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Troy Barn Dance Experience

A new participatory dance series in downtown Troy!

Enjoy dancing to live music!  All dances taught; no need to bring a partner.

October 18:           Caller Paul Rosenberg with music by Tamarack

November 15:       Paul Rosenberg with music by Helderberg Trio

December 8:         Special SUNDAY dance at the Victorian Stroll from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  This FREE event takes place at                           Christ Church, 35 State St.

January 17:            John Kirk, Trish Miller & Patricia Kernan

February 21:          Paul Rosenberg with music by Curragh

March 20:              Paul Rosenberg with music by Loosely Wound String Band

April 17:                 Paul Rosenberg with music by Set Americain

Dances from 7:15 – 9:30 pm at the Troy YWCA, 21 First St, Troy NY.

Suggested donation of $8 for adults, $5 for students, and $2 for children.  Free snacks donated by the Honest Weight Food Coop.

You can download a copy of the flyer here.

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY CONTRA/BARN DANCE?
Community dance is enjoying a resurgence in the North America. It is common in the United Kingdom, where it is known as a “Barn Dance” or “Ceilidh.”  Community dancing generally includes a variety of dances and formations during an evening, such as:

Circle (with or without partners)
Square
Longways (columns of partners facing each other)
Couple dances, including polkas, waltzes, schottisches, and a variety of folk and international dances.
Snaky lines or scattered formation

Participants can immediately have fun and feel successful at a community dance – there is no need for a beginner’s workshop because all dances are “entry level.”  Everyone is welcome, regardless of age or how slow-moving they might be. Children and elderly are welcomed and included.

See what our local community dances are like in this video:

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YWCA, 21 1st Street, Troy, NY, USA

The YWCA is located on First Street between State and Congress Streets.  First Street is a one-way street going south, so access the block from State Street or further north at River Street.