Community Dances

Dancing has been a vital part of American social life since colonial days. Separate from the weekly or monthly scheduled events that attract folks who have dancing as a hobby, there is a rich universe of other events that include dancing. Weddings, private parties, family dances sponsored by a school PTO or a church group, father-daughter dances sponsored by the Girl Scouts, reunions, birthdays, celebrations… each provides an opportunity for folks to have a good time moving to toe-tapping tunes with simple dance figures. And then there are the special events that fall outside the norm, lots of fun for everyone involved.

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Camp counselors

A hoedown provides the perfect event for an energetic group of camp counselors to celebrate the start of another season.


Contra on the Connecticut
Contra on the Connecticut

We floated down the Connecticut River, dancing “dip and dive” and Lady of the Lake, with tunes such as “Over the Waterfall.”

Summer Revels – outdoor celebration of the summer solstice

Some 150 audience members, young and old, join the cast of Revels North’s Summer Revels festival in Norwich, Vermont. We’re dancing La Bastringue, a traditional Quebecois dance, in the top photo, and then moving into a giant community spiral.