These events have been organized with care by:
❥ Alex Hennings (tech)
❥ Hannah Chamberlain (booking)
❥ Hannah Brown (volunteer coordinator)
❥ Josh Saklad (dance manager extraordinaire)
Creating inclusive, sustainable, high quality contra (and other) dancing.
Inclusive: We want everyone to feel welcome and safe. Promote a culture of consent. Affirm that gender and dance roles are not strongly coupled. Cost to attend should not be a barrier. Address unsafe or unwanted behavior.
Sustainable: Performers should be paid well. Organizers shouldn’t get burned out. Foster new callers, musicians, sound techs and dancers. The dancing should continue.
High Quality: The performers should be excellent. Events should be conducive to dancers' growth.
Q: Which dance role names do we use?
A: Larks and Robins.
Q: What are the finances like?
A: Other than building a small emergency fund, all money collected goes to expenses and performers. We aim for a self-sustaining dance without relying on outside funding.
Q: Are there other contra dances in Maine?
A: Kennebec, Belfast Flying Shoes, Cherryfield, Otisfield, Freeport, Surry, Brooks, Orono, Monson, Dover-Foxcroft, Vassalboro, Eastport. Check this map or this calendar.