Belfast Flying Shoes will hold its next monthly contra dance Friday, June 5, at the American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St. The featured band is Raz de Marée. David Smukler will call, and Stuart Kenney provides sound.

The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by Fowler with music by the All-Comers Band; all musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps.

The contra dance will run from 8 to about 11 p.m. The popular and accomplished Smukler has been active on the dance circuit in the Northeast for more than 30 years. He also is a traditional dance scholar and writer; and a prolific creator of new dances.

With a repertoire grounded in traditional Québécois dance tunes and band members from Quebec, Acadia and Massachusetts, Raz de Marée (Tidal Wave) celebrates a cultural and musical heritage that links New England, Quebec and the Canadian Maritimes. However, the band’s energy and musicianship will make clear that this is a dance, not a diplomatic mission. Éric Favreau is widely considered one of the foremost Québécois fiddlers of his generation. Sabin Jacques supplies north-of-the-border flavor on accordion, bones and foot percussion. Pianist Rachel Aucoin combines classical technique with a thorough understanding of traditional forms (Aucoin and Jacques are cofounders of Maréemusique, an organization devoted to sustaining and promoting Québécois music and dance). Stuart Kenney provides rhythmic drive on the stand-up bass and with a distinctive northern-style technique on the five-string banjo.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the contra, the price is $10 for those older than 20; $7 age 13 to 20, as well as adult All-Comers; and $4 for children. Those who bring along a window fan get $1 off. For more information, call 338-0979; email; or visit and the series Facebook page.

Belfast Flying Shoes is an affiliate of the Country Dance & Song Society and an official destination in the CDSS Passport to Joy program; bring your CDSS passport to the dance for a Flying Shoes stamp.

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