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.
March 14 - Fiddler Laura Light and guitarist Gary Anderson with Valerie Helbert calling
Saturday, March 14th, the Floyd contra dance hosts fiddler Laura Light with guitarist Gary Anderson at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts. It's easy relaxed fun for all ages set to live music. This month's duo hails from Charlottesville, Virginia, and Asheville, North Carolina. The duo plays beautifully danceable melodies, drawing from an eclectic mix of Quebecois, New England, and Southern Old-Time traditions, adding in a few original waltzes and tunes. Their repertoire will fill the hall with music and make dancing easy and fun. Experienced caller Valerie Helbert from North Carolina will teach all the dance figures during the evening, as well as a beginner workshop before the dance.
Join us for the monthly Floyd contra dance at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 1/2 mile south of the stoplight in Floyd on Rt. 8 next to the Dodge dealership. The dance starts at 8 pm with a beginner lesson at 7:35 pm. 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' contra dances are held in Floyd on the second Saturday of each month, through June, 2015. Dance admission is $8.00. Students with ID $6.50. Listener admission $5.00. For more information, visit us on Facebook.
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