I had a blast calling at the “Fall Has Sprung” contra dance fest in Grass Valley, California. Held every year in early November, this dance runs 12 hours long, from noon till midnight!
There’s potluck food and comfy bleacher chairs available the entire time, so participants can dance some, have a snack or meal, rest, dance more, go outside and schmooze a bit, do a community chore like taking out some garbage, drink some water, then dance a whole lot more. Dance, rinse, repeat.
It is a super fun event that I’ve enjoyed going to several times as a dancer, and it was an honor and a delight to be invited to call for it this year.
What a luscious combo: calling 1/3 of the day with amazing bands, and getting to dance the other 2/3 to other amazing bands and great callers, for and with a hall full of zesty dancers.
This year, the bands were Hot Cider, KGB, and Raz de Marée, a.k.a. Tidal Wave, and the callers were Joyce Miller, Frannie Marr, and me. Many thanks to the Foothills Country Dance Society and their stellar organizers, Eric Engels and Lisa Frankel.
This particular dance you’ll see in the video is “Square Affair” by Becky Hill. It is driven by music played by KGB, a fabulous Seattle band consisting of Julie King, Claude Ginsburg and Dave Bartley. I found them to be not only breathtakingly good musicians, but also super easy to work with.
Video by dancer John Seto. Music by KGB. Calling by Tina Fields.