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 at the Sun Music Hall in downtown 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.
Dance information: 540 489-1826.
November 9 - Big celtic Fun with Tom Hinds calling.
January 11 - Celador with Terry Stefan calling.
February 8 - No Strings Attahed with Valerie Helbert calling.
March 8 - Dot Dot Dash with George Segebade calling.
The second Saturday Floyd Contra Dance presents the band Dot-Dot-Dash and caller, George Segebade on Saturday, March 8, at Sun Music Hall. Dot-Dot-Dash is known for great original improvisations, sparkling melodies, and a solid approach to rhythm. This SW Virginia band has consistently "wowed the crowd" at local dances and beyond. Their musical repertoire, instrumental variety, and unique arrangements always make for a very fun dance. This month's caller, George Segebade from Greensboro, will teach the dance figures as well as a beginner workshop at 7:35.
The acoustic quartet, Dot-Dot-Dash, plays Celtic, Old-Time, Appalachian, Gypsy Jazz, world music and a whole lot more. Expect to experience high acoustic energy and extraordinary instrumental improvisation from band members Joel Keebler, bass, Bill Anderson, fiddle, John Hildreth, guitar, and Matt Livingston, mandolin. The group recently produced a self-titled debut CD album.
And, as part of the 25th anniversary year celebration for the Floyd Contra Dance, any new dancer coming to the Floyd contra dance for the first time will be granted admission with our 1989 fee of $3.00. The group has always been all volunteer, but admission pays for the cost of the hall, the band, and the caller.
Join us for the monthly Floyd contra dance at Sun Music Hall, Dogtown Roadhouse, 302 S. Locust St., Floyd. The dance starts at 8 p.m. with a beginner lesson at 7:35. 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, 2014. Dance admission is $8.00. Students with ID $6.50. Listener admission $5.00. For more information, visit us on Facebook or at Floyd Contra Dance.
April 12 - The Ivory Boys with Jack Mitchell calling.
May 10- Richochet with Gretchen Caldwell calling.
June 14 - TBA with Phobe Williams calling.
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