Join the Princeton Country Dancers for the Rum & Onions 38th consecutive year Halloween contra dance. Dancers, and aspiring dancers of all ages and levels, are invited. A basics workshop is offered from 7:00 to 7:30—anyone wishing to learn the basics of contra dancing is invited, and the workshop is included in the admission fee. This session will also be a great warm-up for experienced dancers or anyone wanting a quick refresher. The evening dance begins with a Grand March (Costume Parade) at 7:30. Dancing continues until 11 p.m., with a break for dessert. Contributions (sweets, fruit, savory and salty snacks) are gratefully accepted for the dessert break. Costumes are encouraged and provide a festive atmosphere. Dancers must wear soft-soled, non-marking dance shoes. Chinese slippers are OK.
Contra dancing is an energetic activity, which may be something to consider when planning a costume. Contra dances, New England folk dances similar to the Virginia reel, are lively and easy to learn. At a contra dance, attendance as a couple is not required; traditionally, one switches partners after every dance. As in square dancing, each dance is “called” and the caller starts each new dance with a brief “walk-through” to teach the movements. There are no complicated dance steps to learn and the music is live! No previous dancing experience is required; just a desire to cooperate with others and learn a few easy dance moves, like the ‘box the gnat’, ‘hey for four’, and ‘swing’.
Saturday, October 28, at the Pond Road Middle School in Robbinsville
6:00 Potluck Supper. Please join us for a potluck dinner. Bring a substantial dish to share; beverages provided by Princeton Country Dancers.
7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
7:00 Contra Dance Basics Workshop/Warm-up. A fun intro to contra dance basics. Everyone welcome.
7:30 Costume Parade & Dance. Parade immediately followed by contra dancing for all until 11, costumes encouraged.
9:00 Refreshment Break. Contributions (sweets, fruit, savory and salty snacks) gratefully accepted.
(Note: there will also be dancing in the afternoon 3:00-6:00 for experienced contra dancers only)
Fun and accessible for all ages. Discounts available for students/limited income. Admission fee for the evening is $18 general admission, $13 for students and $7 for children. Afternoon is $16 general, $11 for students and $7 for children. Admission for the entire day is $30, $18 for stuents and $12 for children.
History of Rum and Onions
When Rum & Onions started in 1981, there were eleven people in the band. The dance generated so much energy and good will that the Rum & Onions II band doubled in size to twenty-two members. The growth continued, stabilizing with anywhere from 40 to 50 musicians each year. Musicians come not only from the local Princeton area, but also from Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and beyond, to play in the band. Each year a different, nationally famous caller is invited to call the dance and present whatever their specialty may be, from New England squares and Quadrilles, to dances done to the Beatles’ Octopus’ Garden! Princeton Country Dancers is justifiably proud of this great tradition. So mark your calendar now.
Princeton Country Dancers is delighted to welcome Diane Silver to call for R & O. Diane calls
contra, square, and family dances in Asheville, NC. Diane has a penchant for hot modern contras and fun squares. Her careful attention to dancers’ pace and progress, the ability to think on her feet, and clear, efficient teaching of higher-level dances ensures sizzling fun for everyone.
Bob Pasquarello will lead Rum & Onions. Bob is a dance pianist, tune composer, band leader, and workshop presenter. He is the author of Fingers Dancing, a work on chord theory and piano accompaniment for contra dance music. And once again, R&O has drawn great musicians from all over the Tri-State area to perform for your delight.
Directions to the dance and additional information are available at the PCD website at www.princetoncountrydancers.org.