The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on May 4, featuring Dave Eisenstadter calling with Alex Cumming, Carol Bittenson and Len Bittenson.
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 Ledger-Transcript and the Keene Sentinel.
Alex Cumming is a traditional singer and accordionist hailing from Somerset, England who now lives in Boston, MA. Alex has made his mark on the folk scene with his rhythmic danceable accordion style and engaging stage presence. Carol and Len Bittenson are both dynamic fiddlers.
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.
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.