Calendar

2023

Belfast Flying Shoes programs, below, including details on our weekly Radio Hour and our First Friday Sponsors (scroll down, past upcoming calendar listings)

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First Friday Flying Shoes ~ Dance DETAILS:

  • 6:00 pm ~ Musicians Warmup ~ Tunes on the All Comers Band page
  • 6:30 pm ~ Community Dance ~ Lisa Newcomb & Chrissy Fowler calling with the All Comers Band, led by Benjamin Foss & Willy Clemetson ~ Admission is $1 kids, $2 adults
  • 8:00 pm ~ Contra Dance ~  Guest caller & musicians ~ We use the terms lark and robin to identify the dance roles. (More about roles, here.) ~ Admission is $15 suggested (everyone is welcome; pay what you can; $15 each will help us cover expenses; admission supports the performers and BFS)
  • At the Fellowship Hall of the First Church in Belfast UCC (8 Court St in Belfast, entrance on Spring St)
  • BFS programs are chem free ~ If you don’t feel well, please stay home ~ Provide email address upon entry ~ Details in our Community Care Policy and our First Friday FAQ
  • Scroll down for links to our First Friday Sponsors! (Belfast Community Co-op, Colburn Shoe Store, the Grasshopper Shop, the Green Store, Searsport Shores, Thomas Fowler PE, and Worth Real Estate)
  • Everyone is welcome at this two-part monthly dance series. From neophytes to lifelong participants, we all collaborate to make this community-building participatory arts program a joyful success. See you at the dance!

Looking for more?!?  ~ Similar music & dance programs throughout Maine are listed at DownEast Friends of the Folk Arts ~ deffa.org/events/.

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Upcoming BFS Programs:

MARCH 11, Saturday ~ **POSTPONED** OH! Flying Shoes ~ Community Dance & Contras at the Rockport Opera House, Rockport ME  ~ Due to water damage at the Opera House, we’re rescheduling our collaboration with the Rockport Opera House.

APRIL 7 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ (Scroll to top of page for dance details, incl. Community Care Policy and First Friday FAQ) This month’s contra dance features Hannah Chamberlain calling, with music by Benjamin Foss, Alden Robinson & Glen Loper  and Eric Johnson on sound.

MAY 4, Thursday ~ Musicians’ Workshop: Playing for Dances ~ Partnership Program w/Waterfall Arts ~ Practical wisdom and tools of the trade from stellar dance musicians, Emily Troll & Larry Unger. Emily leads open bands in Maine and beyond; Larry teaches dance musicians at camps and festivals throughout North America. We’re thrilled to have them offer this workshop in Belfast! The two-hour workshop starts at 6:00 pm at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St in Belfast. Doors open at 5:30. Come early to get tuned up! Sliding scale admission $10-25. Check the BFS Community Care Policy.

Emily Troll parading
Larry Unger at a Boating Party

MAY 5 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ (Scroll to top of page for dance details, incl. Community Care Policy and First Friday FAQ) This month’s contra dance features Chrissy Fowler calling, with music by Emily Troll & Larry Unger and Eric Johnson on sound.

MAY 7, Sunday ~ Waltz Time ~ Special Waltz Workshop* & Open Waltzing ~ Workshop* starts at 2:00-3:00 pm, with workshop* leader Alyssa Adkins and music by Benjamin Foss & Larry Unger. Open waltzing 3:15-5:00 pm with Benjamin, Larry & the All Comers Band, featuring waltz tunes composed by Larry Unger.  At the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St in Belfast. (Greater Belfast has a variety of eateries, if you want to extend the evening  with a meal!) Check the BFS Community Care Policy. Suggested admission $15. Everyone is welcome. Pay what you can, knowing that admission supports the performers and the BFS nonprofit.

* About the waltz workshop, Alyssa says: “You’ll be dancing in no time after this introductory waltz workshop!  We’ll look at what makes up good partner dance frame, go over basic steps and turns, and do fun connection games so we can work towards flowing, satisfying waltzing.  Come if you’ve never waltzed before, or if you’re experienced and want to brush up.  No partner necessary, just be sure to bring shoes you can spin well in.”

JUNE 2 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ (Scroll to top of page for dance details, incl. Community Care Policy and First Friday FAQ)

JULY 7 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ (Scroll to top of page for dance details, incl. Community Care Policy and First Friday FAQ)

AUGUST 4 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ (Scroll to top of page for dance details, incl. Community Care Policy and First Friday FAQ)

SEPT. 1 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ (Scroll to top of page for dance details, incl. Community Care Policy and First Friday FAQ)

OCT. 6 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ (Scroll to top of page for dance details, incl. Community Care Policy and First Friday FAQ)

NOV. 3 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ (Scroll to top of page for dance details, incl. Community Care Policy and First Friday FAQ)

DEC. 1 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ Celebrating our 18th BFS Birthday Party! ~ (Scroll to top of this page for dance details, incl. Community Care Policy and First Friday FAQ)

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Every WEEK ~ Flying Shoes Radio Hour:  An hour-long program that highlights the roots and branches of the contra dance music we love, here in Belfast and beyond; the musicians who play it with and for others; and the dancers of all ages that it inspires.

Every MONTH ~ “Flying Shoes First Fridays” ~ Varied programs (see info above). Supported in part by these fabulous First Friday Sponsors:

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Past Programs:

JANUARY 6 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ Chrissy Fowler and the Gawler Family Band (Ellen, John, Molly, Edith & Elsie Gawler, Ethan Tischler & Bennett Konesni)

FEB. 3 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ This month’s contra dance features Chris Ricciotti and SpringTide (Elsie Gawler, Willy Clemetson & Ethan Tischler).

MARCH 3 ~ Flying Shoes on First Fridays ~ This month’s contra dance features Maggie Robinson and Drive Train (Ed Howe, Stuart Kenney & Bennett Konesni)

 

See top of page for Upcoming Programs!