Community Contra Dance, Sat. August 25th

The Community Contra Dance Series hosted by Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) is excited to announce a very special dance featuring The Moving Violations accompanied by renowned caller Dereck Kalish. This event is free and open to the public, made possible by the Cate Memorial Fund.

The dance takes place on Saturday, August 25th at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall” from 7:00 to 10:00pm, with the first half hour dedicated to a brief overview of the basic steps of New England contra dance. Dances are a fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, even if you simply prefer to cheer the dancers on from the sidelines and enjoy the live musical performance.

The Moving Violations have a playful energy that transcends borders of countries and encourages spontaneity and improvisation. Driving double fiddle harmonies, strong rhythm, affectionate abandon and occasional silliness prevail. Original compositions as well as Celtic, Eastern European, Swedish, Klezmer, and Classical are all fair game for The Moving Violations. Band members are Ron Grosslein on fiddle and mandolin, Eric Eid-Reiner on piano, and Van Kaynor on fiddle.


Ron contributes his great enthusiasm and charisma on both fiddle and mandolin in The Moving Violations and Swallowtail. He enjoys helping to mold the energy that happens between the dancers and the music. “It’s like making a sand castle at the beach with a talented and creative group of friends, delightful while it lasts, and washed away with the next tide, with nothing to clean up!”. When not playing music, Ron works as an engineer, building equipment for radio telescopes, and fixing a really beat up old lawn mower.

Dancers and listening audiences alike have long enjoyed Eric’s innovative piano accompaniment, melody playing, and compositions. A part of the Boston area music scene most of his life, Eric has performed throughout the Northeast at contra dances, concerts, weddings, synagogues, and festivals. Celtic Beat Magazine has recognized Eric for his “superb craftsmanship on the keys,” and he can be heard performing solo, with the Moving Violations, The Reiner Family Band, and fiddlers including Julie Metcalf, Alden Robinson, David Kaynor, and Andy Reiner. A recent graduate of Wheaton College in Massachusetts, Eric also loves cooking, learning about contra dance history and evolution, and exploring his passion for helping others.

Van’s fluid and lyrical fiddle playing has taken him many places, appearing on A Prairie Home Companion, playing for dance camps and festivals from Alaska to Texas to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Van plays with several bands including The Moving Violations, Big Bandemonium, and the Fourgone Conclusions. Several of his compositions can be heard on The Moving Violations’ recordings. Van has a studio in Amherst, Mass., where he teaches violin and fiddle. If you can’t find him on stage, you may find Van kicking up his heels on the dance floor.

Instruction and the evening’s calls will be from the well-versed contra caller Dereck Kalish. Derek has been contra dancing since 2005 and going to local folk dances in New England, mostly the Boston area, just about every week. Around 2011, Dereck became both a caller and sound engineer, traveling throughout New England with a focus on providing the best service possible to make for a fun and successful dance.

Dereck is the NEFFA Thursday Night Dance Committee Chair for the weekly dance in Concord, MA. He is also on the board of Directors of NEFFA and also serves on the Sound Committee.
G.A.L.A. is looking to fill a few volunteer shifts for the dances this year if you are interested. Guests are encouraged to bring healthy potluck snack options such as fruits, crackers and cheese, chips and salsa, and vegetable sticks and dip.

For more information about this event or to sign up to volunteer visit www.galacommunity.org, call the office at 603-569-1500, or email josh@galacommunity.org .

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