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 Tennessee including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Tennessee which include contra dancing and 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.
Athens: The Arts Center contra dances continue on the schedule below. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for students and kids A walk-through lesson is offered at 7:00 PM and the dance is from 7:30-10:30 PM each night. Location: Sue E. Trotter Theater at The Arts Center, 320 North White St. What if I don't have a partner? No problem. Many people come to a contra dance alone. Dancers are encouraged to dance with many different partners throughout the evening. For more information, call The Arts Center at 423-745-8781. Web site: http://www.athensartscouncil.org/dance.php.
Blountville - Camp Placid Fundraiser: Camp Placid is hosting a fundraiser contra dance to benefit camping programs! If you haven't been to a Camp Placid contra before, you don't know what you're missing! The setting is beautiful and, as with any dance, the people are great! DUE TO AN ISSUE WITH THE POOL, IT WILL NOW BE CLOSED DURING THIS EVENT. Beginners' lessons begin at 6:30 and the dance will officially kick off at 7:00. All Camp Placid dances are smoke and alcohol free. Folks of all ages are welcome! Admission to the dance is a minimum donation of $7. Money raised goes toward youth and adult camping programs at Camp Placid. So invite your friends and come dance the night away while supporting the great outdoors! You won't regret it! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/267395863371666/.
Chapel Hill: Dances starting on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00pm and going to 9:00pm and then on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 316 N. Horton Highway in the Family Life Center, which is at the back or the east side of the church. If you want to dance, no experience is necessary since our caller, Chrissy Davis-Camp is a wonderful teacher. The live music is hosted by Jim Reynolds and Ronnie Schuppan. If you play an acoustic instrument, please feel free to participate in the music (we encourage everyone to play whether you are just beginning or have years of experience). There is no admission for musicians. Admission for dancers is $2.00 for students and $3.00 for adults with a $10.00 per family maximum. For more information: email@example.com. Web site: None.
Chattanooga: Dances at the All Saints Academy, 310 East 8th St. with a 7:30 pm contra dance intro for newcomers. 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm. Contra Dance with live music. Admission: $8.00 Adults / $5.00 Students / $20.00 max for families. No dance experience or partner needed! Come alone or with friends and family. Dances are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month except during the summer when they are held on the 4th Saturday of the month. Web site: http://www.contranooga.org/.
Chattanooga - Chattaboogie: Dance weekend held in early January. Web site: http://www.contranooga.org/.
Chattanooga - Advanced Dance: Event will be at the All Saints Academy, 310 East 8th St. beginning at 8:00pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1476329242581341.
Cosby: Dances at the Sunset Gap Community Center, 1300 Sunset Gap Rd, Cosby, TN 37722 from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Free admission – $5 Donations gratefully accepted. Appropriate footwear – soft sole shoes. Web site: None.
East Nashville - Annual Holiday Barn Dance: At the Margaret Maddox YMCA, Teen and Senior Center, 2624 Gallatin Road, East Nashville, from 6pm to 9pm. Free admission. Newcomers welcome * Come watch and learn easy steps * Dances for everyone * Good Music, Good Fun * No prior experience needed! * Come at 6:30 and learn Barn Dance Basics. Sponsored by Marsha Mauney, Zeitlin & Company, Realtors, Margaret Maddox YMCA, Lincoln College of Technology, Renraw Community Association. Web site: http://ymcamidtn.org/locations/center.aspx?CenterId=3.
Frankfort - Buffalo Trace Distillery: As part of Horsin' Around Frankfort there will be a contra dance at the Buffalo Trace Distillery Clubhouse, 1001 Wilkinson Boulevard from 7:00PM until 10:30PM (another site says 8:00pm to 11:00pm). Admission: $10.00. Info: Phyllis Rogers: 502-875-3713. Web site: http://www.visitfrankfort.com.
Johnson City: The Department of Appalachian Studies at ETSU is kicking off its "Contras and Ceilidhs" (pronounced Kaylees) Dance Series. Dances are held in the D.P. Culp Center ballroom on the campus of East Tennessee State University and Live dance music will be performed by ETSU Celtic and Old-Time Bands. The dance is free of charge. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a free contra dance workshop, and the dance itself is from 7:00-9:30 p.m. For more information call 423-439-7072. Web site: http://www.etsu.edu.
Johnson City - First Friday: In addition to the First Saturday Contra Dance in Jonesborough there will be a FREE contra dance on Friday night as a part of the Johnson City downtown monthly event called "First Friday". The dance will be held in King Centre lobby at the corner of Roan and Main Street starting at 8pm. We'll pass the hat through the crowd to raise funds for the caller and musicians. There will be lots of beginner dancers in the crowd. Please come and help usher them into the world of contra dance. Web site: http://www.downtownjc.org/.
Johnson City - Public Library - Family Dance: Event at 2pm at the Library, 100 West Millard Street Johnson City, TN 37604. Web site: http://www.jcpl.net/.
Johnson City - Squares - Down Home: Dance at the Down Home, 300 West Main Street, Johnson City, TN from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, sponsored by Contra Dance at ETSU and the Department of Appalachian Studies. The event is free. No partner or experience is needed. Web site: http://downhome.com/.
Jonesborough: The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society hold community dances on (generally) the first and third Saturdays every month in the auditorium of the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Our dances are open to the public and feature live music in a smoke and alcohol free environment. No experience is necessary. Each dance is taught by the caller for the evening. You do not have to bring a partner. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. Snacks and beverages are for sale in the visitors center. There is a beginners workshop from 7:00pm to 7:30pm. The dance will run from 7:30pm to 10:30pm with a country waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9:00pm. No partner is necessary and all dances are taught by the caller. Every contra dance is smoke and alcohol free and family oriented. Admission to the dance is $7, HJDS Members $5 and students $4. Some dates will have a family dance before the regular dance. New Family Dance before the regular dance at 5:30pm: Circles, squares and contras for parents and children ages 4 years and up with same band and caller. Admission to the family dance is $5 adults and $3 children with a $15 maximum charge for entire family. Neighbors and friends cannot be a part of the family admission fee. Family dance admission can be applied to the regular dance admission. Web site: http://www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org/.
Jonesborough - Days of Dance: The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society holds a two-day dance event in July with workshops and dances at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. $5 per person per day. Web site: http://www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org/.
Jonesborough - Cheesecake Waltz Benefit for Japan: Dance from noon to 4:00pm at the Jonesborough Visitors Center. Cheesecake Waltz Benefit for Japan. Attendees encouraged to bake favorite cheesecake recipe to be entered into competition for door prizes. Top recipes as judged by the dancers/donors will receive door prizes. Beginner waltz lesson at noon. Waltz from 1:00-4:00pm. Web site: http://www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org/.
Jonesborough - Flash Dance: Dances on various dates and times at varied locations. Web site: http://www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org/.
Jonesborough - Mountain Madness: The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society holds a dance weekend in October with workshops and dances at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Limited to first 150 registrations. Web site: http://www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org/.
Jonesborough - Contra for Cancer: Grab your dancing shoes and come dance the night away for a worthy cause! Our beautiful sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. Then our incredible mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. What can we do ... and what can you do to help these two warrior women? Dance! Please join us as we go all out to raise money to help them both pay their medical bills. Who says you can’t save the world by dancing the night away? Sound provided by: David Wiley and John Snyder. Location: Jonesborough Visitor's Center, 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee from 7pm to 10pm (Beginners’ lessons at 6:30 pm). Admission: Suggested minimum donation of $7. If you are willing and able, greater donations will be an immense blessing. See you there! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/218787051594317.
Jonesborough - Contrathon - Fall: is a 12-hour dance event, generally the Sunday of Labor Day (U.S.) weekend in Augsut/September at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Advanced registration recommended. Register early for savings. Web site: http://www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org/.
Jonesborough - Contrathon - Spring: is a 12-hour dance event, generally the Sunday of Labor Day (U.S.) weekend in May at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll, Jonesborough, TN. Advanced registration recommended. Register early for savings. Web site: http://www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org/.
Jonesborough - Magamoll and Mitchell Engagement: Contra Dance from 8-10pm at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll in honor of Amber Magamoll and Brandon Mitchell engaged to be married. This event is free. 8-10pm. Park in the grass by the driveway. Questions/Directions 423-534-8879 542 Bacon Branch Road, Jonesborough, TN. Look for the CONTRA DANCE sign... Web site: None.
Knoxville: The Knoxville Country Dancers hold dances every Monday night from 8 to 11 pm at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Ave. Beginners are welcome; no experience or partner required. Most, but not all nights, there is a beginners' session at 7:30pm. Check site to confirm. Admission is $7 ($3 for students) at the door. (If you come in after the break, please pay $3.) You can burn a lot of energy on the dance floor, so we recommend you wear loose fitting comfortable clothing with layers that you can remove. To preserve our dance space, we request that you wear or bring clean non-marking soft-soled shoes for dancing. Web site: http://www.knoxvillecontradance.org/.
Knoxville - Cabin Fever: The Knoxville Country Dancers host a dance weekend in February. Most events take place at Maryville College 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy. Our primary space is the Alumni Gym on Circle Dr. Secondary Space is the Chilhowie Club about 2 blocks away, 223 Clarion Ave Maryville, Tennessee. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.knoxvillecontradance.org/.
Knoxville - Market Square: Dance on Market Square with sponsors WDVX and the Yazoo Brewing Co. Beginning at 6:00 pm. Free. Web site: http://www.knoxvillecontradance.org/.
Knoxville - New Year's Eve: Special dance at the Laurel Theater, 1538 Laurel Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee. Where else can you dance to live music all evening for $12. Contra dancing until midnight. Hot cider and snacks all evening. Late night swing dance to recorded tunes. Web site: http://www.knoxvillecontradance.org/.
Knoxville - Dare to be Square - Tennessee Edition: An old time calling, dance, and music weekend party. Weekend Pass: $40. Scholarships Available: http://goo.gl/sva9lw. Calling and dancing workshops all day Friday and Saturday. Evening Dances open to the public: $5-10 at the door, 7pm all three nights More Information to come. So mark it on your calendars! We are also looking for volunteers to help out for the weekend. If you are interested give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/knoxvillesquaredance/events.
Knoxville - Squares: Dances on 2nd Thursdays at Laurel Theater (1538 Laurel Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee 37916), 4th Thursdays at Mead Montessori. No partner or experience necessary. Dancin' begins at 8. $7 ($5 for JCA members and students). Web site: https://www.facebook.com/knoxvillesquaredance.
Knoxville - Squares - Fundraiser for Dare to Be Square: Happening at Pioneer House, 413 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902 beginning at 6:30pm. Y'all come on out to the Pioneer House for a fundraising event for DTBS. There will be a dance or two, some good music to enjoy and plenty of square dance attire to try on. We will have a jar to throw some money in the pot for our January weekend. BYOB, coolers provided. Theres word of some secret door prizes as well. Should be fun!!! Come help us get this weekend going. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/426678237457642/.
Lebanon - Breakin' Up Winter: The Nashville Old-Time String Band Association sponsors the annual music retreat at beautiful Cedars of Lebanon State Park outside Nashville, Tennessee, a gathering of old-time music lovers from around the country who come to learn, jam, dance, sing, hike, eat, and just sit round talking about the music we all love. Dancing is mentioned as one of the activities, but not specifically mentioned in the schedule. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.nashvilleoldtime.org/.
Maryville - ContrAddiction: Special day of dancing at the Chilhowee Club, Cates St & Clarion Ave. Brought to You by Knoxville Contra Dance from Noon - 9:45 pm. Admission: $20 ($30 per gender-balanced couple). We do not provide child care. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Please wear clean shoes with non-marking soles. Web site: http://www.discoveret.org/kcd/.
Maryville - ContrAddiction - Fall: Special day of dancing at the Chilhowee Club, Cates St & Clarion Ave. Brought to You by Knoxville Contra Dance from Noon - 9:45 pm. Admission: $20 ($30 per gender-balanced couple). We do not provide child care. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times. Please wear clean shoes with non-marking soles. Web site: http://www.discoveret.org/kcd/.
Maryville - Benefit: Barn dance benefit for re-election of Wendy Pitts Reeves to the Blount County Commission. Dance from 6pm to 9pm at the Chilhowee Community Center at the corner of Wilkinson Pike and Blockhouse Road. Call 865-207-4305 for more information. Advanced admission: $10 individual; $20 family; At the door: $15 individual; $25 family. Web site: None.
Maryville - Special: Dance in the Maryville College Alumni Gym, starting at 8pm. Bring snacks, please and thank you. Web site: None.
Maryville - Maryville College: Dance at Alumni Gym from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Free for Maryville College Students & Faculty ($5 for all others). No partner or experience is necessary. Just show up and have fun! For those new to contra dance, we will have a brief introductory session at the beginning of the dance. What to bring: We request that you wear or bring clean non-marking leather or soft-soled shoes to preserve our nice wooden floor. Hosted by the Knoxville Country Dancers. Web site: None.
Memphis: Dances are held every second, fourth and fifth Fridays in the Fellowship Hall of Idlewild Presbyterian Church at 1750 Union Ave. in Midtown Memphis. The dances begin promptly at 7:30 PM and end by 10:00 PM. Usually there is a learner's Session at 7:00 PM before the dance. All are welcome, come singly, in couples or in groups. Beginners are welcome. All dances are taught and called. No costumes are involved. There is no admission fee, but our wonderful band plays for tips only, and we request that everyone contribute. Web site: http://memphiscontra.webs.com/.
Memphis - Memfest: The Memphis Contra Dancers hold an annual dance weekend in March. Register in advance. Web site: http://midtowners.webs.com/index.htm.
Memphis - Waltz: 7-8 PM at Idlewild Presbyterian Church's Dance/Gymnastics room under the gym (1750 Union Ave. in Midtown Memphis). Free, lesson available if requested. Web site: None.
Morristown - Mountain Makins Festival: Dance is part of this multi-event (music, dance, crafts, road race, storytelling) held in late October. The festival takes place inside and outside the Rose Center, an 1892 school building which is now an historical museum and cultural arts center. Web site: http://www.rosecenter.org/mtnmakins.html.
Nashville: Dances are held at the Second Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 3511 Belmont Boulevard. Contra dances are held Friday nights at 8:00 pm with free lessons for beginners at 7:30 pm (unless otherwise noted on dance schedule). We usually take a short break around 9:00 pm and continue dancing until 10:30 pm, so be sure to stick around for all the fun! No partner required. Admission fees: Adults - $7.00; Children, students, and 65+ - $5.00 (unless otherwise noted). Bring soft-soled, non-marking shoes for dancing. No high heels or cowboy boots, please. Web site: http://www.nashvillecountrydancers.org.
Nashville - Music City Masquerade: The Nashville Country Dancers sponsor this dance weekend at the end of October. Register in advance for a discount or pay for parts of the weekend. Event held at the Cohn Adult Learning Center, 4805 Park Avenue. Calling workshops & more! Web site: http://www.nashvillecountrydancers.org/MCM.html.
Nashville - Playford Ball: The Nashville Country Dancers hold a Playford Ball (mostly English Country Dancing) each March. Register in advance. http://www.nashvillecountrydancers.org/playford.html.
Nashville - National Folk Festival: Annual event to be held in Nashville in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Wide variety of music and dance events, many times including square and/or contra dancing. Web site: http://www.nationalfolkfestival.com/.
Nashville - Sunday: Dance from 4pm to 6pm at the Friends Meeting House, 530 26th Avenue N., Nashville, TN. Web site: http://www.nashvillecountrydancers.org.
Nashville - Squares - Bells Bend: Annual kickoff celebration including a square dance at 7pm. Admission $10; CSA members and kiddos half-price. Location: Bells Bend Neighborhood Farms, 5188 Old Hickory Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37218. Web site: http://www.bellsbendfarms.com/.
Nashville - Old School Farm Benefit: We're throwing a farm-warming square dance/fundraiser event at the Old School Farm, 5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike, Nashville, Tennessee from 7pm to 11pm and would LOVE to see you there! The festivities will include Live Old-Time music, outrageous square dancing, a Cake Walk, a Silent Auction of small goods and services from our farm and local partners. Delicious food and drink will be available for purchase, alcoholic beverages available for 21+! Tickets $10 at the door. All proceeds go to starting up the Old School Farm, a non-profit (501c3) founded in 2013 on the belief that creating a sustainable farm can also produce sustainable jobs for individuals with intellectual disabilities while giving back to the community at large. It is our hope that our farm will become a model site where you will find individuals of all abilities working side by side. Y'all come dance! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/201951163335316/.
Nashville - Old School Farm - Regular Dances: Lesson at 7:30, Dancing and Old-Time Jamming 8-11; $5 entry, kids 12 and under free. Location: The Old School Nashville, 5022 Old Hydes Ferry Pike, Nashville, Tennessee 37218. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/oldschoolfarmdance.
Pegram: Dance at the Pegram Train Depot 7:30 PM - free admission, free spaghetti dinner 5:30 PM - contact: Pegram Community Club PO Bx 206 Pegram TN 37143 or Gretchen Priest-May c/o The Fiddle & Pick Music Center 615-646-9131. Web site: None.
Sewanee - University of the South: Dances take place in the Mary Sue Cushman Room at the Women's Center on the campus of the University of the South at 7:30 p.m. All dances are free! For information, contact Stephanie Loria at loriasf0 at sewanee dot edu. Sewanee students: FREE! - Children (15 and under): $1 - Adults: $3 - BUT if you bring two other people with you, it's only $1 per person! Web site: http://secontra.com/Sewanee/Site/Welcome.html.
Sewanee - Techno Contra: Dance in Guerry Garth at the University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 7:30pm until 10:00pm in CDT. There will be a lesson for beginners at 7:30 (even if you've contra danced before this could be helpful with techno music) followed by the dance from 8 until 10. This was a ton of fun last year, and it's a great intro to contra if you've never done it before! Come alone or bring a partner, and don't forget to wear comfy shoes! Web site: None.
Shelbyville - Flat Creek: Dances are held on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. (see map). This is a very family-oriented dance with a large contingent of teenagers. Jim and Inge and anybody else with an acoustic instrument who wants to join in the fun provide the live music (which usually means fifteen to thirty local pickers). If you are in the area, please join us to dance or play or just to listen. Flat Creek Community Center is just off Highway 82 seven miles south of Shelbyville. It's the white building between the Church of Christ and the Methodist Church on New Herman Road. Web site: http://www.jimwoodmusic.net/fcc.htm.
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.