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Contra Banditos Gigs

Evening Aug. 17,2013 6 - 8 pm Dunstable Grange Fair,Dunstable Middle School br Hope to See You there!!!

The following day Aug. 18 We'll be @ Carlson's Orchard 1-4
Sept.21,2013 7 -9 pm Chelmsford Old Town Hall- Contra Dance w Tim Van Egmond
Sept.22, 2013 Big "E" Springfield Ma.@ The Grange Building
Oct. 5, 2013 Dunstable Hist. Society (Old Red School House)

Winter 2014 7 -9 pm Chelmsford Old Town Hall- Contra Dance
Aug. 2014 we'll be playing at,

we'll be playing at Groton's first Ag. Fair in 50 years!!! Groton Agricultural Fair, Family Barn Dances - 2013 - 2014 Season

The Groton Grange will be announcing our Saturday Family Barn Dances soon for the 2013 - 2014 Season soon, They will be held from 7 to 9.30pm at Historic Groton Grange Hall, 80 Champney St. Please join us for an evening of music and dancing. Music by the Two Fiddles and Groton's own Contra Banditos!

Dudley Laufman as well as other callers will teach square, circle and contra dances to the beat of Celtic and Old Time Fiddle Tunes !! Beginners are welcome.

This dance is sponsored in part by a grant from the Groton Trust Funds Lecture Fund. For more information visit or contact Brad Smith at (978) 448-3418 or email

All dances at 7pm.

We Expect Dances will be held in: Nov., Jan, March , May 2013 - 2014

Donation at door: adults $5, children and seniors $3, Family max $15 Refreshments provided. Raffle!

Click here for PDF with more information.
What is Contra Dancing?

For over two centuries New England has been home to a unique style of dance and music called Contra. Contra dancing is also known as New England style dancing. Rooted on traditional dance tunes form Ireland' Scotland and England' contra music has evolved to include influences from Quebec' Cape Breton and Europe.

Contra dancing is related to square dancing but instead of four couples in a square set' any number of couples arranged in two lines make up a contra dance.

A dance Caller teaches the pattern of each dance before the music begins then calls the movements to the music. You and your partner dance a series of movements with another couple and then move on to dance the same pattern with a new couple and so on until you have danced with all the couples in your set.

A Family Dance or Barn Dance will usually include contra, square and circle dances.

The dances are open to everyone young and old. Beginners are always welcome and it is not necessary to bring a partner.

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