Allemande left … circle right … do-si-do — some of the terminology might sound familiar, but it’s not square dancing — it’s contra dancing.
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How to go
What: Dayton Contra Dance Parties
When: First Friday of the month October-May
Instruction: 7:30 p.m.
Dance: 8-11 p.m.
Where: Michael Solomon Pavilion, Kettering (near Community Golf Course)
Cost: $7 at the door; $5 students; children 12 and younger are free
More info: Go online to www.daytoncontra.org or Dayton Contra Dance Parties on Facebook
Schedule and bands
Dec. 6: Dan, Debbie & Whitt with Josh Moses
Jan. 3: Gallimaufry with Michael Hamilton
Jan. 12: Special fundraiser featuring Changeling with Hilarie & Mark Burhans and Kathy Anderson
Feb. 7: Jim’s Red Pants with Steve Edwards
March 7: The Corndrinkers with Kathy Anderson
April 4: Zeke’s Fancy with Kate Power
May 2: Full Moon Country Dance Orchestra with Open Mike Calling
Health benefits of dancing
Like other moderate, low-impact, weight bearing activities, such as brisk walking, cycling or aerobics, dancing can help:
Strengthen bones and muscles without hurting your joints
Tone your entire body
Improve your posture and balance, which can prevent falls
Increase your stamina and flexibility
Reduce stress and tension
Provide opportunities to meet people
Ward off illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis and depression
SOURCE: The AARP