Contra Dances and Communities of Western North Carolina, Tennessee and Upstate South Carolina
Have a dance in the Asheville Area? Let me know and I will feature it here.
Old Farmers Ball
Dance every Thursday with the Old Farmers Ball in Bryson Gym at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, just outside Asheville. There is a monthly Advanced Dance at the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville.
The contra scene swings on Monday nights in West Asheville, from 7-10pm at the Center for Art and Spirit at St George's, 1 School Road in Malvern Hills just off Patton Avenue. Check the OFB's home page for details on
bands and callers for the Monday Night Dance.
River Falls and the Harvest Moon Folk
Harvest Moon Folk holds dances at the wonderfully rustic River Falls Lodge on three Saturdays a month. The lodge is nestled in a lovely wooded area with a lovely stream close to Gap Creek State Park, SC. There is also an "Advanced Dance" on one Friday of the month. The Harvest Moon Folk also hold Wednesday dances at the Y in Greenville and the very popular Moon Dance, a dance weekend held every September at Table Rock State Park, SC. Details.
Historic Jonesborough Dance Society
Ashevilleans can be frequently found slight farther afield in Jonesborough, Tenn. The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society (HJDS) usually dances at the town's community center where a brand new wood floor, Klondike bar breaks (and air conditioning in the summer) make the dance even more popular. Organizer David Wiley also makes our regional contra scene swing with a Contrathon twice a year. Dancers swarm to Glendale Springs for these popular day long dances on the Sundays of Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. Check the site for details on yet another event, Jonesborough Days, and a new dance weekend planned to "bookend" with the Storytelling Festival. David Wiley never stops!
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