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.