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Catapult showcases undiscovered bands from across the USA. (And beyond?)

If your band has the chops, but hasn’t gotten the exposure you need to get the attention of dance weekend organizers, apply now to let us catapult you into the spotlight of the national contra dance stage.

Minimum qualifications:

Plenty of previous experience knocking the socks off of dancers at your home hall and at (un)reasonably far away dances in your region, and with playing special event dances (e.g., New Year’s Eve, Advanced Dances). Maybe even a few weekend festivals.

Here’s what you would need to commit to doing:
  • Play one 2-hour evening contra dance
  • Play one 1.5-hour daytime contra dance
  • Lead or contribute to at least one 1.5-hour workshop
  • Play with the other Catapult musicians for an ensemble farewell dance
  • Spend the rest of the time dancing, socializing and having a good time
Here’s what you’d get in return:
  • Exposure to a national pool of contra dance festival talent scouts, influencers and decision makers
  • An opportunity to play for a contra dance band’s best marketing channel - dance gypsies from around the country
  • Free entry to the Catapult dance weekend for band members
  • Money (up to a set cap) for travel expenses

The Catapult 2017 Band and Caller application period is now closed.

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What others are saying...
"the chance to dance to 6 bands and 6 callers that will include the big hitters for next year and beyond"

Dave Marcus
Musician, leader, dancer
Atlanta, GA
"Catapult dance weekend idea is great. I wish there had been something like it when I was getting into traveling..."

Nils Fredland
Musician, caller, leader, dancer
Keene, NH