The Carlisle Dance
The Carlisle dance has a different, more homespun feel than some of
the large dances in the greater Boston area.
The Carlisle dance takes place in a classic New England setting - an early
19th century white church on the town green. We gather in Union Hall on the first
floor, which has a new wooden floor and will hold about 100 comfortably.
This is one of the few dances that still has a potluck supper before
the dancing begins; the food is varied and tasty, and the conversation is lively.
The crowd is a friendly group of 30-50 dancers, all of whom are willing to help
newcomers learn the figures and have a good time. All ages are welcome on the dance
floor. Those who choose not to dance have fun socializing on the side.
Dancing is in the traditional New England style, with contras and usually a
set of singing squares. We begin and end the evening with a waltz. Dancing runs from
about 8PM to 10PM with no break. Sue Rosen is a regular caller at the dance along
with other local callers.
The Carlisle dance band consists of David Titus on fiddle, Debby Knight
on fiddle or piano, and Walter Lenk on mandocello, and sit-ins are welcomed
- if you play
an instrument and know some of the tunes or have a good ear, come join us. We often
end up with half a dozen fiddles, as well as assorted other instruments such as
mandolin, whistle, accordion, and clarinet.
The greater Boston area has many options for dancing, but if you
want an old-fashioned social experience, give the Carlisle dance a try.
Click here to see the flyer for the dance
What is contra dancing? - CDSS has some explanations here
When: Second Fridays October through June
Potluck 6:30 PM; dancing 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: First Religious Society, 27 School Street, Carlisle, MA 01741
More information: 617-547-7781
Photos by Ellen Huber and Priscilla Stevens, text and editing by Anne Ketchen
This page last updated 08/29/2016