friends of Greenfield Dance

About

The Friends of Greenfield Dance objectives are threefold: to promote and support the development of cultural programs of music and dance; to facilitate cooperation among musicians and dance community members; and to maximize participation in dance events.

We work in collaboration with eight dance organizers who organize the dances at the Guiding Star Grange each month. Our work supports a vibrant culture of dancers, musicians and callers who travel from near and far to join our dances.

The current Board of Directors for the Friends is:

  • Jessica Schultz (President)
  • Ryan Carollo (Vice-President)
  • Maura Morrison (Secretary)
  • David Blake (Treasurer)
  • Julie Bermant
  • Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens
  • David Cantieni
  • Orin Nisenson
  • Suzanne Patnaude
  • Nell Wright

Members of the dance community are welcome to attend Friends of Greenfield Dance board meetings. Meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of the month. Note that locations and times may vary. Please email us to verify meeting time and location.

Friends of Greenfield Dance, Inc. bylaws are available here.


A Brief History 

Originally known as the Friends of the Guiding Star Grange, fondly nicknamed “The Friends,” the organization was founded in 1995.

In 2013, under recommendations from our Board of Directors, members of the Friends ratified significant changes to our by-laws, including a name change, which now provide greater clarity and a higher level of transparency as well as making us compliant with federal guidelines. The organization was incorporated as the Friends of Greenfield Dance on March 28, 2013.

Latest News

  • Caller’s Workshop Series: Fall 2018

    Posted by Jessica Schultz 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

    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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  • Hambo Returns to the Grange

    Posted by Jessica Schultz on November 20, 2017

    By Orin Nisenson

    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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