WHAT: Outermost Contra Dance
WHEN: Friday, May 24, 2019
WHERE: Wellfleet Preservation Hall, 335 Main Street, Wellfleet, MA
CALLER: John Alden
MUSICIANS: Jacqueline Schwab and Rose Clancy plus special guests
LAST DANCE UNTIL SEPTEMBER!
Outermost Contra Dance is proud to welcome back local caller John Alden, teaching dances to the beautiful music of Jacqueline Schwab and Rose Clancy.
John Alden is a fun and lively caller, who specializes in making beginners and families feel welcome to the exciting world of contra dance.
Jacqueline Schwab, renowned pianist, was chosen by Ken Burns for numerous public television documentaries due to the emotional expression in her playing. You might have heard her rendition of “Ashokan Farewell” in the Civil War documentary. She has also recorded and played dances with the band Bare Necessities for many years.
Chatham’s own Rose Clancy is a much respected, high energy musician playing fiddle, mandolin and banjo at concerts and festivals throughout the Northeast while sharing the stage with some of the greatest traditional performers.
As a special celebration for our last dance of the season we have two renowned guests: Annemarie Pluhar and Gretchen Tanzer, who will be sharing Scandinavian music and dance with us. Annamarie Pluhar was a featured Scandinavian dancer in the Revels Christmas performance this year, and has taken awards in dance competitions in Norway. She will teach Teleganger a lovely gender-neutral easy dance. Getchen Tanzer will accompany the dance on the unique Hardanger fiddle. Gretchen is a member of the Boston Spelemannslag group who have played at the New England Folk Festival and in Norway at the Kongsberg competition.
Contra dancing is the older cousin to the square dance. No fancy footwork needed – if you can walk, you can dance! All the dances are taught and called. If you’re new to contra dance, be sure to get in on the early dances for the basic moves. And don’t miss out on our welcoming and delicious potluck at 6:00. Suggested donation is $10. $20 maximum per group.
Outermost Contra is one of many contradances on the Cape, and was organized in December of 2014. The contra dance is family friendly and welcomes dancers of all levels.