The 5pm Post – The Great American Square Dance Revival: II

From an email:

We’ve got another DC Square Dance coming up on Saturday, April 2nd! Haters think it’s only for hicks or hipsters, but they’ve wrong ~ square dancing is a traditional music and dance form that has an important local history, done by blacks and whites alike (Howard University hosted square dances, known as ‘frolics’).

Our first event had over 220 people in attendance and the masses are clamoring for another great dance. This time we have the fantastic Jesse Milnes playing fiddle – Jesse grew up playing music in West Virginia, and currently plays with the Sweetback Sisters. He’ll be joined by local favorites Scott Prouty and Paul Brown (yes, the NPR reporter), with David Giusti and friends calling. Still a mere $5 cover, in the Saint Stephen’s auditorium (details below).

Here are all the details:

The DC Square Dance Collective presents another traditional Appalachian square dance!
Saturday April 2nd, 8:30 – 11:30 pm
Live music by the Possum Fever — Jesse Milnes on fiddle, Paul Brown on banjo, Scott Prouty on guitar, and possibly a mystery bass player!
Calling by David Giusti and friends
All ages welcome, no experience or partner needed
$5 cover
Sanctuary of Saint Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW, Washington DC (Newton and 16th, short walk from Columbia Heights metro)
Co-sponsored by Folklore Society of Greater Washington
Assisted by a grant from the Country Dance and Song Society

9 Comment

  • Dad always said you should try everything once except incest and folk dancing. Nuff said?

  • Saturday night nice and easy turndown with Pat Methany Trio performing Lonely Woman from 2004:

  • My wife and I had a great time at the square dance about a month ago. We are out of town this weekend, but otherwise, we would have been there again.

  • Well how did it go? I would love it if there were a contradance too, because I like that more than squares and don’t want to go all the way out to Glen Echo for it.

    • i agree!
      contra dancing is way more fun.

    • There are Metro-accessible techno-contras in Rosslyn on one Tuesday night each month. It’s not live music, but at least it’s dancing!

    • I’m one of the organizers, so I full acknowledge my bias here, but I think it was fabulous and I’m guessing most people there would agree. We had almost 200 people over the course of the evening! It still needs some tweaking, but everyone seemed happy so I’d say it was a success.

      I’m also an avid contra dancer, and I love both kinds of dancing. I definitely encourage you to try a square dance on its own – as opposed to squares at a contra dance – it’s a totally different scene!

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