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Contradancing –

A long-standing New England form of “making your own party!”
Live music, simple dance steps – first taught, and then called during the dance
Light physical activity and socializing with your friends and neighbors.

This week we are featuring Jacqueline Schwab (keyboard) and Emerald Rae (fiddle) with Nils Fredland calling

Jacqueline Schwab is nationally known for her work with Ken Burns on his documentary films and Emerald Rae is a National Scottish Fiddle champion! These are two amazing musicians, coming to Norwich for our dance, and Nils is one of the finest callers around.
7:45 pm – Before the dance: walk through for new dancers. The first dances are the easiest, if you’re new, come at the beginning of the evening
8:00 pm – Contradance  (…did I mention fun?)
Beginners, singles, and “never-ever’s” always welcome
Dancers should wear comfortable clothing in layers for changing activity levels and bring:
– a clean pair of shoes for the dance floor
– a potluck finger-food snack for the break
– a water bottle
– a smile, and a friend…
Folks typically mix and match partners after each dance, so there’s plenty of variety
Dance styles will include contras, a circle mixer, possibly a square dance or two, and always two waltzes.
So, how do we get an experienced caller, all the way from Oregon, to come to our dance in Norwich?
It’s pretty simple – he’s headed to the NEFFA Festival, Mansfield, MA on the weekend of 4/20-22 Come for part, come for all – it’s incredible!!!
for this weekend, more than one thousand traditional music enthusiasts descend on the combined Middle/High School in Mansfield, MA
– two gymnasiums, two auditoriums, more than a dozen classrooms – with performances changing each hour from Friday night through Sunday afternoon
Contras, Swing, Waltz, English Country, International Folk, and Morris dancing
Instrumental, singing, storytelling, and dance performances
Participatory / educational instrumental, singing, and dance classes
– not to mention a crafts fair, great food, and impromptu musical jams throughout the hallways and outside on the lawn
Norwich Dance Admission – $10 / students $6 / under sixteen are FREE!
This is a smoke-free and alcohol-free event.
More dance info here:
and on Facebook under “Norwich Community Dances”.

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