☼ ☼ ☼ Peterborough Contra Dance | Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough, NH First Saturday Contra Dance on March 2nd. featuring Chloe Levine calling with music from The Gaslight Tinkers.

The dancing begins at 8:00 PM.
Workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM
Admission is on a sliding scale $12-20, $30 family, or pay what you can
Gender-free roles will be used for this evening, Larks and Robins
This is a mask-optional event.
Open music jam 6-7:30 in the lobby

Contra dance is a fun, easy style of folk dance that 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.

Chloe Emma White Levine (she/her) is a Brooklyn-born caller and lifelong dancer currently based in Somerville, MA. In the 10 years since she got started in a teen calling class with Atlanta dance leader Seth Tepfer, she’s traveled throughout the Northeast calling for communities of all shapes and sizes. Now, she’s stoked to be making her Peterborough debut with the iconic Gaslight Tinkers!
African, Caribbean, Funk, Reggae, and Latin grooves meet traditional fiddle music. It’s the genre-bending future of the music of the past.

The Gaslight Tinkers’ blend of global rhythms creates a joyously danceable sound around a core of traditional New England old time and Celtic fiddle music, merging boundless positive energy with melody and song. Since its formation in 2012, the band has lit up the East Coast, the West Coast, and the Caribbean, headlining clubs, dances, and major festivals. Playing what The Valley Advocate describes as “Music that consistently fizzes and pops with unexpected textures and turns,” The Gaslight Tinkers’ shows are packed with delightful surprises, elated crowds, and exuberant musicianship. The sound and energy of I-shea, Clara, Elie, Garrett, and Peter are universally irresistible.


The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603-547-5831 or visit www.facebook.com/peterboroughcontra, or www.monadnockfolk.org.