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PHOTOS: Square dancing at Little Theatre Auditorium

For seven months, the Little Theatre in New London, Minnesota, has been dipping its toes into a new way to bring people into its space — monthly dance events, including square dancing on Saturday, July 23.

The Orla String Band plays music as folks square dance at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
The Orla String Band plays music as folks square dance at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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NEW LONDON — Vibrant fiddle music reverberated off the walls of the Little Theatre Auditorium on Saturday night as a group of square dancers gathered to learn and share in their passion for the dance during a monthly dance event held by the New London establishment.

A spotlight catches on the eye of Jais Lacktorin as he square dances at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
A spotlight catches on the eye of Jais Lacktorin as he square dances at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

For seven months, the theater has been dipping its toes into a new way to bring people into its space. According to Little Theatre Auditorium director Bethany Lacktorin, the expansive wooden floor of the theater was just begging to be used as a dance floor.

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So, once a month they began hosting dance nights to the general public. Each month featured a new genre of music, with salsa being the biggest success thus far.

Saturday's session featured the music of The Orla String Band, who performed for the night of square dancing fun. Lacktorin expects the monthly dance gatherings to continue for the foreseeable future.

Callers Brandy Forsman, from left, and Tom Maloney dance with others at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Callers Brandy Forsman, left, and Tom Maloney dance with others at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
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Cooper Orla, from left, Kyle Orla, center, and Tom Maloney play fiddle music for square dancing at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Cooper Orla, from left, Kyle Orla and Tom Maloney play fiddle music for square dancing at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
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Caller Tom Maloney looks scans through square dancing notes in between dances at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Caller Tom Maloney scans through square dancing notes in between dances at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
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Fiddle player Kyle Orla of The Orla String Band provides music for square dancers at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Fiddle player Kyle Orla of The Orla String Band provides music for square dancers at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
Dancers practice at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Dancers practice at the Little Theatre Auditorium in New London on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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