The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will kick off the 2018 contra dance season on January 6th at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street.
The guest band is GENOA. Calling the dance will be the ever popular Jesse Edgerton from Asheville, NC. Admission for the dance is $7 for adults and $5 for students and children. A beginners lesson is offered at 7:00pm. The dance runs from 7:30-10:30pm with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm.
“This is our 13th year in Jonesborough. It’s hard to believe that we have produced close to 400 dances in that time, but we are even more thrilled to start the year with such amazingly talented band and caller”, adds event organizer, David Wiley. “Many area citizens still do not know what contra dance is all about. It’s similar to square dance, but the formation and flow is vastly different”. The movement is just a walking step that requires no fancy footwork.
GENOA is a band made up of two veteran musicians. Noah VanNorstrand is known throughout the country as the fiddle and mandolin player for Great Bear, a band that once was mother and two sons but now is a group of six that has dazzled the whole contra world. Noah’s driving rhythm, epic dynamics, creativity, and uniquely rocking style have given him a loyal following. He also teams up with Julie Vallimont to form the Buddy System band which plays both acoustic and techno music for contra dance.
For more information on this dance event or any upcoming events, please contact David Wiley at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org. Or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.