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.
April 9 - David DiGiuseppe and George Paul with Emily Rush calling
Contra dance, an original American folk tradition, is easy relaxed fun with live music. Join us for the Floyd Contra Dance, Saturday, April 9th, 8-11 p.m., for our second Saturday community dance at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts with the Ivory Boys band (think keyboards) and Emily Rush, dance caller.
The Ivory Boys have a long-standing reputation for innovative improvisations, hitting the keys with sparkling melodies and a solid approach to rhythm. Dance to high acoustic energy and extraordinary instrumental prowess from band members George Paul from Charlottesville on piano, and David DiGiuseppe from Chapel Hill with accordion.
Emily Rush, a popular caller for dance festivals throughout the South, will teach each dance as well as a beginner workshop beforehand. Emily calls contra figures with verve and enthusiasm and, is well-known for her Rushfest contra sessions at festival weekends.
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.
May 14 - Copius Notes with Joy Greenwolfe calling
June 11 - Big Celtic Fun with Gretchen Caldwell calling
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