BELFAST — Join Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance, Friday, July 5, for an evening of contra dancing 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 Belfast’s own Chrissy Fowler. A founder and leading light of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series, Fowler called her first dance in 1999. Since then, she has guided people through the steps of contra dances at festivals, schools, dance series, and special events throughout New England.
“She is especially gifted at introducing the joys of traditional dance to the uninitiated in educational, community and professional settings,” said Flying Shoes, in a news release. “Chrissy is committed to building community and sees traditional dancing as a vital means to connect people of all ages and levels of experience.”
Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Chrissy will be:
“For anyone who hasn’t noticed, we are living in a golden age of contra dance bands,” said Shoes. “The current generation of New England dance musicians are gifted enough to captivate concert hall audiences, yet they bring the same musicianship, tradition-rootedness, and contemporary zing to small-town dances like ours.”
This month’s Maine-based feature band is comprised of local favorites — and Maine Fiddle Camp mainstays — Alden Robinson, Glen Loper, and Owen Marshall.
Riptide serves up the Franco-Celtic-American repertoire with a combination of sweetness and energy that is eminently listenable but really must be danced to be believed, according to the release.
Glen Loper—mandolin and tenor banjo
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, and $5 for children.
Bring along a window fan and get $1 off.