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Big Scioty Contra Dances are open to all who want to have fun dancing. No experience, partner, or costume is required. Contra dance is the country dance brought here by English settlers, that brought whole communities together on Saturday nights. It’s constantly being updated with new arrangements of live music in genres ranging from Appalachian to Irish, a little bit of swing, and more. A caller teaches every dance. These dances feature New England and Mid-Western contras as well as occasional old and new Southern and Eastern squares and circles. Beginners should arrive at 7.30 pm for instruction. Dances are more challenging later in the evening. All dancers are encouraged to dance with different partners, to share skills and gain expertise; besides, you'll have more fun! All ages welcome! Wear light clothing and comfortable non-marking shoes.

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Contra Dance with us!

First Congregational Church

WHAT IS CONTRA DANCING? Picture the Grand Ball scenes like you’ve seen in period films such as “Pride and Prejudice”, where the dancers are lined up in long lines, across from each other. That’s English Country Dancing, the predecessor of contra dancing. Now, add moves like “swing your partner” and “do-si-do,” like you’ve seen in square dancing. Set it to fabulous, high energy, live music with fiddles, guitars, percussion and more, alá “Riverdance.” Finally, set the whole scene down in the middle of Woodstock, with a hip, groovy atmosphere, a bit of tie-dye, and hints of counter-culture attitude. THAT’s Contra Dancing! ________________________ The dances will be provided by Ohio’s Kathy Anderson, who is known nationally and even internationally for her smooth calling and intriguing repertoire. Expect a variety of quirky contras, along with an exciting square or two. The tunes will be performed by Athens’s Trillium, consisting of Mark Barsamian on fiddle, Hillarie Burhans on clawhammer banjo and Mark Delozier on piano. For a preview of their lively acoustic music, check out this video clip: https://www.facebook.com/trilliumdanceband/videos/2054540111496819/ ________________________ Be sure to come for the beginner's lesson from 7:30 - 8:00, followed by dancing 8:00 - 11:00. All dances are taught; we will help you learn! Beginners always welcome, no need to bring a partner. Dancers who are brand new to contra come as my guest and receive a coupon for second dance free as well! Be sure to sign in at the desk on the meetup list. Otherwise it's $8.00 adults, $4.00 ages 12-26 ($7 and $3 for members). Under 12 free. Free parking in church lot. For more information contact me or check out our website: www.bigscioty.com

Contra Dance with us!

First Congregational Church

WHAT IS CONTRA DANCING? Picture the Grand Ball scenes like you’ve seen in period films such as “Pride and Prejudice”, where the dancers are lined up in long lines, across from each other. That’s English Country Dancing, the predecessor of contra dancing. Now, add moves like “swing your partner” and “do-si-do,” like you’ve seen in square dancing. Set it to fabulous, high energy, live music with fiddles, guitars, percussion and more, alá “Riverdance.” Finally, set the whole scene down in the middle of Woodstock, with a hip, groovy atmosphere, a bit of tie-dye, and hints of counter-culture attitude. THAT’s Contra Dancing! ________________________ Tonight's band is Strawberry Space Jam and our caller is Frank Buschelmann. SPECIAL! Stick around after the regular dance, and our DJ will be playing some techno tunes for a whole different vibe called a techno contra dance! ________________________ Be sure to come for the beginner's lesson from 7:30 - 8:00, followed by dancing 8:00 - 11:00. All dances are taught; we will help you learn! Beginners always welcome, no need to bring a partner. Dancers who are brand new to contra come as my guest and receive a coupon for second dance free as well! Be sure to sign in at the desk on the meetup list. Otherwise it's $8.00 adults, $4.00 ages 12-26 ($7 and $3 for members). Under 12 free. Free parking in church lot. For more information contact me or check out our website: www.bigscioty.com

Contra Dance with us!

First Congregational Church

WHAT IS CONTRA DANCING? Picture the Grand Ball scenes like you’ve seen in period films such as “Pride and Prejudice”, where the dancers are lined up in long lines, across from each other. That’s English Country Dancing, the predecessor of contra dancing. Now, add moves like “swing your partner” and “do-si-do,” like you’ve seen in square dancing. Set it to fabulous, high energy, live music with fiddles, guitars, percussion and more, alá “Riverdance.” Finally, set the whole scene down in the middle of Woodstock, with a hip, groovy atmosphere, a bit of tie-dye, and hints of counter-culture attitude. THAT’s Contra Dancing! ________________________ Tonight's band is the Sandy Tar Brothers and our caller is Jan Phillips. ________________________ Be sure to come for the beginner's lesson from 7:30 - 8:00, followed by dancing 8:00 - 11:00. All dances are taught; we will help you learn! Beginners always welcome, no need to bring a partner. Dancers who are brand new to contra come as my guest and receive a coupon for second dance free as well! Be sure to sign in at the desk on the meetup list. Otherwise it's $8.00 adults, $4.00 ages 12-26 ($7 and $3 for members). Under 12 free. Free parking in church lot. For more information contact me or check out our website: www.bigscioty.com

Contra Dance with us!

First Congregational Church

WHAT IS CONTRA DANCING? Picture the Grand Ball scenes like you’ve seen in period films such as “Pride and Prejudice”, where the dancers are lined up in long lines, across from each other. That’s English Country Dancing, the predecessor of contra dancing. Now, add moves like “swing your partner” and “do-si-do,” like you’ve seen in square dancing. Set it to fabulous, high energy, live music with fiddles, guitars, percussion and more, alá “Riverdance.” Finally, set the whole scene down in the middle of Woodstock, with a hip, groovy atmosphere, a bit of tie-dye, and hints of counter-culture attitude. THAT’s Contra Dancing! ________________________ Tonight's band is The Rosenthorns and our caller is Kim Thompson. ________________________ Be sure to come for the beginner's lesson from 7:30 - 8:00, followed by dancing 8:00 - 11:00. All dances are taught; we will help you learn! Beginners always welcome, no need to bring a partner. Dancers who are brand new to contra come as my guest and receive a coupon for second dance free as well! Be sure to sign in at the desk on the meetup list. Otherwise it's $8.00 adults, $4.00 ages 12-26 ($7 and $3 for members). Under 12 free. Free parking in church lot. For more information contact me or check out our website: www.bigscioty.com

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Contra Dance with us!

First Congregational Church

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