MISSOULA – The University of Montana Folklore Society will host its annual Town and Gown Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Missoula Senior Center, located at 705 S. Higgins Ave. A beginner’s workshop, taught by Derek Gallagher, starts at 7:30 p.m.
The event is free, but donations are accepted. The event features Irish and Appalachian fiddle music from the Bozeman-based band Sage & Basil.
“If you can walk and smile at the same time, you can Contra dance,” said UM Folklore Society Adviser Vicki Watson.
The Town and Gown Dance features Contra dance, which is an Americanized European country dance. Two long lines of people dance a series of simple figures and continually move along the lines until each person has danced with everyone else. Organizers said the dance figures are easy to learn and are called out during the dance.
To watch an example of the type of dancing featured at this event, go to https://youtu.be/qvHEnAKlalY .