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A contra dance to get your feet movin’

Clatsop County Stringband performs for Nov. 2 event

Published on October 31, 2018 10:48AM

Members of the Clatsop County Stringband are Larry Moore on mandolin, Knox Swanson on guitar Gina Kytr on fiddle, and Hobe Kytr on banjo.

Courtesy Dave Ambrose

Members of the Clatsop County Stringband are Larry Moore on mandolin, Knox Swanson on guitar Gina Kytr on fiddle, and Hobe Kytr on banjo.


ASTORIA — A contra dance will be held at the Astoria Arts and Movement Center the evening of Friday, Nov. 2.

The event starts at 7 p.m. with a beginner’s lesson taught by Dave Ambrose. Admission is $5 to $10; children under 12 are admitted free.

You’ll be dancing to live music played by the Clatsop County Stringband. Contra dancing is for people with no experience and those who win dance competitions.

The dance style dates back to the 1600s in England and Scotland, becoming popular in France in the 1700s before spreading to America. It’s popular today in New England and the Northwest.

Bringing a partner is not required. Everyone is encouraged to dance with as many people as they feel comfortable with.

The Arts and Movement Center is at Commercial and 10th streets.



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