BELFAST – Belfast Flying Shoes perform a community dance and counter dance in the Fellowship Hall at First Church at Belfast UCC on Friday 4th November.
The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m., with Chrissy Fowler and Lisa Newcomb calling a community dance to upbeat music from the All Comers Band, which welcomes musicians of all ages, instruments and skill levels. Tunes posted on belfastflyingshoes.org, and the band will warm up at 6 p.m.
The 8 p.m. counter dance features Mary Wesley’s roll call and music by Emily Troll, Noah Fishman and Owen Marshall. According to Flying Shoes, in a press release, Vermonter Mary Wesley is well known for her work as a dance leader, as well as her work documenting folk traditions. The three musicians live in Portland, where they actively participate in concerts and dances, throughout Maine and beyond.
The dances will include simple and accessible community dances for all ages, and contras with lark/robin role terms as well as some couple dances like waltz, polska and schottische. Everyone is welcome.
Admission for the community dance is $1 for children and $2 for adults. Suggested admission for the Contras is $15. Pay what you can, whether it’s less or more.
“Masks are strongly encouraged when dancing,” Shoes said.
For more information and the full Community Care Policy, visit www.belfastflyingshoes.org.
Additional support for First Fridays is provided by local business sponsors and Belfast Flying Shoes contributors.
Belfast Flying Shoes was founded in 2005 with a mission to strengthen Midcoast Maine’s vibrant dance and music community. Among the local non-profit’s many programs is a weekly radio hour on Belfast Community Radio (WBFY), highlighting the varied traditions and styles of counter dance music.