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Dance Benefit for Green Sangha
August 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Have a ball while supporting Green Sangha’s programs of awakened action! Contra dance combines live music, exercise, and social interaction in ways that are fun and creative. If you can walk, if you can turn around, you can do contra dancing and have a great time.
Music: John Caulfield, Irish fiddle & mandolin; Kyle Thayer, guitar & fiddle
Caller: Stuart Moody
Tickets: $5 youth; $10 young at heart; $15 dancing donor; $20 musical angel; $25 bodhisattva
“Americans have contra danced since the Revolutionary period. They combined ideas from French and English country dancing, with their own Yankee ways of having fun, and came up with contra dancing. It is a social dance akin to square dancing that has retained its simple, open, community-oriented spirit . . . . With a little courage, a sense of adventure, and a spirit of community energy, you too can be enjoying this traditional social activity. You do not need to know how to dance, nor do you need to bring a partner. All dances will be taught and prompted by a caller with a live, acoustic band.”
— Rob Craighurst, caller from Charlottesville, VA
See what contra dancing looks like in action: the Florida Snow Ball.
Plus: here’s a video of young Irish dancers gloriously performing — with steps unlike anything we will do in contra, but showing John Caulfield’s steady hand on the bow.