In a contra dance, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or “contra to” — their partners. Dancers and their partners form couples.
ELSAH — A special contra dance is scheduled for 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, on the campus of Principia College.
Guests should enter the college on Beltrees Road; on-campus directions will be available at the security gate. Admission is free; donations and contributions are encouraged. Proceeds will benefit Historic Elsah Foundation and its landmark historic building, Farley’s Music Hall in Elsah.
In a contra dance, parallel lines of dancers stand opposite — or “contra to” — their partners. Dancers and their partners form couples. Participants can expect folk music, dancing with partners in English-American folk dance style, line-dancing interspersed with waltzes and polkas and other dance forms. Contra dancing is social dancing at its best, and the Principia program will be family-friendly.
The Mound City Slickers of St. Louis will provide “Old Time Music For Your Dancing Pleasure” over the three hours of the program. Get ready for the sounds of the fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, more fiddle, and bones. Well-known local caller Dale Wilson will guide old-timers and newcomers through the contra dance.
The dance “venue” on the Principia campus will be the historic Morey Field House. The program planners are hoping that some of the dancing will take place on the Chapel Green, where participants can have an outdoor experience dancing on the bluffs above the Mississippi River.
Principia College is an alcohol and tobacco-free campus.
For information and a digital copy of an informational flier, contact Tim Tomlinson of Historic Elsah Foundation at (618) 374-1518 or text a request to (618) 513-7119.