#Dance Weekend returns!
Come dance in the famous Bumper Car Pavilion and Friday night in the Spanish Ballroom, to the calling of Will Mentor and Frannie Marr with music from the Mean Lids (Ben Smith, Miriam Larson, and Matt Turino) and Stomp Rocket (Bethany Waickman, Dave Langford, and Glen Loper).
Our callers for the weekend plus Stomp Rocket will also be playing the Friday Night Dance at Glen Echo on June 30th, an event adjacent to the weekend and with separate registration. Learn more or register here.
Volunteering: Full-weekend volunteers will be assigned 3 hours of work. Partial-weekend volunteers will be assigned 1 hour of work
#Dance Weekend is an ultra challenging urban dance weekend featuring mind bending figures, non-gendered calling, and phenomenal music. Two days of amazing workshops, dancing, community, fun, and food in the fabulous open air, covered Bumper Car Pavilion; workshops throughout Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD
A schedule for the weekend can be found here
Covid Protocols -
Since Covid transmission rates are low in Maryland, DC, and Virginia at the time of the event, this will be an FSGW Tier 2 event, which means:
- Masks (N95 / KN95 / KF94) are suggested but not required.
- Participants are encouraged to be vaccinated with at least one booster.
About the Artists -
Stomp Rocket is a New England based trio that delivers high energy foot-stomping dance music for Contra dancing! The band consists of fiddler extraordinaire Dave Langford (The Latter Day Lizards, Supertrad), DADGAD guitar monster and pianist Bethany Waickman (Anadama, Eloise & Co.), and tenor banjo and mandolin wild man Glen Loper (Frigate, Riptide). They’ve played for Contras throughout New England, and at dance weekends from Alaska to Tennessee, and Quebec to Florida. Occasionally they can also be tempted into playing for English Country Dance
Mean Lids are only as mean as they need to be to keep the grit in their tones and the edge on their tunes, they are never seen without their signature cranial apparel. Spot them by their hats, their long lonesome sounds, and the @$$ kicking "chin-cello" grooves emanating from their mean, mean fiddle fingers.
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight. As he once said, “I usually have a great time calling. Between the demographics of the dancers, the band, the hall, the temperature, etc. — every evening of contra dances has its own identity.” And always, he keeps intact his guiding principle as a caller: “It’s about the dancers!”
Frannie Marr is a caller and dance organizer residing in Southern California. After being dragged to a contra dance by her sister, Frannie fell so in love with dancing that she began teaching contra dances to her elementary school students. Shortly after a successful (though intimidating) calling debut at an open mike night, Frannie called her first full night when a friend asked her to cover on short notice. She’s been calling regularly ever since!
Design for #Dance Weekend 2023 T-Shirts -
For each T shirt you are ordering, specify the color (purple or black), and size (XS,S,M,L,XL,2XL,3XL). (sizes not guaranteed after June 10th)
Example: black, XL