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North Berkshire Dance – Cancelled

March 11, 2020

In the last three days, we have been closely watching concerns over the spread of COVID-19, and out of respect for the health of our community and you all, we are cancelling our March 14 dance to do our part in reducing COVID-19 community spread. We will continue watch on developments, and we will resume our monthly dances as soon as we can. Thank you all, and be safe.


DFO Coronavirus Policy 3-10-20


Dances are held on the second Saturdays of the month and include contras and squares all done to great live music.  The sessions are open to beginners, families, and life-long dancers!   All dances are taught and no partner is required. Come alone or bring a friend or two.

March 14, 2020 — Liz Nelson will call, with music by Karen Axelrod and Dave Langford.

We’ve got spring in our steps

North Berkshire Community Dance will hold its monthly contra dance on Saturday, March 14 — Karen Axelrod on piano and Dave Langford on fiddle will play traditional tunes with a swinging improvizational joy, and Liz Nelson will call, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Williamstown Community Preschool, with a lesson for beginners at 7:15.

Liz Nelson is a new voice on the contra scene, calling dances around New England, and she is known for her clear instruction, thoughtful programming and friendly stage presence. She will call this dance with larks and robins roles. We are exploring this year — we will hold dances with both newer calling styles and with the traditional roles, and we want all of our dancers to feel welcome and comfortable. (We also want to hear from you any time — we have a new suggestion box at all our dances.)

Dave Langford and Karen Axelrod have been playing contras together for more than 30 years with energy and improvisational flair. Karen plays Scottish and American folk events across the country and performs in the band Foxfire among others, and in Barley Moon with Dave Langford and Daron Douglas. Dave also performs in the Latterday Lizards with Kate Barnes and Bill Tomczak, blending New England folk music with influences from Irish music, French Canadian, ragtime, rock, Appalachian and Jazz.

We are going ahead with our March dance, but we are very much aware of concerns over COVID-19 / the Corona virus and the health of everyone in our community. We are suspending our snack potluck, and if we need to postpone or cancel the dance, we will announce it on Facebook and on the NBCD website. Meantime, we will bring extra soap for the preschool’s sinks — our affiliated contra dance organizations recommend to anyone healthy who comes to a social event, please wash, wash, wash your hands. 

We understand the best way is with soap and water. Second is an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. If you are able to wash your hands, use soap and water for a minimum 20 seconds (long enough to sing “Happy Birthday” to yourself twice) as frequently as possible. Avoid touching your face and avoid touching other people’s faces

Please refrain from attending social events if you have any flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, or difficulty breathing — or you returned from travel in the last 3 weeks or live in an area with sustained local transmission (not just a travel ban/warning) — or you have had close physical contact with a person currently under investigation for COVID-19, or whom is a confirmed case of COVID-19.

April 11, 2020 — Caller Fern Bradley. Music by George Wilson on Fiddle and Selma Kaplan on keyboard.

May 9, 2020 — Quena Craine calls, music by Cedar Stanistreet and friends.

Admission: $12 individuals, $10 DFO and CDSS members, $25 families, $5 students

Dances from 7:30 – 10:30 pm. Lessons at the discretion of the caller.

Located at the Community Preschool, 777 Main Street, Williamstown, MA, 01267.  The building is a former church building at the corner of Water Street and Main St.  Please save the first 5 parking spaces for ATM customers at the nearby bank.

For more information, visit www.northberkshiredance.org, see the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/northberkshiredance/,  or contact doonemackay@gmail.com.  Download the current flyer here.

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Community Preschool, 777 Main Street, Williamstown, MA, 01267

Community Preschool

Community Preschool, 777 Main Street, Williamstown, MA (formerly the Methodist Church). Park at the Mountain One bank next door - please leave first five spaces free for the bank's ATM customers.