The ORO! Orkestra, Nova Scotia's new folkdance party band, is planning an event on Jan. 25 in Wolfville.
The group performs the wild and beautiful dance music of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. ORO! is a 12-piece band made up of Acadia students and community members, and is directed by musician Ken Shorley and dancer Heidi Kalyani.
The event will get underway at 7:30 p.m. with a dance lesson, followed by live music at 9 p.m. for participants to try out their new dance steps.
No previous experience is needed and no partner is required. The group says the steps are “easy party dances.”
The event will be held upstairs at the Wolfville Curling Club and admission is $10 at the door, $5 for students.
The Orkestra includes Joe Armstrong (violin), Marc Blumberg (accordion, mandolin, flugelhorn), Cailun Campbell (double bass), Liam Elliot (accordion, hand drums), Jason Grek Martin (guitar), Jennifer Grek Martin (voice), Heidi Kalyani (dance leader), David Mangle (tuba, trombone), Sarah McCabe (violin), Lucas Oickle (soprano sax), Ken Shorley (saz, cittern, davul, darabuka) and Nicole Stanson (trumpet).