Everyone is invited to kick up their heels at a community dance and a contra dance Friday evening, Feb. 16, at the Dirigo Grange, located in the village on the corner of Route 137 and High Street.

Chrissy Fowler will call the dances to lively traditional music provided by John Pranio on fiddle and harmonica; Toki Oshima on guitar; and Noah Fishman on mandolin and bass. The community dance starts at 6:30 p.m., with a social break and snacks at 7:30 p.m., followed by the contra dance at 8 p.m.

Admission is by donation, on a sliding scale of $1 to $10 per person. The dance is open to the public and culminates a contra dance residency at the Mill School.

The Mill School offers a three-day, multi-grade classroom to children age 6 to 14, housed in a renovated grist mill in Freedom village. The arts residency was supported by the outreach fund of Belfast Flying Shoes, a nonprofit that produces monthly community and contra dances in Belfast.

According to Fowler, who led the residency and is on the board of Belfast Flying Shoes, contra dancing at the Mill School has been great.

“They focus on nurturing the individual within the context of the community circle — a perfect fit for contra dancing. We're looking forward to sharing the joy with the larger community in Waldo County," she said.

For more information about the Mill School, visit themillschool.org or call 382-3130.

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