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☼ ☼ ☼ Contra Dance | Peterborough
February 3 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm$10
The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on February 3rd, featuring Will Mentor calling with the band Anadama.
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.
Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. When he’s not calling contra and square dances, he teaches art for Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, VT.
Anadama, a Boston-based contra dance band, is Amelia Mason (fiddle), Emily Troll (accordion), and Bethany Waickman (guitar). The trio finds its roots in the traditional music of New England, Ireland, and Quebec. Infusing old and new tunes alike with a distinctly modern kick, it is dynamic, earthy music.
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.