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Next Event: April 5, 2014

Jonesborough Contra Dance!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday April 5, 2014 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Guest performers are Laurie Fisher and Steve Trisman with Vicki Herndon calling the dance.

Admission is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A class for newcomer contra dancers will run from 7:00-7:30pm followed by the contra dance from 7:30-10:30pm.

Laurie Fisher is a popular musician, dance caller and music teacher. She plays fiddle, keyboard, guitar and bass and has performed and called in Jonesborough on many occasions most recently with her band “BOOM CHUCK”.

Joining Laurie Fisher is fiddler/violinist Steve Trisman from Asheville. Trisman is an accomplished musician who plays with Asheville bands, One Leg Up, Bayou Diesel, Jupiter Coyote and many others. Trisman is moving over from the electric sound to more acoustic to play contra dance music.

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.

For more information on Saturday’s dance or any upcoming events, please call David Wiley at 423-534-8879 or visit Or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.

Posted by: David Wiley on March 23, 2014

Next Event: March 30, 2014

Special Sunday afternoon dance on March 30, 2014 with Atlantic Crossing and Diane Silver calling.

Location: Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll, 542 Bacon Branch Road, Jonesborough, TN 37659

Park perpendicular to the driveway in the grass and walk up to the Pavilion in back.

$7 for all comers. HJDS Members are FREE!

beginners lesson at 1:30pm
dance 2:00-5:00pm

Picnic lunches are welcome!

Posted by: David Wiley on March 16, 2014

Next Event: March 15, 2014

Contra & Family Dance

Historic Jonesborough Dance Society welcomes GOLD AND LIGHT for contra dance on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center.

Roger Gold on guitar is joined by Laura Light (Formerly of Avant Gardeners) on fiddle. Christi Bothwell is the caller.

Family Dance 5:30-6:45pm
Class for beginning contra dance 7:00pm
Dance 7:30-10:30pm

$7, HJDS Members and Students $5

Posted by: David Wiley on March 8, 2014

Next Event: March 1, 2014-Communty Band Night

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday March 1, 2014 at the HISTORIC JONESBOROUGH Visitors Center & Museum, 117 Boone Street.

Ever wanted to play music for a dance? This is YOUR chance! Join a diverse group of community musicians who come together to provide music for dancing four times a year. Develop your skill at accompanying dancers and supporting this community activity. All instruments are welcome - please contact Lee Bidgood ( to learn more and to obtain the song sheets. Wind players are particularly needed to add a new element to a mostly string band.

Two practice sessions are scheduled:

7-9pm Wednesday 2/20/2014 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street

7-9pm Tuesday, 2/25/2014 in Room 306, Brooks Gym, ETSU, Johnson City, TN

The dance will be called by team Tom Colwell & Myra Hirschberg

Beginners lesson at 7:00pm
Dance 7:30-10:30pm

$7, HJDS Members $5, Full time students $5

Posted by: David Wiley on February 16, 2014

Dance Update

We are definitely ON FOR TONIGHT Feb 15th! Come dance to the fabulous music of Roger Gold and David White. Bring your sweet treats to share! Contra dance in Jonesborough! Beginners at 7pm, dance 7:30-10:30pm. Shake off the cabin fever!

Posted by: David Wiley on February 15, 2014

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