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Palaver Strings Dance and Concert

  • State Street Church 159 State Street Portland, ME, 04101 United States (map)

Join us for a concert, Transylvanian dance performance, and participatory contra dance with Palaver Strings!

Palaver Strings in an abandoned speakeasy called Tammany House in Long Island City, NY.

This is a very special event that will feature a classical concert by Palaver Strings of Boston with dancing. Palaver Strings will play music by Romanian composer, George Enesco (Octet for Strings in C major, Opus 7), then present a performance of traditional Transylvanian dance by Chavi Bansal and the Vimoksha Dance Company. A participatory contra dance led by local caller, Dela Murphy will follow, with more music by Palaver.


Concert and Transylvanian dance performance 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Clear the chairs for participatory contra dancing 8:00 'til 10 p.m.


Music this evening will be provided by Palaver Strings from Boston.  They are Su Yin Chan (fiddle), Josie Davis (fiddle), Maya French (fiddle), Kiyoshi Hayashi (fiddle), Jesse MacDonald (fiddle), Ryan Shannon (fiddle), Brianna Fischler (viola), Lysander Jaffe (viola), Elizabeth Moore (viola), Jennie Brent (cello), Matthew Smith (cello), and Nate Martin (cello). 

Our contra dance caller is Dela Murphy. 

Transylvanian dance will be performed by Chavi Bansal and the Vimoksha Dance Company of Boston.



Online tickets will go on sale here February 1st: $20 per person (credit/debit cards accepted)

Tickets day-of also available: $20 at the door (cash, checks, and credit/debit cards accepted)

All ages, all people welcome!

Gender-free dance roles for the contra dance!

No partner needed!

New dancers encouraged to come! :)



If you’re new to contra dancing or participatory dance, know that you should wear comfortable clothing in which you feel alright breaking a sweat. Shoes should be soft-soled and comfortable. Sneakers work great! We’ll ask that you clean your shoes, change into soft-soled indoor-only shoes, or remove your shoes when you arrive.



Enter through the courtyard.

State Street Church is located at 159 State Street. For directions, use Google Maps.

Parking is free after 6pm on street around the State Street/West End neighborhood. You may also park at The Fresh Approach Market or The Reiche School on Brackett Street. See the parking info and map.  We recommend saving extra time, as it might take a bit to find a spot.

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