The Western Illinois Museum will hold a Contra Dance on Friday, November 13, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm. The dance will feature caller Jamie Lane and live music by the Lane Family Singers. Bring a partner, or come and meet new friends. The event is open to the public with a suggested $5 donation at the door.
The evening begins with an introductory practice session at 6:30 for beginners. Experienced caller, Jamie Lane, will teach the basic moves, demonstrating the steps and formations. The half an hour practice session will provide an opportunity for new dancers to walk through some easy dances. All are welcome to come and help the new dancers find the joy of dancing.
Contra Dances have their origins in 17th century English country line dances. This style of dance was adapted by the French before being refashioned in the United States in the 18th century, becoming part of American folk dances. The social nature of the dances is unique in its ability to cross class lines. During a dance the participants dance with not just their partners but everyone else in the group, making contra dancing an enjoyable group activity.
The Western Illinois Museum is located at 201 South Lafayette Street, two blocks south of Macomb’s historic Courthouse Square. For more information, contact the museum at 309.837.2750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.