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Silver Spring Contra Dance: Perry Shafran calling with Starling

  • 12 Sep 2024
  • 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Silver Spring Civic Building 8525 Fenton Street, Silver Spring MD 20910
  • 100


  • Admission for general public
  • Admission for FSGW members


In the Great Hall (wood floor) at the Silver Spring Civic Building. 

Please note: There is no longer free parking at the Civic Center Parking Garage

Caller: Perry Shafran

Band: Starling (Mo Brachfeld and Jared Kirkpatrick)

Starling is a long-distance duo, coming from Western MA and NC. The two met at dance camp many years ago and have been jamming ever since. The duo weaves together traditional fiddle styles from Appalachia to Ireland with contemporary contra dance tunes and original music! 

Mo Brachfeld is a fiddler and dancer who grew up attending intergenerational music and dance events. They play traditional and original tunes for concerts and dances, including as part of the duo Starling with Jared Kirkpatrick. Mo teaches sean nós (Irish old style) dance in person and online, and is a creator and co-organizer of Dissident Rhythms, a queer percussive dance retreat. They are also a committee member of Youth Dance Weekend. Mo lives in Western Massachusetts where they work on honing their pottery skills and expanding their collection of houseplants. More about Mo

Jared Kirkpatrick (Starling, Flamingo Sketches) has been immersed in the contra dance world all his life, and has been lucky enough to play with multiple dance bands. With very broad musical influences and interests from Balkan harmony singing to fusion and jazz music, he loves focusing on the possibilities that arise when these styles influence each other and come together. Jared studied jazz vibraphone at Temple University, and is now based in NC, taking every excuse to travel and play contra dances all across the country. More about Jared

Calling Terms: Larks and Robins

Lesson at 7:00pm, Dance is from 7:30pm to 9:30pm

COVID info: masks and vaccinations encouraged but not required. More info

Registration is required of all participants. Pre-registration is preferred - you may pay online or wait to pay at the door. You may register at the door. Cash and credit card are accepted at the door. Registrations may be cancelled prior to the event, and any payment will be refunded as a credit for future use. No refunds will be available after the event has started.

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