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PIES’ Island Style Contra Dance To Benefit After School Academy

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PIES’ Island Style Contra Dance To Benefit After School Academy
Posted on 10/25/2017
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Peaks Island Elementary School (PIES) is hosting a contra dance community event as a fundraiser for its After School Academy. The event will take place Friday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in the gym of the school, located at 4 Church Avenue on Peaks Island.

“Join us for an evening of flounce and fun with a good 'ol fashioned Contra Dance Island Style! Come to dance, come to watch, come to listen, but come,” the school urges. The cost is $5 per person or $20 per family.

“Contra dancing is a form of community dancing to live acoustic music. The dances are simple, and joyful,” the school says. “The steps are taught, called and repeated. Contra Dancing is appropriate for all ages, toddlers through senior citizens. Everyone can dance and no partners are needed!”

Music will be provided by "Steampacket," featuring Glen Loper on mandolin and banjo; Tamora Goltz on fiddle; and Davis Stimson on guitar. Dugan Murphy, from Portland Intown Contra Dance, will call the dance.

“Come to share the joy of community as we hold space, dance, listen, eat and enjoy a fall evening at the Peaks Island Elementary School,” the school says. “Please share this invitation with friends, family and neighbors. It’s going to be delightful. All proceeds benefit The Peaks Island After School Academy.”

The Peaks Island After School Academy provides free enrichment activities for the students of PIES as a community service, enabling wraparound care for the students of families of Peaks Island from after school until 6 p.m. Activities include Kelp for Kids, Lego robotics, trailblazing with the Peaks Island Land Preserve, art, theater, history and folklore, sledding and skating, ​