The first time Carl Levine did contra dance, a type of folk dance similar to square dancing, he was a college freshman in the 1970s. He didn’t realize, then, the pivotal role that contra would play in his life.

Chloe E.W. Levine and Carl Levine at Camp Kinder Ring in Hopewell Junction, New York in 2009. Courtesy of the family.

It’s where he met his wife, and the couple raised their daughter, Chloe E.W. Levine, to dance from a young age. Carl and Chloe came to StoryCorps to reflect on a life on the dance floor.

Chloe E.W. Levine and Carl Levine at Pinewoods dance and music camp in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 2021. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Bary.


Top Photo: Chloe E.W. Levine and Carl Levine at their StoryCorps interview in New York City on May 5, 2023. By Julia Kirschenbaum for StoryCorps.

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Originally aired July 21, 2023, on NPR’s Morning Edition.