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 Jacksonville 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.
October 8 - Big Celtic Fun with Liam Kelly calling
Catch the fun on Saturday, October 8, with Big Celtic Fun, a dance band from Chapel Hill, NC, and dance caller Liam Kelly, for the monthly Floyd Contra Dance at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts. Give contra dance a whirl with this adventurous NC band, a hall full of friendly dancers, and the magic of this long-standing community event.
Big Celtic Fun provides rollicking Irish rhythms and traditional dance music from New England and Canada. The band is from the Chapel Hill, North Carolina area and has Eileen Regan on fiddle and vocals, Tim Smith on piano, flute, tin whistle and English concertina, and Drew Pilant on percussion--a combo with more than enough spark and energy to keep the dance fun going for an entire evening.
Blacksburg caller Liam "Old Man" Kelly leads contra dances and workshops throughout the region and is known for his ability to teach dance steps and contra moves with clear ease. He'll teach a beginner lesson before the dance at 7:35.
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.
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