Come out from social distancing and try the most fun you can have on legs! Good Folk of Tūranga join new-to-Gisborne dancing enthusiasts from the USA to introduce
Come out from social distancing and try the most fun you can have on legs! Good Folk of Tūranga join new-to-Gisborne dancing enthusiasts from the USA to introduce Contra Dance to the folks of Gisborne. Two Monday evening workshops will be followed by a dance event to live music later in the month. Contra Dance has its roots in the Old World dance traditions of Ceilidh and Country Dancing from England, Scotland and France. Each dance is a set of patterns – a never-ending whirl of ‘circles’, ‘stars’, ‘swings’ and ‘do-si-dos’ – performed in long lines of couples, which progress up and down the hall. Nowadays, the coupling is gender-free, and you certainly don’t need to attend with a partner in tow. At its heart, Contra Dance is a social dance: by evening’s end, you will have connected to everyone in the dance hall. Its other great appeal is the lack of fancy footwork – the simple and energetic dance is mostly done to a simple walking step. If you can count to eight, you can dance.