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Family Dances at the Keene Public Library

The Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

 Check our online calendar to see who will be performing at our next dance!

All dance programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Keene Public Library and the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund.

  • Recommended Library Materials

    Chimes of Dunkirk: great dances for children. This CD and book set was produced by New England Dancing Masters Productions

    Choose your partners!: contra dance & square dance music of New Hampshire. This great CD Smithsonian Folkways features Rodney Miller, Bob McQuillen, Dudley Laufmann and others

    Dance by Andrée Grau

    Dance! : no matter what kind of dance you like to do, this book is for you by Apryl Lundsten

    Down in the valley: more great singing games for children. Another great CD and book set was produced by New England Dancing Masters Productions
    Folk dance by Sherry Bonnice 

    Hi! ho! The rattlin' bog, and other folk songs for group singing, compiled by John Lanstaff

    Jump Jim Joe: great singing games for children. This CD and book set was produced by New England Dancing Masters Productions

    Hi! ho! The rattlin' bog, and other folk songs for group singing, compiled by John Lanstaff   

    Jump Jim Joe: great singing games for children. This CD and book set was produced by New England Dancing Masters Productions

  • Recommended Websites

    Contra Dance Links

    Country Dance and Song Society

    Dance Gypsy

    Folk Show with Kath McNally

    Monadnock Folklore Society

    New Hampshire's Traditional Dance Trail

    What is Contra Dance?

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003. Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May. Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too. Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting. These are all important early learning skills. Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a lifelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.

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