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Techno Contra!
Saturday, May 30, 2020,  3:00 PM -  4:00 PM

Join dancers around the world for a contra dance (online) with live techno music!

Featuring UK talent:

  • Vic Smith of Bearded Dragons on beats
  • Rhodri Davies calling dances

Vic Smith is found in many musical genres on a number of instruments, but has been involved in folk dance since he could walk. Recently he has been pioneering Techno Contra in the UK in the duo Bearded Dragons, also featuring the fiddle genius Benjamin Rowe.

Rhodri Davies is well-known in the UK as a caller in a variety of styles, but with a soft-spot for contras. Since he started calling at university in the mid 1980s he has called at all the major UK dance festivals and contra series, has worked with the leading UK contra bands and with American bands on tour in the UK and has made forays further afield to call at the Northwest Folklife in Seattle and dances in France.

The Zoom will open 15 min early to get everyone on Zoom, learn how to use the features, and say hello !

All donations benefit CDSS, Country Dance & Song Society in US. They offer scholarships, grants, and online resources to many folk song, dance, music organizations.

Please consider becoming a member and/or making a donation.
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Have you tried dancing on Zoom?
One of the BEST things is that it allows everyone to interact in their own way. You can "PIN" anyone's video and dance while looking at their video. Even better, you can arrange (via Chat) to PIN videos with a friend while dancing. The Best part is that you don't know when you're PIN'd and there's no limit, so it's totally inclusive. You can also dance at home, or enjoy watching all the dancing, or just listen and be transformed by the music.

Dance online is NOT for everyone. But for some it's better than not dancing. Hope you have a great time, listening, watching, or dancing.

We have 500 person capacity, so invite your friends, musicians, and anyone who would enjoy techno & dancing. Come early, we just might fill the meeting capacity!

For your safety, if you want to dance :
Please clear a space, consider wearing shoes if you're used to dancing in shoes, stay hydrated, go easy if you haven't been dancing regularly.

There will not be a beginner's introduction. If you are new to contra, check out this introduction video.
But dancing at home is easy; mistakes don't matter!

Join Zoom Meeting (click link)

Meeting ID: 929 4962 4541
Password: 972701

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* Install & test Zoom before the event. Test your mic and speaker.
* Please MUTE yourself unless you are talking during the chat times.
* If you have issues with internet, turn OFF your video and that might help.
* Video options (top R of PC screen): Speaker view (puts the musicians center screen) or Gallery view (lets you scroll through pages of participants).
* You can also "PIN" any video and it will stay centered. You can PIN anyone and they won't know, and any number can PIN the same person. You can also "CHAT" with a friend and PIN each other's videos to "dance together"
To PIN a video on a PC, mouse over the video and click on the 3 dots in the corner. Select "PIN video".
You can also go to "Participants list" and find someone by name, then click on them and PIN should be an option.
* iOS and Android devices have different options. It may work on a phone to double tap the video you want to PIN.

We look forward to seeing you!

Time Zone Information

Saturday, May 30, 2020, 12:00 PM Pacific time
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 1:00 PM Mountain time
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 2:00 PM Central time
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 3:00 PM Eastern time
Saturday, May 30, 2020, 8:00 PM United Kingdom time

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