The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street.
The guest band is Laurie Fisher and Steve Trisman from Asheville. The caller is Nick Boulet. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. All dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. No partner is necessary. Families and children are welcome. A class for beginners will be held at 7:00pm.
In addition to the FOOT BALL theme, HJDS will continue to offer the Buy One-Get One FREE tickets for new dancers.
The “FOOT BALL” on Saturday gives all the contra dancers a chance to get a good calorie burn before indulging in football party snacks Sunday night. Our dancers will enjoy a “Tailgate style” potluck dinner and an hour of waltz before the dance. Recorded waltz tunes will play from 6:00-7:00pm. The contra dance runs from 7:30-10:30pm. “We’ve done this event before but always did it on Sunday afternoon” states event organizer, David Wiley. The first 10 dancers who arrive wearing their favorite FOOTBALL Jersey will receive a free ticket to the annual Jonesborough Kiwanis Club spaghetti supper. During the Foot Ball, we will attempt to do the WAVE up and down the contra lines that will be recorded on video and uploaded to YouTube.
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.
Nick Boulet began dancing in Knoxville in the 1980s and calling in the 1990s. He has called in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, Dayton, TN, Damascus VA, Greensboro, NC, Winston-Salem NC, Berea KY, Huntsville AL, as well as Jonesborough TN. He is known for dances that he has written like “Warmin’ Up The Car.” He loves to dance and calls dances that keep the energy up. He invites all to come on out and dance!
Many people are unfamiliar with contra dance because its origins go back to New England. All dances are done to live music. The steps or figurers are similar to Appalachian Square Dance but the formation and flow are vastly different. Contra Dance uses the longwise set or column whereby circles of four dancers are lined up in a long line up and down the hall. The choreography is 64 steps which correspond to the phrase of music in the tune. The caller’s job is to select a dance that matches the skill set of the dancers. Almost always, the programs starts out with very simple figures that all dancers can quickly master. Each dance is taught by the caller until such time that he or she thinks the group can dance it successfully. Each dancer has a partner that they stay with throughout the dance. The pace is easy to keep up with. The crowd is usually made up of dancers from all age groups. Contra dance is especially good for singles because you do not have to come with a partner. The community aspect of contra dance encourages everyone in attendance to dance with as many partners as possible. Usually, a contra dance has 10-12 dances in one evening. Children and families are welcome.
For more information, contact event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org and the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.