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ContraForce to liven up contra dance

POSTED: July 25, 2013 1:00 a.m.

A three-man band with deep roots in the contra dance scene is slated to get toes tapping, hands clapping and feet in a dancing motion Saturday, July 27, at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association gym.

ContraForce, a Charleston, S.C.-based trio, will headline the contra dance with Diane Silver calling the dances.

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. with a welcome lesson where newcomers can learn the basics of contra dancing. At 8 p.m., ContraForce goes on stage.

Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for SNCA members and $5 for students. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a supervising adult. The event is at the SNCA gym, 288 Ga. 255 N, in Sautee Nacoochee.

The band consists of three members: Andrae Raffield on the fiddle, Joey Dorwart on the saxophone and drums, and Jimi “Two Nails” Periano on guitar. Raffield and Dorwart were 15-year veterans of contra bands such as Anna’s Bananas and Shady Groove when they formed ContraForce with Periano.

Band members describe themselves as “merging traditional contra music with psychedelia, surf rock and metal to create a new exciting force” on their website contraforceband.wordpress.com.

Contra dancing is a mix of traditional folk and square dancing with modern influences. Dancers participate in choreographed steps and change partners often. Singles, couples or groups can participate and are encouraged to by the Sautee Community Contra Dance organization, which hosts several contra dances every season.

Dances are usually accompanied by a folk band and a dance “caller” who teaches new participants the basics before the show and then calls the dance steps during it.

 

For more information, call 706-878-3300 or visit www.sauteecontra.com.


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