Welcome,

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.


New Dance Floor-Built by Volunteers-Funded by many contributors!

Recent News


Next Event: Contrathon Weekend

Here is the update information for Contrathon events:

August 30:

10:30am-11:00am Flashmob contra dance at the Jonesborough Farmers Market. Lunch to follow at the new Black Oliver Restaurant, 125 E. Jackson in Jonesborough

7:00pm-07:30pm Beginners lesson for contra dance

7:30pm-10:30pm Contrarians with Christi Bothwell & Clinton Ross (Jonesborough Visitors Center) $7, HJDS Members & Students $5

11:00pm-01:00am RUSHFEST with Emily Rush at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll (DJ'd pop music to contra dance calling) $3 suggested
542 Bacon Branch Road. Look for contra dance signs

August 31: Contrathon XVI

Jonesborough Visitors Center-Emily Rush & Emily Abel calling
11:00am-01:30pm Fyrefly
02:00pm-02:30pm Break
02:30pm-04:30pm Contrarians


Serenity Knoll-Emily Rush & Emily Abel calling

04:30pm-06:00pm Couples dancing to recorded music
06:00pm-08:00pm Fyrefly
08:30pm-11:00pm Contrarians

Registration for all events still open. $15 for half day (11:00-4:30 or 6:00-11:00) $30 for all day, students $12/$20.

If you are coming to Contrathon, please send in registration asap or let me know for sure you are coming!

Form available at www.hjdsevents.com

Camping is free at Serenity Knoll
The swimming pool at Dragon Hatchery is open on Sat and Sun.

Questions and registration updates: 423-534-8879

Posted by: David Wiley on August 26, 2014