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Family Dances at the Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Dances are held the first Friday of the month (October - May) at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

  • Friday, Oct. 7 -- Allison and Hunt Smith
  • Friday, Nov. 4 -- Brendan Taaffe
  • Friday, Dec. 2 -- Mary DesRosiers
  • Friday, Jan. 6 -- Brendan Taaffe
  • Friday, Feb. 3 -- Amy Cann
  • Friday, March 3 -- Kathy Torrey
  • Friday, April 7 -- Amy Cann
  • Friday, May 5 -- Allison and Hunt Smith, Cheryl Gallien, Matt Garland, and Will Fudeman 

Dancing at the Keene Public Library Family Dance

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance for children and adults of all ages and abilities. Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003. Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May. Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too. Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting. These are all important early learning skills. Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a lifelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.

All dance programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund. Check our online calendar to see who will be performing at our next dance!

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books Recommended Library Materials on Contra and other Folk Dances:  

Chimes of Dunkirk: great dances for children. This CD and book set was produced by New England Dancing Masters Productions Choose your partners!: contra dance & square dance music of New Hampshire. This great CD Smithsonian Folkways features Rodney Miller, Bob McQuillen, Dudley Laufmann and others
Dance by Andrée Grau Dance! : no matter what kind of dance you like to do, this book is for you by Apryl Lundsten
Down in the valley: more great singing games for children. Another great CD and book set was produced by New England Dancing Masters Productions Folk dance by Sherry Bonnice
Hi! ho! The rattlin' bog, and other folk songs for group singing, compiled by John Lanstaff Jump Jim Joe: great singing games for children. This CD and book set was produced by New England Dancing Masters Productions

World Wide Web Recommended websites: 

Contra Dance Links - Find a contra dance in just about any state.

Country Dance and Song Society - This Massachusetts-based organization publishes books, booklets, recordings, and a quarterly newsletter. 

Dance Gypsy - A great site for finding a local dance, caller, or musicians.

Folk Show with Kate McNally - Tune into New Hampshire Public Radio (WEVN, Keene 90.7) for the Folk Show every Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Monadnock Folklore Society - Promotes folk dancing and music in the region. Includes concert and event listings, scholarship information, and related links.

New England Dancing Masters - This organization has authored the standard source for family and community dance callers.

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Wow it was great fun there.

Wow it was great fun there. They have stoped us for dancing as it was not the right place for dancing but we can have fun with increasing litracy skills.

It is great fun

Our dances are really fun for everyone. Heberton Hall is a great place for dancing. We have dances once a month and other groups rent the hall for dances too. Library dances are always free. Other groups may have an admission charge.

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