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Chance Dance Registration:

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 2/23/18): $50 X ________ = $________

Entire Weekend (postmarked after 2/23/18): $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

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 2/20/18. 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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CHANCE DANCE CONTRA DANCE: Friday, 3/2/18 through Sunday, 3/4/18

American Legion Hall, 2731 Thomas Drive , Cape Girardeau, Missouri 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.

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: The Mean Lids are amazing. These inventive, gifted musicians write most of their own material, and offer a unique sound you will never forget. And they continue to create and evolve. Miriam Larson plays flute, jaw harp, kazoo, and more; Ben Smith plays fiddle, baritone fiddle, banjo, and whistles; and Mat Turino plays fiddle, guitar, and feet percussion. And he eats his vegetables. Meadowhawk (Amanda Ramey: fiddle, Claire Johnson: fiddle, Matt Turino: guitar) composes original music and likes to play traditional tunes in untraditional ways. Drawing from a wide range of styles, their twin fiddle harmonies and driving rhythm guitar are sure to bring something new to your dance experience. The Bruce Zimmerman Band is phenomenal. Bruce is widely regarded as the best blues man between St. Louis and Memphis. He has played with blues legends, such as Skunk Baxter, Rufas Thomas, Snooky Pryor, Big Larry Williams, Narvel Felts and Lee Oscar. And Bruce has opened for Buddy Guy, Rare Earth, Grass Roots, Black Oak Arkansas, Sawyer Brown, Asleep at the Wheel, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Leon Russel, and others. And Bruce is a prolific composer. See Bruce's website.

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 the Mean Lids
11:15 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.: Contra Dance to Meadowhawk

10a to 11:00a: No Cook Brunch
11:30a to 12:20p: Waltz and Swing to The Mean Lids
1p to 4:30p: Contra Dance to Meadowhawk
5p to 6:00p: Potluck
7p to 10p Contra Dance to the Mean Lids
10:15p to 12:a.m.: Blues and Swing with the Bruce Zimmerman Band

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

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 2/21/2018 and mention “Chance Dance” to receive the special (before tax) rate of $65 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 and hot tub, 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.