Announcement Blog

This is a blog-style page for posting new events and announcements.

The Barnacle Historic State Park pavilion damaged by Hurricane Irma - 4th Sunday dances cancelled for September & October 2017

posted Sep 18, 2017, 12:04 PM by Brian Kushner

THE BAD NEWS IS
The Barnacle State Park’s outdoor pavilion sustained serious damage from Hurricane Irma and will be out of commission for some time. Because many of our Dade dancers are still recovering from the storm, with another storm possible next weekend, we will put our Sunday afternoon Old Time Dances on hold for September and October, and evaluate the situation again in November.
 
THE GOOD NEWS IS
The Park has offered us use of the porch or office parking lot. In addition we have the upstairs room at John Martin's Irish Pub and Restaurant, 253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, as an alternate site if the Park pavilion remains unavailable.
Look for emails on dances at either the Park or the Pub for November and beyond.
If you have alternate sites, please contact us. [contact information can be found on the "Who's Who" page of this website]
 
TO CONTINUE
We need get 20-plus dancers/ RSVP to make group dancing the quality experience it should be.  We need to form a support group of people who will help putting on our Contra/Barn dances in Miami.
The Boca dance has a core group of volunteers that take turns with running monthly dances. Help us keep the wonderful tradition of American group folk dancing alive in Miami! We need to connect on something besides the internet.
 
YOU CAN HELP BY
Bringing more than yourself to a dance. By getting the word out to friends and day-to-day contacts, to build our number of dancers back up to sustainable levels. Marketing, promotion, whatever you can think of.
Let us know how you might be of assistance, in whatever small way. A few people making phone calls can add up to a dance floor full of smiles.
 
Anita and I remain committed and passionate about the good-energy-vibe of group dancing, and love creating a fun, joyful good-time experience with only people and music. We look forward to sharing that with you again as soon as possible.

Your dance hosts,

Pat and Anita Mason

3rd Sunday Boca Raton Contra Dance on 9/17/17 is Cancelled

posted Sep 14, 2017, 12:42 AM by Brian Kushner

Due to widespread power outages and cleanup efforts, we are cancelling the 3rd Sunday afternoon contra dance in Boca Raton on 17 September 2017.  Our regular schedule will resume with the 24 September 2017 dance at The Barnacle Historic State Park, and a full complement of dances in October.

Our thoughts go out to all of our contra dance community friends throughout the state of Florida.

A New Season Of Contra Dance At The Barnacle Begins This Month!

posted Aug 30, 2017, 2:30 PM by Brian Kushner

The good news: a new season of family-friendly barn and contra dancing at The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Highway in Coconut Grove begins on September 24th!


The less good news: the Second Saturday contra dance series is on hold while we look for a new home/location that is kinder to the feet, knees, hips, and back. When a new venue is found we will let you know. Thanks to all of the wonderful dancers who have supported us over the years!

"Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing May Be Best for the Brain"

posted Apr 19, 2017, 1:26 PM by Brian Kushner

"A new study that compared the neurological effects of country dancing with those of walking and other activities suggests that there may be something unique about learning a social dance."

Read the full article in the New York Times:

https://nyti.ms/2nzGTQh

Halloween Dance

posted Oct 27, 2015, 7:45 AM by Heidi Estrin

A contra dance will be held in Davie on Halloween night. 

7:30-11pm
Davie Woman's Club
6551 S. Orange Dr.
Davie, FL 33314

Music by Stringulation

Entry: $10

Another Location Change for the 3rd Sunday Dance

posted Jan 8, 2015, 6:23 AM by Heidi Estrin   [ updated Jan 8, 2015, 6:27 AM ]

Starting in February 2015, the 3rd Sunday Dance will be held at Michael's Body Scenes in Boca Raton, 2:30-6pm.

Michael's Body Scenes
5994 Southwest 18th St.
Boca Raton, FL  33433
facility: http://www.bodyscenes.com/
contact: Fran Matson - contrasf@gmail.com, 561-966-1256 

Location Change for the 3rd Sunday Afternoon Dance

posted Sep 22, 2014, 11:48 AM by Heidi Estrin   [ updated Oct 18, 2014, 12:41 PM ]

Beginning October 2014, the Third Sunday Contra Dance will be held at Infusion Cardio Self-Defense, 10101 Lantana Road Suite M Lake Worth. Northwest corner of 441 (also known as State Road 7) and Lantana. Behind Dunkin Donuts.

Sunday Dance Time Change

posted Jun 2, 2014, 2:43 PM by Heidi Estrin

The Athletic Center at Boca Pointe has changed its hours, and will once again be open until 6pm. That means we can move our dance back to 2-5:30pm! Please make a note of this time change.

Orange Blossom Contra Ball 2015 has moved to Daytona Beach, FL

posted May 15, 2014, 10:10 AM by Heidi Estrin

January 16-18 2015  MLK Weekend
 Venue has moved to the Gold Star Ballroom 3100 S Ridgewood Ave South Daytona, FL 32119.
Callers: Andy Shore, Bob Isaacs, Kathy Anderson
Bands: Perpetual eMotion, Agnostic Fiddle Insurgency.
English Dance Session w/Randy Thorpe:  Waltz session w/Sound Traveler Band: See website for details/registration info;  www.orangeblossomcontraball.com

NEW DANCE STARTING!

posted Feb 20, 2014, 1:03 PM by Heidi Estrin


Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8:00pm
4th Saturday Contra Dance on the Treasure Coast
At Save The First Dance
in Jensen Beach Plaza
881 NE Jensen Beach Blvd.
Jensen Beach, FL
Admission $10
$5 for students with ID
Caller: Eric Harris
Music: Stepping Stones
NO PARTNER NECESSARY !!
Dress for comfort.
Please bring clean shoes to change into when you get there, to protect the wooden floor.
Info: BJ Best:
phone: (518) 698-8559.
email: yogadancer5252@aol.com

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