Belfast Flying Shoes and the Belfast Free Library’s Contra Connections, a four-part series of documentaries related to contra dancing, concludes Wednesday, May 2, with “What’s Not To Like? A Community Contra Dance” (2002, USA). The screening starts 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of the library, 106 High St.

“What's Not To Like?” is a toe-tapping portrait of a monthly community dance series in Norwich, Vt. Filmed and edited by David Millstone, longtime caller for the series, the documentary gives viewers a taste of why one particular community gathers each month to play music and dance together.

Following the film, Chrissy Fowler, dance caller and Belfast Flying Shoes board member, will facilitate a live community conversation about the local local first Friday dance series. "Visiting callers, musicians, and dancers tell us that we have something special in Belfast, with our All-Comers Band and community dance followed by our contra dance. We're eager to hear what folks right here have to say about our thriving traditional, participatory, social dance scene," Fowler said.

This snapshot of community and contra dance culture in Waldo County will be filmed and edited by Ned Lightner of Insight Productions and BCTV2. Belfast Flying Shoes has donated the four films in the series, along with three other documentaries connected to traditional New England social dancing, to Belfast Free Library's media collection.

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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