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Flying Shoes at the First Friday Dances on February 3
February 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
BELFAST – Belfast Flying Shoes presents another Community Dance & Contra Dance at the fellowship hall of the First Church in Belfast UCC on Friday, February 3.
The dance shoes start flying at 6:30 pm, with Lisa Newcomb & Chrissy Fowler calling a community dance to lively music by the All Comers Band, led by Willy Clemetson & Benjamin Foss. The open band warms up at 6:00 and welcomes musicians of all ages, instruments, and skill levels. Tunes posted at belfastflyingshoes.org
The 8:00 pm contra dance features caller Chris Ricciotti of Montville and local band, SpringTide. Ricciotti is an influential dance leader and organizer originally from greater Boston, and is known for his focus on building community and inspiring joyful dancing. SpringTide is Belfast fiddler, Willy Clemetson, with Hope musicians, Elsie Gawler on cello and Ethan Tischler on guitar.
Dances will include simple and accessible community dances for all ages, followed by contras with gender-neutral role terms plus a few couple dances like the waltz, polska, and schottische. All are welcome!
The First Church is at 8 Court Street in Belfast, with the entrance on Spring Street. Admission for the Community Dance is $1 kids, $2 adults. Suggested admission for the Contras is $15. Pay what you can, whether less or more. Masks provided for those who wish to wear them. For info, First Friday FAQ, and BFS Community Care Policy, visit www.belfastflyingshoes.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional support for First Fridays is provided by local business sponsors and contributors to Belfast Flying Shoes.
Belfast Flying Shoes was founded in 2005 with a mission to bolster the spirited dance and music community in Midcoast Maine. Among the local nonprofit’s many programs is a weekly radio hour on Belfast Community Radio (WBFY), highlighting the varied traditions and styles of contra dance music.