UNCA Contra Club

UNCA Contra Club The UNCA Contra Club will host dances on the UNC Asheville campus throughout the year as well as beginner's level and advanced Contra dance workshops!
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Founder: Nikki Madle President: Eitan Strauss-Cohn and Kfir Wiener Treasurer: Kfir Wiener Vice Treasurer: Alex Eichinger-Wiese Communications Director: Aly Pagano Council Members: Beryl Fulford and Katrina Schubert Adviser: Dr. Berls Our organization will serve as an inclusive space for dancers of all different experience levels, and will provide opportunities for learning and community building. It will also provide networking opportunities for UNC Asheville to the greater dance community.

Mission: The UNC Asheville Contra Club strives to bring together a community of dancers and provide opportunities for new students to be a part of the Contra dance culture in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

05/18/2019
Nic

Nic

Hi dancer friends~ I was just thinking about posting here...as many people may know there's been a dialogue in the contra, and other, dance communities about using more inclusive language in the calling, non-gendered terms specifically. This dialogue is intersecting our asheville community over on the "old farmer's ball" facebook group. It's a fairly good discussion, annoying in some ways(some people can be frustrating)...but I was just feeling that younger dancers are under represented in the dialogue. I invite any of you to check it out and share any thoughts and experiences you've had that might show other community members the interest and reasons behind wanting to move towards non-gendered dance calls in order to be welcoming towards those who feel unwelcome, unacknowledged or disinclined to join the dance due to the gender language in the traditional calls. Or whatever your perspective on the topic is, it is valued! Thanks for reading! There are two threads on the OFB facebook about it at the moment. Just in case there's any confusion, "Old farmer's ball" is the group that puts on the Warren Wilson thursday contra dance. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2355021464/

03/05/2019
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09/20/2017

Meeting tomorrow at 6:50 in the Overlook Multipurpose Room (011) across from Dunder! Join us and come dancing with us!

05/02/2017

A message from David Whiley, organizer for Contrathon:

I am looking for 10-12 young (under 30) contra dancers to plan and manage Contrathon XXII Labor Day Weekend 2017. I hear a plea to get younger dancers involved in staging events. Please send me a PM if YOU would like to be a part of this group. I will supervise but not direct. Need to have this together by end of May.

Reach out to myself or David directly if interested.

Nikki Madle: [email protected]

03/02/2017

Come on over to our meeting in Overlook Multipurpose Room at 7 pm to talk about our upcoming on campus contra, involvement in UPs swing dance, and to get a ride to Warren Wilson. See y'all there! Stay hydrated!😁

02/15/2017

Tonight at 7pm in HIG 222, join us for a program all about consent! And sex! Let's talk about sex!

Sponsored by the UNC Asheville Title IX Office.

02/02/2017

Looking for a fun way to stay in shape and meet new people? Come dancing with us tonight! We'll be meeting at 7 pm sharp in the Multipurpose Room in Overlook Hall, across from Down Under. If you don't have time to go the whole time, come out to the meeting and we'll be discussing our campus dance in March and an event collaboration with Underdog Productions. See you there!

08/25/2016

Because of our hard work last year, the university has warded us $15 to be used towards promotion and printing this year! We are grateful! #UNCAvl

08/23/2016

If you are not on the Contra Club email list and wish to be, shoot either the page a message or email [email protected]. Until then, here is our most recent update:

Hello, all!

We hope that you have had a wonderful summer and are having an exciting first few days of class!

I am excited to inform you that our first meeting will be this Thursday at 7pm in the Student Organization Suite, and will be led by our lovely Vice President Katie Houston. The student Org. Suite is located on the 2nd floor of Highsmith Union behind the Info Desk.

T shirts will be distributed at this meeting to the those that have ordered them and who have also paid.

If you are interested in going to a dance, plan to carpool to Warren Wilson following our meeting. It is $6 per person CASH ONLY to get into a Warren Wilson Dance.

We are planning ON CAMPUS contra dances, techno contras, and plenty of beginner waltz and contra lessons to make UNC Asheville a very easy place to learn to Contra.

We hope to see you all at our meeting!

Nikki Madle
President
UNC Asheville Contra

08/19/2016

Rockypalooza is 5 to 7:30pm today! We will be on the quad providing music, dancing and being silly! Stop by and say hello!

08/10/2016

We are excited about a new semester! Be sure to come hang out with us at RockyPalooza from 5 to 7:30pm on August 19th. We'll be ready to talk, dance and celebrate a new year! Welcome Class of 2020! #UNCAVL

06/22/2016

The t shirts have finally arrived! You can arrange a time to pick up yours by emailing me at [email protected].

05/26/2016
Owen

Owen

Callers Collective. If you are interested in learning how to call contra dances, or are an experienced caller who would like to hone skills, let me know. I would like to assess if there is interest in starting a monthly callers workshop in Asheville.

04/29/2016

I am pleased to announce Ryan McGinn as our Contra Club Treasurer!

Updated Leadership List:
Nikki Madle- President
Katie Houston- Vice President
Ryan McGinn- Treasurer
Torey Todd- Dance Instructor Lead
Morgan Fuller- Marketing Director
Grace Sideris- Volunteer Coordinator
Abi Stephens- Design Lead

Welcome, new leadership of 2016-2017!

-Nikki

04/25/2016
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REVOTE FOR TREASURER BY 11:59pm tonight! (FOR ACTIVE CLUB MEMBERS ONLY)

The treasurer will primarily focus on maintaining the budget. They will also be responsible for heading up the creation of the budget proposal near the end of each academic year.

Ryan McGinn (Sophomore): I am currently operating as treasurer for Psych Club, and so I already have experience in SAIL budget work. I love contra, and I want to ensure that this club is financially sound and able to put together events in the future.

Lucas Granade (Freshman): I'm active in attending dances and events and I have a vested interest in seeing this club put on more in the future. I'd like to take a more active role in helping to make that happen, and handling the budget would give me the opportunity to contribute in that way.

https://docs.google.com/a/unca.edu/forms/d/1SJIKfwqhXXajIogMtgmrVRF2EZK8Fzw5aZIAjnGBsfY/viewform

04/25/2016

Hello, everyone!

The votes are in for the 2016-2017 Contra Club Leadership.

President: Nikki Madle
Vice President: Katie Houston
Volunteer Coordinator: Grace Sideris
Dance Instructor Lead: Torey Todd
Treasurer: TBA (Revote Needed)
Design Lead: Abi Stephens
Marketing Director: Morgan Fuller

A re vote will be sent out shortly (via the page for Treasurer).

Thank you!

04/23/2016

Gentle reminder that the poll for officer voting will close at 5pm tomorrow!

04/21/2016

Hello my dears,

We will be meeting today at 4:30pm in the Student Org Suites for some updates on officer elections as well as info about next year. I presented the budget plan for next year to campus commission this morning and am excited to share with you all about those plans.

See you then

04/14/2016

MEET TO CARPOOL AT 7:15pm in Student Org Suites but it looks like no other leadership people can step in to run an official meeting tonight. (I'm in First Aid Training and stuff)

Next week we will hear from each of the candidates about why they should be whatever they are running for and then everyone can vote via a google form.

WITH REGARD TO ELECTIONS:

As of right now we only have one person running for President (me) and one person running for Volunteer Coordinator (Grace). Let me know if you would like a chance to run for one of these awesome positions! As much as I love this club, I would love to see other people just as passionate about it, which means we will eventually need a new person to fill the president position!

-Nikki

04/12/2016

Hi Everyone! I wanted to give you all a quick update on the status of the club. With finals being near, we aren't meeting often because I know that everyone is busy with work, and I am very busy as well. As for t shirt orders! The order has gone out and they should be here in about two weeks, right before the semester ends! There are still four people who have not paid me which means that I fronted forty dollars so that you can get a shirt. Please bring that money to me ASAP!

Finally thank you for an awesome semester! We will have no more dance related events, but we will have a couple events related to preventing sexual violence as we have partnered with the Title IX Office to put these events on. Check our upcoming event tab on the far left of this page to see what events are coming!

Elections for President, VP, Treasurer, Dance Director, and Volunteer Coordinator and Design Lead will be held next until next Thursday. The doc has not gone up yet because I want to make sure everyone that wants to run for a position gets an opportunity! Message me for details and I will be posting job descriptions ASAP!

Thanks everyone for a wonderful year!

33 Tickets left! This is an absolute blast and we already have 5 people from UNCA headed down to dance for the weekend. ...
03/23/2016
Contrathon XIX

33 Tickets left! This is an absolute blast and we already have 5 people from UNCA headed down to dance for the weekend. Join us before they're sold out! :)

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present Contrathon XIX on Sunday May 29, 2016 from 11:00am to 11:00pm.  The featured bands are Pete's Posse and ContraForce.  The featured callers are Emily Abel & Janine Smith.  The event will be held at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll Farm, 542 Bacon Bran…

Support the UNC Asheville Contra Club by purchasing one of these t shirts! This fundraiser will help us to gain the fund...
03/21/2016
UNC Asheville Contra Club - SpreadSpirit

Support the UNC Asheville Contra Club by purchasing one of these t shirts! This fundraiser will help us to gain the funds to begin hosting weekly/monthly dances on our campus!

Support the UNC Asheville Contra Club by purchasing one of these t shirts! This fundraiser will help us to gain the fund...
03/21/2016
UNC Asheville Contra Club - SpreadSpirit

Support the UNC Asheville Contra Club by purchasing one of these t shirts! This fundraiser will help us to gain the funds to begin hosting weekly/monthly dances on our campus!

03/17/2016

Meeting today at 7:10pm in the Student Org Suites.
BRING YOUR T SHIRT MONEY. LAST OPPORTUNITY TO TURN IT IN IS NEXT WEEK. Those that haven't ordered one but would like to still can!

03/16/2016

We have a Waltz Workshop tonight at 6:30pm in the Highsmith Union Mountain Suites! $3 suggested donation, sliding scale and if you can't give anything, that's okay! Come hang out with the contra club and learn a different dance style with all of us!

03/03/2016

Hey Gang, we will be having a meeting tonight at 7 in the Student Org Suites in Highsmith. Quick meeting to organize rides for tonight and collect shirt money!

02/25/2016

Change of plans... No formal contra meeting tonight. Still show up to src at 8 if volunteering.

02/25/2016

We will meet tonight at 7pm in the Student Org Suites:
-Carpooling will be limited as many people are volunteering tonight
-Bring your t shirt money if you have not already. We can't order them until we get the money. ($10 a shirt).

02/18/2016

Meeting tonight at 7pm in the Student Org Suites, 2nd floor of Highsmith.

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2500 University Heights, UNC Asheville
Asheville, NC
28804

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Founder: Nikki Madle President: Grace Sideris Vice Presidents: Dov Wiener and Katrina Schubert Treasurer: Alex Eichinger-Wiese Adviser: Dr. Berls Our organization will serve as an inclusive space for dancers of all different experience levels, and will provide opportunities for learning and community building. It will also provide networking opportunities for UNC Asheville to the greater dance community.

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Hi dancer friends~ I was just thinking about posting here...as many people may know there's been a dialogue in the contra, and other, dance communities about using more inclusive language in the calling, non-gendered terms specifically. This dialogue is intersecting our asheville community over on the "old farmer's ball" facebook group. It's a fairly good discussion, annoying in some ways(some people can be frustrating)...but I was just feeling that younger dancers are under represented in the dialogue. I invite any of you to check it out and share any thoughts and experiences you've had that might show other community members the interest and reasons behind wanting to move towards non-gendered dance calls in order to be welcoming towards those who feel unwelcome, unacknowledged or disinclined to join the dance due to the gender language in the traditional calls. Or whatever your perspective on the topic is, it is valued! Thanks for reading! There are two threads on the OFB facebook about it at the moment. Just in case there's any confusion, "Old farmer's ball" is the group that puts on the Warren Wilson thursday contra dance. https://www.facebook.com/groups/2355021464/
Hey fellow contra dancers! On September 29th the Boone Country Dancers are hosting an affordable, high-energy, 12 hour dance event at the (magical) Appalachian Folk school in Mountain City, TN (just 1 hr 45 min from unca). The lineup for this weekend will be unparalleled, featuring Playing with Fyre (George Paul and Rob Zisette) and Turnip the Beet (Kelsey Wells and Jeremy Lekich) with two awesome callers, Terry Doyle and Valerie Helbert. But the best part is that the *ENTIRE WEEKEND* is *$20* for students and $25 for adults (and you can camp / bunk)! Half day prices tickets are also available. You can also volunteer to cut down on costs even more. We're really hoping to encourage regional groups to come out for the dance and would love to have a lot of folks from Asheville come up! Let me know if you have any questions. Hope to see you there.
Travelling this summer? Country Dance and Song Society provides a great map for locating dances along your way. Go to http://cdss.org and click either the "Community" or the "Resources" tab. Dance Map is there. Zoom in to the location where you're looking for a dance. And while you're there, consider becoming a member of CDSS! Support this great organization that supports our music and dance communities all over the US and Canada.
Hey there! I'm in the process of recruiting people to join the committee that I'm heading through the Old Farmer's Ball. The committee is involved with developing a set of behavioral guidelines to make the Thursday night dances a safe and welcoming environment, as well as developing a concrete, fair process for dealing with dancer complaints and disputes. We will be meeting on a monthly basis. If you are interested in helping create these guidelines and supporting your local dance scene in a vital way, please send me a private message!
Laurel Bloomery, TN June 29 - July 6, 2018 3rd Summer Contradancers Delight Holiday. Very affordable and flexible week of dancing at a singular dance venue nestled in a beautiful mountain valley in northeastern TN. Bands: GREAT BEAR TRIO WAKE UP ROBIN Toss the Possum In Tent City More info at
Are the Syncopaths, Free Raisins and Toss the Possum really playing in Jonesborough TN on Oct 13-15? The answer is YES! and you could be there on the dance floor too! Can't do it all? we have session tickets available at the door. Hope you can come! Workshops, dances, the Hi Root Beer Uncivilized Social, brunch and concert up at SK on Sunday morning, Rob Z's zany playshops. Lisa Greenleaf, Darlene Underwood and Terry Doyle calling. So much fun! And the charm of Tennessee's Oldest Town. Please register at mountainmadness2017.eventbrite.com Plus we have the only EARLY BIRD contra at a dance weekend in the country from 4-6 pm on Friday. We will get your engines going and wheels turning early on. Come dance in the mountains of E. TN. It's worth a special trip! need a work trade scholarship. Let me know.
Hi, everyone! Just a reminder that the Callers' Collective will be meeting this Sunday, July 16th at the Harvest House from 7PM - 9PM. Bring your callings cards, dancing friends, and we'll delve deeper into the magnificent world of calling!! See y'all there!