As one of the lucky folks who attended Ralph Page
weekend and watched The Other Way Back -- it is a joy
to watch and listen to. We learned that Dudley was
directly responsible for our finding Contra dancing -
DC folk found out about Contra because of Dudley - and
they started a Contra dance at Glen Echo Park and we
stumbled into that Contra dance one Sunday.
Was a wonderful two hour journey thru time.
--- David Millstone <David.Millstone(a)VALLEY.NET>
[Not on the internet and apologies for a
I'll put in a word (thanks, Karen) for my 20-minute
video, "What's Not To Like?
A Community Contra Dance." It's a portrait of my
home dance, includes some dance
footage, plus interviews with musicians and dancers
about why they love this
particular kind of activity. Lots of toe-tapping
music, and a nice picture of
different ages and abilities dancing together.
"Together in Time" and my own "Paid To Eat Ice
Cream" both are somewhat more
specialized, in my opinion, offering more historical
background than the casual
non-dancer might want. TiT attempts to explain the
history of the last 350 years
of country dancing in its 30 minutes, plus giving a
picture of the current dance
scene. "Ice Cream" is 70 minutes long and looks at
the last 60 years of contra
dancing, with a focus on Bob McQuillen.
My newest video-- The Other Way Back / Dancing with
Dudley-- is also more
historical in nature, again something aimed more at
folks currently involved in
the dance community. I'll write up a short blurb
about it and will post that
soon, though some on this list already saw it at the
premiere at the Ralph Page
weekend and they may wish to chime in.
P.S. For folks wanting to order Contra Connections,
which contains "What's Not
To Like? and "Ice Cream," in addition to Great
Meadow Music, Contracopia, and
CDSS, you could order it directly from the author,
in which case I make a little
more money to finance future projects. Cost is $25
plus $3 S&H. Send a check to
176 Farnum Hill
Lebanon, NH 03766
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