Otsego Dance Society’s February contradance will be held on Friday, Feb. 4, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown.
Music will be provided by Carol Mandigo, Rob Grassi and Bernie Neumann and Garry Aney will be calling.
Carol Mandigo plays guitar and has teamed up with Neumann and Grassi for several years. Neumann has been playing fiddle for 15 years, from a repertoire of Celtic and French Canadian tunes. Grassi took up traditional music 10 years ago and plays guitar, mandolin, banjo and cittern.
Aney combines his love of historical interpretation with modern influences to call a balance of contemporary and traditional contra dances. He calls dances from the Revolutionary War era, the19th, 20th and even 21st centuries.
Contradance is a traditional New England dance form that is easy to learn. No experience is needed, since every dance is taught. Beginners are always welcome, but come on time, since there is more instruction during the earlier dances.
Contradancing is also very social and loads of fun for all ages, according to organizers. Organizers said people do not need to bring a partner; it is not unusual to dance with someone different every dance, which is especially helpful for newcomers and less experienced dancers. Dancing will begin at 8 p.m. and continue until 11 p.m.
There is a suggested donation is $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers and free for children 12 and younger.
The Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Pioneer and Church streets.
For more information, call 965-8232 or (315) 272- 6110 or visit www.otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com.