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October 25, 2012


The University of Montana Folklore Society will host the annual Town & Gown Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in the University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public, but donations are appreciated to help cover expenses.

The dance will include a variety of traditional American folk dances, but will focus on contra, a form of old English country dancing which American colonists in New England eventually modified to fit into the long, thin floor spaces of barns. Two long lines of people dance a series of simple figures, continually moving along the line until each person has danced with everyone else.

A beginner’s workshop will be held at 7:30 p.m. before the main dance begins. Roy Curet will teach and call dances throughout the evening. Out of the Wood, a band that specializes in old-time fiddle tunes, jigs and reels, will provide live music. Dress is casual and eclectic.

For more information call Vicki Watson, UM Folklore Society adviser, at 406-243-5153, email or visit





Contact: Vicki Watson, UM environmental studies professor and UM Folklore Society adviser, 406-243-5153,