A Workshop for Beginners and Contra Dance to follow!
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will offer a FREE two-hour comprehensive workshop for people interested in learning how to contra dance. This event will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street, from 4:00pm-6:00pm.
Leading the workshop will be Warren Doyle from Mountain City, TN. Warren has over 40 years of experience as an educator, contra dancer, dance instructor/caller and dance event organizer.
To help maintain, and improve, the overall dancing level in Jonesborough and in the region by discussing, and demonstrating:
a) Importance of listening, timing and grace (gentle strength) in dancing
b) Barriers common to smooth and joyful movement
c) Challenges of creative, individual movement within the collective structure
d) Reasons why people contra dance
The class/workshop will be relaxed but meaningful with a healthy balance of discussion and dancing. Not only are beginners welcome, but also experienced dancers who wish more in depth training in the art of contra dance.
Participants are encouraged to attend the entire session.
Adults and children are welcome. No pre-registration is required.
Attendees are encouraged to stay for the evening contra dance with music performed by Crooked Pine, with the dance being called by Warren Doyle. A class for beginners starts at 7:00pm with the dance running from 7:30-10:30pm. Otherwise, Admission is $7 and students $5.
Crooked Pine is Marion “Weasel” Boatwright on Fiddle, Troy “Hot Springs” Harrison on Banjo, Frank “Lefty” McConnell on Guitar, Craig “Chief T” Bannerman on Bass.
Crooked Pine has the reputation of being a high energy old time contra band that works very closely with a caller to match tunes to dances. Oh, and by the way, we stand up to play music and we have a great time at dances. It makes a difference.
Crooked Pine has now been the band of the evening at River Falls, the Old Farmers Ball, the Grey Eagle, Dunn’s Rock Country Dance, Gwynn Valley Reunion dance and the house contra and entertainment band for the Bannerman Family Dance Camp. Contra Dance at Camp Gwynn Valley.
“The Crooked Pine String Band is a delight to work with. I worked with the band recently calling a dance for a rehearsal dinner. Not only was the music perfect for dancing, the band was attuned to my cues while teaching and dancing. The energy and variety of tunes for big circle mountain dancing was great. Ending with a beautiful waltz the wedding couple were thrilled with the evening of music and dance.” Beth Gunn, Dance Caller and Recreation Leader
Craig Bannerman played for years with Mac Snodderly and Kirk Randleman in the Painless Band, winning numerous contests along the way, being retired from competition and becoming the house band for Fiddlers Grove in the 1980’s. Craig retired as the Deputy Fire Chief for the small town of Black Mountain, NC, is married to Jane and has sons Brooke and Levi and daughters Marnie and Megan who are clog dancers with Craig’s extended family.
Marion Boatwright formed the Weasel Creek String Band in the 90’s. They performed across the South specializing in playing for –
and organizing — square and contra dances. Marion has built, owned and run two wilderness lodges, one in Transylvania County USA and one in New Zealand. He now runs Stony Point Studios in Brevard NC and Marion’s son and daughter are raising families clamoring for visits with ‘Grandpa Weasel’.
Frank McConnell has lived in Brevard ever since those early Crooked Pine days, moonlighting solo at schools, camps, and weddings. He and his wife Zia have two sons that are showing great musical promise in their own right. Frank is recently retired Director of Operations at Brevard Music Center, now spending more time songwriting and walking the trails of Pisgah and Dupont forests.
`Troy Harrison School in Marshall, he attended a class at Madison High School in Marshall in string music to get out of having to take typing. “That’s the whole reason I’m in music.” Harrison is a native of Madison County. Today Harrison is a wonderful banjo, mandolin and guitar player, carrying on the traditions of his family and community. Harrison took banjo lessons with Madison County legend Obray Ramsey and also learned to play the guitar, from Floyd Waldrop and from David Shelton of Shelton Laurel. T Troy Harrison is Crooked Pine’s newest member.
For further information, contact event organizer, David Wiley at 423-534-8879.