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Why should I join the Friends of Greenfield Dance?

By Friends of Greenfield Dance. Posted on November 1, 2019

Who are the Friends of Greenfield Dance? “The Friends” is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt educational and cultural organization focused on promoting folk dance in the Greenfield, MA area. Our goals are to: promote and support the development of cultural programs of music and dance; facilitate cooperation among musicians and dance community members; maximize participation in dance events.

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Connect with the Pioneer Valley Contra Dance (PVCD) listserve

By Orin Nisenson. Posted on October 31, 2019

If you’ve been dancing in the Valley a while, chances are you’ve heard about or are already signed up for the Pioneer Valley Contra Dance (PVCD) listserve which I administer and moderate independently as a benefit to the community. If you are already a subscriber to the PVCD list (on Yahoo) or want to join, you will need to make a change in your subscription to stay connected.

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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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Greenfield Dance Organizers’ October Meeting

By Julie Bermant. Posted on October 25, 2017

The Organizers of the Dances at the Guiding Star Grange met for the 4th time on October 23, 2017, organized by the Friends of Greenfield Dance (FGD) board. 

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Greenfield Dance Organizers’ Discuss Shared Details

By . Posted on May 17, 2017

On May 17, 2017, 17 organizers and FGD board members met for our fourth organizers’ meeting. After a delicious potluck meal, we settled into a discussion about issues related to the Grange and the dances held there.

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CPR/AED Class Offers Opportunity to Recognize Life-Threatening Emergencies

By Orin Nisenson. Posted on March 28, 2017

The Friends of Greenfield Dance is happy to announce that we will be offering classes in CPR/AED (automated external defibrillator).

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Waltzing for the Grange CD’s Available

By Jessica Schultz. Posted on August 17, 2016

Waltzing for the Grange is a collection of previously released recordings from a sampling of the musicians who have graced the grange hall with their presence.

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Dance Organizers’ Gathering

By Jessica Schultz. Posted on November 2, 2015

On September 24 Guiding Star Grange (GSG) dance organizers met with the Friends of Greenfield Dance (FGD). The goal of the meeting was to enhance collaboration.

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