Squirrel Moon Contra Dance Weekend

September 20 - 22, 2019

General Information

Squirrel Moon takes place in the lovely Farwell Hall at Folklore Village, a nationally recognized folk arts and culture center. It's located in the country just 45 minutes from Madison, Wisconsin.

Tenting and bunkhouses are on-site, and there are several motels within a short drive.

Please register early; we sell out every year.

"Of all the contra weekends I attend, Squirrel Moon is one that I would be most disappointed to miss." -- Dave H, Chicago

"It starts like a contra dance weekend and ends like a family reunion." -- Joel P, Chicago

"Thanks again for a fabulous weekend. The organization of your event is second to none!" -- Lori P, Salt Lake City

If you're on Facebook, RSVP to the event to connect with other dancers and "Like" our page. We've gotten requests from people for a way to connect with other dancers (e.g. for ride sharing), and this is an easy way to do it.

If you have questions, or to get on the email list, contact SquirrelMoonReg@gmail.com.

Folklore Village is located at 3210 County Road BB, Dodgeville, WI 53533.

2019 Information

The 2019 lineup features Cis Hinkle calling to music by Thirsty Roots!

When: September 20-22

Registration is now open!

Cis Hinkle

Cis Hinkle has delighted contra and square dancers since 1985 with her skilled teaching, welcoming manner, playful enthusiasm, and masterful selection of dances. She is in great demand at music and dance festivals all over the US, England, and Denmark. When not on the road, Cis teaches t'ai chi classes in her native Atlanta, Georgia.

Thirsty Roots

Thirsty Roots, featuring many original compositions, is a fabulous and popular contra dance band version of the multiple award-winning “class-grass” fusion concert ensemble Graminy (Graminy.net). The band includes...

Mike Bell (mandolin, prolific composer, etc.) came to Wisconsin from Iowa some years ago, where he was a charter member of the Barn Owl Band, whose appearances included Prairie Home Companion. Mike is also the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Community and Sociology at the UW-Madison.

Mary Gaines (bass, etc.) and Chris Waggoner (fiddle, etc.) a.k.a. The StellaNovas, are in-demand private instructors, session musicians and performers in the Midwest with tours spanning the US and Europe. Past and present bands include Harmonious Wail, Common Faces and Randy Sabien’s Fiddlehead Band. They are the recipients of numerous WAMI awards and include over 14 albums of their own ensembles as well as session gigs with Butch Vig for the Smashing Pumpkins and U2.

Chris Powers (guitar, etc.) settled in Madison decades ago and has organized numerous successful string bands, including Nobody’s Business and the Bluegrass Survivors. He is the longtime host of WORT-FM’s weekly Mud Acres radio show and offers group and private adult guitar courses.