Welcome to Blue Ridge Country Dancers contra dance page with information and scheduling for our Floyd contra dances. It's not necessary to bring a partner, but we do insist on clean, soft-soled shoes. All dances are taught; beginners are welcome. The caller will conduct a beginner's workshop before the dance.
Blue Ridge Country Dancers sponsor the second Saturday contra dance in Floyd at the Floyd Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, Va - 1/2 mile of the stoplight in Floyd on Rt 8 South. We will be dancing in the community room on the second floor.
Dance information: 540 489-1826.
January 12 - Star-Front Property (Matthew Livingston) with Bill Wellington calling
February 9 - Wild Ones with Kyle Johnston calling
The second Saturday Floyd Contra Dance hosts the Wild Ones band with caller, Kyle Johnston, Saturday, February 9, 7-10 p.m., at Floyd Center for the Arts. This wild and wonderful West Virginia band features Paul Epstein on fiddle, Paula Bickham on accordian and hand drum, and Rita Ray on electric piano. The Wild Ones bring the traditional New England contra dance sound of fiddle and piano, adding Paula Bickham's accordian and hand drums for an Eastern European flavor, to play around the edges of tradition. To round out the sound of the trio, Paul Epstein's fiddle and Rita Ray's piano create a solid yet imaginative performance.
It's NC Triangle caller, Kyle Johnston's first trip to Floyd. He'll be giving a lesson at 6:30 before the dance for those who are new to contra dancing. Then, at 7 p.m., he'll pull out his dance cards and walk us through each dance, before the music, the fun, and the dancing adventures begin.
Treat yourself to an evening of easy, relaxed fun with lots of smiles and live music. All dance figures are taught by the caller, and there’s a free lesson at 6:30 pm before the dance which runs from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Beginners and experienced dancers, all ages, welcome. Come alone or with a partner; dress is casual and soft-soled shoes that glide work best. Admission is $8.00; $6.50 student ID. Come to dance or come to listen--no partner needed.
March 9 - Balancing Act with Warren Doyle calling
April 13 - Rhythmajigs with Joy Greenwolfe calling
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