The Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance series welcomes contra music duo Joy Compass to the monthly dance Friday, May 4, at the American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St.

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. with a Community Dance, called by Chrissy Fowler and 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 begin at 8 p.m., also called by Belfast’s own Fowler, a founder and leading light of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series and spreader of contra joy throughout the state. She will be joined on stage by Joy Compass, the Maine-based duo of Clara Stickney and Jamie Oshima, known for expressive and groovy music for contra dancing. Surrounded by traditional music all of his life, Oshima delights dancers with his genre-blending and dynamic use of rhythm instruments (guitar, piano, mandolin, and foot percussion). Drawing from her classical background and love of traditional tunes, Stickney provides melody lines both playful and compelling on the fiddle and occasionally on the harp.

Sound will be provided by Eric Weest Johnson. Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults, $1 for children. Admission to the contra dance is $10; $8 for youth age 13 to 20 and adult All-Comers; and $5 for children. Those who bring along a window fan get a dollar off. For more information, call 338-0979; email; or visit and the Facebook page.

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