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Change in Dance Weekends

October 20th, 2017
contra, weekends

I've been hearing people saying there are fewer contra dance weekends than there were, with several long-time weekends recently coming to the end of their run. I've been tracking dance weekends for the past few years, so I thought I'd just look at what I'd seen there.

There are a few problems with just comparing the list of dance weekends one year with the list the next:

So, making good use of the Wayback Machine, here's what I see:

(I'm probably missing some, so let me know if you have information I don't!)

There are ~135 of these events in total, and this is six seven ending and five four starting over the course of ~4 years. This doesn't seem like a large change to me?

Update 2017-10-20: removed ContraCopia, which I erroneously had as starting in 2015.

Update 2017-10-29: added BACDS Spring Fever. At this point I see seven stopping and four starting, which does look less like a steady state.


[1] It can be hard to tell when these are name changes vs the same dance community ending one weekend and starting a new one in its place. For example, I'm pretty sure Gypsy Moon Ball → Hoosier Partner for 2017 is just a name change, while Butterfly Whirl and Catapult trading off is two very different sorts of dance weekends. I think Cville Fall Festival → Dancing Leaves (2017) and Kimmswick → Meet Me in St Louis (2016) may have been about location changes? Summer CDH isn't the same as the shorter events it replaced (ContraBlossom: Appalachian Spring / Cool Mountain Contra / Mountain Color Contra / etc) but I think they filled a similar role?

[2] In the data I have I saw Mad Robin Romp skipping 2015 and Spring Thaw skipping 2016.

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