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Next Event: Oct 25th Halloween Costum Contra

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold the Halloween Costume Contra Dance on Saturday Oct 25th at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street.

Featured Band: Bare Knuckle Quartet
Featured Caller: Lindsay Morris

Beginners Lesson 7:00pm
Dance 7:30-10:30pm

Costume contest 9:00pm Prizes for winners

Posted by: David Wiley on October 15, 2014

Mountain Madness 2014

Mountain Madness Visitors Center Visitors Center Workshop Serenity Knoll Serenity Knoll Workshop
Friday Friday Friday Friday Friday
4:00pm-6:00pm Early Bird Contra Nils Fredland w/Rob , Noah, Laura Z

6:30pm-7:30pm Waltz w/Toss the Possum

8:00pm-9:50pm Maivish w/Will Mentor
10:00pm-11:45pm Nor'easter w/Tom Hinds


Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday
8:00-9:00am Alexander Technique for Dancers w/Jaige Trudel
9:00-9.45am Spin & Catch (Open Position Flourishes) Morning sing w/Nils
10:00am-10:45am Never Let Me Go (Closed Position Flourishes) Contra w/Maivish & Tom Hinds
11:00am-12:00pm Singing Squares with Nils & Nor'easter "
12:00pm-01:30pm Lunch (BYOF)  Lunch (BYOF)  Lunch (BYOF) Lunch (BYOF) 
Mountain Madness Visitors Center Visitors Center Workshop Serenity Knoll Serenity Knoll Workshop
Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday
1:30pm-2:30pm Clogging & Flatfooting w/Matthew Contra w/Nor'easter & Will Mentor Callers Workshop w/Tom Hinds (inside)
2.45pm-4:00pm Give & Take w/Adam & Jaige "
04:00pm-5:00pm Hi Tea (Root Beer Tasting)
5:00pm-6:30pm Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break Dinner Break
6:15pm-7:00pm Waltz w/Toss the Possum

7:30pm-8:50pm Nor'easter w/Tom Hinds
9:00pm-10:30pm Maivish w/Will Mentor

11:00pm-Till Buddy System (Techno) Noah VanNorstrand & Julie Vallimont


Sunday Sunday
9:00am-10:00am Morning Sing w/Nils
9:15am-10:15am Waltz with Toss the Possum
10:30am-12:30pm Maivish w/Tom Hinds
12:45pm-03:00pm Nor'easter w/Will Mentor

Posted by: David Wiley on October 10, 2014

Cancelled & Rescheduled

The Concert & Contra Dance scheduled for Saturday Oct 4th at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll has been CANCELLED.

The contra dance has been rescheduled for Sunday afternoon Oct 5th from 2:00-5:00pm. Lesson at 1:30pm

Hope to see you there!

Thanks,

David Wiley
423-534-8879

Posted by: David Wiley on October 2, 2014

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

Next Event: ContraForce

Let the ContraForce be with you! It’s Contra Dance Time in Jonesborough!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. The featured band will be ContraForce from Charleston, SC with Chattanooga’s Vicki Herndon calling. Admission to the dance is $7, HJDS Members $5, Students $5. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught by the caller. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. A workshop for beginning contra dancers will be led by the caller at 7:00pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30pm with a waltz break at 9:00pm where, once again, Klondike Bars will be served to all.

ContraForce’s goal is to bring the rock influence to some folk tunes. This three-piece powerhouse packs the frenzied bowing arm of Andrae Raffield, the Donkey Kong slammin’ palms of drummer and saxophone player Joey Dorwart, and the acoustic and electric guitar onslaught of Jimi “Two Nails” Periano, into a hurricane of wild, energetic, kick-in-the-mouth contra music that will leave you gasping for breath and begging for more.

Andrae and Joey were old hands at the contra band scene, having vetted themselves in local Charleston bands, Anna’s Bananas and Shady Groove, for over fifteen years before deciding to create ContraForce to explore their new and exciting vision for contra dance music. To complete the rockin’ trinity, Jimi “Two Nails” Periano came on board to begin experimenting with “rocking out some fiddle tunes”. This synergy quickly led to a period of this new band writing much of their material. On the side, Joey and Jimi are registered nurses while Andrae is teaching music at a Charleston middle school.

Thus, a new band was born merging traditional contra music with psychedelic, surf rock and metal to create a new force: ContraForce! With these crazy jokers at the wheel, there’s no telling where the dance will end up, but you can be sure that the hall will be filled with happy dancers as was the case when they played for the FOOT BALL in Jonesborough on February 2nd and at Serenity Knoll on August 8th. They were one of the featured bands at the 2014 Moon Dance at Table Rock State Park last weekend.

Thus, a new band was born merging traditional contra music with psychedelic, surf rock and metal to create a new force: ContraForce! With these crazy jokers at the wheel, there’s no telling where the dance will end up, but you can be sure that the hall will be filled with happy dancers.

Vicki Herndon has been a dancer since 1997, when she accidentally came across contra dancing, and has been a dance lover since. She began calling in 2000, and have called all around the southeast. Wedding dances in open fields, and dances with kids are all part of the diversity she represents, and loves.

Vicki is very active part of the Chattanooga dance community. “Keeping my home group growing and strong has become very important to me over the years. Welcoming newcomers, and giving them confidence is my specialty. Dancers must have this to return to your dance and thrive” offers Ms. Herndon.

Being a dance gypsy has led Vicki to be a familiar face at many dance weekends along with her husband, Steve, where her enthusiasm as a caller is just as evident as when she is dancing. “There's not much more than I love to do . . . dance and call”, she adds.

Contra dancing is a traditional form of American folk dance that evolved from the long ways country dances popular in English society centuries ago. Contra dance communities now thrive all over the country. There are websites that can direct you to contra dances in most states. The modern contra dances provide dancers of all ages and experience levels with the opportunity to smile, move, connect, flirt and create an evening of dance nirvana with each other. No previous dance experience is necessary. No fancy footwork is required. If you can walk and count to eight, you can contra dance!

Contra dances are community events. At almost any contra you will find people of all ages and all dance skill levels, from young to old, beginner to expert. Contra dancers form a very open and welcoming group of people. You can come alone or with others since it is a tradition to dance with a variety of partners throughout the night. It is perfectly acceptable for either a man or a woman to ask someone to dance. It’s a great way to make friends with someone they haven’t met before. You will find contra dancing a great way to make new friends.

For more information, please contact event organizer, David Wiley at 423-534-8879, visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org and on FACEBOOK.

Posted by: David Wiley on September 10, 2014

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