Contra dances are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Center. Newcomer’s are welcome and no partner is required.
- A free Newcomers’ workshop is held from 6:30-7:15pm
- Dance from 7:30 to 10:30pm
- $6 members/students – $10 non-members – Youth 12 and under admitted free! unless noted otherwise.
Help us to care for our floor; please wear soft-soled shoes.
Hosts are needed for dances. It is not hard, we will help you and HOSTS GET IN FREE! Click
here for more information. If you can host a dance, talk to any Board member at the dance.
|Jan-12-19||Will Martin from Charlottesville||Sorry! The contra and waltzing are canceled due to the impending weather! Happy Soles from Charlottesville. Beverly Seng: fiddle; Brian Hamshar: clarinet; Rya Martin: piano.|
|Jan-26-19||Tom Hinds from Charlottesville||Roundabout from Charlottesville. Janet Muse: piano; Mike Dunn: fiddle; Kathy Boyer: flute/clarinet; Tom Hinds: percussion.|
|Feb-09-19||Phoebe Williams from Williamsburg||Valentine Dance – Wildwood from Maryland. Joanne Murphy: hammered dulcimer, concertina, fiddle; Steve Bocian: mandolin, tenor banjo, octave mandolin; Pierce Crowell: guitar; Ed VandenBosche: cello, recorder.|
|Feb-23-19||Abigail Hobart from Washington DC||Engine 615 from Ashland. Tom Groseclose: fiddle; Henry Hubbard: bass; Bill Wadsworth: hammered dulcimer; Stuart Groseclose: guitar.|
|Mar-09-19||Nicholas Smith from Richmond||Rip the Calico from North Carolina. Alison Arnold: flute, whistle; Gordon Arnold: cello, banjo, guitar; Mairead Brady: fiddle; Tyler Johnson: guitar, banjo, mandolin.
Join us for an open waltz at 6pm before the contra dance.
|Mar-23-19||Brian Hamshar from Charlottesville||Special Event- Atlantic Crossing from Vermont. Viveka Fox: fiddle, bodhran, djembe; Peter McFarlane: fiddle, low whistles, mandolin, feet, vocals; Rick Klein: guitar, vocals. Admission $9 members/students $12 non-members
NEWS FLASH!! Thanks to all who were able to come out and be part of the filming for Virginia Currents. This episode aired on April 18 and is available for viewing on their website. Search ‘Virginia Currents Contra Dance’. Tell your friends!
|Apr-12-13-14 2019||Seth Tepfer, from Atlanta, Georgia||Springforth Ball and Dance Weekend April 12-13-14, 2019
Cloud Ten from New England. Cedar Stanistreet: fiddle, Donal Sheets: cello & guitar, Arthur Davis: piano, banjo, trumpet, Ness Smith-Savedoff: drums
Online Registration is open.
Cloud Ten has played at the Petersborough Snow in Ball 2019 in NH and Flurry Festival 2019 in NY with Will Mentor.
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|Apr-27-19||Denise Lair from Charlottesville||Fiery Furnace String Band from Williamsburg. Waverly Garner:fiddle; Victoria Gum: guitar; Daniel Lantz: banjo; Bobby LaRose: piano; Myles Sullivan: guitar.|
|May-11-19||Will Martin from Charlottesville||Brambleberry from Virginia & Maryland. Bob Garber: clarinet; Chelle Fulk: fiddle; Diane Sorenson: piano.
Special Event: Intermediate Waltz Workshop led by Catherine Farmer and Page Ghaphery.
Lesson is 4 – 6pm. No charge but donations are welcome ( $5-7 is suggested).., bring your own picnic meal to eat on the lawn contra dance. (This is a change: we are no longer planning a potluck.)
|May-22-19||George Marshall & Tim van Egmond from New England||Special Mid-Week Dance! Swallowtail from New England. George Marshall: concertina, bodhran; Tim van Egmond: hammered dulcimer; Ron Grosslein: fiddle, mandolin; Tim Triplett: piano; David Cantieni: saxophone; flute, bombard, whistle, feet. Admission $9 members/students, $13 non-members|
|Jun-08-19||Brad Saylor from Charlottesville||Wheelhouse from Staunton. Jim Harrington: accordion; Kathy Boyer: flute & other wind instruments; Rya Martin: piano.|
|Jun-22-19||Kelsey Hartman from San Francisco||The Nettles from Corvallis, OR. Laura Brophy: fiddle; Kevin Johnsrude: guitar; Michael Proctor: bass.|
|Jul-13-19||Quena Crain from New England||The Long Pond Rounders from New England. Jonah Sidman: fiddle; Corey Walters: flute, melodeon, electric guitar; Michael Friedman: piano; Ness Smith-Savedoff: percussion.
Join us for open waltzing to recorded music selected by Talia Moser: 6-7:15pm. No charge.
|Jul-27-19||Tom Hinds from Charlottesville||Special Event- Balance and Swim Steve Hickman & Friends. Dance 7:30-10:30 pm. Pool open 8:30-10:30 pm. Bring swimsuit and towel. Admission $9 members/students $13 non-members|
|Aug-10-19||Brian Hamshar from Palmyra||Ricochet from Charlottesville. Rya Martin: piano, Walter Hojka: fiddle.|
|Aug-24-19||April Blum from Maryland||Fiery Furnace String Band from Williamsburg. Waverly Garner:fiddle; Victoria Gum: guitar; Daniel Lantz: banjo; Bobby LaRose: piano; Myles Sullivan: guitar.|
|Sep-14-19||Reilly Belton from Dayton, VA||Balancing Act from Staunton. Jim Harrington: accordion, Bill Wellington: guitar, banjo.|
|Sep-28-19||Denise Lair from Charlottesville||Go Figure from Charlottesville. Janet Muse: piano; Mike Dunn: fiddle.|
|Oct-19-19||October is Support your Regional Folk Arts Month||Oct 5: Check out the Norge Contra dance: 7:30-10:30 PM at 7402 Richmond Rd (Rt 60)
Oct 12: Check out the Richmond Folk Festival
|Oct-26-19||NO DANCE||Go to the Dancing Leaves Contra Dance Weekend in Nelson County|
|Nov-09-19||Joy Greenwolfe from Durham, NC||Rhythmajigs from Charlottesville. Jack Maus: piano; Michael Giordano: fiddle; Pattie Reum: whistles/flute.
Join us for open waltzing to recorded music from 6 – 7:15pm before the contra. No charge. This will be our last open waltz session so we hope you’ll join us.
|Nov-23-19||Dean Snipes from Charlotte, NC||Tea & Honey from Maryland. Sophie Chang: cello; Colleen Holroyd: fiddle, foot percussion; Bobby LaRose: piano, mandolin; Rebecca Weiss: fiddle.|
|Dec-14-19||Abigail Hobart from Washington DC||Special Event – Snowflake Ball Dance
McKenzieMuse from Virginia. Woody McKenzie: fiddle, tenor banjo, guitar; Marcia McKenzie: banjo, guitar, penny whistle, bodhran; Janet Muse: piano.
Admission $9 members/students $13 non-members
|Dec-28-19||NO DANCE||Have a Happy and Safe New Year!|
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