New England Contra Dance comes to Hillsboro
The Odd Fellows Hall will host Hillsboro’s first New England-style contra dance on Friday, September 23 at 7:30 pm with caller Rich Goss and live music by Joyride. Community members are encouraged to come and try it out – all dances are called and there is a short lesson before the dance begins.
Contra dance is a traditional American social dance originating in New England. The “contra” refers to the long lines of dancers who move either up or down the hall, so that each dancer gets a chance to dance with everyone else in the hall! Contra dance is danced to traditional jigs and reels from Old Time American music, as well as Celtic, Quebecois and sometimes newly composed tunes. The fiddle and the piano are the main instruments in a contra dance band, and the band for this dance, Joyride, also has flute, guitar, percussion, harmonica and bombarde. Come out for the lively music and join in the dancing. It’s great exercise and lots of fun!
The Hillsboro Odd Fellows Hall is located at 267 East Main, Upstairs, Hillsboro, OR 97123. The lesson is at 7:00 and the dance begins at 7:30. General Admission is $8, seniors are $7 and students are $5. All ages and experience levels welcome. No partner needed. All contra dances are drug and alcohol free. For more information, see the Portland Country Dance website athttp://portlandcountrydance.org/ or contact Ivan Camacho at firstname.lastname@example.org.