December 26 - 31

(Five Nights & Four Full Days)

CDH is a flexible and affordable annual contra dance week held between Christmas and New Years.  It began in 2003 with the vision of Warren and Terry Doyle after outgrowing Terpsichore's Holiday, of which Warren and his two children, Heather and Forest, were a part of for seven years.  After its humble beginnings, CDH has turned into a national contradance event drawing avid high-energy, skilled dancers of all ages from thirty-five or more states and a few foreign countries each year.

Warren and Terry are proud of their ground-breaking 100% non-punitive refund policy, a flexible registration system, and the fact there has only been two rate increases since the beginning fifteen years ago. The event has been sold-out since 2010, with the 2015 event achieving that status a remarkable 10.5 months ahead of time.

TEN REASONS TO ATTEND THE 'CONTRADANCERS DELIGHT' HOLIDAY

  1. Think globally, but dance domestically.  Help out the Appalachian regional economy.
  2. You don't really want to spend the whole holiday season visiting family do you?
  3. "What good is sitting alone in your room? Come to the Holiday." (sing it)
  4. Even dance gypsies need to settle down in one place for five nights.
  5. All work and no dance make Jack and Diane dull people.
  6. Ski (nordic/alpine); sled; hike; swim;  lounge around; work out in the fitness center.
  7. So you can say you did attend after seeing all those videos the past ten years.
  8. End the year on the right (and left) foot.
  9. We need to pay the musicians and callers. Any surplus goes back into the program for scholarships or to maintain the dance pavilion at the Appalachian Folk School.
  10. Chances are Warren and/or Terry have driven to your dance, now it's time for you to return the favor.

Past CDH Bands

2003 - Lift Ticket / Elftones
2004 - Lift Ticket / Elftones
2005 - Elftones / Morrison Brothers
2006 - Crowfoot / Elftones
2007 - Crowfoot / Elftones
2008 - Crowfoot / Lift Ticket
2009 - Skytones / Contrarians
2010 - Great Bear Trio / Lift Ticket / Elftones / Side Street Steppers
2011 - Great Bear Trio / Perpetual Emotion / Toss the Possum / Side Street Steppers

2012 - Great Bear Trio / Mean Lids / Toss the Possum / Side Street Steppers

2013 - Great Bear Trio / Mean Lids / Toss the Possum / Eddy Sisters

2014 - Great Bear Trio / Perpetual Emotion / Toss the Possum / Eddy Sisters    

2015 - Great Bear Trio / Mean Lids / NorEaster / Toss the Possum / Eddy Sisters

2016 - Lift Ticket / Buddy System / Toss the Possum / Barefoot / Eddy Sisters / Oshima                 Brothers

2017 - Great Bear / Mean Lids / Buddy System / Toss the Possum / Eddy Sisters /                         Oshima Brothers / George Paul / In Tent City
2018 - Mean Lids / Buddy System / Toss the Possum / Eddy Sisters / tbd

Past CDH Callers

2003 - Beth Molaro / Robert Cromartie
2004 - Beth Molaro / Robert Cromartie
2005 - Beth Molaro / Nils Fredland
2006 - Beth Molaro / Nils Fredland
2007 - Beth Molaro / Nils Fredland
2008 - Beth Molaro / Nils Fredland
2009 - Beth Molaro / Nils Fredland
2010 - Beth Molaro / Nils Fredland
2011 - Beth Molaro / Robert Cromartie    

2012 - Beth Molaro / Robert Cromartie

2013 - Beth Molaro / Robert Cromartie

2014 - Beth Molaro / Robert Cromartie

2015 - Beth Molaro / Robert Cromartie / Sarah VanNorstrand

2016 - Beth Molaro  / Dugan Murphy

2017 - Beth Molaro / Will Mentor

2018 - Beth Molaro & TBD