The Great Bear Trio will play the next Belfast Flying Shoes Friday, Sept. 4, at American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St. Sarah VanNorstrand will call, and Edward Howe handles sound.

The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by Chrissy 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.

VanNorstrand has been an avid contra dancer since her teens and co-founded a contra prom at her high school in upstate New York. Since her debut as a caller in 2006, she has built a nationwide following with a style that combines clarity, enthusiasm and an infectious sense of fun.

Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Sarah will be The Great Bear Trio, a popular and innovative band at the leading edge of contemporary contra dance music. With a firm command of the traditional idiom, this mom-and-sons ensemble weaves in strands of rock, trance and world music. The result is a compelling, groove-oriented soundscape that lights up musical taste buds while melding a roomful of humans into a single kinetic experience. The band features Andrew VanNorstrand on guitar, Noah VanNorstrand on fiddle and Kim Yerton on piano

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