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.
January 9 - Copious Notes with Linda Cooper calling
The Floyd Contra Dance welcomes Copious Notes with fiddler Mara Shea and keyboardist Julie Gorka, Saturday, January 9, Jacksonville Center for the Arts. Mara is well known for her work with the Elftones, as well as with Rhiannon Giddens on her album "All the Pretty Horses." Mara and Julie recently released their own album, "In 3/4 Time," danceable waltzes from varied traditions. But no matter what the style, this duo has a splendid time playing tunes for dancing, or for just listening. Contra dancing is easy, no-frills fun with just the right amount of aerobic energy for a January evening.
The caller, Linda Cooper from Durham, NC, is known for her easygoing and clear calling style. She can have first time contra dancers up and dancing in short order, and have smiles on their faces before they know it.
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.
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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