Global Awareness Local Action’s (G.A.L.A.) last contra dance brought in a large crowd of young and old for an exceptional night of toe-tapping fun, facilitated dancing, and an opportunity to meet new people. The next contra dance will be no exception! Join the G.A.L.A. Community on Saturday, February 26th at the Todaro Center in Mirror Lake, just five miles from downtown Wolfeboro, for some down-home New England family fun! Bring a dish to share if you like, refreshments will be served potluck style.
The caller for the dance will be Frank Woodward with the New Boston Fancy. Frank grew up admiring his legendary father, dance caller Willie Woodward, and has been a caller himself for the past 15 years. Frank has also spent time in Russia teaching contra dancing at the Yaroslavl Cultural College and organizes monthly contra dances in Milford and Windham, NH.
All dances will be taught on-site, so experience is not necessary!
G.A.L.A. will host the contra dance at the Todaro Leadership Center/YMCA, located at 144 Governor Wentworth Highway (Rt. 109 North) in Mirror Lake, NH. Coming from Wolfeboro take a left on Northwood Road where you will see a sign for YMCA. The dance will run from 7-10pm. Ticket prices are $7 adults, $5 students, and $3 for youth 14yrs and under.
Contra dancing is an old tradition that has been in New England for over 300 years. The tunes and dances were originally created in Britain and France, and then spread throughout the Western world. The popularity of the dances comes and goes, but seems to withstand the test of time and has kept New Englanders active for generations. Today contra dances are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in Southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts, though they are appearing more and more in the Lakes Region.
The dance is being generously sponsored by Eldridge & Gillespie, Made on Earth, and Earth and Sky Yoga. For more information contact Josh Arnold at 539-6460 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out pictures from last month’s contra dance: http://www.flickr.com/photos/galacommunity/