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Contra Dance at Peterborough Town House 


Thursday, May 24, 2018

The First Saturday contra dance on June 2 in Peterborough will feature Steve Zakon-Anderson calling with the band Polaris.

Zakon-Anderson has been leading contra dances for over 25 years, performing at dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Florida. His clear teaching, precise calling and sense of humor have made him a favorite of dancers of all ages and abilities.

Polaris is a band of teen musicians who grew up with contra dance music. They have been playing at local dances to great acclaim since 2016. The members are Rose Jackson and Marta Bartholomew on fiddles, Jesse Ball on guitar, accordion and feet, and Sam Zakon-Anderson on piano.

Contra dance is a fun, relaxed 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.

The dancing begins at 8 p.m. at the Town House. Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.

A free jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 p.m.

The dance is sponsored by the Monadnock Folklore Society, which has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982. For more information call 762-0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org.