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Learn the fun art of Contra Dancing at City Hall in Dover

Lamprey Band

This is a traditional New England contradance band based in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. The current members are Peter Yarensky, hammered dulcimer & caller; Sarah Mason, pennywhistle & caller; Burt Feintuch, fiddle; Steve Panish, fiddle; and Sarah Hydorn, flute & pennywhistle. We don’t have an official piano player right now, but generally Bill Zecker (who used to be in the band) is our regular unofficial piano player.

They play for contradances in town halls and grange halls around the Seacoast area of New Hampshire and southern Maine and surrounding areas providing fun music and a memorable experience - people will remember fondly years later! I have, anyway!

Dover Dance: Regular dance is the Dover dance which occurs in the Dover City Hall (288 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820) on the first Thursday of every month from 8:00 to 10:40. Guest musicians and callers are invited to join in at this dance.

✤Important Note for Guest Callers: We have slots for three guest callers in an evening.

The Dover dance has historically been a more traditional sort of dance at which we can call the old Chestnut dances like Hulls Victory, Chorus Jig or Money Musk, or a variety of singing square dances, and most of the dancers enjoy those dances. We call some modern dances as well, and the guest callers are likely to call more of the modern dances as well as some of the chestnuts. If you arrive early as I suggest above, there are short lessons for the most common moves in contradancing.

Tickets are around $7 or what you can pay.

THIS REPEATS THE FIRST THURSDAY OF ALMOST EVERY MONTH SO IF WE HAVE A GOOD TURNOUT OR IF THOSE WHO DO JOIN ME LIKE IT, I WILL HOST THIS AGAIN.

Oh, and a lot of students from UNH usually are there in the fall adding to the fun.

  

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed it very much

    October 3, 2013

    • muriel 0.

      did you dance after i left?

      October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Remember: 1st TH of every month!

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here at city hall.

    October 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to seeing everyone tonight. You might give a short extra 5 minutes getting there to find parking. This is JUST FOR FUN!!!

    October 3, 2013

  • muriel 0.

    hi Bill, I need some help with moves... will come early, Muriel

    October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I hope we can meet a little early to go through the steps...this is a new thing for me

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great..I will look for you

      September 11, 2013

    • Bill_P

      I am an experienced contra dancer and would be happy to help you.- Mostly it's confidence like many other things.

      September 30, 2013

  • Bill_P

    Contra dancing is fun and good exercise too.-- There is live music.
    Bring some water to drink.

    September 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for bringing up the water! Everyone: bring at least one if not two bottles of water: you will need to stay hydrated!

      September 30, 2013

  • Lorraine M.

    Oh, I would absolutely love to do this, but it's just a bit too far from me in Stow, MA.

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There are ones held in MA - just google contra dance MA and you'll see several. Good luck.

      September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sure someone will be there to help! I haven't Contra danced in ages...and forgot all of it, so I will be there early as well. Looking forward to it.

    September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun. Assuming no degree of skill is required, I will try to make it.

    September 10, 2013

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