Updated July 29, 2018
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††††††††† We have returned to Minnesota after attending the 67th National Square Dance Convention (NSDC) in Kansas City.† It was fun to see all of our Contra friends again as well as all of our Square and Round dance friends from around the country.† Unfortunately Stew Shacklette was not able to attend but it was good to have Gordon & Joan Smith back with us again after being absent for a couple years because of health issues.† Cal Campbell was at the convention with his Colorado Dancers exhibition group and he was able to call several contra dances.† He also did a session on English/Colonial dances.
††††††††† First of all we want to thank Maureen Wilkins for her work on setting up the contra program for the 67th NSDC.† She also submitted a grant request to Country Dance & Song Society which was approved for up to $275 to help defray our expenses for the Tuesday night Energizer Dance.† She also raised additional funds by raffling the barn quilt blocks that she made.† And finally a big thank you to the callers who worked so hard providing a great dance experience for the dancers.† The scheduled callers were:† Calvin Campbell, Gary Chamberlain, Betsy Gotta, Pat Kelm, Rod Krehbiel, Gordon Smith, Jeff Smith, Dottie Welch, and Dennis Wiggins.
††††††††† The Tuesday night Energizer Dance was held at a facility which was located in the vicinity of a local contra group but only a couple dancers associated with that group attended.† We had provided the group with a flyer and a list of the convention callers and asked them to publicize the dance but it didnít seem to produce much interest.
††††††††† The Contralab meetings were held on Wednesday and minutes will be distributed as soon as they are ready for publication. †The 2018-2019 Contralab Board of Governors will remain the same as this past year.† We hope to be able to hold an electronic or telecom meeting of the Board in mid-January so stay tuned for more information as details are worked out.
††††††††† Contra dancing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday was fairly well attended, with the usual slow times being late afternoon and late Thursday evening with no band.†
††††††††† Gary Chamberlain, who is working on the 68th NSDC contra program, has received some very encouraging information on area contra callers who are interested in attending and on bands which might be available.† Looking forward to good contra dancing in Atlanta next year so if you are not already registered, please consider registering soon.
†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Duane Olson
A book we recommend for you written by Paul Moore:
To all Contralab Members -
I would like to compile all the dances that were published in past national conventions' syllabi.† A lot of great dances may have been forgotten or never experienced by people like me. Many times I've danced to really great sequences, but only remember that they were fun to dance to.
A standard format (TBD) will be used to document all of the dances that have been submitted over the years, while sorting out the duplicates. This compilation will be created in Word 2007, and can then be redistributed to Contralab members.
In my possession are syllabi from the 65th, 59th and 54th conventions. There are obviously a lot I am missing. I do not know when Contralab started distributing them at conventions. If you have any duplicates or 'unsold' pamphlets, I would like have one.
Photocopies of your original would also be good. It may be easiest to scan and e-mail. I'll be more than happy to pay round trip postage for any personal copies on loan.
It will probably take me most of Jan-Feb of 2019 to accomplish this, but hey, it gets cold here, and I will need something to do while sitting by the fire!
- Dennis Wiggins ††††††email@example.com