Canadian Contra Dancing part of UMaine’s Language Day

Erica Stapleton

Updated 5 months ago

U-Maine celebrated World language day with area high schools.

Students were able to put their French and Spanish skills to the test.

Instructors led them through several cultural activities– including some very rhythmic routines, like Brandy Calveniche, a French-Canadian contra dance.

“Getting to spend a whole day in he target language that they’re studying has been a great experience for them,” says  French coordinator, Danielle Beaupre.  “They’re having a lot of fun. They’re singing, they’re dancing they’re getting their hands in arts and crafts and really having a good time.”

The day concluded with a “cultural bowl” competition where students answer questions about geography and history.


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