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Thursday, November 12, 2015


The Cherry Flats Ridge Pluckers will be performing live on Saturday, Nov. 21, for the first contra dance of the 2015-2016 season.
Contra dancing, also known as barn dancing, will return to the Deane Center's Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro next week. The Cherry Flats Ridge Pluckers, an acoustic band, will provide live “Old Time” music and caller Ted Crane of Ithaca, N.Y. will give dance instructions on Saturday, Nov. 21.

People of all skill levels and ages, including children, five and up, are invited to give it a try. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Contra dancing is described as social interaction set to music. It’s all about meeting new people, making new friends and having fun.

Those who are new to contra dancing or haven't done it in a while are invited to arrive early at 7 p.m. for a 30-minute introduction. Very little footwork is required. The smooth walking step is the most common contra move.

More experienced contra dancers usually arrive by 7:30 p.m. Dancing will continue until 9:30 p.m.

Don’t know what contra dancing is? Bridgette Markell of Roseville explained, “You don’t have to know how to dance to do it. And, you don’t have to have a partner. You can come by yourself and find someone there.

“Or, those who don't want to dance are welcome to come to watch the dancers and listen to the live music.

“Before the start of each new dance, everyone will do a complete walk through under Ted Crane's guidance and then do it to music. In contra it’s OK to make mistakes. That’s why it’s so much fun," Markell said.

People from 4 to 84 and older can do it. Contra means “opposite” or “corner” so in this type of dance, partners are across from each other or next to one other.

“Contra dances usually begin with a circle dance and then go into contra lines with 10 to 15 people each. Some callers do a combination of circle, square and contra dances,” said Riah Irion, Markell’s daughter and fiddler in the Cherry Flats Ridge Pluckers.

“For me, contra dancing is a really easy way to interact with people,” she added. “Everybody messes up. You get to laugh and have a good time. Also neat is even if you don’t dance you can still be part of a community event.”

Contra dancing is not the same as country line dancing. To see it on YouTube, type in contra dancing.

Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are admitted free.

Freshly popped popcorn and bottled water will be available. People can bring snacks to share.

In addition to Nov. 21, contra dances will also be on the following Saturdays: Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 19 and April 16.

For more information, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

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