Contra dance coming to Hillsboro
Lace up those dancing shoes. The Odd Fellows Hall will host Hillsboros 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.