Presented by Friday Night Waltz

ContraWaltz is a dance mashup of contra dances alternating with social couples dances

Friday April 14, 2017     7pm-midnight

First United Methodist Church 625 Hamilton Ave Palo Alto CA 94301

Hillbillies from Mars, Susan Petrick, Richard Powers, Nick and Melissa

Dance performance by American Jubilee at 10:30

$15 general ($2 off for BACDS members)

$10 students under 25 with id

Tickets at door. No partner necessary

All Ages. Casual comfortable attire

A Contra and Waltz Dance Mashup

A contra dance, then a waltz, then a polka or one step, repeat 8 times

Our last three ContraWaltzes had 225 to 280 in attendance

Hillbillies From Mars 9 to 12 midnight

Contra and Waltz Classes from 7pm to 9pm

Dance Performance by American Jubilee at 10:30

Upstairs social couples dance class for contra dancers

7pm. class One Step. A fun, super easy couples social dance. Richard Powers and Melissa Enge

8pm class Rotary Waltz. Richard Powers and Melissa Enge

Downstairs contra dance classes for social couples dancers

7pm Polka. In Kohlstedt hall. Nick Enge

8pm Intro to contra. basic contra steps. In Kohlstedt Hall Susan Petrick

The Hillbillies From Mars have been rocking the contradance scene in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1982. They combine their love and dedication to Celtic and American traditional fiddle music with a healthy dose of their own "folk roots" of rock 'n' roll, swing, Latin and African beats, forging a new tradition of dance music." One of the most beloved contra bands.
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Richard Powers is one of the world's foremost experts in American social dance, noted for his choreographies for dozens of stage productions and films, and his workshops across the country, in Paris, Prague, London, Rome, Geneva, Russia, and Japan. He has been researching and reconstructing historic social dances for twenty-five years and is currently a full-time instructor at Stanford's Dance Division. Selected by the Centennial Issue of Stanford Magazine as one of Stanford University's most notable graduates of its first century. Awarded the Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for distinctive and exceptional contributions to education at Stanford University. (1999). Teaches social dance forms of North America and directs the 70-member Stanford Vintage Dance Ensemble. Faculty liason to Friends of Dance at Stanford. Joined the Dance Faculty in 1992.
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Susan Petrick has been calling contra dances for ten years. Her greatest pleasure is to program interesting, varied dances with great flow, and to teach them clearly and concisely. She has enjoyed working with wonderful bands, traveling and calling throughout the country in addition to up and down the West Coast.

Susan has exceptionally clear teaching, expert pacing, and gracious manner. Her efficient guidance makes even complex dances accessible to all.

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Nick and Melissa Enge met as polka partners in the Stanford Viennese Ball Opening Committee, which they later went on to choreograph. Today, Nick and Melissa research and teach a wide variety of social dance forms from around the world from the 19th century to present. They also share these dances on their website, the Library of Dance, which features more than 1,300 demo videos of social dance variations, and more than 1,100 downloadable vintage dance manuals. Nick is the co-author with Richard Powers of Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living, and Melissa is Richard’s teaching partner at Stanford.

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Jubilee American Dance Theatre is a unique performance ensemble, bringing to life the dances, music, songs, and stories of the folks who made America. From Appalachia to Swing Era dance halls to Cajun Country, the North American Whalers, Baja California, America's immigrants and more, Jubilee transports you to another time and place, through its rich weaving of stories, songs, dance, and music. Jubilee's work is all set in context with period costumes and props. The costume staff goes to great lengths to research and reproduce authentic costumes of each era. Likewise, the choral and music directors recreate regional and historical musical styles
  RefreshmentsDelicious refreshments: shrimp platter, fruit platter, veggie platter, several artisan ice creams, raspberry cheesecake, chocolate cake, grapes, mms, more.




Friday Night Waltz has mostly Waltzes in the dances and classes, along with Polka, Tango, Swing, and Cha Cha. People are friendly, and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Partners are not needed. We rotate rapidly in classes. Casual comfortable attire. All ages. People come from San Francisco, Berkeley, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, and Oakland. or callscott phone number

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