Butterfly Whirl
Event Descriptions





Hawaiian Shirt Contra
with Riptide/Dam Beavers and Dugan Murphy
(Friday: 7:30 - 11:30pm)
Nothing channels your inner Butterfly like a brightly colored Hawaiian shirt / skirt / dress! Break out of YOUR cocoon and go Hawaiian on Friday night.


Contra Dance: Improper & Beyond
with Riptide and JoLaine
(Saturday: 10:00 - 11:00am)
Every dance in a different formation; Improper, becket, proper, indecent, 3x3, 4x4, triple minor!


Dance Workshop: Body Percussion
with Matthew Olwell
(Saturday: 10:00 - 11:00am)
Many vernacular dance forms have a tradition in which the human body is the primary instrument. Come learn Matthew's style of body percussion, which is inspired by hambone, new "body music" ensembles like Stomp and Brazil-based Barbatuques, African-American stepping and other dance traditions.


Band Workshop: Ensemble Skills
with Adam Broome and Jaige Trudel
(Saturday: 10:00 - 11:00am)
The theory and practice of arranging, selecting tunes, key shifts, dynamics, finding space and playing in sync. For dance bands and concert bands alike.


Contra Dance: Supreme Skill Session
with Riptide and Dugan Murphy
(Saturday: 11:15 - 12:15pm)
Take it to the next level in executing best methods in common dance figures, offering feedback to each other, and soliciting and offering consent.


Dance Workshop: Introduction to Clogging
with Matthew Olwell
(Saturday: 11:15 - 12:15pm)
A close cousin of American tap dance, Appalachian percussive dance is a blend of Irish, West African, and Native American Indian dances. A great class for dancers of any level; from beginners who want fast-paced steps and improv drills, to advanced dancers who want to hone their technique, facility and repertoire.


Musicians Workshop: Fiddle with Ease and Accuracy
with Jaige Trudel
(Saturday: 11:15 - 12:15pm)
Get the most for your effort when you pick up your fiddle. This workshop delves into technique and positioning with the individual musician in mind; we will examine the fundamentals to producing clear, graceful sounds with ease that will benefit any fiddle tradition. All levels welcome.


Contra Dance: Wandering with Purpose

with Dam Beavers and JoLaine
(Saturday: 2:00 - 3:00pm)
"Down the Hall" can be the most varied move in contra dancing. Enjoy the journey!


Dance Workshop: Intro to Waltzing
with Seth Tepfer
(Saturday: 2:00 - 3:00pm)
Take this workshop and your days of watching with envy as the other dancers waltz during the break are over!


Musicians Workshop: Playing Irish Tunes for Contradances
with Alden Robinson
(Saturday: 2:00 - 3:00pm)
Riverdance and Contradance are not the same thing. This workshop will cover how to phrase Celtic music to optimize its contradancability; earning you rave reviews and repeat bookings in the process.


Musicians Workshop: Mandolin Rhythm
with Glen Loper
(Saturday: 2:00 - 3:00pm)
Rhythm... It's not just for drums and pianos anymore. Learn the basics; push the boundaries.


Contra Dance: Grand Challenge Contras
with Dam Beavers and Seth Tepfer
(Saturday: 3:15 - 4:30pm)
This is serious neuron building time. Lots of new dances here!


Musicians Jam
with Riptide
(Saturday: 3:15 - 4:30pm)
Wanna play like they do? Come play like they do!


Callers Workshop: First Impressions
with JoLaine
(Saturday: 3:15 - 4:30pm)
Using your introductory workshop as an effective means of making new dancers feel welcome in your community.


Concert
with Mavish
(Saturday: 7:30 - 8:15pm)

with Riptide
(Sunday: 7:30 - 8:15pm)

with Dam Beavers
(Monday: 1:30 - 2:00pm)
Traditional and new songs, tunes, and foot percussion that color outside the contra lines.


Contra Dance: Butterfly Whirl Spring Formal
with Mavish and JoLaine
(Saturday: 8:30 - 11:00pm)
Pull out all the stops and put on your most elegant dancing duds. Saturday night at Butterfly Whirl is the evening to strut your stuff in style!


English Country Dance: The Good Stuff
with Mavish and Seth Tepfer
(Sunday: 10:00 - 1:00pm)
Lyrical, exuberant, trance-inducing, laugh out loud fun.


Waltz Dance
with Dam Beavers
(Sunday: 12:45 - 2:00pm)

with Maivish
(Monday: 10:00 - 11:00am)
Practice the steps you learned in Saturday's Intro to Waltz workshop or pick up some new ones on the fly.


Musicians Workshop: DADGAD Guitar
with Owen Marshall
(Sunday: 12:45 - 2:00pm)
DADGAD tuning is used widely throughout Celtic and other world music, and adds a powerful accompaniment for dances and compelling textures to vocal tunes. New approaches will be discussed for right-hand and picking technique, left-hand chords, harmonies, and substitutions. Over the course of the workshop, we will strengthen your knowledge of the fret board while building an array of right-hand rhythmic possibilities. Using polyrhythms and syncopation, we will explore ways to be an invaluable addition to any musical setting. By the end of class, we will have explored techniques to accompany tunes on the fly, and give new life to the music you already play. (For intermediate/advanced guitarists)


Caller/Dance Writer Workshop: Contra Choreography Analysis
with Dugan Murphy
(Sunday: 12:45 - 2:00pm)
Discussion and activities to untangle what makes a contra dance sequence "Good" vs. "Bad" or "Complex" vs. "Simple."


Contra Dance: Three's Company
with Riptide and JoLaine
(Sunday: 1:15 - 2:15pm)
Slip Jig Contras, 3x3s, Triple Minors, Triplets, Nine in a triangle, and more.


Contra Dance: Unexpected Contras
with Riptide and Dugan Murphy
(Sunday: 2:15 - 3:15pm)
Unusual figures and transitions.


Body Awareness Workshop: Alexander Technique
with Jaige Trudel
(Sunday: 2:15 - 3:15pm)
This workshop presents an opportunity to explore movement and habitual response patterns in a fun and enlightening way... Alexander Technique offers the tools to cultivate an understanding of how we move, releasing tension and coaxing us into a lightness of being that allows movement to happen without the effort, fatigue or pain we so commonly become accustomed to. Discover a graceful ease of mobility and experience greater freedom.


Caller Curious Workshop: So You've Always Wanted to be a Caller...
with Seth Tepfer
(Sunday: 2:15 - 3:15pm)
Always wondered what life is like at the head of the Hall? This workshop will take a look at what is involved in learning to be a mic magician.


Contra Marathon
with Dam Beavers, Maivish, Seth Tepfer, JoLaine, and Dugan Murphy
(Sunday: 3:30 - 4:30pm)
Exactly what it sounds like. Two bands, three callers, 60 minutes of non-stop, no walk-through contra.


Contra Dance: Butterfly Whirl Easter Parade
with Riptide and Seth Tepfer
(Sunday: 8:30 - 11:00pm)
Break out your favorite hat, dress up your locks, or affix an object d'art to your head. Anything goes at the Easter Parade! (Prizes for best dressed heads)


Musicians Workshop: Taking Contra Piano to the Next Level
with Scotty Leach
(Monday: 10:00 - 11:00am)
Getting Bored with Boom Chucka Boom Chuck Boom? Let's fix that now.


Musicians Workshop: Fiddle Master Class
with Ben Schreiber
(Monday: 10:00 - 11:00am)
An exploration of the subtle techniques that can add rhythm and variation to fiddle playing.


Musicians Workshop: Drumming for Life
with Ness Smith-Savedoff
(Monday: 10:00 - 11:00am)
     Feel the rhythm, learn the rhyme,
     Get on up, it's drumming time!
Intro to practicing rhythms, and tuning your ears for disassembling the beat.



Contra Dance: Shadow Play
with Maivish and Dugan Murphy
(Monday: 11:00am - 12:00pm)
When the going gets tough a dancer's best friend just might be their shadow....


Musicians Workshop: The Dam Beavers – Deconstructed
with Ben Schreiber, Scotty Leach, and Ness Smith-Savedoff
(Monday: 11:00am - 12:00pm)
A demonstration and conversation about collaborating with three equal parts.


Discussion: Dance Organizers Unite!
with Dugan Murphy and YOU
(Monday: 12:00 - 1:30pm)
A collective resource sharing among contra dance organizers on topics raised by participants.