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.
The Floyd Contra Dance hosts the Charlottesville band "Go Figure" on Saturday, October 10, 8 - 11 p.m., at the Jacksonville Center. Jack Mitchell, a well-known N.C. caller, will teach each dance with music by the Virginia duo of Janet Muse and Mike Dunn.
"Go Figure" is the contra duo of Mike Dunn on fiddle and Janet Muse on piano. Janet began by studying classical music at the age of five. She's been playing for appreciative dancers for over twenty-five years, in several different bands, including the nationally known band, Caledonia. Mike is also classically trained, with expertise in violin and viola, attending Duke University on a music scholarship. He began playing traditional music about fifteen years ago and hasn't stopped, winning many prizes for fiddle playing at Scottish events and at the Virginia State Fair.
The band "Go Figure" honors the traditions of New England-style folk dance music, drawing from sources as diverse as the British Isles, French Canada, and the American Folk style. Their love of waltz music comes through in the band's recent CD, "Sunday in Greenwood," full of waltz tunes showcasing artistic and emotional expression. As dance musicians, they've performed for contra, English, and Scottish dances throughout Virginia and beyond. Expect some inventive contra dance tunes and just wonderful waltzes from this duo. The Floyd contra dance attracts all age groups and experience levelsóbeginners catch on early to instant fun, and experienced dancers add high energy and lots of smiles.
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, 2016. Dance admission is $8.00. Students with ID $6.50. Listener admission $5.00. For more information, visit us on Facebook.
November 7 (first Saturday) - Wheelhouse with Phoebe Williams calling
December 12 - The McKenzies with Old Man Kelly calling
January 9 - Copious Notes with Linda Cooper calling
February 13 - Rhythmajig with Valerie Helburt calling
March 12 - Richochet with Brian Hamshar calling
April 9 - David DiGiuseppe and George Paul with Emily Rush calling
May 14 - Copius Notes with Joy Greenwolfe calling
June 11 - Big Celtic Fun with Gretchen Caldwell calling
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