February 15, 2020 | 7:30 pm @ Jonesborough Visitors Center
JONESBOROUGH, TN — The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society holds a Community Valentine Contra Dance Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Performing for the dance will be Boom Chuck from Asheville, North Carolina, with caller Charlotte Crittenden from Brasstown, North Carolina. A class for beginners is held at 7 p.m. Every dancer is encouraged to attend the class to become familiar with dance steps, formations and flow.
Boom Chuck, a popular band from Asheville, consists of Laurie Fisher on keyboard/fiddle and Nic Coker on guitar.
The dance celebrates Valentine’s Day a day late. Since this event is truly about community and the fact that many of the dancers are single, the caller, Charlotte Crittenden calls several dances that are circle dances and mixers. For the traditional contra dances, there will be emphasis on neighbor interaction more so than partner interaction.
At the 9 p.m. break, members are encouraged to bring sweet treats such as chocolate fondue, truffles, cakes, fudge, candy and other chocolate and red colored delicacies. The traditional treat served at every dance is the Klondike Bar.
“Our dancers are really getting the hang of it and the skill level is really getting better,” states event organizer David Wiley. “Our dance is for all ages. For some reason, I hear folks saying that they think our contra dance is geared to the older crowd. We have dancers of all ages from 8 to 80. Plus, you don’t have to have a partner. The best way to learn contra dance is by asking a more experienced partner to dance. It is perfectly acceptable for ladies to ask gentlemen to dance.”
There is no set admission fee but a donation is accepted to support the band, caller, sound engineer and all the volunteers that make it happen.
Contra dances are held in Jonesborough at the Visitors Center on the first and third Saturday of each month except for October. All dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free.
For more information, contact event organizer David Wiley at 423-534-8879 or visit ccchttp://www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org on the web and on Facebook.