The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will host the next contra dance of the season on Saturday June 17, 2017 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street at 8:00 PM.
The featured band is Star Front Property from Blacksburg, VA. The caller is Phoebe Williams. Admission is $7, $5 for HJDS members and students. A special family package for members is now offered for a total of $15. Parents and all of their own children under age 18 can gain admission for one price.
HJDS welcomes back a group of talented high school juniors and seniors from the Governor’s School at ETSU. “This is the fifth year that this group has come to our contra dance knowing they are in for a very fun and lively dance experience. They came to our dances twice last year and danced enthusiastically. We are glad that they are coming back this year “adds David Wiley, President and founder of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society.
Star Front Property is a 4-piece string band from Roanoke, VA and the New River Valley. They play a variety of styles of dance music from Old Time to a newer repertoire of contradance tunes, including several original tunes.
Matt Livingston (mandolin) and Joel Keebler (bass) played together in Dot Dot Dash for over 10 years before Joel relocated to Portland, OR in 2013. He recently returned to the Appalachians and is currently living in Blacksburg. Jason (guitar, banjo) and Gina Dilg (fiddle) are a husband and wife duo that recently moved east from Colorado to Christiansburg, VA. While steeped in the Old Time tradition, they have the flexibility of playing across a wide range of styles. From a whisper to a growl, Star Front Property will keep dancers movin’ and groovin’ all night long.
Phoebe Williams was born into a contra dance family. She started calling contra dances about 6 years ago. A dance enthusiast in her own right, Phoebe has participated in a variety of dance styles. She can teach swing, waltz, Irish set, Irish step, Scottish country style dance. As a caller, she likes to focus on the community aspect of dance and the overall pattern of the dance. Making beginners feel welcome and giving advanced dancers style points to think of is her only goal.
The caller will teach a class for beginners at 7:30 PM and the dance will run from 8:00-11:00 PM. Come to dance or come to listen. No partner is necessary. It is customary at contra dances to change partners after each dance. As always, our dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. Families, students and singles are welcome. All dances are taught by the caller. No previous dance experience is necessary.
For more information, contact David Wiley at 423-534-8879, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.