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Young Tradition Festival Family Contra Dance

May 12 at 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

$10 – $30

Join us for a family contra dance with caller Luke Donforth and live music by Pascal Gemme, Véronique Plasse and friends.

All welcome and no experience necessary! All dances are taught by the caller. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes.

The dance is part of Young Tradition Festival, a three-day event which celebrates young artists and multi-generational relationships in diverse traditional music and dance communities while providing opportunities for youth, families, and the greater community to immerse themselves in several types of traditional music and dance.

This year’s festival includes concerts at Contois Auditorium: World-renowned Nepali Sarangi player Shyam Nepali’s band Himalayan Dreams will perform Friday night, and the well-known Quebecois trad band Genticorum will play Saturday night, with an opening act by the 20 teen performers of the Young Tradition Touring Group. Young musicians and dancers will perform alongside their teachers Saturday morning at the Burlington Farmers Market during our Student/Mentor Showcase. Performances will include Burundian dancing, Folk fiddling, Tibetan singing, Nepali Sarangi, and more. On Sunday all-ages will have an opportunity to join in the fun at a family-friendly jam session and contra dance at Contois Auditorium. The festival’s programming also includes free performances for students at Burlington’s Integrated Arts Academy and residents at the Converse Home.


May 12
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
$10 – $30
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Vermont Folklife
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Burlington City Hall, Contois Auditorium
149 Chruch St.
Burlington, VT, VT 05401 United States
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