Call of the Loon Contra Weekend

Call of the Loon–April 13-15, 2018

Call of the Loon is THE Midwest Contra Dance weekend extravaganza, featuring live bands, guest callers, workshops, Sunday brunch and more! See the Call of the Loon website for additional information.

Musican Guests

ElixirElixir, hailing from New England,  blends driving fiddle and guitar with the rich texture and rhythmic excitement of a full horn section, deftly weaving brassy riffs and daring solos in and out of traditional Irish, French Canadian and New England tunes. Elegant melodies evolve into raucous dixieland horn riffs; transcendent harmonies, playful improvisations, and rock, swing and reggae-inspired rhythms complement traditional and original tunes.





Contratopia is a contra dance band composed of two musicians from Minnesota and two from northeast Iowa. Erik Sessions (fiddle), Patrice Pakiz (piano, oboe, percussion), Pat O’Loughlin (english concertina and banjo) and John Goodin (mandolin and guitar) began playing together in late 1999 and decided that the rewards of working together outweighed the challenges of geographical separation. Many groups of dancers have enjoyed Contratopia’s unique musical approach at events from Montana to Florida and the band anticipates continuing to share their enthusiasm for jigs, reels and waltzes with dancers for a long time to come.


Lisa Greenleaf

Lisa Greenleaf

Lisa Greenleaf, from central Massachusetts, has been treating dancers across the country to her high spirited, witty calling for many years, and is known for precise walk-throughs of zesty and flowing dances. Whether she is presenting cool contras, hot squares, or focused callers’ workshops, Lisa engages the crowd with her humor and community spirit.



Ted Hodapp

Ted Hodapp

Ted Hodapp has been dancing and teaching New England Contras, traditional and country-dances from England, France, and Scandinavia for nearly 40 years.  He is a co-author of several books of original contra dances, performs with a number of traditional folk-dance groups, and tells really bad jokes.


Friday Night

  • Registration (6:45 pm)
  • Welcome Dance (7:30–11:30 pm)
  • Campfire Gathering at Tapestry (11:30 pm)


  • Coffee and Registration (9 am)
  • Dutch Crossing with Lisa Greenleaf  (9:30–10:45 am)
  • Contra Dance / workshop (11 am–12:30 pm)
  • Lunch break (12:30–2 pm) – order pizza with registration
  • Contra Dance / Workshop (2 –3:30 pm)
  • Contra Dance / workshop (3:45–5 pm)
  • Dinner Break (5–7:30 pm)
  • North Star Ball (8–11:30 pm)
  • Galactic barn Dance with DJ Skweeze and caller, Ted Hodapp (11:45 pm–1 am)


  • Brunch (10–11 am) included in price of weekend
  • Couple’s Dance  (10:30–11:30 am)
  • Singing Around the Campfire (11–11:45 am)
  • Farewell Dance  (11:45 am–2:30 pm)


If you are staying overnight on Sunday, please join us at Tapestry for English country dance (7-9 pm). Cost is $5.


  • Early bird registration: $90 postmarked or purchased online by December 31, 2017
  • Regular rate: $100 from January 1 through March 1
  • Late Registration: $110 after March 1

Student discounts and limited half-price work scholarships are available. Admissions for individual sessions may be available if space allows; watch the Call of the Loon  website for updates.


Because this event attracts many visitors from around the country, lodging is a consideration. Watch the Call of the Loon website for details.

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Photo Credit Pat O'Loughlin

Call of the Loon 2014                                                            – Photo Credit Pat O’Loughlin


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