Welcome to Blue Ridge Country Dancers contra dance page with information and scheduling for our Floyd contra dances. It's not necessary to bring a partner, but we do insist on clean, soft-soled shoes. All dances are taught; beginners are welcome. The caller will conduct a beginner's workshop before the dance.
Blue Ridge Country Dancers sponsor the second Saturday contra dance in Floyd at the Floyd Center for the Arts, 1/2 mile from the stoplight in Floyd on Rt 8 South. We will be dancing in the community room on the second floor.
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
March 11 - Rule of thumb with Chris Youngblood calling
April 8 - Rip the Calico with Joy Greenwolfe calling
The Floyd Contra Dance welcomes Rip the Calico, a Celtic-inspired North Carolina band, for the Saturday, April 8, community contra dance at the Floyd Arts Center, second floor, 8 p.m. Traditional dance set to live music is easy relaxed fun for all ages. Our caller, Joy Greenwolfe from Chapel Hill, NC, brings an excellent dance mix and puts an extra spin on dance figures from the stage.
This month's band, Rip the Calico, takes their name from a well-known Irish tune, and their music resounds with lively Celtic influences to draw dancers into a varied dance journey ranging from dulcet circlings to happy romps across the dance floor. Band members include Alison Arnold, an ethnomusicologist at NC State, on flute; Gordon Arnold, an award-winning clawhammer banjo player, on banjo and cello; Mairead Brady on fiddle, playing a Dalla Costa replica made of French barnwood; and Tyler Johnson, an author, poet, and long-time dance musician holding forth on banjo, guitar, and mandolin. Rip the Calico's music is made for dancing, their repertoire fills the hall, puts a groove on, and makes dancing easy and fun. The caller will teach 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, 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.
May 13 - Wheelhouse with Will Martin calling
June 10 - The Time Flies with Gretchen Caldwell calling
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