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 Dance & Workshop Saturday May 2

Contra Dance & Free Workshop in Jonesborough!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A family package allows parents to bring all of their own children for a total of $15. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. No partner is necessary. Families and children are welcome! A half hour contra dance workshop will be offered at 7pm.

At the 9:00pm waltz break, Klondike Ice Cream Bars, the official frozen treat of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, will be offered to all dancers courtesy of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society.

The evening will begin with a free two-hour workshop at 4:00pm called “Beyond the Beginners’ Workshop; How to Become Everyone’s Favorite Dance Partner” led by caller/teacher Charley Harvey. This workshop is for dancers of any level designed to make your evening of dance more pleasurable for you and others on the dance floor. The goal of the workshop for is for everyone to come away with new skills and techniques that make them a better dancer.

A better dancer is able to take good care of their partner by better understanding the flow of the dance. A better dancer is on time for every move during the dance because they understand the timing of the dance moves. That means you are in the right place at the right time. Once a dancer understands the basics, then they are free to play with Twirls and Embellishments and non-verbal communication between partners.

The final segment of the afternoon class will teach basic rotary waltz, how to add swing dance embellishments and achieving flow.

Performing for this event will be the band Hot Sonata from Asheville, NC. Charley Harvey will also call the evening dance from 7:30-10:30pm.

For more information, contact event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org

Posted by: David Wiley on April 23, 2015