Program: WWI Vintage Dance Demonstration with Kandie Carle and Marc Casslar.

Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m. Registration Required!


Join the Athol Public Library at 568 Main Street, Athol, on Thursday, September 6, at 6:00 p.m., when we welcome Kandie Carle and her dance partner, Marc Casslar.

World War I Vintage Dance Demonstration!

Kandie Carle and Marc Casslar, members of the Vintage Dance Society of CT’s performance arm ‘Polite Society’, recreate the social dances of the 19th and early 20th centuries. In their WWI (also known as Ragtime Era) dance demonstration, they perform dances such as the tango, waltz, hesitation, blues, foxtrot and castle walk. They include background information on the history of social dances of the era, with details on the particular dances they will perform, and share stories of that popular dance sensation, married couple Vernon & Irene Castle. With humor and grace Mrs. Carle & Mr. Casslar add insights into the fashion and music of the era as well. There will also be a Q & A with the audience.

Kandie Carle has a background in all forms of dance, from ballet to musical theatre, modern and tap, to vintage social dances. Also known as the Victorian Lady, Kandie travels the US with her one-woman programs on the fashions, life, and times of the Regency, Jane Austen, Mid and late Victorian, Civil War 1860s, and Gilded Age 1890s, as well as early 1900s Edwardian eras. Kandie hails from East Haddam, CT and is the Producing Artistic Director of the East Haddam Stage Company, in residence at Gillette Castle State Park. You can find out more about her at

Marc Casslar has been involved in a variety of historical dance forms since 1977 and Victorian and ragtime dancing since 1984. Since founding the Vintage Society of CT in the early ‘90s, Marc has been at the helm of the organization’s performances nationally and internationally. When not dancing, choreographing, or producing, Mr. Casslar runs an environmental consulting firm, GeoQuest, and a production assistance company, Specialty Productions, both based in Bloomfield, Connecticut.

This library program is free and open to the public.

Please call the library to sign up at 978-249-9515. Due to popularity of programs, registration is required. This program is limited to 40 participants.

Funding for this program is generously supplied by the Friends of the Athol Public Library and the Athol Cultural Council a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.