Community Contra Dance, February 25th


The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) continues on Saturday, February 25th, at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall”. Dances run from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with the first half hour starting with easy dances to introduce the basic steps of New England contra dance. G.A.L.A. dances are “the most sustainable way to stay warm on a cold winters night”! This month’s dance will feature Strinq Equinox.

Beverly Woods was first introduced to traditional New England dancing as a musician. During the 1970s Beverly played guitar and hammered dulcimer with a group of musicians based in the Franconia area. Once they began playing for dances, the music came alive in a new way. Live music and dance have pulsed through her life ever since.

Beverly began calling dances herself about 10 years ago, and is looking forward to calling and playing for the February G.A.L.A. dance in Wolfeboro. Also doing some calling, while playing up a storm on the fiddle, will be Shana Aisenberg.

Shana played guitar for her first contra dance in 1977 in Philadelphia, and has enjoyed playing in contra dance bands since. During the 1980s – 1990s she played guitar and mandolin with various contra dance bands in Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC, developing a deep interest in Southern Appalachian fiddle music while living in that area.

Shana and Beverly have worked with and learned from many callers, including local favorites Byron Ricker, Eric Rollnick, Ryan Thomson, Gale Wood, Lester Bradley and Dudley Laufman. While playing fiddle with Lester Bradley for a few years, Shana was inspired to learn a few of Lester’s traditional singing square dance calls, and is especially interested in carrying on this tradition.

Besides their involvement with dance music, Shana and Beverly are both multi-instrumentalists, composers and songwriters, and they have played together as String Equinox for 20 years. You can find out more about their duo at . Assisted by their musical friends – sit-ins are welcome – they will bring old favorites and new to life in the Wolfeboro Town Hall. All dances will be taught, no experience is necessary, bring the family!

Dance admission fees are as follows: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for ages 6-18, ages 5 and under free. Anyone experiencing financial hardship is invited to pay what they can and no one will be turned away for financial reasons. In an effort to protect the newly refinished wood floor in the Great Hall participants are encouraged to bring an extra pair of shoes for dancing that do not have a black sole. If you are unable to bring extra shoes there will be a brush at the door for you to remove dirt and snow before entering. G.A.L.A. is also looking to fill a few volunteer shifts for the dances this year if you are interested. For more information about this event or to sign up to volunteer visit their website at, call the office at 603-539-6460, or email

About G.A.L.A.
Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is a nonprofit organization based in Ossipee, NH working to translate sustainability education into local action that is practical, effective, and fun. To learn more about programs, become a member, or otherwise get involved, visit the website or call the office at 603-539-6460.

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