OUTSIDE CONTRA DANCING RESUMES
Our Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music Third Saturday Contra Dances will resume on May 15 with an afternoon dance. No partner is necessary, and all dances will be in our new Pandemic Contra format, with masks, gloves, sashes for swinging with non-intimate partners, and social distancing except for intimate partners. We’ll be dancing on the 15th at Menlo Park at the corner of Division Street and Alvarado Terrace beginning at 2 pm.
No partner is necessary, and all dances will be in our new Pandemic Contra format, with masks, gloves, sashes for swinging with non-intimate partners, and social distancing except for intimate partners. We’ll be dancing on the 15th at Menlo Park at the corner of Division Street and Alvarado Terrace beginning at 2 pm.
After at first dancing only with intimate partners, we then introduced what we call PC Hybrids, which are written and timed to allow for either intimate or non-intimate partner moves. Since the official limits on the number of participants in outdoor dance events has been eliminated in our area, we’ve also been able to add live musicians, but initially continued to make participation by invitation only.
Now that we’ve had some experience with the hybrid model, and there are still with no local limits on the number of participants allowed in outdoor settings, we’ve realized we could return to public dance events that accommodate dancers without a partner, as long as they follow our distancing, masking, and glove requirements for use of the sashes.
Our current list of PC dances includes contras, circles, waltzes, a reel, and a square. Five of the dances are featured on our Walla Walla Friends of Acoustic Music website, www.wwfam.org, along with videos and dance instructions.
We’ve been greatly appreciating the sociability and exuberance that Pandemic Contras have brought back to our lives, and encourage others to give them a try. Please let us know if you plan to attend.
Here are YouTube links for the five Pandemic Contras we’ve videotaped in Walla Walla. Each video is followed by notes on how to call or dance it.
Pandemic Circle #1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXcBhC9Xl6c
Contra for Christmas, PC: https://youtu.be/00bG8GhTqf8
Make Hey, PC: https://youtu.be/iMH7wEpn_M0
Swing from a Star, PC: https://youtu.be/hQZALSCkrEo
Pandemic Circle #2: https://youtu.be/1RNsa_8enzM
Contra Dance: 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 15th at Menlo Park. Live music provided by the Wednesday Night Band. Open to the public. Join us for a fun afternoon of music and Dance!
(Directions to the Timberrib at the Ostby’s.)
For more info on any of these events, call Howard Ostby at 938-7403 or Dan Clark at 522-0399.