Welcome to Blue Ridge Country Dancers contra dance page. Here you'll find information about contra dancing in Floyd, VA, as well as the Blacksburg Contra Dance and the new Roanoke Contra Dance. Check out the link for all the latest Blacksburg info. It's not necessary to bring a partner, but we do insist on clean, soft-soled shoes. All dances are taught; beginners are welcome.
Blue Ridge Country Dancers sponsor the second Saturday contra dance in Floyd. Contra dancing is easy relaxed fun, and though the figures are done with a partner, singles are always welcome. Contra dancing is suitable for all ages, in fact the original form of the dance, such as the Virginia Reel, was a popular U.S. folk tradition from about 1830-1890.
We will be dancing at the Floyd Center for the Arts, 1/2 mile from the stoplight in Floyd on Rt 8 South. They are delighted to have us. We will be dancing in the community room. It is large enough, has a wood floor, nice lighting and ambiance, handicapped access, newly paved parking lot, and did I mention they really want us there!
Dance information: 540 489-1826.
December 10 - The McKenzies with Valerie Helbert calling
Expect mountains of music from The McKenzies at the Floyd Contra Dance on Saturday, December 10, at the Floyd Center for the Arts. Music is a family affair for this Lynchburg couple, and they'll bring a variety of styles and instrumentation, their strong individual and duet vocals, and a repertoire of lively tunes, unique original songs, familiar ballads, inspiring sing-alongs, and novelty songs to the stage. The caller is Valerie Helbert from Chapel Hill, NC, who teaches all levels of contra dances with inspired, relaxed ease.
Woody and Marcia McKenzie, former members of two clogging groups, sometimes incorporate a little “flat-footing” into their performances. Marcia taught herself to play the mandolin and later picked up guitar and clawhammer banjo. Over the years, she has added rhythm piano, bodhran, concertina, ukulele, and various whistles, but her favorite and most powerful instrument is her voice.
Woody was born in the coal country of southern West Virginia and grew up in a musical family. However, he didn’t become interested in music himself until he moved away from home and missed hearing his folks play. He is accomplished on guitar, tenor banjo, and concertina, but his greatest love is the fiddle.
The dance starts at 8 p.m. with a beginner lesson at 7:35. Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing and the caller will teach each dance. Come to dance or come to listen - no partner needed. Blue Ridge Country Dancers hold contra dances on the second Saturday of each month, September through June. Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd. Dance admission is $8.00. Students with ID $6.50. Listener admission $5.00.
January 14 - Richocet with Dean Snipes calling
February 11 - The Stuff with George Segebade calling
March 11 - Dot Dot Dash with jack Mitchell calling
April 8 - Rip the Calico with Joy Greenwolfe calling
May 13 - Wheelhouse with Will Martin calling
June 10 - The Time Flies with Gretchen Caldwell calling
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