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Please join Atlanta DistDance on Friday (5/21) for a fun evening of contra and English dancing led by Meg Dedolph to the music of Eric Schedler and Sam Bartlett. Come to dance, to visit, to listen or even for distraction as you try to get around to working on your procrastination skills. (Upcoming: A program of mostly unusual ECD on Mon (5/24) with Susan English and our one-year anniversary and 77th dance with Bev Bernbaum on Fri (6/4).)
Social time: 7:00-9++ pm US Eastern time
Tai chi warmup with Cis Hinkle: 7:10-7:30
Music for listening and dancing: 7:30-9:00ish
After-party social starts at 9:00
Caller: Meg Dedolph
Band: Eric Schedler & Sam Bartlett
Socialize, enjoy listening to good music, chatting with friends, and dance if it moves you. Stay with us after the dance as we go around the circle and share the highlight of our week!
Our programs of 4-5 contras and 4 English country dances (plus a pair of waltzes) are selected to be easy and satisfying for one or two people.
Callers, bands, and our sound tech are not paid—they rely on your generous donations.
Meg Dedolph is a Chicago-area dance caller with a deeply weird repertoire, which allows her to call contra dances for rooms full of enthusiasts and newcomers, to teach Irish set dances at Morris dance weekends, or to present the never-repeated Night Of Unplanned Triplets Because It's Snowing And Only Six Of You Came. She spent her teenage years working as a Girl Scout camp counselor, completely unaware that it was a job that grownups could have too. Since leading kids in Baby Shark (before it was cool), she found folk and traditional music. Now she plays guitar and drums for the Cosmic Otters and is a Chicago-area dance caller, appearing at regular contra dances and once-in-a-while church harvest festivals. She and her family run an all-ages dance series in the Chicago suburbs, dance on the city’s only Morris team and organize a kids’ longsword team.
Sam Bartlett is a traditional musician known throughout the United States for his mandolin, banjo, and guitar playing as well as his original music. His compositions have been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered and his playing has been featured on the Thistle & Shamrock, and in two Ken Burns documentaries, Prohibitionand The Dust Bowl. Sam has recorded with a virtual who’s who of traditional musicians, among them: Garry Harrison, Paul Brown, Eden MacAdam-Somer, Rafe Stefanini, Pete Sutherland, Dirk Powell, Rodney Miller, David Greely, and Rick Good.
Eric Schedler plays accordion, piano and banjo for contra, square and English country dancing with Midwest-based bands the Cosmic Otters and Supertrad. With his playing firmly rooted in traditional Irish music, Eric has performed and taught at camps and festivals around the country, and currently serves as program director of the all-ages Cumberland Dance Week, a project of the Lloyd Shaw Foundation, of which Eric is also a member of the board of directors.
Doors open at 7:00 Eastern for socializing and Zoom tips for those who would like it and social time for those who’ve done it before. Dancing starts at 7:30 with the last waltz at about 9:00, and the hall will remain open for visiting, games, and farewells.
Please share with your friends near and far! If they are novices, invite them for the 7:10 intro session. Hope to see you there!
Atlanta DistDances are a community service from Seth Tepfer, Kimbi Hagen, Cis Hinkle, Robbin Marcus & Dave Marcus. They are not sponsored by the Chattahoochee Contra Dancers or ECD Atlanta. Atlanta DistDance uses gender-free calling.
Time Zone Information
Friday, May 21, 2021, 4:00 PM Pacific time
Friday, May 21, 2021, 5:00 PM Mountain time
Friday, May 21, 2021, 6:00 PM Central time
Friday, May 21, 2021, 7:00 PM Eastern time
Saturday, May 22, 2021, 12:00 AM United Kingdom time