The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society and the Jolly Ole Elf will hold a dance extravaganza on Saturday December 17, 2016 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street at 7:00pm featuring the North Carolina based band “Crooked Pine” with David Winston calling the dance.
Admission is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A class for newcomer contra dances will run from 7:00-7:30pm. The dance will go from 7:30-10:30pm. Dancers are invited to bring their favorite holiday desserts for the 9:00pm intermission. This event will cap an eleven-year run of contra dances in Jonesborough!
Dancers are invited to waltz from 6:00-7:00pm to recorded music. “We do country dance waltz compared to ballroom style waltz” offers David Wiley, event organizer. When people say “I can’t waltz”, they’re probably thinking back to their ballroom dancing days. But a ballroom waltz is quite a different animal from a country dance waltz. For one thing, it’s a lot slower. For another, you spend almost the whole time in ballroom position. But the crucial difference is that a ballroom waltz is made up of three steps. The man steps forward, putting his right leg between his partner’s legs, then he takes his left leg forward and to the side, then he closes right to left. In the next bar he steps backward on his left, and it’s the lady’s turn to step forward on the right.
The folk waltz is quite different; it’s sometimes described as a “one-step waltz”. You still do three steps: right, left, right — but the second and third are pretty much on the spot; the first step is where you do most of the travelling. It really isn’t forward-side-together; it’s step-two-three, step-two-three. If you concentrate on the first step and let the other two just happen, you’ll find the whole thing much easier. Turn your shoulders and your feet will follow — it sounds silly, but it’s absolutely true. HJDS is planning a series of waltz workshops in the next few months to teach country waltz.
Crooked Pine is Marion “Weasel” Boatwright on Fiddle, Troy “Hot Springs” Harrison on Banjo, Frank “Lefty” McConnell on Guitar, Craig “Chief T” Bannerman on Bass.
Crooked Pine has the reputation of being a high energy old time contra band that works very closely with a caller to match tunes to dances. Oh, and by the way, we stand up to play music and we have a great time at dances. It makes a difference.
“The Crooked Pine String Band is a delight to work with. I worked with the band recently calling a dance for a rehearsal dinner. Not only was the music perfect for dancing, the band was attuned to my cues while teaching and dancing. The energy and variety of tunes for big circle mountain dancing was great. Ending with a beautiful waltz the wedding couple were thrilled with the evening of music and dance.” Beth Gunn, Dance Caller and Recreation Leader
The contra dance will include several historic dances that have a Christmas theme including “Holiday Jig” by Ted Sanella, “Christmas Eve Quadrille” by Tom Hinds and “Christmas Hornpipe” by Ralph Page. Boom Chuck also has adapted several Christmas Carols for contra dance.
David Winston, senior software engineer for IBM, lives in Asheville. He started contra dancing in 2000 in the Washington, D.C. area where he met his wife Juliette. His first calling workshop in 2003 was led by Tom Hinds who recently called our dance on June 1st. David strives to connect with all levels of dancers through his clear teaching and steady calling. He is always willing to help new dancers learn basic skills, feel comfortable, and enjoy the contra dancing experience. Their 15-year old daughter, Genevieve, is an excellent contra dancer. The Winstons are definitely a contra dancing family.
For more information on Saturday’s dance or any upcoming events, please call David Wiley at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org. Or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.