We generally dance on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month (with occasional dances on Saturdays and additional Fridays). All dances run from 8 to 11 P.M. unless otherwise noted. There is a new dancer orientation workshop at 7:30 prior to most dances. Most of the dances are at the Phillips Recreation Center, 505 W.Stoughton, Urbana. Admission $5 (students/seniors $4; under 13 free). Special events may have a higher admission price.

If you are going to be traveling this fall you might want to check out some of the dance groups elsewhere in the country, or some of the dance weekends this fall.

Key to the location codes

September 2014
September Friday 5 The Mean Lids
Ben Smith, Miriam Larson & Matt Turino
Bradley Smith
Louisville, KY
September Friday 12 The Young and the Fretless
Tom Bassett, Lyle Konigsberg, Hillary Valentine & Ben Juday
6:45 pm Calling Workshop: Try your hand at calling dances or try out a dance that you have been wanting to try. Dancers are encouraged to come and participate to help the new callers
Scott Meyer & Ardea Thurston‑Shaine
September Friday 19 Got Your Back Stringband
David Soucek, Jason Robinson, Brenda Koenig & Corbin Phillips
Neal Schlein
September Friday 26 The New Hoosier Broadcasters
Ben Thompson, Danny Weddle, Chet Gray & Jack Laskey from Bloomington, IN
6:45 pm Workshop: Connection and Timing in Contra Dance led by Scott Meyer. Improve your dancing with these important concepts.
Jonathan Sivier
October 2014
October 3-4 Sixth Annual Illinois All-Weekend Barn Dance
Two nights, two barns! A weekend of fantastic music and dance. Bring your friends, family, food and instruments and celebrate our dance community.
October Friday 3 Community Band
Open band led by Ed Hawkes & Laura Sleade
Musicians and callers are invited to join in.
Open Mic Calling
hosted by Kristi Emilsson
October Saturday 4 Heather Malyuk and Dan MacDonald
5:00 pm - Potluck prior to the dance.
7:00 pm - Dancing
9:00 pm - Big bonfire, followed by more dancing
11:00 pm - More dancing with open band and open calling
at the Kalyx Center
442 E 1300 North Rd
Monticello, IL
Kalyx Center Map
Bob Green
St. Louis
October Friday 17 The Dead Beets
Celia and Stella Faux, Gillian Moore & Kai Ebata
6:45 pm Workshop: Intermediate Waltz Workshop with Josh and Angela.
Dale Wilson
St. Louis
October Friday 24 to
Sunday 26
Gypsy Moon Ball
Dance weekend in Indianapolis
October Friday 31 The Wabash Valley Cannonballs
Megan Greene, Robert Freeman, Dedo Norris & Jim Nelson
Gaile Hintze
November 2014
November 7-8 Sixth Annual Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival
Come out for two days of music, dance, storytelling and hands-on fun. See the festival website for more information and a schedule.
November Friday 7 Cosmic Otters
Edward Wallace, Jonathan Whitall & Meg Dedolf
8:30 - 11:15
An evening of Contra Dancing
This dance is being held in the ballroom at the Urbana Landmark Hotel in Lincoln Square in downtown Urbana and is part of the Folk and Roots Festival
Rachel Wallace
November Friday 14 Euphor with Claire Johnson
Tom and Matt Turino, Sam Payne & Michael Valliant are joined by Claire Johnson
6:45 pm Workshop: Not your Fatherís Contra Dance led by Jonathan Sivier. A lot of new moves have been added to contra dancing from Square Dancing, English Country Dance and other sources since the beginning of the contra dance revival. Come and get a taste of some of the changes contra dancing has undergone.
John and Kathy Coffman
Cape Girardeau, MO
November Friday 21 Too Old to be Controlled
Claudia and Gary Kaufman & Dave Kuntz from Danvers and Bloomington-Normal
6:45 pm Workshop: Dancing Musically led by Matt Turino. Learn to hear musical elements and how to move to them.
Ann Huber and Matt Turino
December 2014
December Friday 5 Big Bluestem
Kathleen Everingham, Jose Agusti, Rebecca Grosser, Drew Phillips & Todd Kinney
Funny Hat Night! Wear an amusing hat and get $1 off admission!
Scott Meyer
December Friday 12 Dump Chickens
Wayne Logue, Tom Faux, Randall McCabe, Peter Fagan & Jose Agusti
Anne Huber
December Friday 19 Acoustic Mayhem
Laura Sleade, Ed Hawkes, Lyle Konigsberg & Sue Frankenberg
Bring some cookies to share and get $1 off admission!
Kristi Emilsson
Channing-Murray Foundation
January 2-3 28th Annual Chambana Jan Jam
Details TBA

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