3:00 pm ET Family Dance
4:00 pm ET Community Dance
Join the live Zoom event, streaming from Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs
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3:00 pm ET Virtual 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 favorites as well as a few international folk (Chinese, Israeli, French, African, and more) dances. We will focus on dances which can be done alone or with a partner.
The toe-tapping music consists of reels, jigs, polkas, hornpipes, and waltzes. Besides fiddle, instruments in the family dance includes banjo, mandolin, guitar, ukulele, 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!
The Family Dance is a part of Caffe Lena’s “Little Folks Series” which is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
4:00 pm ET Virtual Community Dance
The idea of Community Dance is simple — get a group of people together with some musicians and a “caller” to teach and lead the steps, and dance the night away. It’s a grass roots activity and not an event that requires participants to be serious dancers. Because this is a virtual dance, we will focus on dances that can be done alone or with a partner. The repertoire most conducive for singles and two people are simple international folk dances.
Peter Davis, Paul Rosenberg and George Wilson lead elementary and high school daytime workshops and residencies in traditional community dance and music, and play for family and community dance evenings. Their repertoire consists primarily of contra, square and international folk dances accompanied by lively reels, jigs, polkas and waltzes. Their music and dances transform even the most adamant, grimacing youngsters declaring “I will never dance” into smiling dance-lovers asking: “When is the next dance?”
Although they have worked as a trio since 1994, Peter and George have each been arts educators since the mid-1970’s. Peter plays guitar, piano, banjo, clarinet, mandolin, pennywhistle and many other instruments. Paul plays recorder and teaches and calls dances from America and around the world. George plays fiddle, banjo, and guitar.
Peter, Paul & George have recorded two CD s – and written companion instruction books – called Peel the Banana and Dance the World Around, which present a sequence of dances from school residencies, family dances, and community celebrations.