Carleton, along with the Northfield Community Contra Dance Association, will present the second annual Winter Stomp! on Friday, February 22 at the Northfield Armory.
Featuring the music of Contratopia, the evening begins with a half-hour lesson at 7 p.m. followed by three hours of folk dancing from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Students and members of the community are invited to participate. No dance partner is needed, however event organizers recommend bringing comfortable shoes and festive, swing-ready attire.
Contra dance is a form of English folk dance that involves dance callers and the music of fiddles, banjos, pianos and guitars. Contra has been popular in Northfield and on the Carleton campus since the late 1970s. The Dacie Moses House Waltz (a commission to honor Carleton’s legendary “cookie house”) is a testament to Carleton’s love for contra dance. Northfield contra dancers continue to dance to this waltz today.