Readers know from previous Feel Good Fridays that I love good music and dancing. This video makes me feel *real* good. It is a video of a contra dance featuring the band Perpetual e-Motion.
Contra dance has its roots in Old English Dancing and the primary goals of contra dancing are 1) community building, and 2) have fun. Unlike square dancing, each dance is a set pattern of moves which the caller teaches with a walk through and then calls to remind of the repeating pattern when the music starts. If you notice, the caller’s “reminders” get shorter and eventually cease altogether as the dancers remember the pattern themselves. Anyone can contra dance because it’s fun and easy!
The band Perpetual e-Motion is playing a style of music some refer to as “Americana Groove”, a fusion of traditional bluegrass and celtic music with jazz and other styles of music. To see how master fiddler Ed Howe creates those awesome rhythms with his fiddle, check this out.
I’m going to dance to Perpetual e-Motion next month. Be very jealous.