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
January 14 - Richocet with Dean Snipes calling
The Floyd Contra Dance welcomes Ricochet, a versatile Charlottesville band, for the Saturday, January 14, community contra dance at the Floyd Center for the Arts, second floor, 8 p.m. Warm up in winter with traditional dance set to live music, easy relaxed fun for all ages. Well-known caller Dean Snipes from Charlotte, NC, brings an excellent dance mix and puts an extra spin on prompted dance figures from the stage.
This month's band, Ricochet, plays beautifully danceable melodies, drawing from Cape Breton, Quebecois, New England, and Southern old-time traditions, adding in a few original tunes as well. Band members include Rya Martin on piano, Brian Hamshar on clarinet, and Walter Hojka on fiddle. With varied musical backgrounds--Walter taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Rya was Music Librarian at the University of Virginia Library, and Brian can call for a dance as expertly as he can play his saxophone or clarinet--their repertoire will fill the hall with music and make dancing easy and fun. The caller teaches all the dance figures during the evening, as well as a beginner workshop before the dance.
Everyone is welcome, no partner needed, at the Floyd Contra Dance, Saturday, January 14, 8 p.m., a monthly event at the Floyd Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, second floor. Start with a beginner lesson at 7:35, and come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing, and the caller will teach each dance. Admission is $8.00; $6.50 student ID. For more info or for weather-related cancellations, visit www.floydcontradance.org or Floyd Contra Dance on Facebook.
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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