Brooklyn Contra to Host First Annual New Year's Eve Contra Dance

With music from Vermont trio PETE'S POSSE and dances called by WILL MENTOR, Brooklyn Contra's first annual New Year's Eve Contra Dance will have you spinning joyfully into 2016.

If Swing dancing and Square dancing met in a bar, you'd get Contra. With live music and a vibrant social dancing scene, Contra Dancing is a great way to meet new people. Couples form parallel lines and, over the course of the dance, move up and down the dance floor, interacting with every other couple in their line. The Dance Caller teaches each dance before the music starts. As the dance progresses, the Dance Caller provides fewer and fewer prompts until, dropping out entirely, they allow you, your partner, and everyone else on the dance floor to finish the dance accompanied only by the wonderful music!

Dances are for all levels and, for those who are new to contra, a beginner's lesson starts out the night. There is no fancy footwork involved - anyone can do it!

With old songs and tunes, lyrical and driving, alongside brand new ones, PETE'S POSSE features twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony over hi-powered guitar and pounding footwork with mandolin, clawhammer banjo, jawharp and rocking keyboards adding their voices to the mix. The multi-generational band includes Pete Sutherland (fiddle, piano, banjo and vocals), Oliver Scanlon (fiddle, mandolin, dobro, foot percussion and vocals) and Tristan Henderson (guitars, mandolin, jaw harp, bodhran, foot percussion and vocals).

Calling across North America, WILL MENTOR is one of the most beloved and in-demand dance callers on the scene. From introductory dances to challenging choreography, Will makes everyone on the dance floor feel that they belong there.

BROOKLYN CONTRA supports the dynamic cultural evolution of traditional music and dance. We host a season of fun and accessible dances and exciting special events, as well as engaging educational programs for dancers, musicians, and callers. Brooklyn Contra creates an inclusive and safe environment in order to foster sustainable community growth.

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Beginner's Lesson at 8:00

Dancing at 8:30

Tickets $25, available at www.brooklyncontra.org and at the door



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