Get your Dancing Shoes On, Contra Dance, Jan 22nd!

Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) believes that the good old-fashioned contra dance is the most sustainable way to stay warm on a cold winter night! This could be true, but it is certainly agreed to be one of the most fun ways to move your body, spend time with friends, and meet new people. The upcoming contra dance will be no exception! Join the G.A.L.A. Community on Saturday, January 22nd at the Todaro Center in Mirror Lake, just five miles from downtown Wolfeboro, for some down-home New England family fun!


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.


Professional musicians Seth Austin and Beverly Woods will be joined at the contra dance by local musicians in the area who have come together to share their talents, such as Community String Band members. Any other musicians interested in bringing their instruments are welcome to join in with this talented group. Guest pianist Lance MacLean will also be present to share his skills. All dances will be taught on-site by Beverly, so experience is not necessary to join in on the fun!


G.A.L.A. is hosting 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.


The dance is being generously sponsored by Eldridge & Gillespie, Made on Earth, and The Folk Cellar. For more information contact Josh Arnold at 539-6460 or