For thousands of us, there is no quicker pathway to bliss than the contradance floor. If you're a member of the tribe, you know that feeling of being lost in the moment, in the music, in the sound of the fiddle (even if it might be electronic and looped now), in the eyes and arms of your partner, and in knowing that everyone in the room is sharing that feeling too. If you haven't contra danced yet--may be this your moment of discovery.
I want your help in publishing the 2013 Contradance Calendar. Last year, in association with the Country Dance and Song Society (CDSS), I published the 2012 Contradance Calendar, and we sold over 700 calendars. It featured the best of my work from 25 years of photographing the contra dance scene in North America. You can read about it here, in an interview on the CDSS blog.
Contra dance is America's indigenous folk dance. It is community social dance with great traditional, and often not-so-traditional, live music. Couples move up or down a longways set to the prompting of a caller. The music comes from the New England/Celtic/Quebecois traditions, but for the last 30 years we've also been dancing to old-time, jazz, rock, world music, fusion, and techno music. Although contra dance is centuries old, there is nothing staid or old fashioned about it. It's a healthy, contemporary, vibrant scene that celebrates community and connection for all ages in the best way.
The calendar is a celebration of the diversity of contra dance and dance venues. Work in the upcoming calendar is from dances up and down the West Coast and New England, shot in the last 3 years. People in the community know the work, and recognize me when I show up at their dances. I make the photographs freely available to local and national non-profit dance organizations to promote their dance events.
This calendar is a large, 12"x12" wall calendar, with a functional, elegant design by Joanne Lauterjung Kelly. There are 4 photos per month--one big one, and three inserts. It is on 100# paper stock, printed locally, and with great attention to print and image quality. This is a premium calendar. It is not cheap to produce. Our first print run will be 1,000 calendars.
Last year's calendar was well received, but the biggest challenge was distribution and getting the word out to enough people. This year, you can fix that by supporting the calendar project.
Help me spread the joy.
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