At Nickerson School

Students get into swing of things with contra dance lessons

By Tanya Mitchell | Mar 10, 2014
Photo by: Tanya Mitchell Nickerson School students Olivia Casavant and Dalton Rice are all smiles during contra dance lessons Tuesday, March 4.

Swanville — Students at the Nickerson School have been kicking up their heels over the past few weeks, and soon they will have the chance to share their new skills when their families join them on the dance floor this week.

Since Feb. 11, the students have been treated to contra dance lessons with local caller Chrissy Fowler in preparation for a family contra dance that will take place at the school Tuesday night, March 11, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The family dance will give the children a chance to teach their parents and siblings some simple footwork, and will feature live music from the Belfast Bay Fiddlers.

The contra dance residency is sponsored by the Nickerson School Parent-Teacher Group, and matching funds were provided by a combination of grants from Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts, The Country Dance and Song Society, the Belfast Flying Shoes Dance series and a private foundation.

Colton Luce and Aryan Fogg practice their footwork. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
From left, Colton Luce, Rayn Gibbs, Olivia Casavant, and Aryan Fogg take to the dance floor. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Kindergarten teacher Shilo Burnham and Rayn Gibbs congratulate each other on a dance well done. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Olivia Casavant and Shane Goguen face each other to begin a new dance. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Olivia Casavant and Gracie Moore add some swing to their step. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
Naomi Sprague and first grade teacher Kate Chapin make their way through the alley. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
McKenzie Black and Hadleigh Hall share a laugh as they cut the rug. (Photo by: Tanya Mitchell)
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