This is terrific. Will you be posting this to any Contra groups on FB? If
not, would it be okay if I post to Triangle Country Dancers' page? I think
lots of people would enjoys seeing it.

On Mon, Apr 15, 2019 at 1:57 PM Luke Donforth via Callers <> wrote:

> I'd like to share this because I think it's really fun.
> Several months ago, I was approached by the coaches of a Theater on Ice
> team about helping put together a program for their 2018-19 Choreographic
> Challenge, which was to showcase cultural dance. Burlington's team, "On
> Thin Ice" wanted to do a contra dance on ice.
> There were various restrictions; style and historic elements that they
> wanted included, coverage of the ring, movement on the ice, etc. What they
> generated is not a contra dance, but does showcase several elements of a
> contra dance, and they do it on ice.
> You can check out their performance at
> It was a learning experience for me, and a fun exercise in deconstructing
> and putting things back together with different constraints. For instance,
> they needed percussive elements in the choreography; I'd originally tried
> to sell them on petronellas; but they all balked at the turning over
> "outside edges" on skates (a harder feat).
> It's the first time I've every had folks dance to recorded calls, but they
> wanted them to add to the feeling of a contra (and I won't be travelling
> with them to nationals in Alabama this June).
> As a side not, for historical reasons relating to how their program would
> be judged, I used the term gypsy instead of my preference of an
> alternative. I still think they do a wonderful job of bringing contra dance
> to a different corner of the world.
> When I went to my first contra dance, I'd never have guessed where it
> would take me. Here's to more fun memories and interesting experiences in
> this community and others.
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> Luke Donforth
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