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Family Dances at the Keene Public Library

Keene Public Library hosts a monthly free family dance for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Dances are held on the first Friday of the month at 6 p.m.

January 6: Luke Donforth calling and Alex Cumming on accordion, Cedar Stanistreet on Fiddle, and Amy Englesburg on Piano.

Check our online calendar to see who will perform at our next dance! The Friends of the Keene Public Library and the Trustees of the Keene Public Library Endowment Fund sponsor all dance programs.

Family Dances started at the Keene Public Library in the summer of 2003. Now the dances are held the first Friday of each month from November through May. Over the years, the series has become an important library program that helps to develop early literacy skills and is fun too. Folk dancing helps to encourage the basic concepts of rhythm, repetition, sequencing, patterning, predictability, anticipation, musical cues, auditory discrimination, and counting. These are all important early learning skills. Traditional dance also is a great way to introduce children to the world’s rich diversity, to teach the enjoyment of dance, music, and rhythm and to begin a lifelong habit of the social enjoyment and physical activity of dancing.

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