The Rockland Contra Dance series began in October and is presented on the second Sunday of each month in the first-floor dance studio of Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education, 24 Lincoln St. This month’s event will be on March 14 and feature caller Eileen Dugal.

The afternoon will begin at 3 p.m. with a free Irish dance workshop led by Dugal, followed by a contra dance from 3:30 to 6 p.m. with Dugal calling and live music by Tamora Goltz on fiddle, Maggie Ericson on button accordion and David Stimson on guitar. Admission will be $10 for adults, $15 for families with children.

As always, the music and dances are presented in a relaxed format. This series, organized by Jim Birch and Hope Hoffman, is not intended to be a what contra dancers term a hot dance. No partner is necessary: singles, couples and families are welcome. Dancers should bring a clean, soft-soled shoes for dancing and drinking water. Lincoln Street Center is a smoke- and chem-free facility.

Dugal is an Irish step dancer, Irish dance instructor, musician and early childhood music educator based in New Hampshire. She has performed at the Downeast Country Dance Festival, teaching Irish set dancing.

Goltz has been playing music for dancers for 32 years and has performed for English, Irish and New England traditional dancers. Stimson has been playing guitar accompaniment for country dance music for more than 40 years. He also plays fiddle, concertina, piano, mandolin and banjo. Ericson has been performing folk and traditional music in venues in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic since the late 1970s. She is a founding member of Ladies of the Lake and of The Old Grey Goose. For more information, call Birch at 372-8657 or send e-mail to

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