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! Please join us Jan 26 for a contra and March 9 for a waltz.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.|
|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!! This dance will be filmed for a short segment to air on Virginia Currents so let’s fill the dance floor and spread the word about what fun can be had by contra dancing!
|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.
Check them out at:
|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; piano: Diane Sorenson: piano.|
|May-25-19||NO DANCE||Memorial Day weekend – Please remember all those who currently serve and have served our country|
|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||Quera Crain from New England||The Long Pond Rounders from New England. Jonah Sidman: fiddle; Corey Walters: flute, mandolin; Michael Friedman: piano; Ness Smith-Savedoff: percussion; Ross Harris: sax, guitar.|
|Jul-27-19||TBA||Special Event- Balance and Swim TBA 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||TBA||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||TBA||Go Figure from Charlottesville. Janet Muse: piano; Mike Dunn: fiddle.|
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||TBA||Rhythmajigs from Charlottesville. Jack Maus: piano; Michael Giordano: fiddle; Pattie Reum: whistles/flute.|
|Nov-23-19||TBA||Tea & Honey from Maryland. Sophie Chang: cello; Colleen Hilroyd: fiddle, foot percussion; Bobby LaRose: piano, mandolin; Rebecca Weiss: fiddle.|
|Dec-14-19||TBA||Special Event – Snowflake Ball DanceMcKenzieMuse 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
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Booking: Contact Laura Duncan at 804-232-5136 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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