SO-Contra

Southern Oregon Contra Dance ... SOCD
and
Ashland Folk Music Club ... AFMC


The AFMC is in a transitional period (2016-2017).  This all volunteer organization is doing some restructuring, and will also be experiencing a name change in the next year.  While the name may change, the people making the events happen will remain the same, and it will still be an all volunteer organization.

This section of our web will introduce some of these folks, as well as tell a bit more about our history, and what we do.


Membership

Membership Form ... (View & Print with that Link)
... for the: Ashland Folk Music Club

All the effort put forth to produce these events would not be worthwhile if it were not for the folks who show up to enjoy these wonderful community events.  Filling out the above membership form and paying the member fee is a good way to help lend additional support to these efforts.  All fees collected go directly towards supporting the AFMC and Southern Oregon Contra Dance.

There are a number of benefits to becoming a member of the AFMC, including discounts on admission to AFMC Sponsored Events.  For more details view the form, or Contact Us.  You may also inquire about membership at the Front Desk during events, or speak to a member of our Board of Directors (listed below).

For your convenience, our Current Dance Schedule is also included with the above Membership Form.

You do not need a "Club Membership" to be a member of our SOContra News group e-list.

Volunteers

We currently have openings for interested Volunteers.  This is a great way to get to know your community better, as well as lend additional support to these community events.

Here is a partial list of Volunteer Opportunities available at SOCD:
  • Newsletter ... (Internet)
    • We are looking for someone to take this over for us (the Board).
  • Front Desk Help ... (At the Dance) ... View Form
    • During the dance we are always looking for folks to help manage the front desk.
    • Discounts can apply if you work at the dance.
    • These helpers must be "Members" of AFMC/SOCD (see above).
  • Social Media ... (Internet)
    • Facebook, Twitter, etc.
    • We have a Facebook Manager, but are always looking for more help here.
  • News Media ... (Local Papers, etc.)
    • Mail Tribune, Sneak Preview, etc.
    • We have someone helping with this, but are seeking additional help here.
  • Hospitality Coordinator
    • Housing offered to travelers.
    • When we get traveling Callers (which is most of them), and traveling bands (3+ times per season), we often offer guest rooms in the homes of our local dance members.  Occasionally we will offer hosting for traveling dancers as well.  There is an opportunity for someone to be a coordinator for this activity.  There are opportunities to be a host as well.
There are openings on the Board too.  Please Contact Us for additional information.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is dedicated to building a strong community by hosting and promoting community events.  Social Community Dances similar to the ones produced by the AFMC are part of a Popular American Tradition that goes back in North American History for well over a century.

Through these Community Dances the AFMC hopes to provide a fertile environment for folks to meet and have fun.  This is a social event, for all ages, but may be too challenging for children under age 9.  These events are an excellent opportunity for both single folks and families to get together and have fun, meet other members of the community, as well as provide a way that local Musicians and Callers can carry on this unique American Folk Art Tradition.

AFMC is always eager to hear from folks who would like to help with this effort.  If you would like to help strengthen your local community by assisting with the growth of these Community Dance Events, then we would like to discuss with you the opportunities that are available.  Just ask one of the members from our Board of Directors.

AFMC Board of Directors
  • 2016-2017 Season
    • Elizabeth
      • President
    • Beth Marie
      • Vice-President
    • Mark
      • Secretary
    • Gordon
      • Treasurer
      • Newsletter
      • Membership
      • Hall Booking
      • Insurance
      • Organization Structure Coordinator
        • Club Name Change / NPO Status
    • Steve
      • Caller Booking
    • Conrad
      • Band Booking
      • Web Publishing
      • Technical Administration
    • Lisa
      • Neophyte Caller Coordinator
    • Myron
      • Member at Large
New Board Members begin serving in July, and serve for one year. Elections by AFMC Members, for the next season, are held in the Spring. Election day is typically the last dance of the Regular Season, which is usually in May. 

Sound Engineer

Richard Houston has been our Sound Engineer since June-2013.  He brings a remarkable wealth of talent and experience as a recording engineer and studio owner (see here).  We feel very fortunate to have him as part of our Southern Oregon Contra Dance events.  If you are scheduled to play at one of our events, Richard will contact you prior to your performance date to ensure that everything your band needs will be ready for you.

Neophyte Callers

Opportunities are available in the SW OR Rogue Valley Region to learn how to call a Contra Dance.  To get more information about contributing to this effort in any way, please Contact Us (by using our web-form), or simply speak to one of the AFMC Board Members the next time you see them.

The AFMC occasionally hosts dances (usually in Summer) where our pool of Neophyte Callers (our developing Caller talent) have an opportunity to call at a regular dance event.  (We sometimes have professional callers at these events as well.)

By adding to the local talent available in the Rogue Valley Region, the AFMC hopes to improve the quality and availability of Contra Dance events in our area.

We greatly appreciate your support of Southern Oregon Contra Dance.

Local Musicians

The AFMC is looking into opportunities to expand the number of Musicians and Bands in the Rogue Valley Region, who are interested in playing any of the styles of music that are commonly played at Contra Dances. If you are interested in contributing to this effort in any way, please let us know.  You can contact us using the information below, or simply speak to one of the AFMC Board Members the next time you see them.

Dance Growth

The AFMC is deeply committed to growing Contra Dance Communities in the Southern Oregon Region.  A key part of that growth is education. the information in the following section is an effort to provide folks with some background regarding the origins of Contra Dancing, as well as what makes a dance work well.

Healthy Dance Growth & Development is largely affected by the following:
  • Caller Education
    • Fostering an environment where Callers (and Potential Callers)  can practice and learn is a big part of our long-term plan.
  • Musician Education & Band Development
    • Providing Music Resources and opportunities for Musicians to practice playing together is another goal of ours.
  • History of Contra Dance Study
    • Understanding the roots of this unique North American Community Event can help us to gain a better appreciation of this wonderful Folk Tradition.