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Announcing – Fall 2017 Weekly Contras!

Thursdays at the Belfast Dance Studio, starting Sept 28

Contras for All
Contras for Teens (geared toward 12-21 yo, scholarships available)
Earlybird Deadline = Sept 21
Teen Scholarship Deadline = Sept 21

Register: Mail checks to Chrissy Fowler, 93 Kaler Rd, Belfast, ME 04915.
Include name, email, and telephone.

Info: Contact Chrissy 338-0979 or ktaadn_me@hotmail.com


Contras for All

Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Sept 28 – first five-week session begins
Nov 2 – second five-week session begins

Earlybird rate for one session = $ 45
Earlybird rate for BOTH sessions = $ 80
One session = $ 50 Both sessions = $90


Contras for Teens

Thursday 5:45 – 6:45 pm
Geared toward ages 12-21

Sept 28 – first five-week session begins
Nov 2 – second five-week session begins

Earlybird rate for one session = $ 35
Earlybird rate for BOTH sessions = $ 60
One session = $ 40 Both sessions = $ 70
Scholarships available, funded by a grant-supported Belfast Flying Shoes outreach program for youth.
Click here for Scholarship Application Form
Scholarship deadline = Sept 21

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Road Trip! Follow Henry Road to the Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance Friday, September 1, 2017, with Caller Chrissy Fowler

Join us for contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church Street in Belfast! The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a Community Dance called by Chrissy Fowler and with music by the All-Comers Band. All musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps. The Contra Dance begins at 8:00 pm.

Chrissy Fowler

This month’s caller is Belfast’s own Chrissy Fowler. A founder and leading light of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series, Chrissy spreads the joy of contra dancing also at schools, community gatherings, and private events. With wit and good cheer, she keeps things spicy enough for veteran dancers while making novices feel equally welcome. Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Chrissy will be:

Jamie Oshima, John Pranio, Glen Loper (l to r)

Henry Road

The product of countless living-room jam sessions at the Pranio-Oshima house in Whitefield, this longtime Flying Shoes favorite proves that Maine’s rural byways lead to hidden realms of musical ferment. Fiddler and bluesy harmonicist John Pranio is known for his elegant musicianship, unerring good taste, and tireless efforts to inject Beatles music into the contradance repertoire. Globetrotting ambassador of mandolin cool Glen Loper adds the melodic inventiveness, bounce, and drive dancers will recognize from his other bands, Frigate and Riptide. Multi-instrumental phenom Jamie Oshima never fails to surprise with his ever-expanding range and virtuosity, but if you want to get blown away in advance, check out his Youtube clips. Holy mackerel!

John Pranio—fiddle & harmonica
Glen Loper—mandolin, tenor banjo, & percussion
Jamie Oshima—guitar, piano, & percussion

Sound provided by Eric Weest Johnson

Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission to the Contra Dance is $10 for adults, $8 for ages 13 to 20 and adult All-Comers, and $5 for children. Bring along a window fan and get $1 off. For more information: call 338-0979, or email us at belfastflyingshoes@gmail.comFind us on Facebook too!

Hosts Wanted

BFS friends, here’s a message from Julia Plumb:

Dancers! I have the fun of coordinating hospitality for the visiting bands and callers who perform at our evening contra dance. Do you live in or near Belfast (some bands are also traveling on to Montpelier, VT) and have space in your home to offer hospitality? We especially need hosts who can offer multiple beds, as many bands and callers are carpooling to the dance. Typically, hosts offer a late-night snack after the dance and breakfast and coffee/tea the next morning. Hosts are the recipients of our extreme gratitude and free admission to the evening’s community & contra dances. Contact me (Julia Plumb juliaplumb@yahoo.com) if you would like to be on the hosting list.

Star Turn: Polaris Rises Over the Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance Friday, August 4, 2017, with Caller Steve Zakon-Anderson

Join us for contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church Street in Belfast! The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a Community Dance called by Chrissy Fowler and with music by the All-Comers Band. All musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps. The Contra Dance begins at 8:00 pm.

Steve Zakon-Anderson

This month’s caller is Steve Zakon-Anderson. A skilled and seasoned caller, Steve is organizer of the monthly Peterborough, N.H., dance, as well as the special annual dances in Peterborough: the Fall Ball, Snow Ball, and Play Ball. Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Steve will be …

Polaris

Polaris

A quartet of talented young musicians raised in the rich traditional music scene of Vermont and Western Massachusetts who founded their band in 2015, Polaris has already wowed dancers in such respected venues as the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield, Mass., and the Concord Scout House in Concord, Mass. We can’t wait to hear their exuberant, twin-fiddle sound fill the Legion Post hall!

​Marta Bartholomew—fiddle
Rose Jackson—fiddle
Sam Zakon-Anderson—piano
Jesse Ball—accordion, guitar, hammer dulcimer, and foot percussion

Sound by Glen Loper

Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission to the Contra Dance is $10 for adults, $8 for ages 13 to 20 and adult All-Comers, and $5 for children. Bring along a window fan and get $1 off. For more information: call 338-0979, or email us at belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook too!

Dave Langford, Glen Loper, and Bethany Waickman to Play Belfast Flying Shoes Contra Dance: Friday, July 7, 2017, with Caller Chrissy Fowler

Join us for contra dancing at American Legion Post #43, 143 Church Street in Belfast! The evening begins at 6:30 pm with a Community Dance called by Chrissy Fowler and with music by the All-Comers Band. All musicians are welcome to sit in. Fun and simple dances will be taught, giving beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and offering experienced dancers a chance to brush up on their steps. The Contra Dance begins at 8:00 pm.

Chrissy Fowler

This month’s caller is Belfast’s own Chrissy Fowler. A founder and leading light of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance series, Chrissy spreads the joy of contra dancing also at schools, community gatherings, and private events. With wit and good cheer, Chrissy keeps things spicy enough for veteran dancers while making novices feel equally welcome. Sharing the Flying Shoes stage with Chrissy will be …

Bethany Waickman, Glen Loper, and Dave Langford

Dave Langford, Glen Loper & Bethany Waickman

Returning to Belfast after a sublime Flying Shoes performance last year is a trio of three perennial dance-circuit favorites. Fiddler extraordinaire, guitarist, and teacher Dave Langford is best known as a member of the Latter Day Lizards. Mandolinist and tenor banjo player Glen Loper picks also with Frigate, Steampacket, Riptide, among other bands. Bethany Waickman is the rhythm section of the dance trio Anadama, but her clean, driving DADGAD guitar has also backed such luminaries as fiddlers Lissa Schneckenburger and Rodney Miller and accordionist Jeremiah McLane.

Dave Langford—fiddle
Glen Loper—mandolin, tenor banjo, stomping
Bethany Waickman—guitar

Sound by Eric Weest Johnson

Admission to the Community Dance is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Admission to the Contra Dance is $10 for adults, $8 for ages 13 to 20 and adult All-Comers, and $5 for children. Bring along a window fan and get $1 off. For more information: call 338-0979, or email us at belfastflyingshoes@gmail.com. Find us on Facebook too!

Birdie March – All-Comers Band tune for July 7

In June, we danced a new composition at the BFS Community Dance: Coyote Prowl, a community contra created by the Coyote deme at Northwood Natural Learning’s Village Day program. Coyote Prowl premiered at the closing circle at Northwood, where we danced it to The Birdie March, a new tune by Ali Palm. We’ll dance Coyote Prowl to The Birdie March at the July 7 BFS Community Dance.

Here’s an mp3 of the tune. The A1 and A2 differ slightly, and the B1 and B2 have substantial differences. It’s in G, with possible chords as follows:

A1: G-/G-/D-/D-/
A2: G-/G-/D-/G-/
B1: G-/G-/Em-/Em-/
B2: G-/G-/Em-/Amaj-/

Double chocolate for those ACB musicians who correctly identify at least three of the birds whose calls inspired the tune… and triple chocolate if you explain the variation at the end of B2!