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Contra dance coming to Hillsboro

COURTESY PHOTO - Hillsboro's first contra dance will be held Sept. 23 at the Odd Fellows Hall in downtown.Lace up those dancing shoes. The Odd Fellows Hall will host Hillsboro’s first New England-style contra dance on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. with caller Rich Goss and live music by Joyride.

Community members are encouraged to try out contra dancing, a traditional American social dance that originated in New England. The “contra” refers to the long lines of dancers who move either up or down the hall, so that each dancer gets a chance to dance with everyone else in the hall.

All dances are called and there is a short lesson before the dance begins.Contra dance is danced to traditional jigs and reels from old time American music, as well as Celtic, Quebecois and sometimes newly composed tunes. The fiddle and the piano are the main instruments in a contra dance band. Joyride, the band for this dance, also has flute, guitar, percussion, harmonica and bombard.

The Hillsboro Odd Fellows Hall is located upstairs at 267 E. Main St. A lesson begins at 7 p.m. and the dance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for students. All ages and experience levels are welcome and no partner needed. All contra dances are drug- and alcohol-free. For more information, visit the Portland Country Dance website at www.portlandcountrydance.org or email Ivan Camacho at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..