New Hampshire Country Dance Home Page

Old-Time New England Fiddling, Contra & Square Dancing, & Related Traditions

Rule

This is the Home Page for the New Hampshire Country Dance web site. The web site is divided into two semi-independent sections. The New Hampshire Fiddle Music part is concerned primarily with fiddling and fiddle tunes; The New Hampshire Old-Time Country Dance website (in progress) looks primarily at New England contras and squares. Obviously there is overlap.

This page unites them and provides an overview with links. There are four parts to this web page in the form of tabs; these are described below.


There are four tabs below. Click on a tab to see its contents.

Here's a brief description of each tab. (1) About this Website: A brief description with contact information. (2) Website Topics (with Links): A listing of major website sections with links. (3) Fiddle Music Website: Brief descriptions of what to find in each section of the Fiddle Music website. (4) Dance Website: Same for the Dance website.

About this Website

NH Country Dance is run by Peter Yarensky, fiddler, hammered dulcimer player, piano player, contra and square dance caller and dancer from Seacoast New Hampshire, now living in Newmarket.

In previous incarnations it included the Seacoast Country Dance Newsletter and web sites for the Star Hampshire and Ralph Page Weekends. For now it will be more limited in scope.

Contact Me

I invite you to contact me if you find any errors, broken links, if you have something of interest to tell me or if you have a question. If you want to reach me you can reach me at peter dot yarensky at unh dot edu.

Constructive criticism is welcome, but nasty or hostile comments will be ignored.

Thank you ~ Peter Yarensky

Fiddle Music Website: Section Descriptions

Here's a quick overview of what to find in each section of the Fiddle Music website.

Dance Website: Section Descriptions

Here's a quick overview of what to find in each section of the Dance website.

  • NH Old-Time Country Dance Home
    • Introduction to the website and links to introductory pages about traditional New England music and dance
  • The Lamprey River Band
    • In progress. The history of the band, its role in the Seacoast dance scene, and an up-to-date schedule of the Durham First Thursday dance.
  • Dancing in the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire
    • Not yet finished but so far it contains a section about the Lamprey River Band and uses my adventures in learning to dance and to call dances to illustate various aspects of traditional dance.
  • Dancing in New Hampshire & New England
    • In progress; discusses the role of the Bradford dance, dancing in Maine and various other topics.
  • Some Discussion of Philosophical & Social Issues [not yet online]
    • Not yet started but will look at community vs. larger dances, cultural influences on dancing and a variety of other topics.