Contra Dance with Beth Molaro (calling) and Steamshovel

  • Dates: September 28, 2018
  • Venue: Dance Tent
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 10 W South St, Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Times: 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Admission: Free


Head to the dance tent to learn about the art of contra, and give it a whirl yourself - no partner or experience required! Beth Molaro is a teacher of traditonal American dance who specializes in calling square dances and contra dances and teaching Appalachian style flatfoot dancing. Dancers from coast-to-coast will tell you that Molaro is GREAT, and when she calls, the dance is always a party! Her enthusiasm is contagious and she makes any dance more energetic and exciting. Molaro's vocal style is unique in the dance world. Her ability to sing the calls makes for an exciting blending of music and calls. You will hear elements of the blues and jazz in her voice as she sings you from one figure to the next, weaving together the various elements of dance, music, and dancers. Molaro lives in Asheville, and she is an active part of the thriving dance community there. Often on the road calling dances all over the place, her clear calling and skilled dance selection have made her one of the country's most popular and widely traveled callers. Molaro has called hundreds of dances from coast to coast as well as Denmark and Canada. She is in demand as a caller and teacher for weddings, family reunions, and other gatherings as well as community dances both small and large, at dance weeks, weekends, and folk festivals.

Steamshovel provides the live music for this dance. Roger Gold (guitar, foot drum) and David White (fiddle, banjo) are a dynamic duo in the contra dance world. Gold is well known as one of the finest guitar players on the contra dance circuit, supplying a wonderful combination of intricate melodies, powerful rhythms and big bass sounds, often at the same time! While he has played mostly with fiddlers of the Celtic/New England style in many other bands (Elftones, Land of Sky, Skytones, Goosebone Prophets, Tribal Tune Twisters, and more), he has found a powerful rhythmic accomplice in White, whose selections of unique old time tunes – from driving to groovy and ‘flowey’ – as well as several tunes he has created for banjo and fiddle, present a great diversity of tunes for dancing, and for Gold to play off of. Having played together for more than a decade, their synergy is obvious, and the style that has emerged from this union continues to evolve. They love playing together and inspiring dancers w/ their music. Steamshovel has played regularly at venues throughout the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Georgia, and they also play regularly for weddings and other special dance and non-dance events. If you don't get enough of this dynamic dancing today, stop by the Dance Tent again on Saturday, Sept. 29 for a slightly longer contra dance with Beth Molaro & Steamshovel!