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Donald Primrose
New England Contra & Square Dance Calling

Don Primrose is a contra dance caller and dancer. He was born in Keene, New Hampshire and his first introduction to traditional New England dancing was in 1965 at a dance in Acworth where Ralph Page was calling with the Duke Miller Orchestra. His interest in the tradition led to becoming a dance caller. He is well versed in a wide range of traditional “chestnuts” as well as more contemporary contra dances and has called dances across the country, Canada, and Europe. Don stresses the community building aspect of social dancing and enjoys calling for groups of all ages. He can make arrangements for the musicians needed for a community dance or school presentation.

Preferred activities and age groups: Demonstrations, performances, and hands-on workshops for all ages at schools, community locations such as libraries, historic societies, fairs, festivals, and museums throughout New Hampshire.

Availability: Statewide year round.


Contact Information:
439 Bowlder Rd
Sullivan, NH 03445-4244
Phone: 603/313-3229
Alt. Phone: 603/313-3229

Notes: Photo above: Contra dance at Francestown Town Hall - 1998.

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