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.
December 10 - The McKenzies with Valerie Helbert calling
January 14 - Richocet with Dean Snipes calling
February 11 - The Stuff with George Segebade calling
March 11 - Rule of thumb with Chris Youngblood calling
April 8 - Rip the Calico with Joy Greenwolfe calling
May 13 - Wheelhouse with Will Martin calling
June 10 - The Time Flies with Gretchen Caldwell calling
On Saturday, June 10, a Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming event will hold special meaning for the Floyd Contra Dance as it marks the 275th contra dance since their start in 1989. Join the fun for a special last dance of the season at the Floyd Center for the Arts, 8-11 pm, with the Time Flies, a Charlotteville area band, and Gretchen Caldwell, a favorite N.C. caller. To celebrate, there'll be a dessert potluck during the evening break.
With music by the Time Flies, masters of high energy dance music and never-fail creators of a rollicking good time, time on the dance floor will fly. Graham DeZarn keeps an up-tempo on fiddle, T.J. Johnson's energy inspires on mandolin and fiddle, and Bill Wellington corrals the beat with his masterful guitar - three celebrated musicians who make dancing so much fun, that three hours slip away, just like the band's name - The Time Flies.
Bill Wellington also performs with Troublesome Creek String Band, and has played with Kevin Burke, Rodney Miller, Dirk Powell, Pete Vigour, and others. Bill is also a well-known childrenís performer and recording artist, and is the creator of Radio WOOF.
T.J. Johnson has toured with the Hillbillies From Mars, Lift Ticket, and the Rhythm Raptors. Starting out as a teenager playing contemporary bluegrass, T.J. has branched out over the years to enjoy different styles from jazz to Middle Eastern. Of all music, he likes playing for dancers the best.
Graham DeZarn, former member of the Hot Seats, currently plays with the New Hipsters in the DC area. Grahamsís fiddle style is sweet, driving, and highly danceable. He is the son of Joe DeZarn, fiddler for the Mighty Possums and Celtic Thunder.
Everyone is welcome, no partner needed at the Floyd Contra Dance, Saturday, 8 p.m., a monthly event at the Floyd Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, second floor. Start with a beginner lesson at 7:35, and come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing, and the caller will teach each dance. Admission is $8.00; $6.50 student ID. For more info or for weather-related cancellations, visit FloydContraDance.org or Floyd Contra Dance on Facebook.
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