creole, Zydeco, blues, trad country and more. I’ve played a good handful of gigs with Dennis in recent months, and all of them have been a lot of fun.

If you’ve never seen and heard Dennis before, then you’re in for a treat.  Besides being a terrific fiddle player (and solid on accordion as well), Dennis has a really strong singing voice. His knowledge of music is deep, and he usually hits on a fair number of music genres during each show (Cajun, Creole, blues, etc.).  Come out if you can and I hope to see some of you there.

Thanks,
Rob

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!!!

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)

Jan Jam Contra Dance Weekend !!! @ Channing-Murray Foundation
Jan 4 @ 11:00 pm – Jan 5 @ 2:00 am

Jan Jam After-Party; Contra Dancing with Kelsey Wells; Michael
Hamilton and community band open calling hosted by Beadle!
also food, drinks!!!

Jan
5
Sun
2020
Jan Jam Contra Dance Weekend !!! @ Illini Union
Jan 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Sunday at the Illini Union (Illini Rooms A/B/C)

Waltz 11 am-12 pm:The Mean Lids

Contra Dance 12-1:30 pm: The Mean Lids with caller Alexandra Deis-Lauby.