Adina Gordon has called contra dances in 37 U.S. states spanning all six time zones, as well as 3 Canadian provinces and Israel. Dancers frequently remark on her energy and joy in teaching dance, which is both highly evident and highly contagious.
Fiddler Perin Ellsworth-Heller grew up playing at the Nelson Monday night contra dance. He received the Johnny Trombly scholarship for traditional dance music in 2009 when he was 14 years old. Currently a student at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, he plays for dances in the Midwest and New England.
Tad Dreis is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and music teacher. Based in Keene, NH, his musical interests are wide-ranging. His current bands include the Monday Night Contra ensemble and the jazz duo “Midnight in New Hampshire”.
The dancing begins at 8:00 PM. The dance also hosts a free open jam session for beginning and intermediate musicians at 6:30 PM and a workshop for new dancers at 7:30 PM.
Admission is $10 or $7 for students and seniors.
The dance takes place in the historic Town House in Peterborough, NH at 1 Grove Street. For more information call 603.762.0235 or visit www.monadnockfolk.org. The Monadnock Folklore Society has presented contra dances and concerts of traditional music since 1982.