Aurora Fiddle Society connects with community at family dance


Jan. 18, the Aurora Fiddle society held a family dance in the basement of Yellowknife’s Holy Trinity Anglican Church. The society holds family dances a few times a year but always hosts a handful of workshops.

“These dances are important opportunities to give people a chance to see what fiddle music is all about and invite them to our workshops,” said Christine Wenman, board member on the Aurora Fiddle Society.

Calvin Cairns, Wesley Hardisty, Bob Bromley, Wally Watson and Stacey Read (left to right) smile on as they perform for Aurora Fiddle Society’s family fiddle dance.
January 18, 2019
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“It’s good chance to get the family out of the house and show them some traditional fiddle songs and dances,” she said.

The dance featured a variety of different styles of fiddle song and dance from red river jigs to Russian Sasha dance to line and square dances. For newcomers these dances were instructed by board member Ryan McCord.

The Aurora Fiddle Society still has some spots available for youth group classes who meet every Friday, taught by Andrea Bettger. Spaces are limited.






Ryan McCord (right) instructs dancers on a ‘Virginia Reel’ line dance. This was one of many different line, square and circle dances that McCord taught to the family fiddle dance participants.
January 18, 2019
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