The Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance series continues Friday, Sept. 7 at the American Legion Hall Post No. 43, 143 Church St. The evening will begins at 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by caller Chrissy Fowler of Belfast with 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 music by the band Crowfoot (Jaige Trudel, fiddle; Nicholas Williams, flute and accordion; Adam Broome, guitar) and calling by Nils Fredland from New Hampshire. Crowfoot weaves musical influences from England, Ireland, Quebec, and the Appalachian Mountains into a captivating fusion that delights dancers and listeners alike. They have gained a reputation both on the concert stage and on the contra dance circuit for their trance-like grooves, subtle interplay and unstoppable energy.

Fredland has been making music, leading dances and bringing people together for 20 years as a teacher; singer and song leader; trombonist; contra, square and community dance caller; story teller; and workshop leader. Sharing his infectious energy with dancers and singers of all ages and levels of ability, coast to coast and beyond, nearly every weekend he is one of the busiest and most sought-after artists in the field of traditional music and dance.

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

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