History

The first FootFall Dance Weekend was in 2007. It began as a successor to American Dance Weekend at Buffalo Gap, which ended in 2006.

Each year, we’ve picked a color (reflected in badges, mugs, and bling) and featured a quote. For 2019, the color will be copper. And you’ll see the quote on your travel mug when you get to camp.

September 7-9, 2007. Bands: Crowfoot and Footloose. Callers: Cis Hinkle and Ron Buchanan. Color: Orange. Cup quote: “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak.” Hopi Indian saying.

September 5-7, 2008. Bands: Hotpoint Stringband and Elixir. Callers: Kathy Anderson and Nils Fredland. Color: Red. Cup quote: “There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a gread deal of good.” Edward Denby

September 11-13, 2009. Bands: Notorious and Contrazz. Callers: Lisa Greenleaf and Robert Cromartie. Color: Metallic green. Cup quote: “There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them.”

September 10-12, 2010. This was the year we added a third band for English Country Dance (ECD). Melissa Running has been FootFall’s ECD caller almost every year since 2010. Bands: Night Watch (ECD); The Contraptions and The Love Mongrels (contra). Contra Callers: Adina Gordon and Bob Isaacs. Color: Purple. Cup quote: “A contra dance is an amusement park ride we make for ourselves.”

September 9-11, 2011. Bands: Perpetual E-motion (contra), Green Light Karma and Nor’Easter (ECD and contra). Contra callers: Diane Silver and Seth Tepfer. Color: Yellow. Cup quote: “We do not always dance because we are happy, but we dance and cannot help but become happy.”

September 7-9, 2012. Bands: Atlantic Crossing (contra), The Latter Day Lizards and London Porter (contra and ECD). Contra callers: Beth Molaro and Will Mentor. Color: Blue. Cup quote: “Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.” Confucius, The Analects.

September 6-8, 2013. Bands: Mean Lids and Sligo Creek Stompers (contra), and KGB (ECD). Contra callers: Bev Bernbaum and Rick Mohr. Color: White. Cup quote: “Life is short, and there will always be dirty dishes, so let’s dance. ” James Howe

September 5-7, 2014. Bands: Escape and Sassafras Stomp (contra), and Goldcrest (ECD and contra). Contra callers: Shawn Brenneman and Joseph Pimentel. Color: Rainbow (we used up all of the leftover cups from previous years).

September 11-13, 2015. Bands: The Stringrays and The Free Raisins (contra) and Trio Con Brio (ECD). Contra callers: Janine Smith and Luke Donforth. Color: Turquoise. Cup quote: “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” James Brown

September 9-11, 2016. Bands: Pete’s Posse (contra), Frost and Fire and Triple Helix (contra and ECD). Contra callers: Sue Rosen and George Marshall. Color: Silver. Cup quote: “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” Japanese proverb.

September 8-10, 2017. Bands: Frog Hammer and Buddy System (contra), and Old World Charm School (ECD). Contra callers: Gaye Fifer and Bob Isaacs. Color: Green. Cup quote: “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.” Dave Barry