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Bemidji Contra Dance plans next dance

BEMIDJI -- Bemidji Contra Dance will host its next event Saturday, Nov. 4, which will include both a musicians’ workshop and a community contra dance.

Contra dance is a lively, traditional, social dance that originated in New England and is now done all over the United States. Its music includes styles such as French Canadian, bluegrass, Celtic, Scottish, and Appalachian, according to a press release.

The musicians’ workshop will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. There is no cost, although pre-registration is encouraged. Local musicians will learn from and play with a northern Minnesota traditional dance band from the Duluth area known as Four Mile Portage. The workshop offers an opportunity for local musicians to learn about contra dance music and expand their skills and abilities to include playing for dancers, the press release said. Musicians who participate are also encouraged to play with the band for a few sets during that evening’s contra dance.

The event’s community contra dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Rail River Folk School, 303 Railroad St. SW. No partners or experience are needed. The dance will have a free-will donation.  

For more information on either the workshop or the dance, call (218) 407-7266 or email  kathryn.glez@gmail.com

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