New England Dance Festival

New England Dance Festival

This year New Englands only Country, Ballroom, and WCS event, New England Dance Festival, turns 10! Follow the link for details on who is doing what and when. The one party you have to check out in the Thursday night opening bash with Dean Garish. Dean and I share the same philosophical approach to music. We both listen to a song and ask “Does this song make me want to dance?” first then “Which dance can be done to it?” Lots of DJs jam boring songs down your throat because the meet the technical requirements for a particular dance. With Dean at the helm we will dance ALL night long!

Debby Monk Returns to Longfellows in September!

Keep your calendar open for September 8th as my wife and I will be splitting the duties of the night. She has a bad ass figure to teach and I just found some new music that we have on repeat in our home as we dance through the day.

Saturday, September 8th

8pm WCS Lesson W/DebbyMonk
9pm-? WCS Dance W/DJ Mr. Jonathan
Longfellow’s Club JoEllen
524 Boston Post Rd
Wayland, MA



Sunday August 11th
California Mix Dance
6:30pm Night Club Two-Step Mr. Jonathan
7:00pm  WCS Mr. Jonathan
7:30-11ish DJs Mr. Jonathan

Longfellow’s Club JoEllen
524 Boston Post Rd
Wayland, MA

Tessa, Larry, and Mr. Jonathan Oh My!

Friday, Sept 8th, 2017 (tonight)

Its the  Mr. Jonathan Show at Tessa’s Forte Friday Fun Night. She has come down with a high fever and does not want to infect the dance community. She will be home resting while we swing our butts off! I have a new 32 count pattern cycle that is easy and fun to dance. Plus over these last few years a great new partner passing WCS game, centered around the very patterns you will learn, has surfaced…Be prepared to be dancing (and possibly rolling) in the isles after this one of a kind experience!


Beginner WCS 7:45pm
Intermediate WCS 8:30pm
Social Dancing 9:30pm
Forte Dance
123 Muller Rd.
Burlington, Ma
Saturday, Sept 9th, 2017

8pm Intermediate Lesson W/Larry Mongeau
9pm -12ish General Dancing DJ Larry Mongeau
Longfellow’s Club JoEllen
524 Boston Post Rd
Wayland, MA
Sunday Sept 10th, 2017

6:30 – 7:00 PM Intermediate 2 Step with Mr. J

7:00 -7:30 PM Intermediate WCS with Mr. J

7:30 – 10:30 or 11PM Country Mix Dance with Mr. Jonathan

(Music will be a mix of Country, Ballroom, and WCS until we run out of people!)

$15 any lesson (s) includes dance
$15 Dance only


This Saturday I am DJing and Teaching for NHABDA in Milford, NH

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Milford Town Hall, 1 Union Square, Milford, NH

Take Rt. 101W to exit for Rt. 101-A West (Milford/Keene) OR Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3) to exit 7W (Rt. 101-A West). Follow to oval (center of town) and proceed around the right, but take your first right into the rear of the town hall. Parking is here and easier access for elevator to 3rd floor.

6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Country Two-Step Lesson by Mr. Jonathan
8:45 p.m. Showcase by Students of Anne Fleming’s Studio
7:30 to 11:00 p.m.  General Dancing to Mr. Jonathan, DJ

Singles welcome – dance hosts usually provided. Complimentary ice, coffee and desserts. Water will be available at a nominal fee. You may bring your own beverage and snack, however, alcohol and smoking are not allowed.

Make reservations NOW! Seating limited to 100 attendees.
CALL Betty at (603) 716-6791 (normal business hours) or e-mail to:

Admission:  $12. NHABDA members – $17. Non-members
Become a member at the dance for only $20. for the year and you’ll receive Footnotes, our monthly newsletter.
Late reservations and admissions at the door: $2.00 additional