friends of Greenfield Dance

The Friends of Greenfield Dance supports traditional dance and music opportunities in Greenfield, MA.

Welcome to the dance community at the Guiding Star Grange. Here, we strive to accept each other’s differences while celebrating our mutual love of dance, music, community and friendship. We provide a platform of dialogue and support for all dance organizers in Greenfield and we support opportunities to strength our dance community through workshops and dances. Learn more about us.

Come to a dance! Upcoming dance information is available by checking the Guiding Star Grange Calendar of Events. An overview of all monthly dances in Greenfield is also available for download (PDF).

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FGD Events

Oct062019

Positional Calling (Mostly!) Contra dance with Will Mentor.

2-5pm

Join us for an experimental contra dance on a Sunday afternoon! Instead of ladies and gents, or even larks and ravens, caller Will Mentor will teach and prompt the dance using positions on the dance floor. Music by Dave Langford and Kristen Planeaux.

Nov032019

24th Annual Fall Frolic

2-10pm

Three callers: Alex Deis-Lauby, Bob Isaacs w/ Guest Caller Showcase, and Ron Blechner Three bands: Polaris, Russet Trio, and Calico Admission: Dance for FREE with FGD membership sign up or renewal (membership costs $25) Non-member admission: $20 Sunday, November 3, 2019 2-10pm Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman St, Greenfield, MA

Dec312019

New Year’s Eve Contra Dance

8pm-12:30am

Playing: Center Street and Guiding Stars
Calling: George Marshal and TBA

Latest News

Caller’s Workshop Series: Fall 2018

By Jessica Schultz. Posted on April 23, 2018.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to call contra dances? Learn from Bob Isaacs! The series will be run 4 Saturdays in the Fall: 9/15, 9/29, 10/20, and 11/3/18, 12:00-4:00 PM at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield.

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2017 Friends’ Events

By Liz Sturgen. Posted on December 13, 2017.

One of the most visible things the Friends of Greenfield Dance does is put on special events! These are the products of the hardworking Events Committee, currently composed of Liz Sturgen, Katie Olmstead, and Kate Kelliher, with the help and support of the FGD board members.

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Hambo Returns to the Grange

By Orin Nisenson. Posted on November 20, 2017.

What is a Hambo? Hambo is a traditional dance that originated in Sweden in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a couple dance in 3/4 time, danced to music played with a strong accent on the first beat and a tempo that varies from moderate to fast (100 to 120 beats per minute). The Hambo is a dance with a fixed pattern and tunes almost always have a corresponding eight measure structure.

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