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.

 

Drawing of English Country Dancers

☼ ☼ ☼ English Country Dance on May 20th, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the last in its 2018 series of English Country Dances with the theme “Dance Around Monadnock.”

On May 20th from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, the dance will be held at the Town Hall in Nelson, NH, with Sue Rosen teaching dances that will appeal to all, from novice to experienced dancers.

English Country Dance is a form of social dance that harkens back to the days of Jane Austen and “Pride and Prejudice”, but its roots extend further back in time. Its traditions and innovations continue right up to the present.

Lovely music will be provided by fiddler Mary Lea and pianist Bruce Rosen.

Hauntingly beautiful tunes, elegant yet simple steps, friendly people and beautiful surroundings combine to make an English Country Dance a pleasant and energizing experience. No special clothing is required, but comfortable clothes and soft-soled shoes are recommended.

Beginners and singles are welcome and all dances are taught throughout the session. Admission is $10. For more information call (603) 876-4211 or visit http://www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

Harvey Tolman by William H. Gnade

☼ ☼ ☼ Celebrate 40 Years of Mondays on Saturday April 28th, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society celebrates 40 years of the Monday Night Contra Dance on Saturday, April 28th at the Nelson NH Town Hall. Performers from across the decades will call and play music, including Harvey Tolman, Mary DesRosiers, David Eisenstadter, Roger Treat, Lloyd Carr, Ken Segal and many more.

Back in January of 1978, local resident Peter Temple had the idea to create a friendly, weeknight dance. The dance was held at Clark Hall in Harrisville for the first five years and then moved to the Nelson Town Hall where it’s been ever since.

The dance is well known for its community spirit, volunteer performers, and excellent cookies. Dancers of all ages and backgrounds come from near and far, and visitors are always welcome.

The event begins at 7:00 PM. Admission is $5.

The dance takes place in the historic Town Hall in Nelson, NH at 7 Nelson Common Road. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org.

Photo of Harvey Tolman by William H. Gnade

The four Richards siblings make up the band InTentCity

☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance on May 5th, 2018

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on May 5th, featuring Dereck Kalish calling with the band InTentCity.

Visiting from Careywood, Idaho, InTentCity is four siblings who grew up playing music for contra dances. They are Betsy Richards on fiddle, percussionist David Richards, guitarist Graham Richards and Seth Richards playing bass and piano.

Caller Dereck Kalish specializes in teaching dances that are fun for all, whether brand-new to dancing or a long-time contra dancer.

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.

☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Peterborough

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 3rd, featuring Dave Eisenstadter calling with Alden Robinson, Glen Loper and Dan Faiella.

Contra dance is a fun, easy 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.

Dave Eisenstadter learned to call contra dances at the Nelson, NH, contra dance and now performs around New England. He is also a journalist who began his career writing for the Peterborough NH Ledger-Transcript and the Keene Sentinel.

Alden Robinson learned to play the fiddle as a child growing up in coastal Maine. He studied Irish fiddle in Ireland at University College Cork. For the past few years, he has toured and recorded with The Press Gang, an Irish trad band from Portland.

Raised in southern Maine , Glen Loper has played mandolin for over twenty years. Glen has toured with a number of bands to play dances, weddings, and festivals across the country. Alden and Glen are two-thirds of the band “Riptide.”

Guitarist Dan Faiella has performed at the Capitol Center for the Arts, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, and the New Hampshire Statehouse.

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.

40 Years of the Monday Dance

The Nelson Monday Night Dance turns 40 years old in 2018! Back in January of 1978, Peter Temple had the idea to create a friendly, weeknight dance. The dance was held at Clark Hall in Harrisville for the first five years, and then moved to Nelson where it’s been ever since.

The Monadnock Folklore Society will hold two anniversary parties.

The first will be held on Monday, January 15th. The goal is to recreate those early dances to the extent possible. If you called, played music, or danced at Clark Hall in the late 1970s, please come and tell your friends. This is a regular Monday dance — it will begin at 8 PM and finish at 10:30 PM in the Nelson Town Hall.

The second will be held on Saturday, April 28th. We’ll be celebrating the entire 40 years of the Monday dance.  Plans are taking shape and may include a potluck supper. The location will be the Nelson Town Hall. If you can only come to one of these events, come to this one.

Peterborough Contra Dance Saturday January 6th

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on January 6th, featuring Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller, Samuel Foucher on accordion, Tad Dreis playing guitar and harmonica, Garrett Cameron on whistle and banjo ukulele and Gordon Peery on piano.

Contra dance is a fun, easy 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.

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.

Fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller grew up playing at the Nelson Monday night contra dance. He received the Johnny Trombly scholarship for traditional dance music in 2009 when he was 14 years old. He will be joined by Samuel Foucher on accordion, Garrett Cameron on whistle and banjo-lin, Tad Dreis playing harmonica and guitar and Gordon Peery on piano.

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.