Who we are
Dance Spree is one of the oldest freestyle boogies in the Northeast. We are a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization committed to offering each of us the opportunity to free our bodies and minds from the pressures of civilization.
We dance barefoot or in socks, with or without a partner, however we want; no audience or instructor exists to evaluate or correct us. This freedom to express oneself physically is parallelled in few other disciplines and is a limitless, intangible freedom that cannot be prescribed by any lawyer or Constitutional amendment.
We welcome all ages, gender identities, spiritualities, and cultures in our community and on the floor. Because bodies were born to move, we believe that Dance Spree is for everyone - if you aren't sure, first-timers are welcome to try it for up to 30 minutes at no charge.
DANCE CONTACT: (413)658-7011
jasper (insert @ if you're human) dancespree.org
What we do
Dance Spree is hosted by the School for Contemporary Dance & Thought (www.scdtnoho.com), located at 25 Main Street in downtown Northampton, MA (MAP). We operate every Friday night except for the first Friday of each month, normally from 9pm-midnight.
We are a substance-free and chemical-free dance. This means that alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping, and all mind/body-altering drugs, legal and illegal, are not allowed to be used or possessed at our dance and that you may not attend if you are under the influence of these substances. While we cannot legally prohibit the possession or use of prescription medications, we ask that you use maximum discretion and take them out of sight if you are required to do so during the dance. Finally, unnatural and chemical fragrances, conditioners, and body products are expressly prohibited from Dance Spree.
In addition to facilitating the free movement of bodies, we also raise money for the Standing Rock Water Protector Legal Defense Fund. To learn more about how lawyers are stepping up to help the people who have been arrested while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, go to www.waterprotectorlegal.org. Please consider donating when you attend our dances. If you wish to donate even when you do not attend, you may do so by credit card on their website.
Our location is bus accessible during the school year (Sept-Dec & Feb-May) from UMass, Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke colleges as well as other areas in Amherst, Hadley, and Sunderland. For more information on local public transportation visit www.pvta.com. Regrettably, due to historic building constraints, Dance Spree is not handicapped accessible, except on a few special nights as advertised.
The dance community
OTHER LOCAL DANCES
Dance Spirit - Sundays 10am-noon, 253 Prospect St Northampton
Bioluminosity - 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 7:45-9:45pm, 20 Dickinson St Amherst
Mandala Dance - Occasionally on Saturdays, 7:30-10:30pm, 83 Baker Rd Shutesbury
Drum and Dance Northampton, now a project of Dance Spree
Drum & Dance Concord - 3rd Saturdays, 7:30-10:30pm, 58 Monument Sq Concord
DANCE NEW ENGLAND
Dance Spree is a member dance of Dance New England, a fully staffed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that hosts an annual 10-day all-ages summer Camp and has aspirations to create intentional community through buying land and other ventures. Dance New England operates by consensus governance and was originally formed around 40 years ago by a joining of forces of the four member dances: Dance Spree, Dance Friday, Freestyle Frolic, and Barefoot Boogie.
Social Media Links
Dance Spree community email list: click here to join for Gmail users;
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Dance Spree/Drum & Dance event announcements mailing list:
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