Belfast Flying Shoes and the Belfast Free Library present Contra Connections, a four-part series of documentaries related to contra dancing. Kicking off the series Wednesday, Jan. 31, is “Together in Time: A Story of New England Contra Music and Dance” (2013, USA), screening 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

Described as a provocative social history of how Americans have fun, and how they use that fun to build community, the film is directed by Steven Alves. This entertaining and informative film won multiple awards, including a Cine Golden Eagle award for excellence.

Following the screening, a panel of contra dancers in their teens and 20s will share perspectives on why and how they make the first Friday contra dances in Belfast a part of their social lives. The discussion will be filmed by Ned Lightner of Insight Productions and BCTV2.

"We're excited to enrich our local culture of traditional, participatory, social dance through this film series. It's especially thrilling to begin documenting our own history of contra dancing, right here in Waldo County, starting with some of the young people in our community who've made it their own," said Chrissy Fowler, Belfast Flying Shoes board member.

The dance documentary series will continue with “Paid To Eat Ice Cream: Bob McQuillen and New England Contra Dancing” (2001, USA) Feb. 28; “The Other Way Back: Dancing with Dudley” (2007, USA) March 28; and “What’s Not To Like? A Community Contra Dance” (2002, USA) May 2.

Contra Connections is an outreach program of Belfast Flying Shoes, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the first Friday community and contra dances in Belfast. Additional support provided by the Belfast Free Library and a grant from the Maine Expansion Arts Fund of the Maine Community Foundation ( For more information, visit or email

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