Collecting Effervescence

4pm Contradance
Munson Library, Amherst
Caller: Liz Nelson, Band: Crossover
Preregistration encouraged!

Optional: 6:30-8:00pm
Dinner and Steph’s Show & Tell!
Live streaming in American Sign Language and English


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We’re hosting the first bilingual ASL-English Contra Dance in Massachusetts so that Deaf people can join this fun dance experience. This dance is gender-free. Optional catered dinner and a “Show & Tell” stand up by Steph follow the dancing.

Order the limited edtion chapbook of Steph’s Show and Tell presentation, Communicating A Future.

COVID & Access Policy: N-95 series or similar masks required during dancing. ASL Interpreters and Performers will be unmasked with day of rapid test for Deaf communication accessibility.

Dance Caller: Liz Nelson
Dance Caller: Liz Nelson
“I am so excited and honored to be a part of such a unique opportunity, as I have always believed that dancing and music should be (and can be!) accessible to all who wish to enjoy it. Many folk dance communities in Western MA have been leaders of safe, welcoming, and inclusive practices for years, and this event will be another step towards creating and strengthening universal joy and connection.”

Band: C R O S S O V E R are Alex Cumming (Accordion/Piano/Feet), Carol Bittenson (Fiddle) and Len Bittenson (Fiddle, Viola, Recorders). We play for Contra, English Country Dances and Ceilidhs across New England and beyond. With Carol’s driving New England fiddle style, Len’s magical viola & recorders, Alex’s robust and rhythmic backing and the magic ingredient of family, you are in for an exciting and very danceable few hours of music.


Catering by Wheelhouse: connecting people with food, place and time, with sourcing from local farms.

If you want the food, please register before May 6!


We’re asking those who are able to contribute what they can to defray the costs of the event and help folks attend who otherwise couldn’t afford to.

Please help make this event accessible and refrain from wearing scented products.