Contra dance set for June 3 in Peterborough

Published: 05-22-2023 7:04 PM

The Monadnock Folklore Society presents the Peterborough First Saturday Contra Dance Saturday, June 3, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Peterborough Town House, 1 Grove St.

Steve Zakon-Anderson will be the caller, with Sarah-Hadley Yakir on fiddle, Jesse Ball on guitar, mandolin and feet and Sam Zakon-Anderson on piano. Contra dance is a tyle of folk dance which 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., after a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 p.m.

Admission is free in June thanks to a gift, but donations at the door will be accepted. Masks are optional, with gender-neutral calling with "Larks and Robins.”

For information, call 603-547-5831, visit facebook.com/peterboroughcontra or monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.

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