Gad Zeke to be featured at contra dance Nov. 2

Ontario Center for Performing Arts, along with Stewart’s Shops, is sponsoring a contra dance,  also known as a barn dance, Friday, Nov. 2.

Members of Gad Zeke are the featured musicians for this event with Bob Nicholson as the caller.

The dance will take place at the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego, which is adjacent to Breitbeck Park overlooking Lake Ontario.

There is a newcomer’s workshop at 7 p.m. and then the dance will go from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. All dances are learn-as-you-go and all ages are welcome. There is a fee to attend.

Contra dancing is similar to the old fashioned barn dances where a caller guides new and experienced dancers through a variety of line and square dance moves.

A dancer and his or her partner perform a series of moves, or figures, with each other and repeat the same figures with other couples as they progress down the line.

Contra dancing has traditionally been a social occasion to create an opportunity to meet others in the community.

Those planning to attend should bring clean, soft-soled shoes to change into for dancing and are asked not to wear perfume. A water cooler is available and bringing a water bottle is strongly advised. Refreshment donations are accepted.

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