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A Brief History of Contra Dancing in Nelson

The town of Nelson occupies a mythic position in the history of traditional dance in New England. Musician Bob McQuillen only half-jokingly calls Nelson “the contra dance capital of the world.” More »

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Nelson is a small, out-of-the-way town in rural New Hampshire, but for many contra dance enthusiasts, it’s an almost mythic place.