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Dancers swirl and swing with Cullen's Cross at the Crary Mills Grange.
Dancers swirl and swing with Cullen's Cross at the Crary Mills Grange.

Contra dancing on the rise

Contra dance, a type of folk dance, was a main form of recreation during the Colonial period. There was a contra dance revival during the folk music era in the 60's and 70's, and today contras are having another resurgence all around the region. The dances offer an all-too-rare intergenerational experience, where folks 8 to 80 dance and socialize together. Contra fans will tell you the dances create genuine joy, community, and connections. Todd Moe visited a contra dance recently at the historic Crary Mills Grange and has more.  Go to full article
Beulah Walrath dancing to country swing in Oxbow
Beulah Walrath dancing to country swing in Oxbow

Still swingin? after all these years

Stop by the park in downtown Oxbow tonight and you'll likely meet Beulah Walrath. Actually, she'll probably introduce herself. Beulah has been the local historian and music promoter in this village on the St. Lawrence and Jefferson County border for years. She organizes the Summer Concert Series. The country and western swing brings out a lot of local folks. Some sit in their cars. Others bring lawn chairs and blankets. And Beulah leads the dancers in front of the village gazebo. Inspires, really. Beulah was crippled in a car accident in 1995. But after years of therapy and a positive attitude, she's back to her favorite hobby. Todd Moe has this audio profile.  Go to full article
Family fun at a recent Boogie Wonderland
Family fun at a recent Boogie Wonderland

'Boogie Wonderland' for kids and adults

If you and your kids are looking to shake off that cabin fever this weekend, try Boogie Wonderland Sunday afternoon. It's a family-friendly dance party at the Higher Ground Concert Hall in Burlington, with a real dance floor and a real disco ball. And adults can even have a drink while the kids dance. Tom Bacon is music lover, father, DJ, and host of Boogie Wonderland. He told David Sommerstein his wife read about similar family dance parties in New York and Philadelphia, and he thought why not in Burlington?  Go to full article

Preview: Fete De Danse 2007

Norte Maar and the Rouses Point Historical Society present the return of Fete de Danse, a summer dance concert in the Rouses Point Civic Center Thursday night (7:30 pm). The program will feature Gleich Dances Contemporary Ballet from London in the world premiere of the "Leger Ballet", choreographed by Julia Gleich. Norte Maar's Jason Andrew told Todd Moe that the ballet includes new music and is based on the life and art of cubist painter Fernand Leger, who lived in Rouses Point in the early 40's.  Go to full article

Preview: Adirondack Elemental

The Rebecca Kelly Ballet has returned for another summer of dance programs for rural youth in the North Country. Rebecca Kelly has been making ballets inspired by the beauty of the Adirondacks for over two decades. Todd Moe talks with her about bringing ballet and modern dance to the Lake Placid Center for the Arts, SUNY Potsdam and other venues for over two decades. She and her dance company began summer visits in the mid-1980s. A new cycle of three ballets, Adirondack Elemental, debuts this month.  Go to full article

Preview: Dark Night of the Body

A new dance theatre work premieres at SUNY Potsdam this week. Dark Night of the Body was choreographed by Visiting Assistant Professor Stephanie Adcock. It opens Thursday night (8 pm) in the Black Box Theatre in Satterlee Hall and continues Friday and Saturday nights. The work features Adcock and four student dancers, and incorporates dance, spoken word and movement. Adcock told Todd Moe that the semi-autobiographical work contextualizes one person's struggle with terminal illness amidst the isolation of winter.  Go to full article

A flurry of dance in Saratoga Springs

One of the largest dance festivals in North America, with lots of participatory dance and music instruction sessions, parties, and performances, gets underway in downtown Saratoga Springs today. Beth Robinson, co-host of NCPR's Open Studio, spoke with Peter Davis, co-director of the 20th annual "Dance Flurry" festival. Davis says everyone is welcome.  Go to full article

Open Studio (full program)

This month it's the care-and-feeding of artists as we explore connections between the arts and health. Storyteller Fran Yardley and expressive arts therapist Kathy Montan share their thoughts about different ways to use the arts to promote health and healing. We talk with Potsdam musician and physical therapist Victor Caamano about health issues for artists. We preview the upcoming "Dance Flurry" in Saratoga Springs and hear about the health benefits of music, dance and community. Poet Allen Hoey talks about remembered landscapes, and about writing and health. And, we sample music from Christian Parker and Barb Heller's new cd, Now and Then.  Go to full article

Preview: The Polar Express Ballet in Watertown

Since its publication in 1985, Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express has touched the hearts of millions of readers. It tells the story of a Christmas Eve when a boy is awakened by a steam train that pulls up in front of his house and takes him and other children to the North Pole. Two years ago, the book became a movie, and this weekend a group of dancers in Watertown will bring the story to the stage as a ballet. Todd Moe spoke with Potsdam composer Bryan Burkett about this original ballet featuring the Northern New York Dance Alliance.  Go to full article
Island Dan and the Beach Bum Band
Island Dan and the Beach Bum Band

Open Studio (full program)

Island Dan the Steel Drum Man and his band is live in the studio. We profile North Country artist and beachcomber Captain Honk. A group of dancers bring classical ballet and bagpipes to a shopping mall parking lot in Plattsburgh. Canton poet and sculptor Max Coots likens people to a vegetable garden. And we read the "Why Cheap Art?" manifesto, beginning a conversation about the meaning and role of art, talk about poets and visual artists on Giving Voice, and hear about a new cd from veteran Potsdam rock group "Double Axel."  Go to full article

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