BELFAST — Join Belfast Flying Shoes for an evening of contra dancing, Friday, August 2, at American Legion Post 43, in Belfast.
The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m., with a Community Dance called by Chrissy Fowler and with music by the All Comers Band. All musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps.
The Contra Dance begins at 8 p.m.
This month’s caller is Luke Donforth. Based in Burlington, VT, Donforth is a contra dance caller, a choreographer, and a founder of The Mad Robin’s Callers Collective, a group of callers dedicated to improving their own craft and advancing the skills of others. He brings a warm and inviting playfulness to the stage and a mix of classic and new compositions to the dance floor, according to Flying Shoes, in a news release.
Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Donforth will be:
Shandy features Eileen Nicholson Kalfass on fiddle, Rebecca McCallum on fiddle, and Jane Knoeck on piano.
After years of playing together in such bands as the Groovemongers (McCallum and Knoeck) and New Brew (Kalfass and Knoeck), these three dance musicians have come together as a trio. Their wide-ranging repertoire blends musical traditions from Ireland, Quebec, France, New England.
Sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson
Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission to the Contra Dance is $10 for adults, $8 for ages 13 to 20 and adult All Comers musicians, and $5 for children.
Bring along a window fan and get $1 off.