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 all-contra event will be on April 11 and feature caller John McIntire.

The event will run from 3 to 6 p.m. with beginners instruction early in the afternoon. There will be a break at about 4:30 p.m. with a waltz and perhaps a special dance. Live music will be provided by Hope Hoffman on fiddle and Peter Proeller on banjo. 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 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 lots of drinking water. Lincoln Street Center is a smoke- and chem-free facility.

McIntire has been teaching dance to all ages for the past 15 years and has been dancing in the New England traditional style for more than 30 years. He has been the caller for public dances around New England and at major festivals from Boston to Seattle.

Hoffman has worked full-time as a freelance performer and teacher since 1999. Her musical style is noted for its evocative beauty and rough-and-tumble playfulness, with influences including the elder generation of Maine dance fiddlers and early music. Hoffman teaches violin/fiddle for adults and for children age 3 and older in downtown Rockland and at Free Grange Music Studio in Bowdoinham.

For more information, call 372-8657 or send e-mail Jim Birch at; visit; or find Birch or Rockland Contra Dance Association on Facebook.

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