This is the home page for the Contra Borealis Dancers. Home is where the dance starts.
Winter Dance Weekend
Thanks to all who came out for the Winter Dance Event last weekend. It was a wonderful time of entertaining calling from David Kaynor and music from the Midnight in Montague band. We also had a great turnout at our caller and musician workshops, so look forward to new musical inspiration and callers in the months to come. And of course, it couldn’t be done without volunteers from within our dance community. A special thanks to those who donated air miles, making this event possible. A nice bonus for the band was the spectacular aurora two nights running, which kept them up after the evening gigs. Send any feedback you might have about the event to email@example.com
Besides our regular dances, we will likely be having our annual meeting before our May 17 dance. This is where we begin to add the sausage. Barbara Braley will be retiring as our president and we are always looking for dedicated people to help our contradance organization going and growing. More details forthcoming and will be noted on our events calendar.
Dance Camp North 2014
Next Labor Day weekend, we are pleased to announce that Nor’easter and caller Nils Fredland will be coming as our guests. Nor’easter was here for the Winter Dance Weekend in February 2013 and was well received. Nils has never been to Fairbanks. Expect a rollicking good time. If you are interested in helping plan next year’s camp, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Nils is one of the most sought after callers in the country and has worked with Nor’easter quite a lot. Check out this youtube video at the Spanish Ballroom in Maryland. He seems to be able to impart what to do right from the start.
Here’s what the Echo Summit camp had to say about Nor’easter:
“Nor’easter is a Boston-based trio that draws from New England musician traditions to delight their audiences in creating an exciting, joyous sound that catches both your ears and feet. Layered, dance-driven arrangements and fiery performances are at the heart of this band’s commitment to playing great and powerful music. On fiddle is Cedar Stanistreet , Max Newman on the mandolin and guitar, and Julie Vallimont on the piano and accordion.
Who We Are
The Contra Borealis Dancers is the contradance organization in Fairbanks, Alaska.
We are an open and cross-generational group of folks who enjoy building a community with dancing to live music. We have dancers from 12 to 82 years of age (and sometimes younger). Contradances, square dance, waltzes and occasional schottisches, hambos and polkas are in our repertoire. More than just an opportunity for social dance (and some exercise), we strive to be a community of dancers, musicians and callers.
Every year on Labor Day weekend, we have a dance weekend called Dance Camp North, located at Lost Lake an hour south of Fairbanks.
Feel free to attend any of our events, no partner necessary and instructions are given at each dance. You can see more about our community and our dances under Organization