The Dancing Lesson by Giovanni Sandrucci
"The Dancing Lesson" by Giovanni Sandrucci

Traditional Italian Dancing at the Old Labor Hall

Fridays, October 9, November 13, and December 11 at  7:00 pm

The founders of the Old Labor Hall were immigrants, mainly from the northern Italy. They brought with them not only their skills with granite , but also their cultural traditions. We have commemorated their food and politics. Now we are going to celebrate their music and dance with an opportunity to learn traditional Italian dancing.

Transatlantic band
The Transatlantic Band played for the dances at the Old Labor Hall

The founders of the Hall supported  several bands that played for the balls and dances given practically weekly at the Hall in its heyday. Want to find out what kind of dances they may have done?

For the next few months the Hall is hosting a series of traditional Italian dances from many regions of Italy. There will be couple dances, set dances, line dances, and group dances. The dances are easy enough for beginners and yet challenging for intermediate and advanced dancers.

No partner or previous experience are necessary. There will be an emphasis on dances that represent the culture of the Italian immigrants who settled in Barre in the early 20th century. These dances are not a moribund historical curiosity performed in fancy dress. They are alive and still being done today by people of all ages in Italy and in Italian neighborhoods around the world.

The dances will be taught by Celest DiPietropaolo & Marie DiCocco, who have been researching and teaching traditional Italian village dances for over 30 years and lived in Italy for 3.5 years. They are regular teachers and performers at the New England Folk Festival, Dance Flurry, and the Barre Heritage Festival, and the Vermont Granite Museum.

Admission free. Donations joyfully accepted!

For more information, contact or 802-229-1490.