Boston-based contra dance band Anadama will play the August evening of Belfast Flying Shoes Friday, Aug. 7, at American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St. Belfast’s own Chrissy Fowler will call, and Glen Loper handles 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.

Fowler, a founder and leading light of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series, also spreads the joy of contra dancing at schools, community gatherings and private events. With wit and good cheer, she keeps things spicy enough for veteran dancers while helping novices find their groove.

Anadama features Amelia Mason (fiddle), Emily Troll (accordion) and Bethany Waickman (guitar), who root their sound in the traditional music of New England, Ireland and Quebec. The trio infuses old and new tunes alike with a distinctly modern kick, resulting in dynamic, earthy music with dance at its heart, played with vigor and honesty.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. For the contra dance, 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; dancers should bring their CDSS passports 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