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We've partnered with Tapestry Folkdance Center to bring you two exciting contra dance classes this summer! Contra dance is a lively, social, and easy-to-learn folk dance where participants follow the guidance of a caller to master the steps. Enjoy one or both of these offerings on July 19 and August 9. Each event will have concessions for you to grab a drink as you lace up your dance shoes to have a wonderful night!

Contra Dance with Flour City Doughboys -- CANCELLED

July 19th
7:00 p.m.
Ages: 8+
Fee: $18 for adults; $10 for youth (8-20)

Join us for a Phipps-first: a Contra dance event! Contra dance is a lively, social, and easy-to-learn folk dance where participants follow the guidance of a caller to master the steps. Dancers form long lines with partners facing each other, moving to vibrant, acoustic music traditions such as bluegrass, New England, Irish, and more. No need to bring a partner—just come ready to dance, make new friends, and enjoy the fun energy. Whether you're a seasoned dancer or a complete beginner, Tapestry Folkdance Center's skilled callers and talented live musicians will make sure you're having maximum fun. Don't miss out on this unique dance experience that promises to lift your spirits and get you moving. Come on down to the Phipps where you can grab a drink, lace up your dance shoes, and have a truly wonderful night!

Techno Contra with DJ

August 9th
7:00 p.m.
Ages: 21+
Fee: $15

Get ready to dive headfirst into Techno Contra at the Phipps! Techno Contra blends the traditional elements of Contra dance with a modern twist: high-energy beats from a live DJ. In this lively, social dance, participants follow a caller's instructions to learn the steps and formations. No partner? No problem! Come solo or with friends—and be prepared to make new ones on the dance floor. Tapestry Folkdance Center's skilled caller and DJ will ensure an unforgettable night of fun. Don't miss this unique and aerobic dance experience that combines the best of traditional Contra with contemporary music. Come on down to the Phipps where you can grab a drink, lace up your dance shoes, and have a truly wonderful night!

Caller: Beau Farmer
Beau has been a contra dancer, caller, writer and teacher for over 35 years. He is known for his skilled and efficient teaching style and mild manner, but also energetic dances, exciting medleys and creative choreography. He has been a regular caller and dance organizer at Tapestry Folkdance Center in Minneapolis since moving from the East Coast to Minnesota in 2003.

DJ: Mattie Rynkiewicz

Mattie Rynkiewicz is a person who wears many hats. They are an experienced contra dance pianist in addition to being a composer, caller, choreographer, audio engineer, archivist, and techno contra DJ. Their mixes will get you grooving to the beat perfectly in sync with the choreography to make for an impeccable dance experience.

Schedule

July 23

Tue 23

11:54 PM

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Schedule

August 09

Fri 09

7:00 AM

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