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, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, Va - 1/2 mile of 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.
Our Schedule and Directions: Note - new times. 6:35 pm Beginners Workshop, 7:00 - 10:00 pm Dance
September 8 - Ricochet with Chris Youngblod calling
October 13 - Earl White String Band playing with Stephanie Marie calling
The Floyd Contra Dance welcomes the Earl White String Band from Floyd County for the Saturday, October 13, contra dance. Contra dance to traditional Americana and old-time music--easy relaxed fun for all ages at the Floyd Center for the Arts, second floor, 7 - 10 p.m. (note new time). A beginner session starts at 6:30. North Carolina caller Stephanie Marie brings an excellent dance repertoire and prompts the dance figures from the stage.
This month's band features some fine old-time music with Earl White on fiddle and Adrienne Davis on guitar. Earl White, a prominent figure in the old-time music and dance community, has performed across the country and around the world. As a founding member of the famed Greengrass Cloggers he spent years dancing to the music of many of the old-time greats: Tommy Jarrell, The Highwoods Stringband, The Plank Road Stringband, to name a few.
“The Earl White Stringband” recently released a self-titled album featuring Earl White (fiddle), Adrienne Davis (guitar), Mark Olitsky (banjo), and Joe “bass” Dejarnette (bass). Their repertoire will 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 6:35 pm before the dance which runs from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. 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.
November 10 - Big Celtic Fun with Valerie Helbert calling
December 8 - The McKenzies with Gwyn Williams calling
January 12 - Star-Front Property (Matthew Livingston) with Bill Wellington calling
February 9 - Gypsy Stars with Jack Mitchel calling
March 9 - Balancing Act with Warren Doyle calling
April 13 - Rhythmajigs with Joy Greenwolfe calling
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