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BMC Celtic Classes Present Annual Contra Dance

May 31 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

The Brattleboro Music Center Celtic classes rally together once again to fill a dance hall with the thunderous, joyful sound of jigs and reels.

The multiple classes include dozens of teenagers and fiddling veterans as well as more recent converts to Celtic music, inspired and led by teachers Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy. The spring dance has become an annual celebration and will be held Friday, May 31, with dance calling by nationally respected caller Nils Fredland.

The location is the Guiding Star Grange, 401 Chapman Street, Greenfield, MA. All dances will be taught, and beginners are invited to take part in a workshop at 7:30 p.m. The dance is set for 8 to 11 p.m.

The suggested donation for the event – sponsored in part by Friends of the Greenfield Dance — is $10 with proceeds benefitting local fiddling/calling icon David Kaynor, who has recently been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Kaynor has been a pivotal figure in the New England contra dance scene for 40 years, renowned for his inclusivity and welcoming of generations of new musicians and dancers into the world of community dancing. Tracy was one of these fiddlers who benefited from sharing the stage with him at many Greenfield dances over the years, and his generosity has extended to performing and teaching at the BMC Northern Roots Festival on multiple occasions.

The suggested donation is $10 with proceeds benefitting local fiddling/calling icon David Kaynor. The event is sponsored in part by Friends of the Greenfield Dance. For more information, email info@bmcvt.org or events@friendsofgreenfielddance.org. Can’t get there, but want to contribute? Use our Give Now form and make a donation to the Celtic Class Kaynor fundraiser.


May 31
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Guiding Star Grange
401 Chapman Street
Greenfield, Massachusetts
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  • BMC Bravo SocietyThe Brattleboro Music Center relies on volunteers in the community who give generously of their time. We are pleased to honor the following for their help from November 2018 through April 2019:
    Carol Barber, Orion Barber, Rick Barron, Gussie Bartlett, Karen Becker, Mara Berkley, Robert Bonneau, Crager Boardman, Tim Callahan, Terry Carter, Walter Cramer, Charles Crowther, Maisie Crowther, Becky Eisenhandler, Judy Fink, Roberta Flatley, Rob Freeberg, Caleb Fritz, Clara Fritz, Bill Gottesman, Lerna Gottesman, Don Grybko, Sophie Hannah, Freddie Hart, Kimi Hasegawa, Francis Hebert, Cal Heile, Lynn Herzog, Claudia Jacobs, Jonah Johnson, Stephen Lloyd, Joe Madison, Sheila Magnuson, Cecil Maxfield, Steve Minken, Keith Murphy, Ralph Palmer, Guy Payne, Ellen Peters, Virginia Pick, Jon Potter, Jaki Reis, Camille Robertson, Laura Robertson, Monique Shurman, Paul Eric Smith, Becky Tracy, Melissa Trainor, Riis Whitworth, Betsy Willams, Laura Bryant Williams, Pete Wilson and Lani Wright. Also included…the BMC Flute Choir (Robin Matathias: Conductor, Ellen Chornoboy, Jane Olmstead, Amanda Paradis, Shelley Sparks, Caitlin Sullivan, and Lynn Valente) and Gowan Brae (Bruce Frank, Karen Frank Bob Naess, Antje Ruppert, and Alison Schantz)

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