BFS outreach funds have helped support an innovative contra dance residency at Prescott Memorial School, the K-6 school in Washington, ME. This project is also funded by a dance education grant from the Maine Arts Commission. Earlier this year, the Director of Arts Education, Argy Nestor, visited the school and created a post for her ME Arts Ed blog.
She spoke with Chrissy Fowler, who helped write the MAC grant proposal and who has been the primary teaching artist, as well as school staff and students.
Among the unique aspects of this residency: Washington’s native son, Charlie Overlock, played and led dances for 66 years; Chrissy is teaching the foxtrot (besides being listed on archival dance programs, it’s a Maine Fiddle Camp staple); and Chrissy is compiling a bibliography of books related to dancing, especially traditional dance.