friends of Greenfield Dance

2017 Friends’ Events

By Liz Sturgen – 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.

In 2017, the FGD hosted the 5th annual Contra PROMenade, a special Sunday Challenging Contra with Bob Isaacs, the 22nd annual Fall Frolic, a special hambo workshop, and coming up soon, the New Year’s Eve dance.

The Fall Frolic has a special place in our hearts. It is our annual membership drive/fundraiser dance, when we reach out to invite local dancers to become stakeholders in the Friends and the Guiding Star Grange dance community. The money we raise through memberships, donations, and special events such as these help support our mission to support the organizers of all the dance series at the Grange, as well as enhancements to the building itself. At each year’s Frolic, three bands and three callers gather some of the best that contra dancing has to offer, including often showcasing up-and-coming bands and callers that will be the stars of the future.

We are already looking forward to New Year’s Eve, the 2018 Prom and Fall Frolic, and who knows what other exciting surprises? The FGD will also be facilitating a series of callers’ workshops taught by renowned caller Bob Isaacs. Watch for more info about all these events throughout the year.

If you would like to become involved with helping put on these great events, please contact us. We always need volunteers, hosts for out of town performers and dancers, and future committee members.

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    Posted by Jessica Schultz on December 13, 2017

    By Liz Sturgen

    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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FGD Events

Oct062018

Flourishes Workshop

3:30-5:30pm

Topics will depend on the interests of the students, but could include flourishes into and out of swings, chains, roll-aways, and more! Teaching by Ryan Carollo and Ashley Tardif will emphasize consent and include techniques to decline flourishes. This workshop is open to all, but will target intermediate and experienced dancers.

Nov042018

23rd Annual Fall Frolic

2-10pm

Save the Date! The Fall Frolic is the major FUNdraising event for the Friends of Greenfield Dance, with 8 hours of great music, friends, contra dancing & waltzing! Details to come…

Dec312018

New Year’s Eve Contradance

8pm-12:30am

Dance to an all-star cast of musicians and callers, sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Dance. More details to come!