Robyn Lauster, of Bozeman, will bring her enthusiasm and years of calling experience to the Billings contradance at MetraPark's Cedar Hall on Friday.
Though this is Lauster’s first season of calling in Montana, she called for about 18 years with The Dancing Bears in Anchorage, Alaska, and three years in Palmer, Alaska.
According to a press release from Contradance Billings, Lauster started international folk dancing in the 1970s, added contra and square dancing along the way, was heavily into Lindy hop and swing in the ‘90s, and now focuses on dancing and calling contras and squares. She is a frequent caller in Bozeman.
“We’re pleased to bring Robyn here. I’ve danced and played to her calling. She is an excellent caller, very clear and concise in her teaching, with an interesting variety of dances in her repertoire,” said Amy Letson, of Contradance Billings.
Copper Kelly and Friends will provide the music for the dance, which will begin with a short workshop to introduce all the basic moves necessary for the evening. Dancers of all levels of experience are encouraged to arrive by 7:30 p.m., to learn the figures and dance. Dancing will continue until 10:30 or 11 p.m.
No partner or experience is needed. Singles, families and couples are all welcome. Light, loose clothing is recommended, and clean non-marking shoes are a must.
Admission costs $8 for Contradance Billings members and $10 for nonmembers.
For more information, including this season’s dance schedule and videos of contradancing, go to squaredancemontana.com or the Contradance Billings Facebook page.