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North Berkshire Contra Dance

May 11 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Berkshire contra dance musicians Doone MacKay, Tony Pisano and Butch DeGiorgis perform at the North Berkshire contra dance.
Photo by Kate Abbott

The North Berkshire Contra Dance will hold its monthly community contra dance with Berkshire dance caller with calling (teaching) by Quena Crain, and live traditional fiddle music by Mary Cay Brass on piano, Laurie Indenbaum on fiddle and Andy Davis on accordion, leaders in the New England contra dance repertoire.

Mary Cay Brass has been a foundational performer and teacher in the traditional dance and music community for many years, supplying a vital pulse in many beloved dance bands, including “The Greenfield Dance Band” with David Kaynor, and “Airdance” with Rodney Miller.

Laurie Indenbaum has been fiddling for dances in Vermont and surrounding states since 1976, with many fine callers and bands, including “Applejack” and “The Full Catastrophe.”

Andy Davis has been a part of Nowell Sing We Clear, and on staff at Country Dance and Song Society summer camps for many years. He also plays accordion for a Morris dancing team and calls for contra dances. Each of the three has been playing for contra dances for over forty years, and frequently together. Their music will lift your feet, and bring all the dancers together into one happy dance.

Quena Crain, who calls all over New England (and far beyond), brings an infectious joy to the dance hall. Her fun calling, and easy teaching style, are beloved by all age groups, from elementary school, through college, and well past retirement. Quena is adept at leading dance events for people of any experience level. For this dance, Quena will use “larks and robins” role terms.

The music is live, all the dances are taught, and anyone is welcome, with or without a partner — most people change partners for each dance of the evening. Contra dancing is the contemporary face of a living tradition. Both the dance and its music can be traced to roots in 17th century England, France, and Scotland, but have been vigorously mixed and remixed in New England and nearby regions since.

Admission is pay-as-you-can, and barter (like help with cleanup) is also welcome. Covid Policy: For this first post-holiday dance in a season of rising respiratory illness, NBCD will require masks on the dance floor. Because contradance isn’t made to social distance — whoever your partner, you’ll wind up dancing with everyone in the room.

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Date:
May 11
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7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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North Berkshire dance
906 Main St.
Williamstown, MA

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