< Asheville Contra Dance Weekend Festival: Summer Soirée 2014!

Summer Soirée 2014 - June 13-15

Summer Soirée 2014 REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Click to Register for 2014!

Please note: we had a lot of sponsors this year as well as some promises to hold space for some folks who helped last year, so we are already more than half full.

I will open up the waitlist after that, and I fully expect to get most of the waitlisted folks in - so don't despair!

If you are a sponsor, you should have already gotten an email from me for early registration. If you didn't please check your junk mail/bulk folder ... and send me a PM on FB or an email if you don't find it.

See the Registration Page for more details. Thanks!

Stay In Touch!! If you haven't already joined our Group on Facebook, please visit Friends of Summer Soirée and make sure you know who the bands and callers are as we announce them! We do offer special bonuses from time to time for Facebook members, so don't miss out!

2014 Line UP!

The fantastic Mean Lids and the percussive brilliance of Contraforce will drive the beat of Summer Soirée 2014. Our callers are Diane Silver and Hank Morris.

Facebook is the fastest way to communicate with contra dancers, so announcements are made there first, and on the website immediately thereafter. Friends of Summer Soirée

Gender Balance? Yes. Sort of. We will try to balance this year again, but may be slightly less "perfect" about it, which means that there may be more of one gender than the other. There is so much controversy around this issue that I am loathe to continue the tradition, but the weekend's theme will again be Gender Free. Above all, we will play with gender freedom!

We will have Sunderland Hall dorms this year, so many of our dancers will stay in air conditioned comfort.

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Ticket Prices for Summer Soirée 2014:

See Registration Details for Prices. The college continues to raise prices slightly every year; we keep this as affordable as we can. Know that it is a labor of love on the part of all organizers.

Some fun from previous years: some extraordinary photos by Kevin Riggs and videos by John Newsome. Here's my favorite techno contra video from John.

More videos from Summer Soirée 2011 by John Newsome:

M.-J. Taylor, Summer Soirée Folk-alizer

More Favorite Contra Dance Videos:

What folks say about the weekend:

"I thought the weekend was awesome. The housing was much better than other dance weekends, where we've stayed in camp facilities, and the price was very reasonable for what was included. The food was outstanding, especially when compared to other dance camps, and the the music was great. I enjoyed the swing lesson, but was disappointed that there was no techno contra. I probably would have stayed and danced for about an hour, if there had been one. The younger dancers add a lot of energy and dynamics to the dances; they are important to the life and survival of our dance communities ...." ~ Suzanne Patnaude

"Music and weather were the best! The food was great!" ~ Mike Brannaman

"The intermediate waltz and swing dance classes on Saturday morning were great!!!! All weekend the energy in the air was magical-Had soooo much fun!!!" ~ Marty Grist

I had a wonderful time at Soiree!! I like the dorms and the dancing and of course PeM and GRD together was just over the top!!" ~ Cathy Willis

"I love you MJ! Thanks for making one of the best weekends of my life." ~ Alan Best



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