The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a community contra dance on Saturday April 15, 2017 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Class for beginning contra dancers will happen at 7:00 pm. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 pm with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm. Coming to Jonesborough to perform for the dance will be East Coast touring band Tempest. Calling for the dance will be the Rich Goss from Portland, Oregon.
Now that contra dance has become so popular all over this country, there are many step-by-step guides on how to do contra dance on the internet. “Even though we teach a brief workshop prior to the dance, there are other resources including contra dance videos, essays and other instruction available all over the web” states event organizer David Wiley. “We also encourage newcomers to partner with experienced dancers for the first few dances to build their confidence and show them how easy and fun contra dancing is”. You can bring the whole family to dance.
Tempest blends traditional tunes with inventive, progressive grooves and harmonies that draw from jazz, world music, and pop/R&B. Originally formed in 2009 by Tim Ball and Chuck Abell as a contra dance band, their repertoire has expanded to include jazz standards, blues, folk songs, Irish fiddle tunes, and more. Tempest core band is Chuck Abell (guitars, mandolin) and Tim Ball (fiddle), plus Harry Aceto (bass).
Over the last 8 years, in addition to being a staple on the regional dance scene, Tempest has toured up and down the East Coast and in New England, receiving rave reviews at such venues as Glen Echo, the Concord Scout House, the Greenfield Grange, and the Old Farmer’s Ball in Asheville. Tempest has also performed at the Rochester Thanksgiving Weekend, the Cornell Dance Series, the Syracuse University dance series, the Bard College swing club, and most recently, the first CDR Extreme English Dance in Rochester.
Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance, join the potluck dinner or just to listen. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. As always, our dances are smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 students and children. Families with their own children are all admitted for only $15.
For further information call event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.