Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuscaloosa Contra Dance: THIS Saturday

It's taken us awhile to pull together a band, a venue, a caller and a sound system, but Gloria has persisted and we will be dancing this Saturday in Tuscaloosa!

A contra dance: Saturday, January 26
Beginner's lesson: 7:15 - 7:30 p.m.

Dance: 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Band: Chuck and Kat Weber

Location: UA Moody Music Building (directions follow below)

Contra dancing shares some elements with square dancing such as "swing your partner" and "do-si-do," but the couples form long lines rather than squares. It involves mixing with the other dancers as each couple performs a short routine with another couple before progressing to a new couple and repeating the routine.

Contra dancing is easy, mostly involving a smooth walking step. Most people learn the basics after a few minutes instruction. Each dance is composed of a different sequence of figures, so the sequence is "walked through" with the assistance of the caller before each dance begins.

Further information:

Directions to Moody Music Bldg, University of Alabama

From the McFarland Blvd. exit (#73, US 82 W) on Interstate 20/59:

Go north on McFarland Boulevard.

Travel on McFarland Boulevard for 2.5 miles, past University Mall on the right and Midtown Village on the left. Get in the right lane.

Two blocks after the mall, take the exit ramp in the right lane for University Boulevard (AL 215).

At the end of the ramp, turn right to head west on University Boulevard.

At the fourth traffic light, the Moody Music Building will be on the left.

There is public parking in the lot directly across from the front of the building.

From LurleenWallace Blvd. (US43, AL69, I359)

Take Lurleen S. Wallace Blvd. to University Blvd. Go east through downtown Tuscaloosa, toward the UA campus.

Stay on University Blvd. past Queen City Blvd., the football stadium, and the Quad to 2nd Ave., which is the traffic light after Hackberry Lane.

If you pass DCH Hospital and McFarland Blvd., you've gone too far.

Jeremy Butler

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