I use this one of the Brattleboro Dawn Dance:
For people I know, or those that ask me where they can find more info, I refer them to,
or loan them my own copies of:
"Together in Time: A Story of New England Contra Dance Music and Dance", by
Steve Alves. DVD available from Great Meadows Music and CDSS.
Contra Connections: "Paid To Eat Ice Cream" and "What's Not to
Like?", by David Millstone, DVD available from Great Meadows Music and CDSS.
They are all on my web page: www.karenscontracorner.com
Hope that helps!
Jerome Grisanti <jerome.grisanti(a)gmail.com> wrote:
I'm trying to start a contra dance series 90 miles from the nearest regular
contra dances. When someone asks me what contra dance looks I know that
verbal descriptions can only go so far, and even snapshots don't really tell
the story. One person has trusted me enough to make the 90-mile drive, but I
know most folks aren't willing to do that.
What I'd really like is to point them to a contra video that is simple and
clean, showing one line from a caller's perspective. A contra with good
lighting, good music and simple calling. And I'd love for that video to be
freely available on the Internet.
I've found a few contra videos on YouTube, but most are shot from the floor
and so it's very hard to get a feel for the set. The few I've seen shot from
a balcony have a very jerky, hand-held feel.
I know I may be asking for something that does not exist, in which case
perhaps a contest could be held for a video that "captures" contra for a
person who has never seen or danced contra.
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