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The Insiders: Get set for an evening of folk dancing around the world

It’s time to lace up those shoes and hit the dance floor.

But make sure you choose ones with slick soles because sneakers won’t help you when it comes to the Concord International Folk Dancing tonight at the IBEW Building on Airport Road.

Light, non-stick shoes are the best decision as you’re immersed into the art of folk dancing. Although we should make one thing clear, you won’t need a passport for this trip around the world. The only traveling required is the amount of driving it takes to make the 7:30 p.m. start.

Instead, the native dances from countries like Armenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Romania and Hungary come to you. And that’s only a glimpse of what you might learn when you open your mind to folk dancing. Since it’s an ongoing thing, some nights focus on a single country, while others scatter around the globe. You just have to attend to find out where the night will take you.

The Concord International Folk Dancing extravaganza is open to anyone. Beginners will be taught some easy dances from returning members of the folk community, while more seasoned dancers have the opportunity to learn the more intricate steps.

It’s free for first-time dancers and $5 for returners. And don’t forget to bring some water to drink because you’ll likely need it after a night of dancing around the world.

But if you don’t think that your dancing will help make a difference in the world, then why not hop over to NHTI for today’s Red Cross blood drive. The event, sponsored by the community college, runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held in the multi-purpose room (otherwise known as Student Center 102). A valid picture ID is required and appointments can be made. And just think, they may have some juice and cookies for you at the end. It’s really a win-win for everyone.

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