Legendary contra dance caller visits San Juan Island Grange

  • Thu Apr 19th, 2018 7:00am
  • Life

Submitted by San Juan Island Grange

Join a “Dudley dance” at the San Juan Island Grange in Friday Harbor on Monday, April 23. Dudley Laufman is a legendary contra dance caller and musician who has spent a lifetime calling and playing dances throughout rural New England. His influence and popularity created the wave of interest in old-time dancing and music that has spread through the U.S. For his role in preserving traditional music, Laufman has received a National Heritage Fellowship award; the country’s highest honor in the folk arts.

San Juan Island Grange members are proud and excited to have Laufman in Friday Harbor to play and call for the Monday-night dance, which is in keeping with the traditional events that he has championed for decades.

The dance will be free, from 7 to 9 p.m. Along with Laufman, will be the local Organic Contraband, joined by guest musicians from Seattle. Contra dance is easy and fun for all. Each dance is taught, so there is no need to bring a partner; everyone is welcome. This will be a special opportunity to experience with a real national treasure in folk heritage, plus a really good time.