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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: September 6, 2014

“Velocipede” Invades Jonesborough for Contra Dance!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at the 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 30-minute class for beginners will be held at 7:00pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30pm.
At the 9:00pm waltz break, again 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.

Performing for this event will be duo, Velocipede, from Maine. The caller will be David Winston from Asheville.

Julia Plumb (fiddle, viola, foot percussion) and Baron Collins-Hill (mandolin, tenor guitar) met at fiddle camp in Maine in 2008. Once they began playing together, the tunes came flooding uncontrollably out of their fingers. They have been playing together ever since. Hailing from Maine, Velocipede plays original and traditional tunes from New England, Quebec, Appalachia, Scandinavia and the British Isles. They play with a tight, close sound staying true to the tunes and bolstering them with driving dance rhythms and sweet harmonies. Julia and Baron are capable of delivering a ripping set of reels for contra dance and will be sure to catch listener’s ears and set toes tapping. For more information, visit www.velocipedemusic.com.

Posted by: David Wiley on September 1, 2014