Greetings!I believe this is a must see presentation organized by the Mt Airy
(Philadelphia) Contra group. I hope you're able to join us either on z**m or FB.
Please read below.
David Millstone presents: Country Dance in Modern Times: Squares, ECD and Contras in
Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 •, 8:00 PM Eastern - 9:00 PM Eastern
We know that English country dancing has changed from the time of John Playford 1651
English Dancing Master. Similarly, today's contra dancer enjoys a different experience
from that of the early 1800s. But we don't have to look so far in the past to see
significant differences in contras, squares, and ECD.
In this presentation, David Millstone will explore the dramatic changes that have taken
place in different forms of country dancing in the years since World War II, with a
special focus on contras. He'll augment his talk with photos, audio files, and video
clips to highlight key developments and to help us all appreciate how today's dances
Speaker BioDavid Millstone, Lebanon, NH, discovered contra dances in the early 1970s; he
has been a caller for more than 40 years—contras, squares, English country dance, and
family-friendly events. He has appeared at venues across North America and in eight
European countries. He is past President of the Country Dance and Song Society, and
co-ordinates the Square Dance History Project. David is co-author of Cracking Chestnuts, a
book about classic American contra dances; he wrote the contra dance history chapter of
Dance a While; he created video documentaries about Bob McQuillen, Dudley Laufman, and
Ralph Sweet; and he has presented numerous talks on dance history at weekends and dance
Registration info: Invitations to our online events are sent to the Mt. Airy
(Philadelphia) Contra Dance email list on Monday or Tuesday before the event. To be added
to our email list, send email to info(a)thursdaycontra.com with your full name and the
location of your local contra dance or other local dance you attend.
When you get the email announcement, click the link in the email to register. You will
get a confirmation email that includes a link and a password to join the event. Register
If you are unable to join the Z**m (we have a 100 person limit) you can still watch the
presentation on Facebook.
Here is the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/252514209638062
Once the event starts (at 8pm on 1/14), viewers will be able to find the video on the
event page or at https://www.facebook.com/watch/mtairycontra/
If you have other questions you can reach out to me.Donna Huntdhuntdancer(a)aol.com