Aurora’s first all-inclusive square dance coming to The People’s Building in March
An all-inclusive square dance is stepping its way down to East Colfax Avenue in March, giving LGBTQ couples and singles a chance to get out on the dance floor and have some fun.
Featuring dance caller Larry Edelman and a local live band, the Community Square Dance kicks off at 7 p.m. Monday, March 25, at The People’s Building in Aurora. The cost is $10 per person at the door, and no experience is necessary.
“There is something magical that happens when everyone, no matter their color, creed, religion, or orientation, are in friendly community with each other,” said Aaron Vega, curator for The People’s Building. “Walls are broken down and we start to see the common ground between us. It may look like a really good time, but dancing together in a safe and family friendly space can also be a place for healing.”
The dance will feature live old-time music performed by Bridger Dunnagan, Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose, Sam Parks and K.C. Groves.
"The beauty of true community dancing is that it is inclusive and welcoming of anyone who is game to come out and dance or even just listen to the music,” said Larry Edelman, caller for the event. “It is not for all who “can,” but rather for all who “will.” You don’t need previous experience with dancing and you don’t need to arrive with a partner. The community dance welcomes all, regardless of age, ability, disability, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, or gender."
Larry Edelman has called and played for dances for going on 40 years. Also a musician, he plays fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in the Soda Rock Ramblers, the Percolators, and the Prairie Chickens. He has served as the coordinator of Dance Week at the Augusta Heritage Arts Workshop and CDSS's American Dance Week at Pinewoods. Larry is an avid researcher of square dancing and video producer. During the 1980s while collecting traditional square dances in southwestern Pennsylvania, he was awarded a Fellowship in Folk Arts from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to study with elder caller Jerry Goodwin, and produced the movie Dance to the Music and Listen to the Calls that documented the apprenticeship. Larry also produced Yee Haw, a quirky and informative movie of how square dancing has been portrayed in historical, non-theatrical motion pictures. He is currently producing several documentaries on a variety of topics, including the Lancers as danced at the Independence Grange Hall in Independence, PA in 1985, on couples dances at rural square dances, and a documentary of an older southwestern fiddler. Larry is a Consultant to the Square Dance History Project. Over the past few years, Larry has been studying and collecting traditional music and dances from the southwest. Hear Larry call a dance.
The People’s Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave., is located in the Aurora Cultural Arts District. Parking is free. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ThePeoplesBuilding.com.