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I've been contra dancing since 1989, and was a founder of
the Saint Louis and regional folk and ethnic dance and music newsletter in 1992.
The best way to explain contradance is to show you, so I've been taking pictures and videos for years. I've also written a few articles.
|Sugar Hill Pictures|
What Is the Sugar Hill Contradance? Sugar Hill is the annual dance camp weekend put on by the Bloomington Old Music and Dance Group. In 2009 I created this video answer to the basic question from one point of view.Below are pictures from some of the years that I've attended:
69 thumbnailed snapshots from Sugar Hill 23, 2001
86 thumbnailed snapshots from Sugar Hill 24, 2002
34 thumbnailed snapshots from Sugar Hill 25, 2003
55 thumbnailed snapshots with captions from Sugar Hill 26, 2004
43 thumbnailed snapshots with captions from Sugar Hill 27, 2005
143 thumbnailed snapshots with captions from Sugar Hill 29, 2007
151 thumbnailed snapshots with captions from Sugar Hill 30, 2008
See the video above for 2009.
37 shots publicly viewable on FaceBook from Sugar Hill 33, 2011
17 shots publicly viewable on FaceBook from Sugar Hill 34, 2012
37 shots publicly viewable on FaceBook from Sugar Hill 35, 2013
Feb. 2011 Stereograms (3-D pairs) from a local dance (on FaceBook, but publicly viewable). Instructions to view, and links to viewers are there, too.
August 2007 Missouri Botanical Gardens Flash Dance Pictures from a hot summer evening. Wet waltzing.
August 2008 Missouri Botanical Gardens Flash Dance Pictures from another summer evening. Hatchling callers and wet waltzing.
See some snapshots I took of Morris Dance, English Country Dance, a bagpiper, and a Shakespeare skit at the 2002 Missouri Botanical Gardens English Festival.
See some shots from a contradance mixer at the Schlafly Taproom in November of 2003
Here are some articles we've written about contradance. Most were published first in Folkfire, and some were reprinted in the CDSS journal:
Childgrove Flash Dances
Dan and Karen's Homepage
Childgrove Country Dancers to Contradance in Saint Louis
Greg Rohde's Dance descriptions and links A good place for a non-contradancer to find out what (s)he's missing.