BELFAST – Belfast Flying Shoes presents another Community Dance & Contra Dance at the fellowship hall of First Church in Belfast UCC Friday, Feb. 3.

The dance shoes start flying at 6:30 p.m. with Lisa Newcomb and Chrissy Fowler calling a community dance to lively music by the All Comers Band, led by Willy Clemetson and Benjamin Foss. The open band warms up at 6 p.m. and welcomes musicians of all ages, instruments and skill levels. Tunes are posted at

The 8 p.m. contra dance features caller Chris Ricciotti of Montville and local band SpringTide. Ricciotti is an influential dance leader and organizer originally from greater Boston, and is known for his focus on building community and inspiring joyful dancing. SpringTide is Belfast fiddler Willy Clemetson with Hope musicians Elsie Gawler on cello and Ethan Tischler on guitar.

Dances will include simple and accessible community dances for all ages, followed by contras with gender-neutral role terms plus a few couple dances like the waltz, polska and schottische. All are welcome!

First Church is located at 8 Court St., with the entrance on Spring Street. Admission for the Community Dance is $1 children, $2 adults. Suggested admission for the contras is $15. Pay what you can, whether less or more. Masks provided for those who wish to wear them. For more information, visit or contact Additional support for First Fridays is provided by local business sponsors and contributors to Belfast Flying Shoes.

Belfast Flying Shoes was founded in 2005 with a mission to bolster the spirited dance and music community in Midcoast Maine. Among the local nonprofit’s many programs is a weekly radio hour on Belfast Community Radio (WBFY), highlighting the varied traditions and styles of contra dance music.