Mostly Waltz for Boston

Waltzes and other couple dances
2–5:30 pm selected Sundays, September through May

Concord Scout House, 74 Walden Street, Concord, Massachusetts

May 19, 2019: Music by Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy

The May Mostly Waltz for Boston is a joint event with Scandinavian Sundays, 2–5:30 pm at the Concord Scout House. The afternoon begins with a Hambo workshop led by Tom Roby and Diane Gonzales, 2–3 pm: Learn this popular Swedish turning dance regularly done at Mostly Waltz and contra dances. After teaching the basics, Tom and Diane will focus on ways to improve your Hambo, including some interesting variations. The open dance session, 3–5:30 pm, features a mixture of waltzes and Scandinavian dances with some quick teaching, and wonderful music by Becky Tracy (fiddle) and Keith Murphy (piano, guitar, mandolin). Becky and Keith are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France, Scandinavia, and beyond. Tracy’s fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Keith’s gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion. Combined, they produce a range and richness of sound that is striking for a duo. Their playing is seamless, the result of years of playing together and touring across the US and Canada, and in Europe. Please join us for this special afternoon!

  • Admission $12
  • FAC members $10
  • Young adults $6
  • Your second time attending Mostly Waltz is FREE!

Beginners, experienced dancers, singles, and couples are all welcome.

The Folk Arts Center and Mostly Waltz for Boston present Sunday afternoon sessions of live music for waltzing and other couple dances. This series duplicates the Mostly Waltz afternoons held in other cities across North America. Mostly Waltz for Boston also presents occasional special workshops in styles such as cross-step waltz.

The regular Sunday dances in this series feature a lesson in waltz basics, figures, or styles from 2 to 3 pm, followed by live music for dancing until 5:30 pm, with intermediate-level “cool moves” or other dance variations taught during the break, 4:10 to 4:30 pm. A variety of waltz tunes and tempos are played during the session; every third number is a different couple dance, such as a polka, hambo, schottische, swing, tango, one-step, blues, or zwiefacher.

Your donations to the refreshment table are much appreciated. To protect the hall’s wooden floor and to make turning easier, please change from street shoes to clean shoes, ideally leather-soled, before dancing. For the comfort and well-being of all our dancers, especially those with allergies or asthma, the Concord Scout House requests that we do not wear perfume or fragranced personal products at its events. Thank you!

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