This page tries to keep track of all contra dances, traditional square dances (but not Modern Western Square Dances), traditional waltz sessions and Scandinavian dances in South Carolina including dance camps and weekends along with other events in South Carolina which include contra dancing with these other forms. Because most of the information is gathered from web sites and the listings are not updated as frequently as the web sites, dancers should visit the web sites for up-to-date information. If you are aware of any dances, dance series or other events that should be included on this list, please e-mail me.
Note: The October 3 dance in Lake Murray is happening but with recorded music from ContraForce and Victor Gascon calling. The October 3 dance in Marietta has been canceled. The Gage Hall dance scheduled for October 4 has been canceled.
Anwendaw Green - Contra, Picnic, and JamWeekend: After a roaring contra at Park circle on the night of September 6th with ContraForce (see separate September 6 entry for Charleston, join us on September 7th at the green (10$) for a hard sole contra (ContraForce to kick ass with kenny greer instructing) in the afternoon followed by a picnic and performance with GoodFoot , then stay and really hear ContraForce stretch out and jam into the night. Bring food to picnic and possibly share (food also available for sale on site or the seewee general is open for food beer and refreshments, just across the road). Grab a spot to camp and hang with good company into the wee morning. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/387997844634170/.
Boiling Springs: There are occasional special dances at St Margaret's Episcopal Church in Boiling Springs (4180 Hwy 9 is the address). Beginners session starts at 7 with the dance followig. $6 for adults and $4 for students. John Fowler is the contact for more info... 864-578-9447 is his number or e-mail him at email@example.com. Web site: None.
Charleston: Area Contra Dancing normally dances the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at Felix Davis Community Center at Park Circle in North Charleston. Our normal dances will be held the first and third Friday, however some weeks the hall is booked and there will be NO dance...Admission is $8. New! Children can dance for half price. Starting on May 3, 2013, children aged 6 to 12 can dance for half price ($4). Children 5 and under get in free (accompanied by an adult of course). Teens 13 and over pay full price, still a deal at $8. Note: Children who do not enter the dance hall (i.e., stay in the lobby) do not have to pay.and we try to start dancing at 8 PM and the dance ends at 10:30pm. Beginners walk-thru/instruction starting around 7:30M. Web site: http://charlestonfolk.weebly.com/.
Charleston - Squares: Square dances at Gage Hall, 4 Archdale St, Charleston, SC 29401. Doors open at 6:30pm; dancing starts at 7pm and goes to 10pm. Donation of $10 at the door. Sponsored by the Lowcountry Friends of Old Time Music. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lowcountry-Friends-Of-Old-Time-Music/458592350936746.
Charleston - Bugstomp: is an annual dance weekend held in late March/early April. Includes a beach party on Sullivan's Island. Our new hall, the Park Circle Community center in N. Charleston has a high ceiling and a sprung wood floor. It's convenient to I-26 and I-526. Web site: http://charlestonfolk.weebly.com/.
Charleston - Callers' Workshop: Learn to Call Contra Dances! On three Saturdays – 10:00-11:30 a.m. at Felix Davis Community Center, Park Circle, North Charleston. $10 per session at the door. Email Ann Birdseye at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know of your interest. The goal is that you will attend all three sessions and – hopefully – call at least one tune at a regular dance coming up in the new year! It is our intention to keep working with this group over time to develop a local cadre of callers. Web site: http://charlestonfolk.weebly.com/.
Charleston - Gage Hall Sessions: The Lowcountry Friends of Old Time Music sponsor the Gage Hall Sessions at 4 Archdale Street with jamming from 3pm to 5pm, a potluck supper at 6pm and and old time square dance from 6pm to 9pm. $10 suggested donation (dana basis). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lowcountry-Friends-Of-Old-Time-Music/458592350936746.
Clemson: The Clemson Contra Dance Club hosts dances at the Clemson United Methodist Church Gym (farthest building in back) 300 Frontage Rd, Clemson, South Carolina 29631. There will be a 7:30 lesson, and a 8pm dance. Admission is $5 for students, and $8 for "everybody else". Refreshments are available. The Club accepts payment in Tiger Stripe, cash, and check. For more information, or directions: Club email: email@example.com e-mail Travis Anderson at teander at clemson dot edu. Web site: http://people.clemson.edu/~dance/ or https://www.facebook.com/groups/23607174382.
Clemson - Ballroom, Swing and Shag Club - Contra Lesson: The Ballroom, Swing & Shag Club would like to invite you to come learn some Contra Lessons! No, I am not talking about the 1987 video game I am referring to the dance craze sweeping the nation. Partners are not required as per Contra dancing you will have danced with everyone by the end of the night. This is the first time we are holding lessons for this dance and would love for you to come out and give it a try. Even if you have been contra dancing for years you can still come out, meet, and recruit new people for local dances. Lessons are only $1 for an hour followed by a 30 minute practice dance. We look forward to seeing there! Location: Fike Club Gym from 9:00pm to 10:30pm. Web site: http://people.clemson.edu/~bssc/.
Clemson - Literary Festival: Dance from 2pm to 4pm at the amphitheater as part of the annual Literary Festival. Web site: None.
Clemson - Clemson Campus Ministries Association: Dance at First Baptist, 397 College Avenue, Clemson, SC 29631 in the Family Center beginning at 8pm. Free. Web site: http://www.firstbaptistclemson.com.
Columbia: The Columbia Traditional Music and Dance Society sponsors dances generally, but not always, on the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Emerald Ballroom, 1333 Omarest Drive, Columbia, SC 29210. Cost is $8. Student Admission $5 (with student ID). A New Dancer's Workshop is held a half hour before each dance. Please bring clean, soft-soled, non-marking shoes. All dances are taught, and beginners are always welcome. No partner is necessary. Snacks or soft drinks to share are always welcome, too. Web site: http://contracola.blogspot.com/.
Gafney: There's a FREE dance , from 7pm-9pm featuring contra and other traditional dances. This is billed as an introduction to contra and other dances and is bound to be fun for beginners and experienced dancers. Location: Cherokee County History and Art Museum, 301 Johnson Street at College St. For more info at 578-9447. Web site: http://www.cherokeecountyhistory.org/Home.php.
Glendale - Outdoor Leadership School: Benefit dance from 7:30pm-10:30pm. $8.00 Admission. 270 Wheeling Circle. Web site: http://www.setgols.org.
Greenville - Furman University: Location: Watkins Room, Furman University - Furman University's spring contra dance, put on by the Environmental Action Group, will be held in the Watkins Room (located in the Trone Center - formerly the University Center) on Furman's Campus. Beginners' lessons start at 7:15pm, and the dance will start at 8:00pm and run until around 10:30pm. The entry fee for Furman students and faculty will be $5 and the fee for non-students will be $8. The proceeds will go to an environmental cause. If anyone has any questions about the dance, they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - See you there!- Web site: None.
Greenville - Techno Contra: Charity?: Come have a drink before the dance starting at 7:00pm, dance at 8:00pm. Goes till midnight. Cost: $11 in advance (paypal is email@example.com), and $14 at the door (remember its all for charity). Drinks (need ID): $3-$4 for a beer, $5 for a glass of wine. Experienced dancers only. Location: The Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S. Main Street, Greenville, South Carolina. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/164036833775701/.
Greenville - Hughes Main Library: Dance at the Hughes Main Library, Meeting Rooms A-C, 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC 29601 from 6:30pm-8pm. Learn the basic steps to contra dancing! For beginners and also new dancers who want to hone their skills. Call 527-9293 to register. This event is free and open to the public. Any experience dancers are welcomed to come and help out. Web site: None.
Johns Island - Farmers' Market: Dance from 10am to noon with concert from noon to 2pm. At the Johns Island Farmers Market Homegrown, 3546 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, South Carolina 29455. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1428077067497730/.
Lake Wylie - Gypsy Meltdown: is a dance weekend end in March at Camp Thunderbird in Lake Wylie sponsored by the Charlotte Dance Gypsies. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.charlottedancegypsies.org/.
Leesville (outside of Lexington): Dances on the 1st Saturday of the month at the Lake Murray Contra Barn, 640 Devils Backbone Road. Beginners' lessons at 7:00 pm, and the dance beginning at 7:30. Summer dances may occur later in the evening. Parking is free, but please remember to bring $5 for the band. Contact: Lake Murray Contra Hall. Web site: http://lakemurraycontra.com.
Marietta: The Harvest Moon Folk Society sponsors dances on three Saturday nights per month (but check HarvestMoonFolk.org to be sure) at the River Falls Lodge on River Falls Lodge Road (GPS coordinates for River Falls Lodge: N 35 07.335, W82 32.389). They set up at 5:00pm and have a covered dish supper at 6:30pm before the evening dance. Beginners dance session is at 7:30pm and the dance is at 8:00pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for teen-agers 14-17 that dance. There is no charge for children but please keep track of them. All dances sponsored by Harvest Moon Folk Society are held in an alcohol-, and drug-free environment. Smoking is not allowed in the building or on the grounds inside the white fence. Shoes are required for dancing at River Falls Lodge. Call 864-836-2986 for more information. Web site: http://www.harvestmoonfolk.org/index.htm.
Marietta - Experienced: The Harvest Moon Folk Society sponsors dances for experienced dancers, generally but not always on the 2nd Friday of the month from 8:00pm to 11:0pm at the River Falls Lodge on River Falls Lodge Road (GPS coordinates for River Falls Lodge: N 35 07.335, W82 32.389). Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for teen-agers 14-17 that dance. There is no charge for children but please keep track of them. All dances sponsored by Harvest Moon Folk Society are held in an alcohol-, and drug-free environment. Smoking is not allowed in the building or on the grounds inside the white fence. Shoes are required for dancing at River Falls Lodge. Call 864-836-2986 for more information. Web site: http://www.harvestmoonfolk.org/index.htm.
Marietta - Special: The Harvest Moon Folk Society sponsors dances for a special dance on a special day (or night) at the River Falls Lodge on River Falls Lodge Road (GPS coordinates for River Falls Lodge: N 35 07.335, W82 32.389). Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for teen-agers 14-17 that dance. There is no charge for children but please keep track of them. All dances sponsored by Harvest Moon Folk Society are held in an alcohol-, and drug-free environment. Smoking is not allowed in the building or on the grounds inside the white fence. Call 864-836-2986 for more information. Web site: http://www.harvestmoonfolk.org/index.htm.
Mauldin: Dance at Mauldin Cultural Center, 101 East Butler Road, Mauldin, SC 29662. Beginners lesson at 7:30 (highly recommended). Dance from 8:00 til 11:00. Great space, tiled floors, raised stage, full sound system. 8 DOLLARS! FOR EVERYONE! Web site: http://www.mauldinculturalcenter.org/.
McClellanville: Dance at the McClellanville Middle School Gym, 711 Pinckney St, McClellanville, SC. Beginners walk through at 7pm dance begins at 7:30pm and runs til 10:00. Web site: None.
North Charleston Arts Festival: includes a contra dance on one day along with a range of activities during the week. Dance is held at the Felix Davis Community Center - 4800 Park Circle. Web site: http://northcharlestonartsfest.com/.
Pickens - Moondance Weekend: Dance Weekend sponsored by the Harvest Moon Folk Society in early September at Table Rock State Park. Web site: http://www.harvestmoonfolk.org/index.htm.
Rock Hill: at Winthrop University at the Student Activity Center (611 Myrtle Drive, a gym near an old Gothic-style building) from 7:00pm to 10:00pm). This is a free dance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Web site: None.
Spartanburg - Spartanburg Methodist College: Dance from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the college’s “Old Gym.” From 7:30 to 8 there will be a lesson teaching basic steps for newcomers. Contradance is for anyone, seasoned pro or newbie just learning to walk to music, who loves to dance. Admission is $7 for ages 18+; $5 for ages 13-17; children under 12 with parental supervision are admitted for FREE, as are all SMC students, faculty and staff. For more information, please contact Yvonne Harper, at email@example.com, (864) 587-4278 or 266-7409. Contradancing is social interaction, meeting people of all ages from all walks of life, and making new friends, set to music. It is not the same as country line dancing – you do not wear costumes or any particular style of clothes. Tennis shoes or comfortable soft-soled (non-scuffing) shoes to protect the dance floor are quite adequate. Very little footwork is required; the most common type of movement is a smooth walking step. Web site: http://www.smcsc.edu.
Spartanburg - Hub Bub">: If you're old enough to follow instructions, and fit enough to walk, you're ready to enjoy contra dancing. Every dance is taught by a caller, lasts about eight minutes, and it accompanied by live music. Come alone or with a friend- you'll find new partners at the dance. If you are unfamiliar with dancing, come by HUB-BUB at 7:00 p.m. for a beginners lesson, taught by experienced dancers and callers. The dance will run from 7:30-10 p.m. Hope to see you there! Beginners Encouraged to attend! Location: HubBub - 149 S Daniel Morgan Ave Ste 2, Spartanburg, SC 29306. (864) 582-0056. Cost: $7, free under 12. Web site: http://www.hub-bub.com/.
Spartanburg - First Presbyterian: Dances at the Old Social Hall of First Presbyterian Church at the corner of East Main and Chestnut Streets in Spartanburg. Newcomers’ lesson at 7:30 p.m. and the dance will start at 8 p.m., ending at 10:30 p.m. Admission will be $7 per adult, $5 per student, and children 12 years old and younger will be admitted free. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spartanburg-Contra-Dance/493231910812229.
Sullivan's Island - Squares - Benefit for Fisher House: Location: The Island Club, 1451 Henessy Street Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, 29482. Dance is from 7pm to 10pm to benefit Fisher House, for our veterans' families. BYOB. Web site: http://www.siislandclub.com.
Taylors - Landmark Hall: The Harvest Moon Folk Society sponsors dances on 4th Fridays(except August and December) at Landmark Hall with a beginner orientation at 7:30pm and the dance from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Landmark Hall. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for teen-agers 14-17. Call 864-836-2986 for more information. Address: 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors, SC 29687. Web site: http://www.harvestmoonfolk.org/index.htm.
Taylors - Techno Contra: Special techno dance starting at 8pm at Landmark Hall, Taylors, SC. General admission $14. Cash only. All ages, no alcohol, no smoking. Not for beginners. You should have the ability to follow the caller with brief or no walk-throughs. Dances are called in "Medley Style". Web site: http://www.technocontra.com.
Taylors - Techno Contra - Charity: Water: Special techno dance starting at 8pm at Landmark Hall, Taylors, SC. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/470360859670419/.
Taylors - Techno Contra - Charity: Water: Special techno dance starting at 8pm at Landmark Hall, Taylors, SC. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1584489918504370/.
Taylors - Techno Contra - Charity: A Child's Haven: Special techno dance starting at 8pm at Landmark Hall, Taylors, SC. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/290835431042119.
Taylors - Techno Contra - Grandpa's Charity: Special techno dance starting at 8pm at Landmark Hall, 156 Landmark Dr., Taylors, SC 29687. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/699872586722341/.
Taylors - Greenville Humane Society Benefit: You know what time it is! Time to raise money for an awesome charity by dancing to great music. Details: 100% OF PROFITS GO TO CHARITY!!! Dance at 8pm at Landmark Hall. Theme: 90's theme! Ladies bring out those chokers, tye dye, scrunchies, and faded jean shorts. Guys show off some short shorts, rolled up flannel shirts, and vintage goodwill 90's apparel. If you need ideas for what to wear just watch some dawson's creek, full house, or friends! ***Please invite all your contra friends! You should know how to contra dance without a walk through already if you attend.*** - No Alcohol please - No contra scrubs. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/294093267402282.
Travelers Rest - Farmers Market: Farmers Potluck from 6pm to 7pm; lesson at 7pm; dance from 7:30pm to 10:00pm. Benefit for farmers. Location: 225 Wilhelm Winter Street - Travelers Rest, SC 29690. Web site: http://travelersrestfarmersmarket.com.
This page is part of the Contrdancelinks.com web site. For more information about contra dancing, visit these other site pages:
*The Colorado link will bring you to Dancing on the Web. The Maine link will bring you to the Downeast Friends of the Folk Arts. The New Mexico link will bring you to the New Mexico Folk Music and Dance Society. The Utah link will bring you to Utah Contradance Information. These fine organizations and individuals already have complete listings for these states and there is no reason for me to duplicate their efforts.
**As far as I know, there are no regular dances or events in Mississippi, South Dakota or Wyoming, but I have created pages if something changes in the future.