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.