Contra dances are held on either Saturday evenings or Sunday afternoons. Please make sure to check out website for the specific dates! We dance at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Center at 3421 Hawthorne Ave. Newcomer’s are welcome and no partner is required.
- A free Newcomers’ workshop is held before each dance (From 6:30-7:15pm for Saturday dances and from 1:00-1:45pm for Sunday afternoon dances).
- Dance on Saturdays from 7:30 to 10:30pm and on Sunday afternoons from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.
- $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-5-20 (Sunday)||Phoebe Williams from Williamsburg||Fiery Furnace Band from Williamsburg. Lynn Abbott: banjo; Sean Franco: fiddle, banjo, guitar; Waverly Garner: fiddle; Victoria Gum: guitar; Daniel Lantz: banjo; Bobby LaRose: piano; Caroline Lebegue: cello.|
|Jan-25-20||Brian Hamshar from Palmyra||JWalk from Philadelphia & Baltimore. Jared Kirkpatrick: piano, fiddle, mandolin; Jakob Raitzk: fiddle, foot percussion|
|Feb-8-20||Ben Allbrandt from Norfolk||Valentine’s Day Dance!
Big Celtic Fun from Chapel Hill. Eileen Regan: fiddle, guitar, celtic harp; Tim Smith: flute, tin whistle, concertina, piano.
Wear red and bring chocolate!
|Feb-23-20 (Sunday)||Will Martin from Charlottesville||The Bouncers from Staunton. Jim Harrington: accordion; TJ Crow: mandolin; Richard Adams: horns, bass; Bill Wellington: banjo, guitar.|
|Mar-15-20 (Sunday)||Paul Rosen from Charlottesville||
Notice: This dance has been canceled out of concern for the spread of COVID-19.
Balancing Act from Staunton. Jim Harrington: accordion, Bill Wellington: guitar, banjo.
|March 27, 28, 29||Brian Hamshar from Palmyra||
Notice: Sadly, out of concern for exposing dancers to the spread of COVID-19, we need to cancel the Springforth Ball weekend. We do not want to harm the health of any dancer or their families. Hope to see you all next year!
Springforth Ball and Dance Weekend March 27-28-29, 2020
Atlantic Crossing from Vermont. Viveka Fox: fiddle, bodhran, djembe; Peter McFarlane: fiddle, low whistles, mandolin, feet, vocals; Rick Klein: guitar, vocals.
Registration is open! Early registration ends Feb 29.
|April-5-20 (Sunday)||Tom Hinds from Charlottesville||
This event has been cancelled. Please keep posted as to when we will resume dancing.
Rip the Calico from North Carolina. Tyler Johnson: guitar, tenor banjo, mandolin; Alison Arnold: flute & whistles; Gordon Arnold: cello, banjo, guitar; Mairead Brady: fiddle.
|Apr-25-20||Denise Lair from Charlottesville||
This event has been cancelled.
Rhythmajigs from Charlottesville. Jack Maus: piano; Michael Giordano: fiddle; Pattie Reum: whistles/flute.
|May-9-20||Brian Hamshar from Palmyra||Ricochet from Charlottesville. Rya Martin: piano; Walter Hojka: fiddle.|
|May-31-20 (Sunday)||Phoebe Williams from Williamsburg||Orion from the Tidewater. Steve Suhring: fiddle; Ken Veazey: piano; Joe Healey: hammered dulcimer.|
|Jun-13-20||Reilly Belton from Dayton, Va||Roundabout from Charlottesville. Janet Muse: piano; Mike Dunn: fiddle; Kathy Boyer: flute/clarinet; Tom Hinds: percussion|
Special Event- Balance and Swim
Fiery Furnace Band from Williamsburg
Pool open 8:30-10:30 pm. Bring swimsuit and towel. Admission $9 members/students $1
|Aug-8-20||Brad Saylor from Charlottesville||Happy Soles from Charlottesville. Rya Martin: piano; Beverly Seng: fiddle; Brian Hamshar: clarinet.3 non-member|
|Sept-26-20||Wheelhouse from Staunton. Jim Harrington: accordion; Kathy Boyer: flute & other wind instruments; Rya Martin: piano.|
|Oct-4-20 (Sunday)||Open Band eXperience (OBeX) with Steve Suhring. Musicians! This is your chance to be part of a contra dance band. Contact Steve at Suhring@jlab.org for information.|
|Oct-24-20||Darlene Underwood from Cincinnati, OH.||Hot Coffee Breakdown from Louisville, KY. Tom Cunningham: fiddle; Kate Sanders: keyboard; Luis deLeon: percussion.|
|Nov-14-20||McKenzie-Muse from Virginia. Woody McKenzie: various strings; Marcia McKenzie: banjo, penny whistle, guitar, bodhran; Janet Muse: piano.|
|Nov-29-20 (Sunday)||Engine 615 from Ashland. Tom Groseclose: fiddle; Henry Hubbard: bass; Bill Wadsworth: hammered dulcimer; Stuart Groseclose: guitar.|
Special Event – Snowflake Ball Dance
Unbowed from Harrisburg, PA. Henry Koretzky: mandolin; Jill Smith: piano.
Admission $9 members/students $13 non-members
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