April 1 is the date of the next Otsego Dance Society contradance. Performing will be The Russet Trio, with Quena Crain calling. The dance will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown from 8 to 11 p.m.
Crain comes from southern Vermont and is a lifelong contradancer. She began calling in her teens and has a style which is fun, calm, and constant, according to a media release. Incorporating old standard dances with interesting new favorites, she creates a friendly atmosphere where both experienced dancers and beginners can enjoy themselves.
The Russet Trio has been energizing dancers with their upbeat takes on traditional and original music since it was formed in 2004. Fiddler Aldo Lavaggi and guitarist Peter Madsen, both original members of the trio, have recently been joined by Jon Suters on upright bass.
Performing a wide variety of Celtic, American, and French Canadian music as well as their own, the band is popular for its intricate, rhythmical interplay and joyful spontaneity, the release said.
Contradancing is a traditional New England form of dancing that is easy to learn.
Each dance is taught and all ages and skill levels are welcome. You don’t need to come with a partner.
The suggested donation is $8 for adults, $4 for students and teen-agers and free for children 12 and under. The Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Pioneer and Church Sts.
For more information, call (607) 95-8232 or (315) 272- 6110 or check the society’s website at www.otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com.