2nd Saturday contra dance in Norwich - sponsored by the Norwich Dance Committee of Muskeg Music.
Contras, squares, waltzes to suit your fancy! Everyone welcome. No partner or experience necessary, all dances taught. Join us for some instruction at 7:45, dance at 8!
Adults $12, students $8, under 16 free, $1 discount for Muskeg Music members.
Please bring soft-soled shoes for dancing.
Bring snack or beverage to share at potluck dessert break midway through the dance.
Footworks- Jacob Brillhart: Fiddle
Steve Hoffman: Fiddle
Jon Brillhart: Whistle
David Van Houten: Citern
Victoria Heft: Guitar
Inspired by the foot-stomping, energetic dance music of Cape Breton, “Footworks” is a lively Vermont-based instrumental band formed by a mix of young blood and seasoned contra dance players. Members of Footworks have played with Northern Spy, Yann Falquet, and at such venues as Cafe Lena, Tracy Hall contra dances, and the Boston Celtic Music Festival. With three fiddles, whistle, cittern, and guitar, Footworks’ driving jigs and reels are bound to get your feet tapping to the beat.
Richard Hopkins has been calling dances in central and north Florida since 1991, and is looking forward to doing the same in and around Vermont. A retired state government employee and academic, he recently moved to New England to be near grandchildren. He enjoys choosing, teaching and calling a diverse program of dances -- old and new, simple and complex, smooth and lively, in a variety of formations. He really enjoys NOT calling when he can, so the dancers and band can interact directly without the distraction of a caller. He's really excited about calling with Cape Breton music, a novelty for a Floridian!