Announcement Blog

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

All SFCDS-Sponsored Events Canceled Until Further Notice

posted Apr 24, 2020, 8:46 PM by Brian Kushner

As much as we enjoy contra dancing, as contra dancers we understand that it simply is not an activity that can be done in a "socially-distancing-friendly" way.  You, our dance community, are the most important thing to us.  Out of an abundance of caution we have canceled all SFCDS-sponsored events until further notice.

SFCDS Statement on Coronavirus/COVID-19 (Updated: 12 March 2020)

posted Mar 12, 2020, 3:09 PM by Brian Kushner   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 3:10 PM ]

This afternoon the South Florida Contradance Board of Directors decided to cancel the contra dance scheduled for this upcoming Sunday, as well as the two dances in April. We will revisit in May, with the hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will be under control.

You, our dance community, are the most important thing to us. We want you to stay safe. Keep washing hands and stay hydrated.  
See you all real soon!  
Keep music and Contra in your heart.   

SFCDS Statement on Coronavirus/COVID-19 (11 March 2020)

posted Mar 11, 2020, 3:27 PM by Brian Kushner   [ updated Mar 11, 2020, 3:35 PM ]

South Florida Contra Dance Society will host our regular dance at Michael's Boutique this Sunday the 15th. We are watching development of the coronavirus closely and feel comfortable having the dance this week. Because this is a potentially serious virus, we ask that anyone, dancer or musician, who is having cold symptoms to stay home. We also ask that everyone be vigilant about hand washing. Wash often! 

Additional information from the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS):

COVID-19 Statement from CDSS
Updated 3/6/2020

It’s time for us to do what we do best: take care of each other. 

With the emergence and spread of COVID-19 on our continent, we all need to make adjustments in our actions and expectations. Linked below are current recommendations for participants and organizers. The most important thing is for everyone to take care of each other, prepare for events being cancelled or postponed, and actively monitor WHO, CDC, Canadian Public Health, and State Health Department recommendations.

If your local schools are cancelling due to COVID-19, we recommend that participatory arts events be cancelled.

We encourage everyone—U.S. citizens and Canadian citizens alike—to read the article "Dance in the time of Corona."

The Fourth Sunday Old Time Dance will no longer be held at The Barnacle

posted Nov 23, 2017, 9:20 AM by Brian Kushner

The Fourth Sunday Old Time Dancing will no longer be held at The Barnacle. Miami dancers are looking for a new hall; the fourth weekend dates may be filled by other dances. It's likely they will be in Hollywood or Pompano Beach.

Due to hurricane Irma, the wooden dance floor in the pavilion was destroyed, so The Barnacle is rebuilding its floor with concrete, not wood. It's sad to lose a good wooden dance floor.

Here is some [edited] information received from The Barnacle about the decision not to construct another wooden floor, but to replace it with a concrete floor:

"[I] understand where you’re coming from. The wooden floor was a big draw for dancing, dance performances, yoga, and other programs, and the new materials are much harder on the joints and footing. As someone with past knee, foot and ankle injuries, I’m going to miss it.

Even before Irma, constant exposure to water from rain and high tides made maintenance of a wooden floor near the shoreline difficult and expensive. So, cost and durability factored in but were only part of the reason for the switch.

While the Micco pavilion currently serves as an important location for special events, its primary purpose is to protect what’s underneath—namely Native American midden and historic architectural elements from Ralph Munroe’s blacksmith shop and one of his cottages. When the wooden floor broke loose during the hurricane and floated on top of the waves, it exposed the artifacts underneath to damage from water, debris, and the bucking of the floor itself. The Barnacle Society, the Florida Park Service, the State’s historic preservationist decided to switch to poured concrete to prevent this kind of damage from happening again, and pavers will be used where architectural elements need to be accessed for periodic inspections.

Please know that this decision was made to better protect the park’s cultural resources and not without serious consideration to how our program partners would be affected."

Dance 2-5 pm Next Sunday Oct 22 in Hollywood

posted Oct 19, 2017, 12:04 PM by Brian Kushner

Great news dancers! We have a new location for our Broward (and Miami) Old Time Contra dances :

The Hollywood Women's Club   501 North 14th Ave Hollywood Fl 33020
 (fourteen blocks off of I-95)

The Historic building has a real wood floor, yes a sprung floor from 1927 so clean dance shoes are a must!

Our first dance is Sunday October 22nd2-5 pmwith Anita Mason calling and the Cornbread duo weaving lively tunes. 

Parking is available in a grass lot down the street.
Volunteers are needed to help out.

Hope you can join us at the Hollywood Women's Club!

Dance Hosts
Pat Mason   954-431-0690
Anita Mason 954-260-0938

more info

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 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 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]
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.
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:

Halloween Dance

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

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

Davie Woman's Club
6551 S. Orange Dr.
Davie, FL 33314

Music by Stringulation

Entry: $10

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