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 Friends of 
Old-Time Music and Dance

formerly Birmingham Country Dance Society

The Birmingham Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance holds dances on the second Saturday of  each month at the YWCA in downtown Birmingham and on 4th Sunday afternoons (except May-August).  Admission: $8 ($6 for members and students), $3 for children ages 3-15.  Saturday night dances begin with warm-ups and teaching at 7:30 p.m. and the music starts at 8 p.m. Sunday dances start at 4 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. For more info call 205-822-0505.

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Upcoming Dances 

Saturday, January 10, 2009: Peavine Creek with Doug Singleton, caller

Saturday, January 17:  Dance Across Alabama at the Birmingham/Jefferson County Civic Center.  

Sunday, January 25: Flying Jenny with caller Becca Impello.
Flying Jenny of Birmingham is Jim and Joyce Cauthen, Duncan Blair, Charlie Hunter and Rachel Turner.  Becca Impello is a fine caller from Birmingham.

Saturday, February 14: The Yahoos, caller Janet Shepherd
The Yahoos are Carter and Joanna Laney, Charlie Hunter, Lee Sproull and Doug Davis. Janet Shepherd is a really fun caller from Atlanta

Sunday, February 22: Fiddling in the Parlor with caller Gary Nelson
Enjoy the Celtic-tinged music of Kenny and Suzi Spencer (fiddle and keyboard) and  caller Gary Nelson who developed  his calling  chops in Asheville, N.C.

Saturday, March 14: The MegaHurts with caller Becca Impello 

Sunday Afternoon, March 22: Ed and Elsie with caller Archie Faulkner

Saturday Evening, April 11:  Hill Country Hemhaw with caller Frederick Park

Sunday Afternoon, April 26: The Yahoos with caller Jef Hodge 

Saturday Evening, May 9:  Full Moon Consort with Seth Tepfer

Saturday Evening, June 13: Red Mountain with Rob Harper

Saturday Evening, July 11: Herb Trotman Band with caller Vicki Herndon

Saturday Evening, August 8: Just Add Water with caller Robbin Shaffer

Saturday Evening, September 12: Oat Cake  

Sunday Afternoon, September 27: Red Mountain with caller Chrissy Davis-Camp

Saturday Evening, October 10: Stephanie and the Big Jims with caller Bob Dalsemer

Sunday Afternoon, October 25: Herb Trotman Band with caller Vicki Herndon

Saturday Evening, November 14: The Yahoos

Saturday Evening, November 28 (Turkey Trot): Full Moon Consort

Saturday Evening, December 31 (New Year's Eve): Footcape with caller Susan Davis


Visit our Archives to see who has played and called at Footmad Dances since 2001 

You also may dance in Tuscaloosa on the 4th Saturday of each month.   For info about the Tuscaloosa dances go to

Membership:  This entitles you to the Birmingham Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance newsletter and dance discount.  It costs $10 ($15 for a family).  Join at a dance or send your name, address, phone number and e-mail address to 2169 Shadybrook Lane, Birmingham 35226.  Make your check payable to Birmingham FOOTMAD.

E-mail List: FOOTMAD sends out late-breaking news, announcements of concerts and reminders of dances by e-mail.  It is a secure list and will not increase the amount of spam you get.  Sign up below (it's easy).

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To change your e-mail address:  Add your new address per the above procedure.  Remove your old address by finding a Footmad email that went to the old address and clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.  It does not matter in which order you perform these steps.

Questions?  Call 205-822-0505 or e-mail us.


All Saturday night dances  are held at the YWCA: From I-59/20 take the 22nd Street Exit.  22nd is one-way in the direction you want to go.  Stay on it until you get to 3rd Avenue North.  Turn left and go one block.  The YWCA is on the corner of 23rd and 3rd and the parking lot is beside it on 3rd.  We have a friendly security guard in that lot.

From 280 or the Red Mt. Expressway, take the 2nd Avenue North exit.   Stay on 2nd until you get to 23rd Street North.  Turn Right.  Go one block and you will see the YWCA.  Turn right on 3rd and park in the lot beside the Y.

Some Footmad events are  held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens:  From Highway 280 follow the directions to the Zoo.  When you exit to go to the zoo, you will end up at an intersection in Mountain Brook Village.  You'll turn left, then bear left at the very next traffic light to get on Lane Park. The Botanical Gardens will be on your left.  Drive to the entrance, park in one of the lots and go into the large building which houses the gift shop, auditorium, etc.

Other Dance Web Sites:

Tuscaloosa Dances:

Festival and Dance Sites:

North Alabama Country Dance Society:

Nashville Country Dancers:  http: //

Contra Dance in the Southeast: