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Dance Night with the BC Old Time Fiddlers Sept. 16 in Prince George

The BC Old Time Fiddlers of Prince George will host their first dance of the season Sept. 16 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Hall, 663 Douglas Street.
Old Time Fiddlers Barry Nakahara
Barry Nakahara will be performing during Dance Night with the BC Old Time Fiddlers of Prince George at the Elks Hall Sept. 16.

The BC Old Time Fiddlers of Prince George will host their first dance of the season Sept. 16 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Elks Hall, 663 Douglas Street.

These events are geared towards families and will feature traditional tunes, polkas, waltzes, the two-step and group dances.

Barry Nakahara will be one of many fiddlers on stage during this musical event.

He might be considered a late bloomer when it comes to learning how to play the violin. Nakahara took it up in his mid-30s when his young daughter started taking lessons and her teacher suggested it to him.

“So I did that and I kept playing,” Nakara said. “I met some other adults that had just started as well as those who had been playing for ages but it was nice to see a group of people who wanted to learn the instrument later on in life and now 15 to 20 years later I’m still learning, and getting better at it and I still enjoy it.”

The BC Old Time Fiddlers held their first dance in June, after the pandemic restrictions were lifted enough to safely gather again.

“A lot of the people who enjoy this kind of music are getting older so we weren’t sure how Covid-19 impacted them and whether or not they would come out,” Nakahara said.

“We saw a bit of a different crowd come out for that dance,” Nakahara said about the dance held in June. “We saw lots of families with lots of kids. There were a few different faces, which was nice to see. We are hopeful that we can pick up our cadence in September and do more regular dances through the fall because they are a lot of fun for everyone, including the musicians and their friends, too.”

These dances are good for all ages – from children to grandparents, Nakahara added.

“These dances have a multi-generational appeal and it’s kind of fun to see that – it doesn’t happen every where so I think that’s one of the unique things about these dances and we encourage people to check it out – bring your kids if you want, bring your parents if you want,” Nakahara said. “There’s something for everyone.”

Prizes, ice cream snacks and coffee are included in the admission price of $10 (children under 18 years old are free with an adult).

For more information visit their Facebook page at BC Old Time Fiddlers PG.