The ButterBall is a really wonderful twelve-hour contradance that’s held in northeast Philadelphia on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year’s schedule had Rick Mohr calling with the band Rumpus, Susan Taylor calling with the Avant Gardeners, Beth Molaro calling with Giant Robot Dance (see the first video below), and George Marshall calling with the Clayfoot Strutters. Between bands, there’s waltzing (see the second video).
It’s tiring, yes. And it’s a lot of fun!
Update, 8:30 p.m.: Ha! I just phoned Mum, and it turns out that the building we danced in is just a few blocks from where she lived when she was a teenager. Who’d have imagined?