All-contra weekend in Belfast

Sep 27, 2012
Lissa Schneckenburger

Belfast — The Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance series continues Friday, Oct. 5 at the American Legion Hall Post No. 43, at 143 Church St. Music will be provided by Lissa Schneckenburger and Bethany Waickman with Glen Loper, who also will play for a workshop Sunday, Oct. 7.

First Friday Belfast Flying Shoes

Friday evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by caller Chrissy Fowler of Belfast and music by the All-Comers Band, led by Tom Fowler, Phyllis Buchanan and Jennifer Armstrong. Fun and simple dances will be taught, and both beginner and experienced dancers are encouraged to brush up on and learn new skills. All musicians are welcome to sit in.

The main contra dance will begin at 8 p.m., with Fowler calling. World-class fiddler and singer Schneckenburger is a master of moods, a winsome, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new. And as far as callers go, musician Sam Bartlett has said that among the hundreds going up to the mic to lead a group in one of out cherished contra dances, very few can match Fowler.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the main dance, the price is $10 for adults (older than 20); $7 for those age 13 to 20, as well as adult All-Comers; and $4 for children. As always, anyone who brings a box fan for the windows gets a dollar discount. For more information, call Fowler at 338-0979 or visit belfastflyingshoes.org.

Contra dance workshop Sunday

Two days after the monthly visitation of the Belfast Flying Shoes Dance Series, the contra continuum progresses with a workshop and dance at the Belfast Dance Studio, 109 High St.

The free workshop will run from Sunday, Oct. 7 from 4 to 5 p.m., offering insider tips, “Money Musk” secrets and more. The dance will start at 7 p.m., with calling by Fowler. Admission will be $10, $7 younger than 21. Schneckenburger, Waickman and Loper’s repertoire will range from favorite chestnuts to modern contras.

For more information, call 338-0979 or send email to ktaadn_me@hotmail.com or Alexander.mann@maine.gov.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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