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Friday, 2/28/20 through Sunday, 3/1/20

Location: American Legion Hall, 2731 Thomas Drive , Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Chance Dance Guarantee: If we have snow or ice, call John or Kathy Coffman at (573) 334-4706 to see if the dance has been cancelled. If you have snow or ice along your route, you may need to cancel. Either way, we will refund your money.

Two Brunches and a Potluck Dinner: We plan to serve a no-cook brunch on Saturday morning and Sunday morning. We also plan to have a potluck dinner on Saturday evening.

Contra Dance Help: We will ask your help (probably about 1 hour per person) with tasks such as moving tables and setting up and cleaning up the meals.

Chance Dance Questions: Contact John or Kathy Coffman at (573) 334-4706

Bands: Euphor will send a shiver down your spine! They perform both traditional and new music, and the write much of their own material. Get ready to hear a mix of kickin' old-time and new music, including a bunch of gorgeous, swelling, minor tunes with a chuggin feel. Euphor consistently surprises dancers with the beauty and power of their music. They feature Tom Turino on banjo, vocals and fiddle, Matt Turino on fiddle, Michael Valliant on bass, and Sam Payne on guitar. Tom and Matt Turino write much of the band's music. Hot Coffee Breakdown is a five star contra dance band from Louisville, KY, that incorporates traditional New England and old-time dance tunes and originals, infused with rock, jazz and Latin rhythms to create exciting and varied dance sounds. The band features Tom Cunningham on fiddle, Kate Sanders on keyboard, and Luis deLeon on percussion.

Contra Dance Open Calling: Bring your calling cards. We plan to have a callers' discussion during the Sunday morning brunch.

More Contra Dancing: Dance in St. Louis Sunday evening from 7 - 10 p. Google "Childgrove Country Dancers" or go to for directions and details.

Planned Schedule:

7:30p to 11p: Contra Dance to Euphor

10:00a to 11:00a: No Cook Brunch
11:30a to 12:30p: Waltz and Cajun to Euphor
1p to 4:30p: Contra Dance to Hot Coffee Breakdown
5p to 6:00p: Potluck
7p to 10p Contra Dance to Euphor

9:30a to 10:30a: No Cook Brunch
9:30a to 10:30a: Callers' Discussion
11a to 2p Contra Dance to Euphor

Chance Dance 2020 Location: American Legion Hall, 2731 Thomas Drive, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Some Inexpensive Hotels:

  • Recommended Hotel: Comfort Suites [ 2904 Old Orchard Rd, Jackson, MO 63755 ph 573-204-0014 “” 3.5 miles from dance; Call 573-204-0014 to make a reservation before 2/20/2020 and mention “Chance Dance” to receive the special (before tax) rate of $70 for up to 6 people/room. Hotel opened in March 2009, and features huge rooms, two queen beds, a sofa that pulls out into a bed, free hot breakfast, free local calls, free HBO; hotel is 100% smoke free, has indoor pool, etc. – VERY NICE
  • Super 8 Motel, 2011 N. Kingshighway (573) 339-0808
  • Town House Inn, 505 N Kingshighway (573) 335-2700
  • Holiday Lodge Motel, 1918 N. Kingshighway 573-651-4698
  • Directions from St. Louis: [Total distance from St. Louis is about 115 miles.] Take I-55 South (about 105 miles) to exit 99. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left (Southeast) on US 61 (Be careful turning left; US 61 is a divided highway. As you enter Cape Girardeau, US 61 becomes Kingshighway). Travel about 2.8 miles on US 61 until you reach Thomas Drive on the right side of the road. (Thomas Drive is a small, "easy to miss," street; it is across the street from the Budget Inn.). Turn right (West) on Thomas Drive. Travel about 500 feet until you see the American Legion Hall on the left. It is a fairly large building with beige metal siding.

    Directions from Memphis: [Total distance from Memphis is about 173 miles.] Take I-55 North (about 162 miles) to exit 96. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right (East) onto Route K (William Street). Travel East on William Street for about 1.5 miles until you reach US 61 (MO 34, S.Kingshighway) Turn left (North) on US 61 (S. Kingshighway). Travel North about 1.9 miles on US 61 (S. Kingshighway) until you reach Thomas Drive on the left side of the road. (Thomas Drive is a small, "easy to miss," street; it is across the street from the Budget Inn, just before you reach the Budget Inn.). Turn left (West) on Thomas Drive. Travel about 500 feet until you see the American Legion Hall on the left. It is a fairly large building with beige metal siding.

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    Take advantage of early registration prices and our money back guarantee for inclement weather. We will send you a confirming e-mail when we receive your registration.

    Name(s): _________________________________

    Address: ___________________________________________________

    City, State, Zip: __________________________________________________

    Phone: _______________________________

    E-Mail Address: __________________________________________________

    Entire Weekend (postmarked on or before 2/22/20): $50 X ________ = $________

    Entire Weekend (postmarked after 2/22/20): $60 X ________ = $________

    *Saturday Only (All Day): $40 X ________ = $________

    *Individual Session (please specify) Fri eve, Sat afternoon, Sat eve, Sunday : $20 X ________ = $________

    *All sessions include meals for that day Total Enclosed: $____________

    Students 1/2 price

    Make checks payable to: Cape Friends of Traditional Music and Dance

    C/O John Coffman
    656 Highland Drive
    Cape Girardeau, MO 63701-4727

    Chance Dance Housing: Requests for (sleeping bag) space will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited, so make your request early. Please submit housing requests with your registration, postmarked on or before 2/22/20. I request sleeping bag space for ________ number of dancers. (Bring an air mattress or mat.) Please indicate special needs, such as smoking, allergies, etc.:

    Special Needs: ________________________________________________________________________


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