Will Mentor calling with*** THE FAUX PAWS***& Larks and Ravens all night long!

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Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center

6815 Emlen St · Philadelphia, pa

How to find us

½ block from the Carpenter Lane Station of the Chestnut Hill West SEPTA train station 2 blocks from SEPTA “H” Bus Free parking on Emlen St. or at the SEPTA station across Carpenter Ln.

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WILL MENTOR will torment us , as our expectations are shattered (in a good way) by the unimaginable reality of THE FAUX PAWS: Andrew VanNorstrand, Noah VanNorstrand, and Chris Miller.

Will Mentor will be using the dance terms, Larks and Ravens, instead of the traditional terms, Ladies & Gents, for the entire dance.

Learn more about The Faux Paws here: https://www.facebook.com/thefauxpaws/

Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!"

Wait, did you want to know more about Faux Paws? Well here you are:

With instrumentation that includes saxophone, banjo, fiddles, mandolin, foot percussion, guitar, and voices, the Faux Paws pack a vast amount of music and heart into a small package. Folk powerhouse brothers Andrew and Noah Van Norstrand bring a deep, energetic groove to traditional and original old time, Irish, and Quebecois tunes.

The brothers are joined by Chris Miller on saxophone and banjo. His fans will recognize Miller from his Grammy-nominated Cajun/zydeco band the Revelers, Having played together as a trio for eight years now, Andrew, Noah, and Chris have developed elastic, genre-transcending arrangements of traditional music, bringing in influences of rock and pop to their eclectic folk music base. A typical set shifts from intricately arranged compositions to completely spontaneous bursts of improvisation, but the music is always infectious, taking the audience along for a wild ride.

Expect friendly people of all ages and expect to have fun! No experience is necessary. You can come with friends or come solo, but you will have no problem finding partners with this sociable crowd. Every dance is taught, and there are plenty of experienced dancers ready to help you. Contra dancers say, "As long as you are smiling, you are doing it right" There is a lesson at 7:30 for new and newish dancers to learn some basic steps, but if you are running late, just come when you are ready. The dance starts at 8:00. For more info please see: https://www.thursdaycontra.dance/ For a video and descriptive and beautifully written blog please see: https://psalmboxkey.com/2015/09/13/mt-airy-contra-dancing-with-your-neighbor/ (Video is towards the end of the blog)

NEW SLIDING FEE ADMISSION: For travelling bands (this is a travelling or out-of-town band) Suggested admission is as follows:

$8 Basic Admission
You are a valued member of our community and we're so happy you are here

$12 Dance Sustainer
You make our dance sustainable by paying enough to help us break even

$20 or more: Dance Supporter
You make it possible for others to come to our dance! Thank you!

NO ONE will be turned away for lack of funds. Ask a manager (person sitting at the front desk) or board member (me, or other person wearing a name tag that states board member) about our work grants!

Wear comfortable shoes and comfortable clothing. Skirts that twirl are fun, but really, wear whatever you want. Sometimes the room can get a little warm, so layers are good, and some folks bring an extra shirt to change into at the break. We have snacks at the break and water available throughout the dance. There is a pub in the building and some dancers gather after the dance for socializing and jamming, sometimes pizza and sometimes a little more spontaneous dancing.

Tonight's dance managers are Donna and Alex. We would like to recruit some more new managers. It's fun to count all that money! It's even more fun to pay the band, sound engineer, and caller. Talk to a board member if you would like to help out. We'll train you. Be a leader!

If you are new to the dance, please fill out a new dancer questionnaire (takes about 30 seconds).