Contra Dance is a New England folk tradition. Similar to Square Dancing, one dances with a partner, but in lines, long lines that span the hall, in our case at the Town Hall Gym. Fiddle/Folk music plays, a Caller calls: “Bow to your partner. Bow to your corner. All join hands, circle left…” As you and your partner progress through the dance, you will, before the night is through, have di-si-dow-ed with just about everybody in the hall. For community building Contra Dancing simply cannot be beat.
The Ipswich Community Contra Dance has true blue grass roots… “Egrets Only” our home grown band is lead by fiddler, Pierce Woodward, who, before moving to Ipswich, toured with Pete Seegers legendary folk rock band “The Mammals.” On stage Pierce is joined by neighbors and friends; banjo, base, hurdy-gurdy… they play, Anna Calls and the community dances!
The Ipswich Community Contra Dance is a uniquely family friendly event. Beginners enjoy foot stomping fun right alongside seasoned devotees of the dance form. Do-si-do, four hand star, swing your partner, promenade!
The event is Free & Public thanks to TD Bank for their generous support!