opened Monday, March 20th at 11 am. The weekend is now about 90% sold,
but I expect there will be spaces available for the next few days or so.
The rush is over!
more details on the Dance
Registration page - and there is a link there to the registration
interested but can't pay now, you should register anyway to get
on the waitlist. Just note in the special comment section that you want
to pay later. There is a 'pay later' button after you press Submit right
next to the Paypal button.
out who else is going on the
Facebook Event Page.
We are excited
to present Great Bear 6.0 and Eloise and Co.
as our contra dance bands this year. Joyful Noise will
play waltzes. Callers are Diane Silver and Jesse
Bear 6.0: Andrew
van Norstrand, Noah van Norstrand, Mama Bear Kim Yerton (keyboard), Dana
Billings (drums), Chris Miller (sax), and Rebecca Bosworth-Clemens (clarinet).
and Co: Becky
Tracy (fiddle), Owen Morrison (guitar), Rachel Bell (accordion).
Noise: George Paul
(keyboard) and Cailen Campbell (fiddle).
will also be late night blues dancing, Rush Fest, workshops
galore including a callers workshop with specal guest, George
will be some other special treats, including a contra medley on Saturday
will be no gender or role balancing this year! So come as you are! ;)
SPECIAL REGISTRATION FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T USUALLY GET IN!
We have a few tickets set aside for dancers who have never attended
or who haven't attended in the last 3 or so years. So many dancers have
been frustrated by how hard it has been to register - (some years tickets
are gone in 15 minutes - though it is usually a few hours) and so they
If you fit this category, please
and let me try to get you in this year!
definitely be a member of the regular Friends
of Summer Soirée group - all the news is released
there first! But if you're not on Facebook or want to be sure to get all
the news, sign up for the newsletter below. You will not get any newsletters
that are related to ANYTHING but Summer
I will never share your email with anyone!
videos from the dance weekend:
2015 Summer Soiree Saturday evening
Posted by Trish Finn
on Monday, June 22, 2015
Late Night Contra Dance Party was a huge success again - all the best
disco hits from the 1970s and some great dance tracks from the 1980s.
Check out this Fleetwood Mac snippet:
2015 Summer Soiree Disco Techno
Posted by Trish Finn
on Monday, June 22, 2015
it gets any better than this, please tell me about it - we will try and
make it better.
the fastest way to communicate with contra dancers, so announcements are
made there first, and on the website immediately thereafter. Friends
of Summer Soirée.
Balance? Nope! No role balancing either!
Taylor, Summer Soirée Organizer
here to learn more ABOUT the Dance Weekend
A few details for dancers who have never been to Summer Soirée
Just Another High Energy Dance on Saturday afternoon:
An overview of the dance weekend shot and edited by John-Michael Seng-Wheeler
at the 2013 weekend:
folks say about the weekend:
dance camp I've been to in 15 years." Tom Bowers
of California who attended Soirée for the first time in 2015.
face hurts from smiling so much. Words cannot accurately describe
the joy I felt this weekend. There were numerous moments where I felt
this weird lovely incredible natural high. Just a state of pure happiness.
You created that magical world for a weekend, and I can't thank you
enough. Thank you thank you thank you!!!! It was incredible... Great
dancers. Great musicians. Really- it was all I could do to keep my eyes
from rolling back into my head I was so caught up in that music, movement,
community, aerobic twirly trusting joyful dancing. You can see it in
the pictures and videos. People are just beaming. Loved every minute
of it. Thank you!" Chrissie Chapman.
a complainer, and I had nothing to complain about."
~ Debra Kirsch
from other years:
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
and weather were the best! The food was great!" ~ Mike
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
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
love you MJ! Thanks for making one of the best weekends of my life."
~ Alan Best
Location and lodging: Summer
held at Warren Wilson College, just outside Asheville, NC. The college
campus is one of the lovliest settings in the area. Dancers from out
of town have the option of staying in the college dorms for $60 for
two nights, shared room. The largest dorm is air conditioned and most
dancers are housed there. Out of town dancers will find reasonably priced
hotels within a couple of miles of campus.
Meals: we offer a meal packagefor $60. Saturday breakfast and
lunch and Sunday breakfast are in the college cafeteria, which has excellent
food. Saturday night dinner is held in the Morris Pavilion and catered
by Whole Foods. Sunday lunch is wraps from Whole Foods. Folks are on
their own for Friday night. There are lots of snacks throughout the
weekend, and snacks and meals have lots of vegetarian and gluten free
get rave reviews on the food (see above and ask around.)
dancers stretch their weekend into a 5 day festival, arriving early
to dance at the Old Farmer's Ball on Thursday night and staying over
for the Monday Night Dance in West Asheville. The Soirée
bands always play at least
one of those dates, usually both.
It's not all dance, dance,
dance; there is relaxing and sharing snacks on the Grassy Knoll above
the Pavilion. Bring a blanket and join in the lazy moments, too.
Do you have trouble explaining
your love of contra dance weekends to your friends? This video is for
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.
videos from Summer Soirée 2011 by John Newsome: