The 2017 Community Contra Dance Series hosted by G.A.L.A. (Global Awareness Local Action) resumes at the Wolfeboro Town Hall’s “Great Hall” Saturday, January 28th. This month’s dance is sponsored by Black’s Paper Store.
Dances run from 7:00 to 10:00pm, beginning with a brief overview of the easy basics of New England contra-dance. Shake off your mid-winter cabin fever with this fun and energizing night out for all ages and abilities, with dancing or cheering the dancers on from the sidelines.
The New England Journal of Medicine offers another reason to love this night out: it turns out that dancing is one of the more impressive ways to increase our brain’s cognitive reserve, something good for the brain at every age, and a particularly valuable protective force for maintaining cognition into old age. In a NEJM reported study, dancing was found to reduce risk of dementia more than any other physical or mental activity studied.
Bicycling and swimming, for instance, while excellent for the cardiovascular system, reduced the risk of dementia by 0%, as did playing golf. Reading reduced the risk by 35% and puzzling out crosswords at least 4 days a week, 47%. Frequent dancing, however, reduced the risk of dementia by a whopping 76%!
January’s headline band, Brier Hill, has been playing local farmers markets and dances in the Wolfeboro/Ossipee area for the last four years. Named for one of the roads in Canaan Valley where they started playing, the band serves up standard New England dance tunes drawn from the French Canadian and British fiddle traditions. The Brier Hill musicians are Lane and Scott Evans, Patrick O’Hagin, Michael Haeger and Tim Morrison.
Eric Rolnick, the night’s caller, from Conway, has called throughout the region for several decades. Some may recognize him from his many Wolfeboro First Night performances as founder and leader of the Caribbean steel band, Mango Groove.
There are a lot of reason to enjoy dancing, but here’s another fun fact –What does contra dancing have to do with G.A.L.A.’s commitment to sustainability? Well, aside from strengthening community relations, warding off cabin fever, and keeping the blood moving to stay healthy, G.A.L.A. is known to claim contra dancing as, “the most sustainable way to stay warm on a cold winter’s night”!
If you pop into Blacks Paper and Gifts for your shopping for Valentines Day, only a couple weeks away, be sure to thank them for sponsoring this month’s dance!
Dance admission fees are as follows: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for 6yr-18yr olds, and 5yr and under free. Anyone experiencing financial hardship is invited to pay what they can and no one will be turned away for financial reasons. 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. Volunteers are also welcomed for a few 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 www.galacommunity.org, call the office at 603-539- 6460, or email email@example.com.