Below, caller Toby plays an ancient Swedish stringed instrument in an
Dancers tonight were privileged to hear Toby call her very first contra, a task which
she performed splendidly. The dancers also did several Scandinavian mixers,
transformed into American-style dances by Scandinavian teacher Toby.
Tom Thoreau contributed his reliably smooth and engaging contra dance calling.
A large handful of young people contributed their energy to the dancing.
The pre-dance potluck dinner brought forth a large, varied array of dishes
ranging from soup through entrees, salads, side dishes and desserts.
October 6, 2007:
Nine members of the Extended Roots band play for the October contra dance.
The instruments are 3 fiddles, piano, bass, 2 guitars, penny whistle and mandolin.
Extended Roots players are so finely tuned to one another that their sound
is exquisitely blended, almost as if only one instrument were playing.
Caller Tom Thoreau prepares dancers to begin a contra on October 6, 2007.
September 1, 2007:
The three-member Band du Jour creates a strong and luscious sound
as it accompanies contra dancers on September 1.
Dancers in the middle of an energetic contra called by
our own Tom Thoreau on September 1.
Caller Mavis McGaugh (right) and Dave Courchaine's
4-piece band kept about 27 dancers moving.
Dancers do a lively circle mixer dance.
Dancers swing their partners in a rollicking contra called by Tom Lehmann
while the 17-piece band Claudia's Kitchen plays.
Forty people fill the dance hall nicely--17 band members
and 23 dancers--in this July 7, 2007 photo.
A small portion of the 17-member Claudia's Kitchen band that played
for the contra dancers
on July 7, 2007. The band members also attended the potluck dinner
before the dance, making for a big, friendly crowd.
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