Hands Four Dance

When: Saturday, April 10, 2009
Where: Boynton Middle School
Ithaca, NY
How Much: Evening dance: $9:members, $12:others; extra for workshops
REVEILLONS Contra Dance and Workshops
Sponsored by Hands Four Dancers of Ithaca
Saturday, April 10
Workshops 2:30-6:00 pm; potluck supper 6:30 pm
Beginners' instruction 7:45 pm; contra dance 8-11 pm
Boynton Middle School
1601 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY

Reveillons, mes amis! Wake up! Spring is upon us, and here is a springing
opportunity to spend an afternoon and evening in the company of some
effervescent French Canadian musicians. REveillons wowed the crowds at last
year's Dance Flurry with irresistible music and brisk, jolly (et jolie)
dances, both familiar and with some fresh twists. Let's greet their debut
in Ithaca with a rousing response.

This multi-talented quartet from Quebec features energetic rhythms and
imaginative interpretations of traditional French Canadian tunes. And joie
de vivre above all! They take pride in being both audacious and authentic.
REveillons includes David Berthiaume (voice, jaw harp, concertina),
Jean-Francois Berthiaume (stepdance, bodhran, foot percussion, suitcase,
voice), Richard Forest (swinging fiddle), and Marc Maziade (guitar, tenor
banjo, voice, infused with jazz, blues, and Flamenco). Ithaca's Katy Heine
will be calling contras in style, and Jean-Francois Berthiaume, one of
Quebec's stellar callers, will intersperse some French Canadian squares.

For dancers who are wondering about the Hands For Fiddlehead Frolic, it
will return next April. Meanwhile, consider April 10 a Fiddle and Frolic
event that spans four workshops from 2:30 to 6:00 pm, a potluck supper, and
dancing from 7:45-11 pm, all at Boynton Middle School.

REveillons afternoon workshops are: fiddle with Richard Forest (2:30-4:00);
step-dancing (2:30-4:00) and Quebecois social dance (4:30-6:00) with
Jean-Francois Berthiaume; and the history of Quebecois music (4:30-6:00)
with David Berthiaume. Workshops are $15 each or two for $25. Participation
is limited, so register early by contacting Laura Taylor at

Beginners are welcome (simple steps taught at 7:45 pm). No need to bring a
partner, but please bring clean, soft-soled shoes and something yummy to
share for the potluck supper. Dance admission: $9 for HFDI members, $12 for
nonmembers. Info: 607-539-3174 or www.hands4dancers.org

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