Riptide plays Flying Shoes dance

Nov 26, 2013

Belfast — The Belfast Flying Shoes Dance Series will mark its eighth birthday Friday, Dec. 6, at the American Legion Post No. 43, 143 Church St. David Millstone will be calling dances, with music by Riptide; party hats are encouraged.

Formed on a rundown side street in Portland, Riptide features dance favorite Glen Loper on the mandolin, Irish-style fiddle player Alden Robinson and Owen Marshall, Notary Public, on guitar. They play vivid, imaginative music that has been thrilling dancers throughout America.

Millstone, from Lebanon, N.H., started contra dancing in the early 1970s and has been calling dances for some 35 years. With an American repertoire ranging from traditional New England chestnuts to high-energy recent compositions, he calls contras, squares and interesting dances in odd formations with a clear and supportive teaching style. He is the president of Country Dance and Song Society and coordinator of the digital Square Dance History Project.

The evening will begin 6:30 p.m. with a community dance led by caller Chrissy Fowler of Belfast and music by the All-Comers Band, led by Phyllis Buchanan and Jennifer Armstrong. Fun and simple dances will be taught, and both beginner and experienced dancers are encouraged to brush up on and learn new skills. All musicians are welcome to sit in. The main contra dance runs from 8 to 11 p.m.

Admission for the community dance is $2 for adults, $1 for children. For the main dance, it is $10 for those older than 20; $7 for those age 13 to 20, as well as adult All-Comers; and $4 for children. As always, anyone who brings a box fan for the windows gets a dollar discount. For more information, call Fowler at 338-0979 or visit

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

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