In traditional New England social dancing, everyone is welcome and no experience is needed. Every dance is taught and beginners or experienced dancers alike can jump right in during any dance. Come alone or bring a friend!
Tonight, Dugan Murphy will be teaching dances, and Maivish will be playing music. Hailing from here in Portland, Maine, Murphy is a nationally acclaimed contra dance caller, teaching with clarity and joy. Maivish explores the landscape of time-honored melodies and songs, and comes home along new pathways, making music with vibrant energy and delight. Gathering traditions from the British Isles, Ireland and America with a mix of original compositions, their performance is infused with lush vocal harmonies, inspired interplay, and captivating spirit. At its core, the group is a collaboration between American fiddler Jaige Trudel and British born guitarist Adam Broome who have been performing together as a duo for over a decade. Maivish frequently includes Matthew Olwell on flutes, bodhrán, and percussive dance.
Portland Intown Contra Dance enriches lives and cultivates a vibrant community through dance. They gather every Thursday night for zesty, joyful dancing on the peninsula in Portland, Maine. To find out more, visit portlandintowncontradance.com.
Portland Intown Contra Dance will host evenings of dance every third Wednesday from June through September from 6 until 8pm in Congress Square Park.