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.

Printable schedule for fall 2013 (PDF - 57 KB)

Key to the location codes

September 2013
September Friday 6 Stella and Tom Faux Lauren Peckman
September Friday 13 Yellow Jackets String Band
Tom Turino and Claire Johnson
6:45 pm Workshop: Improve Your Dancing - Fundamentals led by Scott Meyer. Useful skills for experienced, as well as new, dancers.
Kristi Emilsson
September Friday 20 The Cosmic Otters
Jonathan Whitall and Meg Dedolf from Chicago
6:45 pm Workshop: Improve Your Dancing - Swing Variations led by Jonathan Sivier. Learn new and fun ways to swing your partner.
Jonathan Sivier
October 2013
October 4-5 Fifth 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 4 Community Band
Open band led by Brenda Koenig & David Soucek
Musicians and callers are invited to join in.
Open Mic Calling
hosted by Jonathan Sivier
October Saturday 5 Lottery Bands
Bands and callers chosen by lottery at the beginning of the evening
5:30 pm - Potluck prior to the dance.
6:30 pm - Caller and band lottery
7:00 pm - Dancing
9:00 pm - Big bonfire, followed by more dancing
at the Kalyx Center
442 E 1300 North Rd
Monticello, IL
Kalyx Center Map
Lottery Callers KAL
October Friday 11 Ragged Robin
Martha Edwards, Billy Boyer and friends from St. Louis
6:45 pm Workshop: Introduction to Hambo led by Jon & Sue Hanson. Learn graceful this Scandinavian couple turning dance from Sweden.
Bob Green
St. Louis
October Friday 18 to
Sunday 20
Gypsy Moon Ball
Dance weekend in Indianapolis
October Friday 25 The Young and The Fretless
with Tom Bassett, Lyle Konigsburg, Chris Strand, Matt Cresent
Stunkie’s Free For all!
In honor of his 60th birthday Bert has offered to sponsor this dance so it will be A FREE DANCE!

6:45 pm Workshop: Irish Set Dancing led by Daniel Flora
Dale Wilson
St. Louis
November 2013
November 1-2 Fifth 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 1 The Yellow Jacket String Band
Claire Johnson, Kate Fritz and Tom Turino
8:15 - 11:00 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
Jonathan Sivier
November Saturday 2 Richie Stearns and Friends
7:45 - 9:15 An evening of Square 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
Deborah Hyland
St. Louis
November Friday 8 Euphor
Tom and Matt Turino, Sam Payne & Michael Valliant from Urbana and Bloomington, IN
Mark Richardson
Bloomington, IN
November Friday 15 Too Old to be Controlled
Claudia and Gary Kaufman & Dave Kuntz from Danvers and Bloomington-Normal
6:45 pm Workshop: Intermediate Waltz led by Jonathan Sivier
Gail Hintze
December 2013
December Friday 6 Big Bluestem
Kathleen Everingham, Jose Agusti, Rebecca Grosser, Drew Phillips & Todd Kinney
6:45 pm Workshop: Introduction to Blues Dancing led by special guests from bluesCENTRAL
Scott Meyer
December Friday 13 Mean Lids
Matt Turino, Miriam Larson & Ben Smith
John and Kathy Coffman
Cape Girardeau, MO
December Friday 20 Acoustic Mayhem
Laura Sleade, Ed Hawkes, Lyle Konigsberg & Sue Frankenberg
Anne Huber
Channing-Murray Foundation
January 3-4 27th Annual Chambana Jan Jam
Gallimaufry, Too Old To Be Controlled & Euphor

Michael Hamilton, Anne Huber, Scott Meyer & Jonathan Sivier

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