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.
May 9 - Flaky biscuits with caller, Gretchen Caldwell
There’s nothing quite like good Flaky Biscuits, (the six-member band, that is) playing an eclectic assortment of Celtic, Old Time, Bluegrass, Americana, and Gospel tunes as well as a few songs that don't fit comfortably into any genre. Experience their unique musical blend at the Floyd Contra Dance on Saturday, May 9th, 8 – 11 pm at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts.
NC caller Gretchen Caldwell will prompt and teach all the dance figures, as well as a lesson before the dance. The Floyd contra dance attracts all age groups and experience levels—beginners catch on early to instant fun, and experienced dancers add high energy and lots of smiles. She'll teach a beginner lesson at 7:35.
The Flaky biscuits band has Jeff Phillips on acoustic guitar and vocals--hailing from a musical family, Jeff's great uncle was a regular on Sundays at Mabry Mill playing Old-Time guitar. Luke Poore plays hammered dulcimer and commits each song to memory, which adds to the mystique of this 38-string instrument. Mark Poore is on banjo, accordion, and vocals. A budding musician at age eight in Pulaski, Virginia, Mark begged his parents to buy a piano and volunteered to give up his bed and sleep on the floor in order to make room for it. Hannah Robbins is on upright bass and vocals. She secretly wished she could play bluegrass with her fiddler father and so, though trained in classical piano, Hannah learned to play the upright bass and sat in with her dad’s band whenever possible. Amy Rockhill plays fiddle. With classical violin training, Amy later grew to love traditional Appalachian music performing on both the fiddle and mandolin, appreciating the joys of playing by ear. Lester Weddle is on mandolin and vocals. Born and raised in Floyd, Virginia, he is especially fond of Gospel, Bluegrass, and Old-Time music. Lester is left-handed and now plays right-handed instruments upside down.
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, 2015. Dance admission is $8.00. Students with ID $6.50. Listener admission $5.00. For more information, visit us on Facebook.
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