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 hosts the Charlottesville band "Go Figure" on Saturday, November 11, 8 - 11 p.m., at the Floyd Center for the Arts. Jack Maus, a favorite Northern Virginia 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 the fun! Start with a beginner lesson at 7:35 and dance from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m at the Floyd Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, second floor. Beginners and experienced dancers, all ages, are welcome; 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.
December 9 - Rhythmajigs with Valerie Helbert calling
January 13 - Steve Kemble and George Paul with Jack Mitchell calling
February 10 - The McKenzies with Chris Youngblood calling
March 10 - Richochet with Will Martin calling
April 14 - Balancing Act with Terry Doyle calling
May 12 - Rip the Calico with Joy Greenwolfe calling
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