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, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, Va - 1/2 mile of 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.
January 12 - Star-Front Property (Matthew Livingston) with Bill Wellington calling
February 9 - Wild Ones with Kyle Johnston calling
March 9 - Balancing Act with Warren Doyle calling
The Floyd Contra Dance hosts its monthly community dance, Saturday, March 9, at the Floyd Center for the Arts, 7-10 pm, with Balancing Act, a Staunton area band, and Warren Doyle, an experienced dance caller from Mountain City, Tennessee.
Balancing Act has the talents of Bill Wellington on fiddle and banjo and Jim Harrington on accordion. The band's music is highly danceable, combining the drive of Southern music with the lilt of Irish and New England tunes, a fun combination that's perfect for contra dance.
Caller Warren Doyle brings a variety of talents to the dance floor, including decades-long experience with contra dance, calling, clogging, and teaching. In addition, Warren has the distinction of having hiked the Appalachian Trail more than any other person, and is Director of the Appalachian Trail Institute.
Bill Wellington is a storyteller, folk musician, songwriter, and dance caller who has entertained audiences for over twenty-five years. His delightful banjo and fiddle music can also be heard with the Troublesome Creek String Band, and, in the past, with Kevin Burke, Rodney Miller, Dirk Powell, Pete Vigour, and others. Bill is also the creator of Radio WOOF children's programs.
Jim Harrington is a Staunton, Virginia, musical stalwart whose accordion works non-stop with area theaters, church music, fiddle tunes, and rock ‘n roll, somehow harmonizing with his day job as English professor at Mary Baldwin College and time with his talented musical family.
Treat yourself to an evening of easy, relaxed fun with lots of smiles and live music. All dance figures are taught by the caller, and there’s a free lesson at 6:30 pm before the dance which runs from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Beginners and experienced dancers, all ages, welcome. Come alone or with a partner; 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.
April 13 - Rhythmajigs with Joy Greenwolfe calling
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