☼ ☼ ☼ 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.