June 8th, 2015

Hello everyone!

We hope you’ve been drifting sweetly into spring! Here’s something we hope will tickle you pink – the Youth Dance Weekend spring news! Sunny fall days and crisp apples may seem far away right now, but the YDW Committee has been working on putting together another great program. Read on for exciting updates and as always, you can find out more at our website: www.youthdanceweekend.org.


YDW 2015 will happen Sept. 25 – 27, 2015 at Kinhaven in Weston, Vermont.
Sign-up will open this Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 and close July 1st, 2015.
If we need to hold a lottery we will announce results by July 3rd, 2015.
Mark your calendars.

2015 Performers

We are psyched to announce our 2015 performers! They are:


  • Michael Hamilton calls captivating contras
  • Melissa Running calls enchanting English


  • Gallimaufry (Brian Lindsay, Alex Sturbaum, Ness Smith-Savedoff, Donal Sheets, Arthur Davis)
  • Tim Ball, Rachel Bell and Julie Vallimont
  • D.R. Shadow (technocontra!)


Sign-up opens June 10th, 2015. (That’s Wednesday!) If we reach capacity before July 1st we will hold a lottery to determine who will attend YDW. You can read the details here (http://www.youthdanceweekend.org/ydw-…/registration-details/) on the way the lottery works. The lottery will give some preference to groups with first-timers and folks who were not accepted in the lottery last year.

New Website

We’re also going to be launching a new website alongside sign-up this year! It’s modern and shiny and will work on phones and tablets of all sizes. We’re hoping that this aesthetic overhaul is just the beginning of updating the website with all sorts of exciting new content and features, so send along any ideas for things you’d like to see us post online!

New Committee Member: Abigail Hobart!

Meet Abigail! Raised in Bellingham, WA, Abigail is a recent graduate of Hampshire College where she co-organized the Hampshire College contra dance series for three years, and later produced the Red Barn Folk Festival as part of her senior project. Now she is learning how to be a real adult in Northampton, MA. Abigail loves discussing any combination of the following: community building, applied ethnomusicology, gender in dance, the evolution of tradition, inclusivity, food and farming, folk music, and politics! We are so pleased to have her aboard!

Keep in touch!

As always, if you have concerns, comments, or thoughts or ideas about YDW, we want to hear from you! Email us at info@youthdanceweekend.org if you have anything to share. If you haven’t already, join the YDW Facebook Group.

We’ll see you on the dance floor soon!

The YDW Committee

Mog, Sarah, Harris, Max, Mary, Alex, Abigail