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Come join in the fun of community dance in Fairfield, Iowa. Beginners are very welcome to our weekly dances; our semi-annual English Country Dance and Contra Dance weekends are intended for experienced dancers.
"Those who dance are often thought mad by those who cannot hear the music." -- Tao Te Ching

April.10,17,24(Thursdays): 3ContraCLASSes at MorningStar SunsetGallery 7-8:30PM: $25

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04/25/2014 2:30 am

Contra dance Class Series! Thursdays April 10, 17, & 24 7:00-8:30 PM at Morning Star Studio Sunset Gallery (overlooks street). The $25 for all 3 classes also includes discounts at two future contras. Taught by Jennifer Hamilton, Fairfield's own well-known and loved caller & dance teacher. Contra moves will be taught at a pace that works for each dancer. At the end of the class each week, we'll do 1 or 2 contra dances to practice the moves learned that week. Please bring clean soft-soled shoes to protect the fine wooden dance floor.
If you've been thinking you might like to try contra dancing, this is a great introduction!
This class is also perfect for newer dancers who have only been to a few contra dances, and would like more experience with the moves.
Square dancers are invited to attend the classes as well (Contra dancing and square dancing both originated from the same basic folk dance roots. So for square dancers, many of the moves will be familiar, but they're done in a format different from modern western square dancing).
Cost: $25 covers all 3 sessions, PLUS: Contra dance Class students will also receive: 1/2 off admission cost for one contra dance (contra dance with band) AND free admission to one contra dance to recorded music.
Questions contact Jennifer Hamilton, tel: 641/472-8422.

Contra dance Sun. (1:40pm) 2-4:30pm April 20th to recorded music at Mstar Ballroom

04/20/2014 8:00 pm

Contra dance $3 3rd Sunday April 20th AFTERNOON 2-4:30pm to recorded music at Morning Star Studio Ballroom, 51 South Court, Fairfield IA, mid-block on the East side of the Square off Route 34, south of the alley. Please tell your friends.
TWO(!) Callers: Jennifer Hamilton and April Maberry(new caller), both of Fairfield. 

Recorded music to fantastic contra tunes from top contra dance bands!
Beginners lesson at 7:30pm; Dance starts 8pm.

Admission: ≤12years.old free; $5 minimum for students, MUM.staff&faculty, and seniors(≥65); everyone else $10.
Beginners lesson at 1:40pm; Dance 2-4:30pm.
Admission: $3 for everyone
Note: Bring your own water -- No water will be supplied.
Questions, contact April at a.maberry.kpl@gmail.com

Bare Necessities Annual Advanced English Country Dance Weekend Oct 31 - Nov 2 2014

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Peter Barnes, Earl Gaddis, Mary Lea & Jacqueline Schwab

Advanced English Country Dance Weekend

October 31, November 1 and 2, 2014 in Fairfield, Iowa

Caller and teacher TBA

Sponsored by the Fairfield Folks Arts & Dance Co-Op


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7:30-11:00 English Country Dancing Bare Necessities
November 1st
2:00 - 4:45
Advanced English Country Dance Workshop with Bare Necessities Teacher TBA
8:00-11:00 English Country Dance Ball (costumes encouraged but not required!) Bare Necessities with Caller TBA
November 2nd
10:00-12:30 Advanced English Country Dance Workshop with Bare Necessities Teacher TBA

Delicious snacks, tea and dessert offered during breaks. Schedule subject to revision.
Come enjoy our warm hospitality, delightful dancing and varied culinary, cultural and shopping opportunities. If you’ve never visited Fairfield, you’re in for a treat! You'll enjoy our incredible culinary offerings (Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Ethiopian, Gourmet Pizza, Turkish) and world-class coffee at Cafe Paradiso, all within 1-2 blocks walking distance from the dance!

If you know you are coming, please register today. Thank you! Only $109 before April 1st; $125 before Sept. 1st: $145 late registration if available. Includes full weekend and all snacks.
Note: The weekend always sells out: Please register early to avoid disappointment! This weekend is designed for very experienced dancers and attendance is limited to ensure dance floor comfort.

Register by sending email to FairfolkDancers at" gmail "dot" com and then send check via snail-mail to:
Fairfield Folk Arts & Dance Co-op (FFADC)
c/o PO Box 1321, Fairfield, Iowa 52556
Please include name, address, phone and email. Apply early!

Cancellation / Refund Policy: If you cancel, you can send someone -- a previously unregistered dancer -- in your place to this weekend and let us know about the substitution. You handle all the details and work out the payment with your friend. This applies only to the specific weekend you paid for. We usually sell out, so it is likely there will be other dancers interested in attending. Other than this, unfortunately there are no refunds and you cannot apply your registration to a future event. We simply do not have the volunteer staff to handle these complications.

Location: The Morning Star Studio, 51 ½ S. Court St. Fairfield, Iowa. Exit 214 coming East on Route 34, then 3 miles West to Main Street, then North to Broadway, East to Court, South on Court St. Or Exit 216 coming West on Route 34, then North on Route 1 (Main St.) to Business 34, then 1 more block north to Broadway, East to Court, South on Court St.. Fairfield Map


With our experience hosting over 20 dance weekends so far, we know what dancers care about and are ready to welcome you with open arms. Unfortunately, home hospitality is available only for the band and caller -- we are a very small dance community! Affordable inns and hotels are available within walking distance from the dance (Landmark Inn) with other motels & inns (Best Western, Super 8, Seven Roses Inn, The Raj Resort) and camping grounds 5-10 minutes from the dance. If you are interested in sharing a hotel or motel room with another dancer, please post on our facebook page in the comments section just below the announcement about the weekend: Shared Housing "Comments" Section
(Facebook took away our page dedicated to this, so posting in the comments section is the way to go!)

If the weekend includes the first Friday of the month (in 2013, for instance) then if you come early on Friday you can enjoy the attractions of the Fairfield Art Walk before the dance. Fairfield has an amazing amount to offer our visitors, from the largest community of Stapathya Vedic buildings in North America just north in Vedic City, to the Golden Meditation Domes at Maharishi University of Management to the greener-than-green Eco-Village with its earth-friendly designs and technologies.

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