Dance unites students from SMS, Dublin

Last modified: 9/16/2013 6:41:08 PM
PETERBOROUGH — The sounds of twin fiddles and an accordion filled the South Meadow School gymnasium Friday morning, as the school’s fifth-graders, joined by their peers from the Dublin Consolidated School’s fifth-grade, celebrated the end of a week-long session of workshops with a lively round of contra dancing.

Fiddler and caller David Kaynor of Montague, Mass., accompanied by Harrisville siblings Sarah Foucher on fiddle and Samuel Foucher on accordion and keyboards, led the students thorough a series of dances they had learned during the week. After a quick run-through of steps, Kaynor was usually able to step back from the mike and focus on his music, coming forward for reminders as needed but mostly watching closely as the students wove through the dance patterns.

“With the knowledge you have, you could go to the dances in Nelson or the Peterborough Town House and have fun,” Kaynor told the students during a break between dances. “Ask your parents; they’d love it.”

The dance was an integral part of moving up day for the kids from Dublin, who unlike other ConVal district students attend fifth grade in their hometown elementary school. But next year they’ll be heading to South Meadow, and the day was intended to let them meet future classmates and teachers and get a feeling for the larger school.

“They get to spend the whole day here,” said South Meadow industrial arts teacher Dwain Hammett, who has been organizing the contra dance workshops for several years. “They get a sense of the school and maybe make some friends.”

Dublin Consolidated School Principal May Clark, who teaches the Dublin fifth-graders, danced every tune with her students. She said Kaynor’s workshops had been very popular during the week and it was great for her class to spend the day at the middle school.

“They get to see what’s going on here,” Clark said. “They’re with the kids and the teachers they are going to see next year and we all really enjoyed the dancing.”

Dave Anderson can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 233 or He’s on Twitter at @DaveAndersonMLT.


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