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The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society was chartered in the Fall of 2005 as a non-profit, educational organization to promote a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing, its music, its history and related folklore. HJDS is a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. We are an all-volunteer organization based in Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee.

We will hold community dances on the first and third Saturdays every month in the auditorium of the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Our dances are open to the public and feature live music in a smoke and alcohol free environment. No experience is necessary. Each dance is taught by the caller for the evening. You do not have to bring a partner. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. Snacks and beverages are for sale in the visitors center. For more information about Jonesborough, please visit their website that can be found in our links section.


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Next Event: Contra & Marimba Concert @ Serenity Knoll

“Contra Dance and Marimba Concert in Jonesborough!”

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will host the next Contra Dance of the season on Saturday October 4, 2014 at the Pavilion at Serenity Knoll, 542 Bacon Branch Road, Jonesborough. The featured band is Gold ‘n Light from Asheville. The caller us Susan Michaels from Los Angeles, CA. Admission is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students.

The evening will begin at 5:30pm with a potluck dinner and a concert by Asheville based Zimbabwean style marimba band, Chikomo Marimba. Admission to the concert is $10 suggested donation.

Chikomo Marimba is a group that plays contemporary and traditional Zimbabwean music. Their mission is to share and celebrate the joy of the music that they play among themselves and with others. The interweaving parts and expressions that come together through their music creates synergy, celebrates the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and encourages audience participation, celebration, and dance. This upbeat percussive performance will definitely get everyone prepped up for contra dancing at 7:30pm.

Roger Gold plays guitar and is joined on fiddle by Laura Light. This duo performed for a Jonesborough contra dance back in March and thrilled a room full of dancers.

Susan Michaels will teach a contra class for beginners at 7:00 PM and the dance will run from 7:30-10:30 PM with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm. No partner is necessary. It is customary at contra dances to change partners after each dance. As always, our dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. Families, students and singles are welcome. All dances are taught by the caller. No previous dance experience is necessary.

For more information, contact David Wiley at 423-534-8879, or email to david@historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org. Also visit the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.

Posted by: David Wiley on September 24, 2014