The original Constitution and By-Laws of CONTRALAB, International Association of Contra Callers was "Adopted and Attested to on June 27, 1987 by consent of the general membership and by unanimous affirmation of the members of the Board of Governors whose signatures appear below."
Walt Cole, Marilyn Jackson, Bill Johnston, Dick Meyers, Glen Nickerson, Tony Parkes, Boyd Rothenberger, Hal Rice, Roger Whynot.
The original Purpose was as follows:
The purpose of the Association shall be to promote and perpetuate the dance form known as Contra-Dance. To achieve this purpose the Association shall:
1. provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, teaching methods, dance choreography and similar activities of interest to the membership.
2. conduct seminars, workshops or classes for the teaching of contra-dancing and the techniques of teaching dancing.
3. disseminate knowledge and information pertaining to contra-dancing. Collect and issue, or publish, pamphlets, books and other publications of interest.
4. publish, four times a year, a newsletter to all members. The newsletter may be published more frequently if desired or necessary.
5. establish a library for the preservation of publications of interest.
6. provide scholarships and grants to deserving contra-dance callers, leaders or dancers.
The association shall also do whatever else is considered appropriate to the continued professional development of CONTRALAB members, and to the encouragement of potential members.
National Square Dance Conventions
Since it was founded, CONTRALAB has participated in the planning and staffing of the Contra Hall at the NSDC.
It has usually organized an Energizer Dance held on the Tuesday or Wednesday preceding the Convention.
It has also regularly held a Wednesday Morning Workshop for Contra Callers.
Its Annual General Meeting is usually held on Wednesday Afternoon.
We have collected the following roster of participating contra callers.
If you know of additional names, please let us know.
(Searched Syllabi from 1990, 1994, 2002, 2004, 2008 - 2019)
Stan and Cathie Burdick,
Calvin and Judy Campbell,
Yona and Al Chock,
Walt and Louise Cole,
Chuck and Polly Crim,
Ted and Mary Cromack,
Donald and Edith Donath,
David and Charlene Frankenfield,
Dave and Ruth Fullaway,
Henry and Barbara Garfath,
Howard and May Donna Gilmore,
Betsy and Roy Gotta,
Jerry and Kathy Helt,
Chuck and Chris Hicks,
Bob and Phyllis Howell,
Jim and Doris Howatt,
Chuck and Becky Jaworski,
Ray and Bobbie Kauffman,
Pat and Bob Kelm,
Grant and Ann Logan,
Fred and Minnie Martin,
Paul and Mary Moore,
Glen and Judy Morningstar Jr.,
Susan and Larry Morris,
Eva and Tom Murray,
Tony and Beth Parkes,
David and Donna Peterson,
Eddie and Sally Ramsey,
Robert and Lisa Rollins,
Stew and Kathie Shacklette,
Gordon and Joan Smith,
Jeff and Cathy Smith,
Stan and Rosemarie Swanson,
Jim and Ann Wass,
Dottie and Gary Welch,
Wayne and Luzia Weston,
The Contralab Quarterly Editors
Jim and Doris Howatt
Paul and Mary Moore
Jeff and Cathy Smith
Pat and Bob Kelm
Lissa Bengtson, Duane Olson, Dottie Welch, Mo Wilkins
Here is a summary of the ideas discussed during our “vision” session held during the Oklahoma City Contralab workshop on June 26, 2013.
It was generally agreed that CONTRALAB was formed to promote contra dancing for square dancers.
The target membership has been contra leaders who square dance.
Modern Square Dancing is struggling with declining membership. Many believe that one of the problems is the class time required before a dancer can fully participate in the square dance world.
Contra dancing, on the other hand, generally welcomes new dancers at every event and has a relatively small vocabulary of calls. Contra dancing can be an entry level dance provider and we should be encouraging the square dance world to make more use of this.
At this time, several of our active members call contras for dancers who do not square dance. Seeing the benefits of both worlds, we all expressed the desire to strengthen the links between the square dance and the contra dance world.