Welcome Friends!

The Friends of Greenfield Dance, Inc. (formerly Friends of the Guiding Star Grange) welcomes you.

Friends of Greenfield Dance, Inc. (FGD) is a non-profit organization . . .

. . . The organization’s overall purpose is to provide educational and charitable programs, which improve the number and quality of dance and music opportunities in the Greenfield, Massachusetts area. The organization is primarily interested in supporting the development of traditional dance forms such as: Contra, English Country, Folk, Cajon, Clogging, Irish Step, Morris, Mummers, Scandinavian Couples, Square, Swing, Waltz, and Zydeco. Thus, we are focused on four strands of activity:

  • developing and arranging for the use of public dance venues
  • supporting the development of live music performers and groups who play for each of these types of dance
  • encouraging dance instructors to be available at dances for the benefit of those persons who wish to learn new dances or improve their skills
  • nurturing an atmosphere of safe dancing and making events friendly for newcomers and veterans alike.

Latest News

Join us for New Years Eve at the Grange

9 months, 3 weeks ago

Please come and celebrate the coming of the New Year with your favorite dancers and musicians.  On Saturday, December 31st kick up your heels to the exciting music of Julie Valemont, Rachel Bell, Dave Langford, Stuart Kenny, and Matthew Kenny, with dances called by Marguerite Durant.

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2014 Fall Frolic

11 months ago

This coming Sunday, the 19th Annual Fall Frolic will be held at the Guiding Star Grange, featuring 8 hours of fabulous contra dancing, with three bands, SIX callers, food, crafts, and more! Check out the awesome talent lineup below!

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Invitation to Annual Meeting of Friends of Greenfield Dance

1 year, 6 months ago

To all member of Friends of Greenfield Dance, and those who would like to become members, I invite you to our Annual Meeting on April 12th, 6:30 at the Grange. There will be the usual (very) short reports from officers, and election to the Board. More importantly, the Board has decided to initiate discussions on "safe dancing" as our focus for the coming year, and we'd really like to hear from you to start us off. FGD has found we are not alone in this concern. There is a wealth of material from other groups so we are not re-inventing the wheel. Please come to the Annual Meeting and join the discussion. Pizza will be provided by the Friends; bring a potluck dessert if you like.

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Comming Up: Annual Meeting, Contra Prom

1 year, 6 months ago

Mark your claendars: the Friends of Greenfield Dance Annual Meeting will be on April 12th, and the 2nd Annual Contra Prom will be on April 19th.

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Farewell to Our VALiant Leader

1 year, 9 months ago

Val LaBelle is moving in January, 2014, to Merrimac, MA to be closer to her twin grandchildren. With the move pending, she has resigned as President of Friends of Greenfield Dance, formerly known as Friends of the Guiding Star Grange, a position she has held through several years of transformation. During this time Friends of Greenfield Dance has become a recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, standing on its own; up-dated its by-laws; accepted by the State under its nonprofit insurance program; instituted regular business practices in dealings with grantees.

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