New Year’s Eve Family Contra Dance
Location: Riverton Branch
Audience: Adults, Seniors
Children and families are invited to ring in the New Year with Portland Public Library’s Second Annual Family Contra Dance on New Year’s Eve morning! Children and their accompanying adults will be able to learn a variety of fun and easy dances at this event. Maggie Robinson will be the caller and local musicians will perform. No experience necessary!
Contra Dance is a type of social dance where parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or “contra to” — their partners. A caller, usually working with a group of live musicians, guides new and experienced dancers alike through a variety of dances. Contra dancing is about social interaction, meeting people, and making new friends, set to music. The accompanying music for contra dances includes, but is not limited to Irish, Scottish, and French-Canadian folk songs. The fiddle is considered the core instrument, though other stringed instruments such as the guitar and mandolin are used as well.
Maggie Robinson plays and teaches fiddle. She has been calling dances for over 8 years throughout the state!