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In Today’s News

May 23, 2018

New England Social Dancing 

WASHINGTON — Prescott Memorial School students have been enjoying a residency this year in traditional New England social dance, or contra dancing. They have learned the basic figures of traditional social dancing, both historic and modern. It also has allowed students to connect with each other and with music/rhythm through dancing.

This has been funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Belfast Flying Shoes outreach fund. Chrissy Fowler, a member of the Belfast Flying Shoes dance community, is the dancer in residence, and she has completed two of three sessions with all kindergarten through sixth grade students. Fowler also provides professional development opportunities for the staff so they may integrate contra dancing into their classroom routines. READ MORE in the Village Soup article.

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