The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance and cupcake contest on Saturday February 17, 2018 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Admission to the dance is $7 and $5 for students and children. All dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free. No partner is necessary. Families and children are welcome!
Performing for the contra dance will be Windmill from Asheville, which consists of Laurie Fisher on keyboard and Steve Trisman on fiddle. Callers Myra Hirchberg and Tom Colwell will conduct a class for beginners at 7:00pm where newcomers and experienced dancers alike will learn the basic steps, formations and flow of contra dance. The contra dance will run from 7:30-10:30pm with the cupcake judging at 9:00pm.
The cupcake contest idea comes from the enormous popularity of cupcakes, not just on the desert menu but for any kind of snack or treat time. What was once just a love for the delicious treats has now grown into a national obsession and a legitimate mainstream industry nationwide. “Our dancers love sweet treats at the break after dancing for an hour or so. A cupcake contest will meet our snack needs in a fun and creative way” offers event organizer, David Wiley.
Bake and frost six or more of the cupcakes of your dreams. Bring them to the dance along with someone who has never contra danced before and they get in FREE to the dance! At the 9:00pm break, instead of Klondike Bars, we will enjoy the contestant’s offerings after judges Margie Kendall, Sheridan Nice, owner of Mona Lisa’s Gelato in Johnson City, and actress/model Chloe Zeitounian determine who has the highest level of culinary prowess. The winner and runners up will be given Cupcake Crowns and a gift certificate to a local restaurant.
Contra dancing is a traditional form of American folk dance that evolved from the long ways country dances popular in English society centuries ago. Contra dance communities now thrive all over the country. There are websites that can direct you to contra dances in most states. The modern contra dances provide dancers of all ages and experience levels with the opportunity to smile, move, connect, flirt and create an evening of dance nirvana with each other. No previous dance experience is necessary. No fancy footwork is required. If you can walk and count to eight, you can contra dance!
Contra dances are community events. At almost any contra you will find people of all ages and all dance skill levels, from young to old, beginner to expert. Contra dancers form a very open and welcoming group of people. You can come alone or with others since it is a tradition to dance with a variety of partners throughout the night. It is perfectly acceptable for either a man or a woman to ask someone to dance. It’s a great way to make friends with someone they haven’t met before. You will find contra dancing a great way to make new friends.
For more information, contact event organizer, David Wiley, at 423-534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org and Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on FACEBOOK.