Contra dancing returns to the Grange

The Grange “Reels and Mixers” class is back this month from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20.

Kids and young adults (up to 26 years) get in free, a $5 to 7 donation is requested for those older.

Learn how to do-si-do, left-hand star, allemande left, and balance and swing your partner when the caller, Ken Olcott, walks everyone through each dance before the music starts.

Contra dances are in the “reel” format: two long lines, with partners in opposite lines. After the Irish or bluegrass music starts, the caller keeps calling so no one gets lost.

Singles, couples, and families are all welcome. Many have found this entry level dancing builds confidence for trying ballroom dance. Wear comfortable shoes.

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