The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Performing for the dance will be the band “SAL” from Asheville with caller George Segebade from Oak Ridge, NC. A class for beginners will be held at 7:00pm. Every dancer is encouraged to attend the class to become familiar with dance steps, formations and flow.
Our dancers are really getting the hang of it and the skill level is really getting better”
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 eighty. 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.
Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and full-time students get in for $5. A Family Package offer allows parents and as many children in their core family to get in for only $15.
SAL, a driving trio composed of Susi Gott, Art Shuster and Laurie Fisher, was one of the first bands to play at Old Farmer’s Ball back in the early eighties, when the iconic dance was founded. Thirty years later, they are reuniting to play select contras. Expect strong rhythm and innovative melodies all tailored to the dance in question, and designed to propel the dancer beyond his imagination.
Susi Gott, fiddler, singer, dancer, songwriter, is a veteran of many genres. She has appeared in festivals and theatres across the U.S., Europe, Africa, South and Central America with bluegrass luminaries such as Mac Wiseman, Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, and Celtic wizards Mick Moloney, Liz Carroll, and Robbie O’Connell. Currently based once again in her native Madison County, North Carolina, Susi also directs a variety of culinary events, often coupled with musical illustration.
Art Shuster, a foundational part of the Asheville dance scene since 1982, was an original member of SAL, as well as band member with Far Horizons, the Who-Alls, Spring Chickens, Hot Sonatas, String Beings, and others. Also known for his professional cycling and coaching, he loves to inspire dancers with unexpected rhythms and solid back beats on both mandolin and guitar.
Laurie Fisher, coincidentally a fiddle student of Susi’s in the early 80’s, is known for her calling, teaching, clawhammer banjo, fiddling, singing, contra dance piano and swing guitar and bass. Bands of which she is or has been a member include SAL, the String Beings, Boom Chuck, Carolina Ceili, Hot Flash, Holy Coyote, Reckless Abandon (the Asheville one), Haphazard Ensemble, Ants In The Pantry, Evil Twins, Chicken Tractor, Bare Knuckle Quartet, The Red Hot Sugar Babies, Blue Heaven, and Windmill.
George Segebade, caller, comes to Jonesborough for the first time. He has been calling for many years and is based in Oak Ridge, NC. George is on the board of the Fiddle and Bow Country Dancers and is an academic advisor at Guilford Technical Community College.
For more information, contact event organizer David Wiley at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org on the web and on FACEBOOK.