BELFAST — Join Belfast Flying Shoes for an evening of contra dancing, Friday, September 6, 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 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.
Fowler is committed to building community and sees traditional dancing as a vital means to connect people of all ages and levels of experience, according to Shoes.
Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Fowler will be:
Cedar Stanistreet, Jonathan Cannon, and Ness Smith-Savedoff
Stanistreet and Smith-Savedoffare play with a variety of bands such as Cloud Ten, Nor'easter, Nova, and Gallimaufry.
Cannon is a multi-talented musician, teacher, and organizer steeped in both Klezmer and contra dance traditions (as well as computational neuroscience and game design). Together they create a vivid blend of musical styles, weaving melodies, harmonies, and rhythmic riffs to propel the dance.
Cedar Stanistreet — fiddle
Jonathan Cannon — fiddle and guitar
Ness Smith-Savedoff — percussion
Sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson
Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children.
Admission to the Contradance 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.