The Contra Dance Band Nova

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough, NH on Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on June 1, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Nova.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling, and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Hailing from New England, Nova is a contra dance band that weaves the sounds of fiddle, accordion, and guitar into a rich tapestry of sound. Nova draws from both traditional repertoire and original compositions to create versatile, high energy and driving dance music. They are fiddler Kathleen Fownes, Everest Witman on guitar and Guillaume Sparrow-Pepin playing accordion.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance on Saturday February 2, 2019

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on February 2, featuring Dugan Murphy calling with the band Riptide.

Riptide features Glen Loper on mandolin, Alden Robinson on fiddle, and Owen Marshall on guitar. The band is based in Maine but travels throughout the U.S. and beyond. Dugan Murphy is a contra dance caller from Portland, ME, currently performing across the U.S. and Canada.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance in Peterborough NH on Saturday, January 5, 2019

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on January 5, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Birl.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

Dance caller Steve Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years. He has performed at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. Steve’s clear teaching, precise calling, and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Music for the dance will be provided by Birl. Birl is a new contra dance band, formed by young musicians who regularly perform at the Monday Night Dance in Nelson, NH.

Accordionist Samuel Foucher of Harrisville was the 2012 recipient of the Johnny Trombly Scholarship, which supports and encourages young musicians interested in playing piano or other instruments for traditional New England dance music.

Multi-instrumentalist Tad Dreis is a singer-songwriter and music teacher based in Keene, NH.

Garrett Cameron is active in the Scottish, Irish, and New England traditional music scene, playing banjo uke and low whistle for contra dances and at various sessions. He also performs on other instruments, playing solo jazz saxophone and bass for dance-funk-rock bands, as well as teaching private music lessons on an array of instruments.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Dancing in Literature: A resource for discovering books, esp. for young people, about dance

If you’ve ever yearned to read a bunch of books about traditional New England social dance to your child or your students, we have a resource for you! Belfast Flying Shoes funded the compilation of “Dancing in Literature: A Partial Bibliography”, with additional support from the Maine Arts Commission. This collection–of fiction and non-fiction books related to all sorts of dance–emphasizes children’s & young adult books that connect to traditional, participatory, social dance & music. Enjoy!

Link to Belfast Flying Shoes Bibliography

Contra Dance in Peterborough NH Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on July 7th, featuring Lisa Sieverts calling with the band Birl.

Birl is a new contra dance band, formed by young musicians who regularly perform at the Monday Night Dance in Nelson, NH.

Accordionist Samuel Foucher of Harrisville was the 2012 recipient of the Johnny Trombly Scholarship, which supports and encourages young musicians interested in playing piano or other instruments for traditional New England dance music.

Multi-instrumentalist Tad Dreis is a singer-songwriter and music teacher based in Keene, NH.

Garrett Cameron is active in the Scottish, Irish, and New England traditional music scene, playing banjo uke and low whistle for contra dances and at various sessions. He also performs on other instruments, playing solo jazz saxophone and bass for dance-funk-rock bands, as well as teaching private music lessons on an array of instruments.

Caller Lisa Sieverts appears regularly at the Nelson Monday Night contra dances and serves on the board of the Monadnock Folklore Society.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed style of folk dance which has flourished in New England since the 1700s. Partners form lines and dance a short sequence of steps with their neighbors. Over the course of the dance, each couple travels the length of the line and dances with every other couple. Dancers are welcome to bring a partner or a group of friends, but it’s not necessary – traditionally, dancers are encouraged to change partners throughout the evening.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.

Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

The dance takes place at the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.