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Event List

Upcoming FGD Events


Sixth annual Contra PROMenade

Sponsored by the Friends of Greenfield Dance
Saturday, March 31
7:30pm – 11:30pm
Music by the Cosmic Otters
Calling by Gaye Fifer
Admission $15,  $12 students/seniors
For more info, email us.

Past FGD Events


New Year’s Eve Contra Dance

Hosted by Friends of Greenfield Dance
December 31, 8PM – 12:30AM
Music by Larry Unger and George Wilson
Calling by George Marshall
Admission $12 ($10 students/seniors)
Dessert potluck at the break
For more info, contact

Larry Unger has played guitar, banjo, and bass with many top bands for contra dances including Notorious, Reckless Abandon, Uncle Gizmo, Big Table, and the Reckless Ramblers. He has also accompanied such fiddlers as Elke Baker, Rodney Miller, Alisdair Fraser, Matt Glaser, Ralph Blizard, and Lissa Schneckenburger to name a few. The bands Larry has been a part of might vary in style from Oldtime to New England to Celtic, but they are all lively groups with exciting rhythms and an emphasis on fun. These bands also play some of Larry’s many original tunes.

A talented, multi-instrumentalist and singer, George Wilson’s repertoire samples a wide variety of traditional and folk styles. As a fiddler, he plays over 500 tunes for dancing and listening — tunes from New England, Quebec, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland and Shetland. His dynamic fiddling, strongly influenced by Cape Breton and French Canadian styles, has been popular with contra dancers and concert-goers since the late 1970s.

George Marshall is a full-time musician, caller and dance teacher, touring nationally year-round. His specialty is teaching and calling the New England-style contra dances he has collected throughout the country. George is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation.


Hambo Workshop with Jennifer Brosious and Laine Harris


That feeling of spinning, counter-balancing with your partner, at times almost airborn – it just can’t be beat!

It is no wonder that the Hambo is one of the most widely performed dances of Sweden and has long been popular among folk dancers of many nationalities. The Hambo contains two parts – moving forward side by side, inner hands joined, and a closed turn which is a little “tricky” in that the partners execute different, interlocking steps.

Apart from numerous historical versions, differences also exist in versions danced widely today–for example, the version danced in the Swedish Hälsingehambo competition tends to be slow and elegant with a relatively strong svikt (dip and lift) while that danced in American contradance venues is much faster with little svikt.

Challenging? Yes! But once mastered, it’s a joy that lasts a life time! Live music for the workshop will be provided by Van Kaynor!

Admission: $10/person

After the Hambo workshop go have a leisurely dinner then come back and dance to The Moving Violations. At the break they will be playing Hambo tunes so that you can enjoy your new skills.

Meet Jen and Laine
Jennifer Brosious and Laine Harris first met as a “tour romance” through a professional folk dance troupe, the AMAN International Folk Ensemble, in Southern California many, many moons ago.

For decades they immersed themselves in Scandinavian dance culture, in particular the dances of Sweden & Norway. Taking advantage of numerous opportunities to study with master teachers and tradition bearers, they attended week-long dance camps on both the East & West Coast of the United States as well as traveling for workshops abroad.

One Summer, Jennifer had the opportunity to participate in the Hälsingehambo competition in Sweden with a Norwegian partner, who also happened to be King’s Medal Winner. Competing with 1500 couples, they were among the few honored with a prize for their dancing.

Closer to home, Laine and Jennifer have taught Scandinavian dances, and the Hambo in particular, throughout New England, including 9 years running at the Dance Flurry held annually in Saratoga Springs.

They are fluid dancers and experienced teachers with a light-hearted sense of humor —you’re sure to enjoy learning from them!


22nd Annual Fall Frolic

2:00pm - 10:00pm

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

2:00-4:30 Dugan Murphy, calling
Music: Riff Raff- Jesse Ball, Everest Witman, Matt Kenney, and Julie Metcalf
4:45-7:15 Alexandra Deis-Lauby, calling
Music: Cloud Ten- Donal Sheets, Cedar Stanistreet, and Ness Smith-Savedoff
7:30-10:00 Donna Hunt, calling
Music: Party of Three- Joe DePaolo, Lilly Pearlman, and Neil Pearlman
$20 per person
Join or renew your 2018 FGD membership for $25 (or more) and your dance admission is free! You can join or renew in person at the dance. You can also visit our donation page before you come dancing. While there, you can fill out a membership form and bring it with you to the dance or, contribute your membership online in advance using PayPal. Thank you for supporting the Friends!
* Food will be available for sale from the Guiding Star Grange
* Dance clothes by Annie Collins for sale downstairs
* Please wear clean smooth-soled shoes to protect our dance floor
* This is a substance-free/scent-free event
* Email:


Challenging Contras on a Sunday: Bob Isaacs, Cedar, Donal, Julie


Special event! Challenging Contras on the afternoon of Sunday June 4. Music by Cedar, Donal and Julie, and calling for us, Bob Isaacs. Cedar Stanistreet on the fiddle, Donal Sheets on cello and guitar, and Julie Vallimont on the piano and accordion. Drawing from New England musical traditions, they delight in creating an exciting, joyous sound that catches both your ear and your feet. We welcome Bob Isaacs’ smart and clear calling.

Challenging Contras are designed for experienced dancers.
“Experienced” means:
• You know how to do a roll away, California twirl, pass through to a wave, contra corners, and the basic moves without being taught
• You know where to be at the start of each dance phrase and how to recover from a lapse
• You assist your partner and neighbor to the next move
• You execute flourishes safely and on time without disturbing others
• You respond to confusion and missteps by others with grace, encouragement and good humor

Admission is $10; $8 for students and seniors

This is a scent-free/substance-free event.
Please wear clean, smooth soled shoes.

This dance is brought to you by the Friends of the Greenfield Dance.

If you are making a weekend of dancing and need help with finding dance hosts, contact Katie Olmstead, moc.l1516730774oa@da1516730774etsml1516730774ODK1516730774. Can’t promise to find you housing but will try.


Special Meeting of the Friends


In place of our April Annual Meeting, the Friends of Greenfield Dance will hold a Special Meeting. All are welcome to join us to hear about the Friends year in review.

The meeting will be held at the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA.


Grange Clean-up


Join the dance community in helping to clean the Grange! Come for an hour, come for several. Many hands make light work!




This certificate CPR Course teaches participants how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies such as cardiac arrest, stroke, head injury, choking, and electrocution. In addition to CPR and choking relief, use of an AED is also taught. This course is 2 hours in length and costs $40/person.

This course will be taught by Nicole Thurrell, Recreation Therapist and Wilderness EMT. Nicole worked for almost a decade in wilderness therapy and residential treatment as a field instructor, health director, and admissions director. She has been an adventure racer, an ambulance worker, a clinician for kids with Autism, a raft guide, wilderness guide, kindergarten teacher, ropes course facilitator, and a mom. She lives in the Solar Village in Greenfield, MA.

This class will be held at the Greenfields Market Meeting Room on Main Street in Greenfield.


PROMenade, The Contra Dance Prom


Join us for PROMenade, Greenfield’s 5th annual contra-prom!

When: Saturday April 8, 2017 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Where: The Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street,
Greenfield, MA 01301
Who: Hosted by The Friends of Greenfield Dance

Calling by: Will Mentor
Music by: Nova – Kathleen Fownes, Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin & Everest Witman

Admission is $15.00 ($12.00 Students/Seniors)

* Dessert Potluck at the break, please bring something to share
* Portraits downstairs (now with more props!)

PROMenade is for all ages and no partner is necessary
No dress code, but fancy and fun is strongly encouraged
(Don’t feel fancy? We’d rather see you than not, so feel free to don your daily dance duds)

Please bring clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor
Kindly do not wear perfume/cologne or other scented products
Questions? Contact