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Contra & English with Brad Foster, Bethany Waickman & Glen Loper (an All Hands In event)
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021,  7:30 PM Eastern - 10:00 PM Eastern
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Gather round for this week's All Hands In dance as the the Atlanta DistDance presents a half-English and half-Contra program featuring some of our favorite friends from the last 16 months of virtual dancing: Brad Foster, Bethany Waickman and Glen Loper. Dancing starts Saturday, Oct 2nd at 8:00pm Eastern (doors open at 7:30).

Bethany and Glen deliver some of the most delightful music we know, clean and sparkling, and Brad is simply one of the most knowledgeable callers in the country with a wide variety of dances and decades of teaching experience. Please join us to visit, listen, dance, or just to have some great background music in your house. All calling will be gender-free.

When: Saturday, October 2
Social time: 7:30-10:00pm US Eastern time
Music for listening and dancing: 8:00-9:30ish
Caller: Brad Foster
Band: Bethany Waickman & Glen Loper

If you haven't tried a virtual dance, give it a go. Like live dances, our dances are social events as much as anything—the chance to connect with other dancers, to be part of a community, to remind ourselves of life pre-isolation and look forward to post-isolation. Some people use it like a radio hour and listen while washing dishes or cleaning house. Many don't dance but many do, so enjoy dancing if you are moved, or just enjoy chatting with your friends or listening to good music.

Callers and bands are not paid—they rely on your generous tips. Please donate to their tip jar [below] as you can.

Brad Foster has been dancing and teaching English country, contras and squares, and morris and sword for over fifty years. He is well known for sharing the joy found in dance, and has taught throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including at Boston Centre and programs at Pinewoods, Berea, Hey Days, Mendocino, John C. Campbell Folk School, Augusta Heritage Arts Workshops, Festival of American Fiddle Tunes and many others. Brad co-founded the Mendocino camps, and he started the original BACDS weekends at Monte Toyon oh so long ago. He is now Executive and Artistic Director Emeritus of the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), after serving as their Director for 28 years, and he directs New London Assembly, an annual week-long program of English dance that is part of the Amherst Early Music Festival.

Raised in southern Maine, Glen Loper has played mandolin for over twenty years. He turned his focus to fiddle music after discovering the contradance scene in college. Since then, he has dedicated as much time as possible to traditional music and dance. Glen has toured with a number of bands to play dances, weddings, and festivals across the country.

Bethany Waickman is a guitarist based in Portland, Maine. She accompanies some of the country's finest players, be it at dance halls, pub sessions, or on the concert stage. Bethany grew up playing both classical and folk music with her family in northern New York and was drawn to the New England dance scene after discovering the world of festivals and music camps in her teenage years. Bethany is a mainstay in the New England contradance circuit, playing in countless combinations of the scene's myriad musicians.

We encourage you to stay with us after the dance as we go around the circle and share the highlight of our week and, in some weeks, engage in a game or two.

Our programs are selected to be easy and satisfying with one or two people. You're also welcome to just listen and hang out with us.

Atlanta DistDance uses gender-free calling.

Please share with your friends near and far! Hope to see you!

All Hands In is a series of Saturday night dances presented by virtual dance groups around the country.

Atlanta DistDances are a community service from Seth Tepfer, Cis Hinkle, Kimbi Hagen, Robbin Marcus & Dave Marcus in the great state of Georgia but are not sponsored by the Chattahoochee Contra Dancers or ECD Atlanta.

Donations: PayPal =or= Venmo to: @Glen-Loper =or= checks to: Glen Loper 49 Brackett St., Apt 2, Portland, ME 04102

Time Zone Information

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 4:30 PM Pacific time
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 5:30 PM Mountain time
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 6:30 PM Central time
Saturday, October 2, 2021, 7:30 PM Eastern time
Sunday, October 3, 2021, 12:30 AM United Kingdom time

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