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Outreach & Grant-Funded Events

The DanceFlurry Organization is out and about in the community to engage new audiences for our many events.  Come visit us — or, better yet, help us spread the word by volunteering for these outreach opportunities!  Contact us at info@danceflurry.org if you are interested in getting involved OR have an idea for an outreach opportunity.

In addition, our Program Grants and DF-YO grants help to support traditional music and dance events sponsored by other organizations.  When these are public events, you will find them listed here.

OUTREACH EVENTS

RESCHEDULED:  The Sheiks of Third Street

Wednesday, July 28  6:30 pm, Free Concert
Due to rain in the forecast, this event has been rescheduled from Wednesday July 14 to Wednesday July 28th.

Join us under the pavilion for a live swing dance music event hosted by the DanceFlurry Organization. The Sheiks of Third Street features Zach Cohen on Guitar, Mike Jenkins on Bass and Vocals, and Pete Vombaco on Drums.

Attendees are expected to comply with any state or local regulations or social-distancing guidelines in place at the time of the event, and organizers ask that you bring your own blankets or lawn chairs. This event is a concert and not a dance, but members of a household or pod are welcome to dance with each other.

The event is free, but donations are accepted to help support live, traditional music in the Capital Region.


GRANT-FUNDED PROGRAMS

In June, 2021, the DFO Youth Outreach grant program (DF-YO) awarded a grant to the family-oriented Young at Heart series taking place outdoors this summer at Dewey Memorial Hall in Sheffield, MA. This grant supports (distanced) community dancing with Paul Rosenberg and a performance by Aldo Lavaggi.  See event listings below.  Find the schedule and a full list of their summer events at https://www.facebook.com/deweymemorialhall/
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Saturday, July 17:  YOUNG AT HEART: ALDO LAVAGGI (MUSIC)

9:45am– Space opens     10:00am– Jesting begins
Tickets: FREE (donations greatly appreciated).  Reservations requested.
Information: deweymemorialhall@gmail.com or 919-478-4335.  Click here for current guidelines.

Dewey Hall’s “Young at Heart” series is family friendly and welcomes all ages. “Young at Heart” occurs weekly on Saturday mornings starting at 10am. The series will feature different art forms each week in an engaging light-hearted way. “Young at Heart” will take place outside at Dewey Hall. This week’s event is made possible by a grant from the DanceFlurry Organization.

Aldo Lavaggi is from Woodstock NY, where he was raised in the midst of local fiddle traditions as a student of Jay Ungar. His enthusiasm for traditional music was nourished at summertime folk festivals and contradances around the Hudson Valley and New England. In his twenties, he toured extensively throughout Europe, absorbing the diverse music and traditions of the old world. A fiddler and multi-instrumentalist, Aldo is now an active musician with his band The Russet Trio and a sought after fiddle teacher. Aldo specializes in Celtic, Old-time and Scandinavian traditional music and teaches folk dancing in schools and camps. He cofounded the Chatham Contradance, which draws a large crowd on the first Saturday of each month.


Saturday, August 14th
YOUNG AT HEART: FAMILY DANCE AROUND THE WORLD

10 to 11 am (Rain date is August 15th)
9:45am– Space opens
10:00am– Music and Dancing begins

Dewey Hall Back Yard, Dewey Hall, 91 Main Street, Sheffield, MA 01257

Tickets: FREE (donations greatly appreciated), Reservations requested  Information: deweymemorialhall@gmail.com or 919-478-4335  Click here for current guidelines.

Dewey Hall’s “Young at Heart” series is family friendly and welcomes all ages. “Young at Heart” occurs weekly on Saturday mornings starting at 10am. The series will feature different art forms each week in an engaging light-hearted way. “Young at Heart” will take place outside at Dewey Hall. This event is funded in part by a grant from the DanceFlurry Organization.

About Intergenerational Family Dance:  Come kick up your heels to live fiddle music.  Enjoy a tradition of community dancing and music handed down from generation to generation. We play music and get everyone involved – from ages 2 to 102 — especially those who have not danced before, in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites: circles, squares, contras (all modified for physical — not social — distancing), as well as a few international folk (French, African, Turkish, Chinese, Russian, Israeli, Polynesian, Scandinavian, Latin American, and more) dances.

The toe-tapping music consists of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and waltzes.  While participation in the dancing is encouraged — and it’s hard to sit still — it’s fun to just listen to the music and watch too!

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