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.
The Floyd Contra Dance welcomes Ricochet, a versatile Charlottesville band, for the Saturday, March 10, 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 Will Martin from Charlottesville brings an excellent mix of traditional and new dance prompts while calling figures from the stage.
This month's band, Ricochet, plays beautifully danceable melodies, drawing from Cape Breton, Quebecois, New England, and Southern old-time traditions, adding in a few original tunes as well. Band members include Rya Martin on piano, Brian Hamshar on clarinet, and Walter Hojka on fiddle. With varied musical backgrounds--Walter taught at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Rya was Music Librarian at the University of Virginia Library, and Brian's expertise extends beyond his saxophone or clarinet--their repertoire will fill the hall with music and make dancing easy and fun. The caller teaches all the dance figures during the evening, as well as a beginner workshop before the dance.
Treat yourself to an evening of easy, relaxed fun with lots of smiles and live music. All dance figures are taught by the caller, and there’s a free lesson at 7:35 before each 8 p.m. dance. Beginners and experienced dancers, all ages, welcome. Come alone or with a partner; dress is casual and soft-soled shoes that glide work best. Admission is $8.00; $6.50 student ID. Come to dance or come to listen--no partner needed.
April 14 - Balancing Act with Terry Doyle calling
May 12 - Rip the Calico with Joy Greenwolfe calling
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