Contra Dance to benefit the New England Carousel Museum – March 24, 2019, 2:00-5:00pm
Enjoy an afternoon of dancing to the music of The New Haven Jammers. $15.00 per person with tours of the Carousel Museum and Carousel rides included. Caller: George Thomson
WHAT IS CONTRA DANCING?
A caller, usually working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. Dance a series of figures, or moves, with each other and with another couple for a short time. Then repeat the same figures with another couple, and so on. The figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing. The figures are combined in different ways for each different dance.
The caller teaches each dance before it is actually done to the music. This gives everyone an idea of what to expect so the movements can be easily executed. The caller leads the dances while they are being done to music, so dancers are able to perform each movement to the music. Once the dancers appear to have mastered a particular dance, the caller may stop calling, leaving the dancers to enjoy the movement with music alone.
People of all ages and lifestyles, including children, are welcome. Contra dances are a place where people from many walks of life come together to dance and socialize.