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
February 11 - The Stuff with George Segebade calling
The Floyd Contra Dance welcomes a versatile Asheville band, The Stuff!, for the Saturday, February 11, 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 George Segebade from Greensboro, NC, brings an excellent dance mix and teaching expertise with prompted dance figures from the stage.
The Stuff! is a musical duo of Gretchen Caverly on fiddle and Nic Coker on guitar, two dedicated musicians passionate about all things contra and who love dancing almost as much as playing. They delight in the energy, connection, and enthusiasm of the dance, and relish the feel of the music - the building crescendo, surprise transitions, the smooth flow, as well as an added bit of electronic wizardry, a heaping handful of eclectic musical selection, and a generous dash of unusual arranging, all adding up to a big sound, high energy, and a good time.
Come dance for a full evening of the music of The Stuff!: a little new, a little old, a little different, and a lot of fun! The Floyd contra dance attracts all age groups and experience levels---beginners catch on early to instant fun, and experienced dancers add high energy and lots of smiles.
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 FloydContraDance.org or Floyd Contra Dance on Facebook.
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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