Richmond has one of the best contra dance weekends in the Mid-Atlantic: world-class bands and callers, great dancing, Southern hospitality and lots of things to do and see in our city. There’s a reason we sell out frequently, so register today!
The Springforth Ball
P.O. Box 15897
Richmond, VA 23227-5897
Registrations will be accepted in the order received while maintaining gender balance. Full registration includes the Friday night dance, all Saturday workshops, Saturday night dance, and Sunday brunch, concert and dance.
Partial registrations are available only if space permits.
Confirmation of registration with directions will be sent via email if an email address is provided. If you do not have email or prefer a hard copy confirmation please include a self-addressed, self-stamped envelope with your registration.
A waiting list and approximate gender balance will be maintained. Please notify us if you need to cancel so your reservation can be given to someone else. If you are on a waiting list your check will be held.
If your cancellation is received on or before March 7, 2017, your registration will be refunded minus a $10 fee. After March 7, refunds will be given only if the weekend is sold out.
Walk-throughs and teaching will be minimal for the main event contra dances. Although the weekend is more appropriate for experienced dancers, all are welcome.
Child care is available during all scheduled dance activities (but not during meals). There are five sessions: Friday night, Saturday morning workshops, Saturday afternoon workshops, Saturday night dance, Sunday concert and dance. The fee is $12 per session per family. So two children for all three Saturday sessions would be $36 total. Deadline for child care requests is March 7. If registering by mail please indicate which sessions you are requesting child care, how many children and their ages, and then add $12 per session per family to one check.
The Lewis Ginter Recreation Center is located at 3421 Hawthorne Ave in Richmond. It is in the Ginter Park Historic District at the corner of Walton. It was built as a public school at the turn of the 20th century and has wooden floors that are great for dancing. All dances, workshops and meals are held in the center. Ample, free, all-day parking is available on all nearby streets sometimes only on one side, but do not block the driveways of our residential neighbors even slightly or you will be ticketed.
The City of Richmond
Richmond keeps popping up on lists of the top travel destinations:
- Frommer’s Top (Worldwide) Destinations for 2014
- One of National Geographic’s Top (Worldwide) Destinations for Food in 2016
- American Express Travel’s #1 (U.S.) Summer Destination
- Travel + Leisure’s #3 (Worldwide) Destination for 2016
- One of U.S. News & World Report’s 8 (Worldwide) Under-the-Radar Foodie Cities
- Colman Andrew’s Next Great American Food City
- Outside Magazine’s Best River Town in America.
But all that praise is no surprise to Richmonders who have long known of our city’s under rated charm. Explore our museums and historic sites, discover the beautiful James River and local parks, walk and shop unique shops in Carytown, sample craft beers from one of Richmond’s 13 breweries or get them or Virginia wine at nearly any local restaurant in town, especially in the Fan, Grace St, Carytown and Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom. Ask us if there’s anything more you want to know. You’ll almost wish there wasn’t so much great contra!
Housing and Hotels
Housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If available it will be confirmed before the weekend with assignments posted Friday evening. If you wish to stay in a hotel, we recommend:
- HI Hostel (3.3 miles away, downtown. $30-35/person for dorms, $90-100/private room) opened in 2015 in repurposed old brick building, 7 N. 2nd St.
- Alpine Motel (2.9 miles away, $55/night) Independent, clean, good service at reasonable price, 804-261-7981, 7009 Brook Rd.
- Econo Lodge (4.3 miles away, $51-60/night) National chain, clean, good service at reasonable price. 8350 Brook Rd. I-95 Exit 83
- Sleep Inn (4 miles away $84-105/night) Newest National chain hotel at this price point. 950 E. Parham Rd. I-95 Exit 83.
- Quirk Hotel (2.8 miles away, downtown. $233+/night) Brand new, charming, upscale, modern, locally-owned, if you’re going to splurge, this hotel has attracted worldwide attention.
Richmond also has many major national chains at a variety of price points both downtown and near the Interstates. People are generally satisfied with most of these options, but your distance may vary. We encourage you to check online reviews. Richmond weekend traffic congestion is not a problem even if you choose to stay 4-5 miles away. Yes, there are a number of run-down motels on Chamberlayne and Azalea Avenues as well as the Chamberlayne and Lombardy area that we strongly recommend against even though they may be slightly closer to the dance hall and cheaper than other places. If you are looking for a low price point, look for deals from a national chain or consider one of the recommendations above.
The Sunday Brunch is included with full registration or the Sunday only! This includes freshly cooked waffles with fresh fruit, assorted breakfast delicacies, coffee, tea and juices. Complementary snacks will be available throughout the weekend. Saturday lunch is optional for $10 per person, either vegetarian or omnivore.
Saturday dinner is a potluck: local attendees are encouraged to provide main courses and out of town guests side dishes. Dishes should be for 6-8 people. If you have a favorite dish please bring it to share, otherwise consider using the following guidelines: last names A-J please bring a fruit, salad or dessert; K-Z please bring a pasta, grain or vegetable dish. Bread, garden salad and drinks will be provided. If you want to attend the dinner but don’t want to bring a dish please add an extra $10 per person to your registration and we will purchase extra food for you.
If you want to eat out at a restaurant, of which there are many great options, ask an organizer at the dance for a recommendation. Carytown has 34 local, independent restaurants within its 8 blocks. There is also a Kroger grocery store 2.1 miles away at 901 N. Lombardy.
For the sake of our attendees who may have a reaction, please refrain from wearing fragrances to the dances.
Please help protect our floors: wear soft-soled shoes.