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 Virginia including dance camps and weekends along with other events in Virginia 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.
Note: No current schedule notes.
Abingdon - Squares: The Blacksburg Square Dance is the featured venue at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway the Center for The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Location: One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, Virginia. Dance begins at 6:30pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/630182387031923/.
Abingdon - Community Dances: Dances at the Community Center of Abingdon, 300 Senior Drive, NE, Abingdon, VA 24210 either from 3pm to 6pm or 6pm to 9pm. All dances are taught, if you can walk, you can contra. Beginners lesson during the first 30 minutes. Tickets $7, full-time students $5. Web site: https://thecommunitycenterofabingdon.com/.
Afton - Squares: Firefighters' Appreciation Benefit Dance, Fire Hall, 11100 Rockfish Valley Highway, Afton, VA 22920 (on Route 151 diagonally across from the BP gas station). Our square dance club will be doing line-dancing and squares for beginners, and demonstrating more advanced moves. Time: 7:30-10:00 PM. This is a family-friendly event, with lots of tasty treats and opportunities for participation. No dance fee, but donations for the firefighters will be gratefully accepted. Web site: None.
Afton - Dancing Leaves: Weekend fall (October) festival near Charlottesville at the Rockfish Valley Community Center, 190 Rockfish School Ln, Afton, Virginia 22920. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/DancingLeavesCharlottesville/.
AlexandriaLesson starting at 7:30 p.m. dance starting at 8:30 p.m. ending at 11:30 p.m. Where: St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Lower School Campus, 400 Fontaine Street, Alexandria, Virginia. Cost: $10 per person, 21 and under $5. Schedule: 7:30 – 8:15 - lesson; 8:15 – 8:30 - sound check; 8:30 – 9:45 - First half dancing; 9:45 – 10:10 - Break time is couples dancing to CD's blues, swing, waltz. Please bring something to eat and share with your fellow dancers during the break; 10:10 – 11:30 second half dancing. Everyone is invited, please tell or bring a friend. All is not air conditioned. Shoes - The school has a strict policy of not allowing shoes that mark the floor to be worn. Awesome floor please help us abide by our host rules. Soft soled leather shoes for men and flats/low heeled shoes for women - non marking. Information: Jim - 703-402-8080. Web site: http://contradancers.com/alexandria.html.
Alexandria - Squares: Concert and Dance at the Old Town Theater. Event begins at 8pm. Web site: http://www.theoldtowntheater.com.
Alexandria - Arcadia Farm: Fallfest Funtacular at the Arcadia Farm, 9000 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309. Event is from from 1pm-5pm with the free dance from 3pm to 5pm. Celebrate all things farm, fall, fest, family, food, and fun on the grounds of Woodlawn in Alexandria, VA. Pack up the family and join us for a Sunday afternoon of old fashioned fun on our sustainable vegetable farm. Participate in a cake walk, bob for apples, race in the egg and spoon relay, pick heirloom glass gem corn, take home a pumpkin, meet our chickens (and our staff!). See compost being made, enjoy hot apple cider, and meet our farmer! Most games are free. Food and beverages will be for sale, and you are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon on the farm! Admission to the Funtacular! is free, but we ask that you RSVP at https://2015funtacular.eventbrite.com so we can plan properly. Web site: http://arcadiafood.org.
Appalachia - Squares: This event is FREE but donations are greatly appreciated! Bring friends and dancing shoes (if ya gottem). No experience necessary. There will be a lesson at the start for anyone who hasn't square danced before. All are welcome! Location: Appalachia Civic Center, 142 Cold Springs Dr, Appalachia, VA from 8pm to 10pm. Web site: None.
Ararat - Squares: Dances begin at 7:00pm. Admission is $5 with children under 12 free. Web site: http://ararat.ruritan.org/.
Arlington - Techno Contra: The Folklore Society of Greater Washington sponsors a Techno Contra night with recorded music and live calling at The Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard. Admission: $6.00 for Members; $6.00 for Student/Child; $8.00 for Non-Members. Time: 7:30pm to 11:00pm. Our dancers who are sensitive to fragrances will be grateful if you use them gently. Call: 703-875-1100 for more information. Web site: http://fsgw.org/index.php.
Blacksburg: Contra dances are on the third Saturday night of the month from 8pm to 11pm with a lesson at 7:30pm unless otherwise noted. [and do check the web site and entry for possible different start times]. Admission $8 (after 10pm, free); Students (and kids) $5. We will be moving to the new YMCA Dance Room, 1000 North Main Street, starting in December 2008. Web site: http://blacksburgcontradance.com/contradance.html.
Blacksburg - Squares: Dances at the YMCA Center 1000 North Main Street, in the Community Dance Room or other locations. All proceeds from dances go to pay for the hall and janitor, the caller and the musicians, and to maintain and upgrade the sound system. Dances are held on the first Saturday of the month from Feb thru May and Oct thru Dec. Dance times are 8:00-11:00pm. Admission is $5.00. Children under age 12 free. Web site: http://www.daretobesquare.org/.
Blacksburg - Blacksburg United for Responsible Growth: There will be Barn Dance at the YMCA dance room from 7:00pm to 111:0pm. This dance is a fundraiser for BURG (Blacksburg United for Responsible Growth). This is not a contra dance - we'll be doing stuff like the Virginia Reel and circle dances. This is an opportunity to introduce new folks to dancing. The dancing will probably commence around 7:30, then there will be a break at 9pm for an auction - including lovely works of art and pottery, a beach house for a week, and lots of other good stuff. There will also be snacks and drinks. Admission $10. Web site: http://www.bburg.org/.
Blacksburg - Dance Leadership Conference: This is a three-day, two track event for organizers and callers from our region to come together and collaborate. Saturday sessions will focus the group's energy on constructive ways to build the dance community in our area. Saturday night we'll all dance together at the Blacksburg contra dance. Register in advance as space is limited. Web site: http://www.twodogwaltz.com/conference.html.
Blacksburg - Mountain Justice Blacksburg: Benefit dance for Mountain Justice Blacksburg, Concerned Citizens of Giles County and Energy Justice Network from 6:30pm to 9:30pm. Admission $10. No Experience necessary, No Partner Necessary, All Dances taught! So come on down and kick up your heels! Web site: http://bethwellington.blogspot.com.
Blacksburg - Virginia Tech: The dance is from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires Student Center on the Virginia Tech campus. The square dancers, the cloggers, and contra dancers have come together to host this dance, and all three types of dancing will be featured at this event. This is a great dance to bring new people to. Spread the word, and try to think of anyone who might enjoy the music and dance we know and love, and bring them with you. Please come dance and welcome new folks to the community. The dance will be technically free, but donations for the band will be accepted and encouraged. Web site: http://www.twodogwaltz.com.
Blacksburg - Waltz Lesson: Waltz lesson from 8pm to 9pm at the YMCA Dance Room, 1000 North Main Street. Web site: http://www.twodogwaltz.com/.
Blacksburg - Waltz Session: Waltz session from 7:00pm to 9:30pm at the YMCA Dance Room, 1000 North Main Street. Web site: http://www.twodogwaltz.com/.
Blacksburg - Good Shepherd: An evening of supper, worship, music and dance on 1st Thursdays starting at 6:30pm at Good Shepherd Church, 950 Heather Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24060. Potluck supper at 6:30pm, non-denominational, Appalachian worship at 7:30pm, and Appalachian music and dance at 8:30pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/good.s.church.5.
Blacksburg - Squares - Steppin' Out: Steppin' Out features over 250 artists and crafts people from around the United States selling unique handcrafted items – jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, basketry, stained and fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods and so much more! Also music performances, dance performances, and a square dance on Saturday. Web site: http://www.blacksburgsteppinout.com.
Bridgewater - Bridgewater College: Dance Bridgewater College @ the Funkhouser Aerobics Room from 8pm to 11pm. Admission is Free. Donations accepted to support future dance events. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/805988932857605/.
Buena Vista - Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival is held over two days in early September. Web site: http://www.rockbridgefestival.org/.
Capon Bridge - Almost Heaven Dance Weekend: held in late May. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.contradancers.com/heaven/.
Capon Bridge - CDSS - Timber Ridge - English-American Week: Week-long dance and music camp. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.cdss.org/camp/index.html.
Chantilly: Join St. Veronica Young Adults for their popular twice-a-year event, a DC area tradition, Contra and Swing Dance Night at the St. Veronica Parish Hall, 3460 Centreville Road, Chantilly, VA 20151, from 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm. Admission: $5. This is our biggest event of the Fall, drawing young adults from all over the DC area! Contra Dance is a partnered group dance with two facing lines (Think Jane Austen movies). It started in 17th century French courts and evolved into a popular American country folk dance in the 1800's. Its popularity continues today. Alternating with Contra will be Swing. No skill necessary. Both dances will be taught in group-style, so no need to be shy!! Goodies and refreshments available. Spread the word and add your friends to the Invite List. All young adults in their 20's and 30's are welcome! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/157963914277215/.
Charlottesville - Callers' Workshop: Tom Hinds and Cville Contra are offering a 4-week Caller's Workshop beginning Tuesday, January 13th from 7:30-9:30pm. The workshop will be held each Tuesday evening through February 3rd. Workshop location is Bill Adams' house at 732 Elliot Avenue Charlottesville (in the Belmont district). Cost is $25. Workshop goals include learning the musical structure of contra dance tunes, dance choreography notation, fitting the dance to the music and working with the musicians, teaching the dance, the fundamentals of dance calling, and coordinating the end of the dance with dancers and musicians. We will follow-up the workshop with an Open Mic night at the Friday night dance to give those interested the chance to call a dance or two. For questions and more info on workshop content, please call Tom Hinds at 434.263.8070. To register, please contact Robert Bowman at 434.284.0407 or email@example.com. No previous experience necessary. Feel free to join us even if you're only interested in broadening your understanding and enjoyment of contra dance. Web site: http://www.contracorners.com/.
Charlottesville - Fall Dance Festival: Weekend dance festival in late October. Register in advance. Web site: http://www.contracorners.com/cville_fall_festival.
Charlottesville - Calling Class: The class will meet for 5 Tuesdays starting Feb. 7 at the home of John Wheeler and Beverly Seng. Time of class is 7-9pm. Cost for all 5 classes is $35. Call or e-mail Tom Hinds for more information 434 263 8070 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Sponsored by ACCDSS. Web site: None.
Charlottesville - Waltz - Barefoot - Class: The Beginning Waltz (Barefoot Waltz) is a six week series at the Carver/Old Jefferson School. Classes are on Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm. Register by calling Charlottesville Parks and Rec at 970-3260. City residents pay $40 per class series. Out of locality patrons pay slightly more. Shoes are optional. When you arrive at Carver, the easiest way to find the correct room is to come in the Charlottesville Parks and Recreation entrance and ask the main desk to direct you. For more information about the open waltz or the class contact Garnett at email@example.com - Web site: None.
Charlottesville - Waltz - Daffodil: Daffodil Waltz Series sponsored by Charlottesville Parks and Rec. Some instruction during the first hour. Location: Jefferson City Center, Carver Rec Center 233 4th St. NW, Charlottesville. Introductory instruction: 7:30 PM. Dance: 8:00 PM. Admission: $8.00. For more information, contact Garnett Mellen -- firstname.lastname@example.org or 295-0309. Web site: None.
Charlottesville - Squares - Magnolia House: Square dance at Magnolia House, Location [I think - CAS}: 507 10th Street NW, Charlottesville, VA starting at 7pm. Suggested donation of $5-$10. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/housemagnolia.
Charlottesville - Waltz - Class - Carver Recreation Center: Learn and practice a variety of moves based around the basic waltz step. This dance focuses on the art of leading and following , no partner necessary. Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Carver Recreation Center. Web site: http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=32.
Charlottesville - Barn Dance - Covenant School: Old Time Barn at the Covenant School, Lower Campus Gym, 1000 Birdwood Road, near the intersection of US 250 By-pass and McIntyre Rd. from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Admission: $6 - children under 12; $8 - adults; $25 for a family of four or more. For more info contact Spencer Burton, (434) 220-7353. Web site: None.
Charlottessville - Squares - Firefly: Dance at the Firefly Charlottesville, 1304 East Market St, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902 from 6pm to 9pm with square dancing and drinks at Firefly in Charlottesville. Bring a partner or find one there! There will be drink specials and food specials for dancers prior to and during the dance. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/fireflycharlottesville.
Charlottesville - Front Porch Harvest Jamboree: Join us to celebrate fall in all its bounty with a Harvest Jamboree, including square dancing, delicious food and drink by local purveyors, and a bonfire (marshmallows included). If you haven't visited our beautiful location at the top of Pantops Mountain, this evening is a great chance to check us out! Families welcome and encouraged. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Front Porch, a non-profit roots music school that provides music education and a listening room experience for traditional roots music in Charlottesville. Tickets are $10/ person or $25/ family. Event is from 5pm to 9pm at the Front Porch, 1462 Richmond Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911. Web site: http://frontporchcville.org.
Charlottesville - Front Porch: Dances on various dates and times at The Front Porch, 1462 Richmond Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911. Web site: http://frontporchcville.org.
Charlottesville - Front Porch String Band Camp: Lovers of old-time string band music, fiddle tunes, songs, square dances, and jam sessions are invited to gather. The camp is open to musicians of all ages who would like to gain experience playing in a string band. Students should be already familiar with their instrument and able to play some simple tunes or chords. Register in advance. Web site: http://frontporchcville.org/classes/.
Charlottesville - Hoedown: The Albemarle Chapter of CDSS, Inc. presents open community dances with traditional live music at The Front Porch, 221 Water Street East, Charlottesville, VA 22902, generally on 1st and 3rd Thursdays (with squares on 4th Thursdays from January to April), starting at 7:00 pm. We recommend always checking here for the most up-to-date information, including weather cancellations (which are rare). We warmly welcome new dancers at every event. No special skills are required, just an ability to walk to the beat and follow simple directions. Children are most welcome to dance (or not) but must be supervised. The evening consists of mainly contra dances with occasional squares and other fun formations. Our newly renovated dance hall has a beautiful red oak sprung dance floor. Please dress comfortably for vigorous physical activity and bring clean soft-soled shoes. Dances will start with an intro lesson at 7:00 pm. Open dancing is 7:30-9:30. Instruction provided throughout. Music jam/social hour is 9:30-10:30. All welcome. Bring instruments. Pizza available. Admission policy: Regular admission $10; students $5; children under 12 are always free. Web site: https://www.contracorners.com/charlottesville.
Croznet - Squares - Pro Re Nata Brewery: We're having a Square Dance at Pro Re Nata Brewery from 6-8 pm.... No experience necessary... Proceeds to benefit The Front Porch. Location: 6135 Rockfish Gap Tpke, Crozet, VA 22932. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/prorenatabrewery.
Damascus: Appalachian Trail Days - a dance is one of many events during this celebration. Web site: http://www.traildays.us/.
Damascus - Terry and Warren's Housewarming Dance: Celebrating the Doyle's new home and 6th year anniversary. Dance is at the Rock School. Web site: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=165733095960&mid=fbace5G2cd139e0G26baebeG7.
Damascus - Upper Tennessee River Roundtable: Dance at the Rock Schoolhouse 505 South Shady Avenue, Damascus, VA from 7:30pm to 11:00pm. $5 - all proceeds benefit the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/316860401856771/.
Dayton: From September to May, the dance begins with a beginners workshop from 7:15-8:00 PM. The dance runs from 8:00-11:00 PM. Help us to care for our floor; please wear soft-soled shoes. No heels unless they are dance shoes! We don't want you hurt! Thanks! Admission: $8 adults, $5 students, $1 youth (under 18), $5 "just here to listen to the music". The Dayton Learning Center is located in the middle of Dayton at 290 Mill Street. Web site: https://www.contracorners.com/dayton.
Dayton - Shenandoah Shindig: Event is from noon until 1am. Come join us in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley for a full day of dancing. The dance venue is the Dayton Learning Center, a beautiful large dance hall with a gorgeous wood floor, perfect for your dancing pleasure. Watch for more details to come soon! Web site: http://daytoncontradance.wix.com/shenandoah-shindig.
Dayton - Dayton Days: One-day festival including crafts, food, tours, farmers' market, music and a contra dance (somewhat of a demo) around 10am and lasting until 11am (or noon). Web site: http://www.daytonva.us.
Dumfries - Dare to Be Square DMV: The DC Square Dance Collective and our friends at the Baltimore Square Dance are teaming up to bring Dare to Be Square to the DC area! This is a fun, affordable, weekend-long gathering and getaway featuring sessions where you can square dance to your heart's content, learn to call your first dance, hone your calling skills (any and all levels), enjoy instrument and singing sessions, learn clogging/flatfooting, explore your crafty side, play lawn games (for real), or take advantage of oodles of opportunities to jam and just hang out! Advance registration required. Web site: http://www.daretobesquaredmv.com/.
Dungannon - Squares: Dance at the Historic Depot at Dungannon, Va. from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Join us at the depot for Mountain Music and Medicinals! A workshop on traditional herbal remedies for colds and flus will take place from 6pm - 7pm, lead by Willie Dodson. Then at 7:30, dancing! No experience is necessary. Dance caller Matt Hepler will tell you everything you need to know to jump in and have a big ol' time! This is a family-friendly event. Admission is free. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1125797417493899/.
Falls Church - Watch Night New Year's Eve: The contra dance is part of the "Watch Night" New Year's Eve celebration cosponsored by the City of Falls Church and the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation. Check the calendar or "special events" for more information. Web site: http://www.fallschurchva.gov.
Floyd: Contra dances are held at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 1/2 mile from the stoplight in Floyd on Rt 8 South. The dance starts at 8 p.m. but arrive early for a beginner lesson at 7:35. Come as you are, wear soft flexible shoes for dancing, and the caller will teach each dance. Come to dance or come to listen - no partner needed. Blue Ridge Country Dancers contra dances are held in Floyd on the second Saturday of each month, September through June. Admission is $8.00. Students with ID, $6.50. Non-dancer audience admission $5. Snow emergency: call Katherine at 540 765-4990. Web site: http://www.floydcontradance.org/.
Floyd - Family: Family Dance at the Jacksonville Center for the Arts, 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, Virginia, from 2:00 - 3:45 PM. This should be a fun community event for families with kids of all ages. Admission: $5/adult, $3/youth, children under 3 are free! A $20 maximum for large families. Contact: Lisa Carina Watersnake, 540-789-4124, email@example.com - Web site: None.
Front Royal - Early American: Join in as we have fun learning dances from the 1700’s and the 1800’s, including lines, circles and square sets, along with a waltz or a polka from time to time at Samuel's Public Library, 330 E. Criser Rd., Front Royal, VA 22630 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Free and no dance experience is necessary. Wear regular clothes and comfortable shoes. Good family fun; most appropriate for ages 8-10 and up. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/svcwed/.
Gainesville - Say No To TriCounty Parkway Fund Raiser: Dance at the Thamara Horse Boarding Facility located at 5904 Pageland Lane, Gainesville, VA 20155 from 2pm to 5pm. Sunset comes a bit early in October and the dance will be held outdoors at Thamara Horse Boarding Facility located at 5904 Pageland Lane, Gainesville, VA 20155. 30 minute lesson beginning at 1:30 pm. Some of our Non-Dancing Residents will be attending to "LISTEN TO THE MUSIC" while we ENJOY DANCING in a space of green grass surrounded by NATURE. You can visit www.thamarahorseboarding.com to see some pictures as well as a map for directions. We have set the INTENTION for the weather to be PERFECT for our GATHERING. However, we have indoor space available if required! Tickets are $15.00 each. Please call KAT Smiles @703-753-3405 or email firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/513833212042006/.
Greenwood - Sunday: Dances start at 6:30 pm with a beginners workshop at 6:00 pm at the Greenwood Community Center. Adults $10, Youth (12-18) $5, Children under 12 Free. Half-price after the break (about 8:00). Dances on 2nd Sundays are preceded by a potluck at 5:00pm. Dances are at the Greenwood Community Center, 865 Greenwood Road (Crozet). Web site: https://www.contracorners.com/greenwood.
Greenwood - Friday: Dances start at 8pm with a beginners workshop at 7:30 pm. Admission is $8, ($5 after 9:30, $5 for ages 12-18, children under 12 free). Dances are at the Greenwood Community Center, 865 Greenwood Road (Crozet). Web site: https://www.contracorners.com/greenwood.
Greenwood - Waltz - Waltz Whirl: Every First and Third Monday from 7:00-9:00 or later: Dance and practice to recorded music, no partner necessary, help available Cost: $7-$10 donation. Carver Rec Center, Historic Jefferson School: 233 4th ST, NW, Cville, 22903. Enter building at Parks and Rec Entrance. For info call Rick Martin (434-823-6999) or Carol Bradford (540-471-9096) Web site: https://www.contracorners.com/waltz.
Greenwood - Club Contra: Dances mostly on 1st Sundays with an introductory lesson at 6:30pm, dance 7:00-10:00pm. Admission: Adults $9, Students $6, 12 and under Free. This high-energy community dancing with a cool dance club atmosphere and a DJ playing music that goes well beyond the traditional jigs and reels. Electronic, techno, house, electro-trad, disco, retro and classic rock ... all are possible. We have awesome club lighting including black lights and a powerful sound system with extra bass. We even provide glow sticks. The dances are easy to learn and loads of fun. We offer a brief orientation for first-time dancers a half hour before each event. Check out this site frequently for the latest info, or better yet, find "Club Contras" on Facebook for updates and community discussion. No experience or partner is needed. Dress comfortably for some HOT, aerobic dancing! Blacklight-reactive clothing (especially white) is encouraged. Club Contras is an independent dance series produced in cooperation with Contra Corners. Brian Hamshar is ASCAP/BMI licensed to utilize copyrighted music for dances. For information/feedback or Lost and Found, contact Brian (see the contact link below).. This is a contra dance with recorded music and live calling. Location: Greenwood Community Center, 865 Greenwood Road. Web site: http://contracorners.com/dances/6.
Greenwood - Community Square Dance: Dance is from 7:30pm to 10:30pm at the Greenwood Community Center and your donation at the door will be a contribution to the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad, Crozet Volunteer Fire Department, Earlysville Fire Company or Crozet PARC. Ann Mallek is sponsoring the da. Come by yourself, as a couple of dance together as a family. All dances will be taught - no experience necessary. Square dances, contra dances and circle dances. Web site: None.
Greenwood - Hoedown/Ceili/Barn Dance: Dance at 865 Greenwood Rd., Greenwood, VA from 3:00-5:00 PM. Lively, fun, beginner-friendly dances, mostly in the British-American tradition. Circles, squares, longways, mixers. All dances taught for beginners. You do not need to come with a partner. Bring smiles and soft-soled shoes, and dress for vigorous physical activity. Admission: $2.00 adults; $1.00 under 21. Web site: None.
Grotoes - Grand Caverns Grand Illumination and Ball: (Mostly) annual unique dance underground inside Grand Caverns, Grottoes, VA from 6:00-8:00 PM. Grand Caverns has a 200 year history of underground balls, and this dance recreates the early dances, with hundreds of candles illuminating the most spectacular cave on the east coast. Fun, beginner-friendly squares and contras. Temperature is always 54 degrees, and the floor is fine gravel and mostly flat. Dress appropriately. Sturdy shoes strongly recommended. Most of the dancers come in period (not specified, but generally Civil War) attire, but costumes are not required. Light refreshments are included. Admission: $20 in advance, attendance limited, reservations required by September 15, 2015. The dance culminates a full day of activities at the outdoor Fall Living History Festival on the caverns grounds from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Web site: http://www.grandcaverns.com/v.php?pg=203.
Hamilton: Dance at the Zion Springs Barn, 16652 Mandeleigh Lane, Hamilton, VA, 20158 with a lesson at 6:30pm and dancing from 7pm to 10pm. Admission: Adults $10; all students and children age 6 and up $5. For more information, contact the Gans Family at email@example.com or 540-277-7144.
Harrisonburg - Monday: Dances at either Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 660 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (1st and 3rd Mondays) or Massanetta Springs Conference Center, 712 Massanetta Springs Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 (2nd, 4th and 5th Mondays) from 7pm to 9:30pm. Admission: Adult: $10, College Student: $6, Just Music: $5, Under 18 / school-aged: $1. (Before 7 pm) - Adult: $8, College Student: $5, Just Music: $5, Under 18 / school-aged: Free. Web site: http://shenandoahvalleycontradance.weebly.com/monday-night-contra.html or https://www.contracorners.com/harrisonburg.
Harrisonburg - Dayton Dance All Day: In Harrisonburg, despite the title. Details to come. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: None.
Harrisonburg - Contra Dance Class: Join us for a 5 session social dance experience! Participants with a variety of skill levels and coordination will explore basic and intermediate moves as well as proper technique and etiquette of New England and American Folk dance. Live music and thorough teaching will accompany the sessions. No rhythm, timing or prior dance experience necessary. Casual attire, comfortable shoes recommended. Come with a partner or as an individual. There will a dance on a Saturday at the conclusion of the series (either from 7pm to 8:45pm or 7pm to 9:45pm) Location: Lucy Simms Community Center, 620 Simms Avenue, Harrisonburg, VA 22802. Go to Web site: https://store.harrisonburgva.gov/webtrac/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?wbsi=d13cd71c-ca80-958f-e411-39c12a1d0754.
Harrisonburg - New Year's Eve: Dances of the 1700s and 1800s. No dance experience necessary. Join in for good family fun. Location: St Stephen’s basement, 7:00 til 9:00. Presented by the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Era Dancers and The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels Band as part of Harrisonburg's First Night celebration. Web site: http://firstnightharrisonburg.com.
Harrisonburg - Our Community Place: Dance at Our Community Place, 17 E Johnson St, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802 from 6:30pm to 8pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/ourcommunityplace/.
Harrisonburg - Early American: Join in as we have fun learning dances from the 1700’s and the 1800’s, including lines, circles and square sets, along with a waltz or a polka from time to time at First Presbyterian Church, 17 Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Free and no dance experience is necessary. Wear regular clothes and comfortable shoes. Good family fun; most appropriate for ages 8-10 and up. Web site: https://sites.google.com/site/svcwed/.
Hillsboro: Dances will be held the third Saturday of the month, December through May. All dances begin at 8 pm, with a beginners workshop at 7:30 pm at the Hillsboro Old Stone School, 37098 Charles Town Pike, Hillsboro, VA 20132. Admission: $12 per person, $8 for seniors, students, and Bluemont members; $5 Kids 12 and under; Kids 3 and under are free . Web site: http://www.bluemont.org/Dances/dances_intro.html.
Keezeltown - Squares: Dance at the Old Massanutten Lodge Bed and Breakfast, 3448 Caverns Dr, Keezletown, Virginia 22832 from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Come enjoy some great music and dancing with your neighbors in Keezletown, Virginia! Open invitation, free event - tips for the band are greatly appreciated! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/keezletown.
Leesville - Loudoun Bluegrass Festival: One day music festival from 10am to 10pm with a contra dance at the Loudoun Country Fairgrounds, 17558 Dry Mill Rd Leesburg, VA 20175. Web site: http://www.bluegrassloudoun.com.
Lexington: Dances at R E Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, 123 W Washington Street from 7:30 PM to 10 PM. For more information call the Coop at 540.463.6954 or email email@example.com. Web site: http://www.healthyfoodscoop.org/.
Lexington - Rockbridge County Fair: One dance on one night as part of this multi-day fair and horse show in July. Web site: http://www.horsecenter.org/view.asp?id=home.
Lexington - Mike Seeger Afternoon: The Theater at Lime Kiln, located on Borden Road is honoring Mike with festivities starting at 3 pm, to include the following: Concert by the Carolina Chocolate Drops; Time for visiting & picnicking; **Old-time dancing. Web site: http://www.theateratlimekiln.com.
Louisa: Dances hosted by the Louisa County Parks and Recreation at the Betty Queen Center 522 Industrial Drive Louisa, VA 23093. At 7 PM - Beginner class. 8-11 PM Dance $10 Admission. Web site: http://www.contracorners.com/.
Luray: Contra dance in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Advanced Contra Dance 3-5:30 p.m.; Potluck 5:30-6:45 p.m.; 6:45-7:00 p.m. Cleanup! Evening Contra Dance 7:00-11:00 p.m. Location: Luray Art Warehouse, The Warehouse Art Gallery, 15 Campbell St. Luray, VA 22835. Please don't forget to bring a dish and/or beverage to share with your fellow dancers as dancing makes you hungry!! Registration in advance recommended. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/39682534129 or http://luray.contracorners.com/.
Lynchburg - Riverviews Artspace: Fundraising dance at and for the Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson Street at 9th. Dance is from 7:30pm to 11:00pm. $8 in advance/$10 at the door. Web site: http://www.riverviews.net/contradance.htm.
Lynchburg - Knights of Columbus: Dance at the Knights of Columbus hall, 201 Sweeny Circle Forest, Va. Time: 8-11 beginners workshop 7:30. Web site: http://www.contracorners.com/.
Lynchburg - Contra for a Cause: Come contra dance in Lynchburg. The dance will be from 8-11pm with a beginners lesson at 7:30 (please come to this if you have never contra danced before). Admission: $6 per person or $5 with a student id. Hope to see you there! Check out our Contra for a Cause FB page to learn more about us. Dance location: Salvation Army: 2215 Park Ave, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/690039507719834/.
Marshall: Barn dance: contras and squares. Beginner workshop at 7:00pm. Dance from 7:30pm-10:30pm. No experience necessary, no partner needed. Adults $10; under 18, $8. Location: Marshall Community Center, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall, VA. Web site: None.
Monterey - Lions Club Street Dance: Enjoy country entertainment with bluegrass music, cake walks, square dancing, BBQ meals and clogging at the annual Lions Club Street Dance. Fun for the entire family. Located on Spruce Street. Web site: http://www.highlandcounty.org/events/lions-club-street-dance/.
Norfolk: Third Saturdays Contra Dance from September through June, sponsored by TRADiN (TRAditional Dance in Norfolk). TRADiN is under the auspices of Tidewater Community Dance Council, Inc. Dances are held at First Lutheran Church, 1301 Colley Avenue with a teaching session at 7:15pm and the dance from 8:00pm - 10:30pm. Fee at the door: Cost: $8.00 for TCDC members; $10.00 for non-members -- and you can join TCDC at the door ($15 single; $25 couple -- help the dance community and save $2 on every dance this year.) Note: Please bring a separate pair of soft soled "non-street" shoes to dance in. We need to take extra care not to scratch or damage the surface. Entry will be at the back of the church, accessed from the parking lot. Info: (757) 930-4253 890-1190 596-3480. Web site: http://hrtraditionaldance.webs.com/contradance.htm.
Norfolk - Squares - Virginia Wesleyan College: Southern Appalachian square dance from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, in Dining Commons dance floor. All ages welcome! Co-sponsored by Winter Session and Student Activities. Web site: http://www.vwc.edu/.
Norfolk - Squares - O'Connor Brewing Co: This will be a "Family Friendly Event!". Doors open at 5:00, dancing at 7:00. Food trucks will provide the sustenance. Location: O'Connor Brewing Co., 211 W 24th St, Norfolk, Virginia, VA 23517. Grab your boots and join us for a lively evening of group square and contra dancing. Never gone do-si-do-ing before? Not a problem! A live caller and band will be on stage to guide everyone through the basics before turning you loose to cut a rug. Admission is by donation and benefits Brackish Water Jamboree's 2nd annual NorFOLK Festival. Web site: None.
Norge: Dances are held on the first Saturday of the Month except in August and sponsored by FOAM (Friends of Appalachian Music) at Norge Hall, 7402 Richmond Road (Route 60) from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Admission is $5.00. Info: (757) 566-1110, 229-4082. The November dance location varies; call for details. Web site: http://hrtraditionaldance.webs.com/contradance.htm.
Palmyra - Fluvanna County: Dances at the Wilmington Club in Palmyra. This community center offers a wonderful wooden floor in a beautiful country setting. Join us for this new dance series, starting at 6:30 p.m. General admission $8; students $5; 12 and under free. The Wilmington Club is located at 1083 Wilmington Road in Palmyra. Web site: http://www.facebook.com/fluvanna.contradance.
Pembroke: Dance at the Church of the Latter Day Saints, Highway 460, next to the Post Office. Free admission. Beginners' workshop at 7:30pm and dancing at 8:00pm. Web site: None.
Purcellville: 3rd Saturday of the month at the Emerick Elementary School, 440 South Nursery Avenue. Dances begin at 8:00 pm with a beginners' workshop at 7:30 pm. Bring something special for the potluck refreshments (homemade cakes, brownies or other goodies) to share at intermission. All are welcome! $10 per person, $7 for Bluemont friends, students, and seniors (65+) Web site: http://www.bluemont.org/Dances/dances_intro.html.
Purcellville - Mountainview Farm: Dances at Mountainview Farm, 11661 Harpers Ferry Road, Purcellville, VA. Potluck at 5:30pm, lesson at 7:00pm, dance at 7:30pm
Reston: Second Saturdays in November through March at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston VA 20191. 8-10:45, $9. Free workshop 7:15-8. The Reston contra dance started in 1983. The house band since the beginning has been the June Apple Band, consisting of a lively mix of fiddle, clarinet, mandolin-banjo-guitar, and piano. Top-notch callers from the Washington area lead the dances. Our dance provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere in the cold winter months for new and experienced dancers alike. Potluck goodies are enjoyed during the break. Contact: Alice Markham at anote at gmail.com. Web site: http://www.contradancers.com/reston.html.
Richmond: Contra dances are held on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Center, 3421 Hawthorne Ave. Beginners are welcome and no partner is required. A free Newcomers’ workshop is held from 6:45-7:15pm. Dance from 7:30 to 10:30pm. $6 members/students $9 non members; unless noted otherwise. Youths 12 and under admitted free!. Help us to care for our floor; please wear soft-soled shoes. Web site: http://tadamsva.org/.
Richmond - Springforth Ball and Dance Weekend: a high energy weekend of food, dance, music, and workshops held in late March at the beautiful Lewis Ginter Recreation Center, 3421 Hawthorne Ave. Register in advance. Web site: http://tadamsva.org/springforth/.
Richmond - Waltz - Capital Ale: Join us at the Capital Ale Restaurant, 623 E. Main St, from 12 noon to 3pm for the Open Waltz. Dance to pre-recorded folk-style waltz music, enjoy the Capital Ale fare, and socialize with like-minded dancers. No charge. Web site: None.
Richmond - Waltz - Emmanuel Episcopal: Join us at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1214 Wilmer Avenue, from 6:45pm to 8:00pm for the Open Waltz. Dance to pre-recorded folk-style waltz music and socialize with like-minded dancers. No charge. Web site: None.
Richmond - Waltz - Emmanuel Episcopal: Join us at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1214 Wilmer Avenue, from 7:30pm to 10:00pm for Waltz Melange. Review from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and open waltz from 8:30pm to 10:00pm with 50% or more waltzing with other couple dances, swing, blues, zydeco, salsa, hambo, etc. Dance to pre-recorded folk-style waltz music and socialize with like-minded dancers. Cost is $5. Nights with review and new material are $8. Web site: None.
Richmond - New Year's Eve: Special dance on New Year's Eve. Celebrate the New Year with refreshments at the break and sparkling cider at midnight to toast the new year. Waltzing after the midnight toast. $10 members & students, $13 non-members. Location: Lewis Ginter Recreation Center, 3421 Hawthorne Ave. Beginners are welcome and no partner is required. A free beginners workshop is held at 7:00pm. Help us to care for our floor; please wear soft-soled shoes. Web site: http://richmond.contracorners.com/.
Richmond - Waltz - Tangueros: Twirl, in time, across the floor, in the arms of another. Waltz is....lilting, exhilarating, relaxing, soulful, elegant. Waltz, in all its forms, encompasses all that dance can be. No partner or experience is needed. Smooth-soled shoes are recommended. The class is from 7:30-8:45 pm and is followed by guided practice until 9:30. The class alone is $8, practice $2; students pay 1/2 price. Location: Tangueros, LC - 10049 Midlothian Tnpke., Suite A, Richmond, Virginia. Web site: http://richmondtango.com/.
Richmond - Squares - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery: Dance from 4pm to 6pm at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane Richmond, VA. Web site: http://www.hardywood.com.
Richmond - Squares - Lewis Ginter Recreation Center: Dances at the Lewis Ginter Recreation Center, 3421 Hawthorne Ave. in the Ginter Room. Admission $5. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/202354766544773/.
Richmond - Squares - Addison Vintage: Dance at Addison Handmade and Vintage, 103 S Addison St, Richmond, Virginia 23220. Bring cash donations for the band! Dance will be in grass field next to Addison Vintage. Dance is from 7pm to 9pm. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/202354766544773/.
Richmond - Squares - Good Shepherd: Free dance at Good Shepherd Episcopal School, 4207 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, Virginia 23225, starting at 8:30pm and ending at 9:30pm. Get there promptly.This one is only an hour! Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/202354766544773/.
Richmond - Folk Festival: Weekend music/cultural festival held in October. A little dancing may be included. Web site: http://www.richmondfolkfestival.org/index.html.
Richmond - Squares - Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Dance at the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220 from 6pm to 9pm. Free admission. Web site: http://vmfa.museum.
Richmond - Squares - Arts Depot: Dance at the Arts Depot, 814 W Broad Street. 7pm. Donation of $2 suggested. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/events/1021602417906977/.
Richmond - RVA Squares: Dances at various venues, dates, and times. Check site for details. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/202354766544773/.
Riner - Dare to Be Square Weekend: A weekend of traditional square dancing, calling workshops, and late night music and merriment, at Homestead Farm in southwest Virginia in late April. Web site: http://www.daretobesquare.org/.
Riner - Squares: Square dance at the Homestead farm. A very picturesque barn next a pond with country side and good community feeling. There are a bunch of extra activities before the dance: Clogging Workshop from 4:30-6:00 PM. Potluck and Mingle 6:00 – 8:00 PM (bring a dish to share !!). The dance admission will still be $5 kids 12 and under free. Web site: http://www.daretobesquare.org/.
Roanoke: Dances at the Roanoke Moose Lodge #284, 3233 Catawba Valley Dr. Beginner's Lesson at 7:30 p.m. Dance from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Suggested Donation is $9 ($6 for students). Info: 540-892-8111. Web site: http://www.roanokecontra.org/.
Roanoke - Railroader Contra Dance Weekend: Dance weekend at the Roanoke Moose Lodge 284, 3233 Catawba Valley Drive, Salem, VA 24153. Web site: https://www.facebook.com/Roanoke-Railroader-Contra-Dance-Weekend-1503607819914408/.
Salem - Railroader Preliminary Dance: Dance the night before the Railroader Contra Dance Weekend from 8pm to 11pm at the 284 Roanoke Moose Lodge On 311, 3233 Catawba Valley Dr, Salem, Virginia 24153. Admission - $10. It will give us a chance to make any last minute sound checks or set-ups. Web site: http://www.roanokerailroader.com.
Sperryville - Rappahannock Nonprofit Center: Annual Snow Ball from 7:30pm to 11:00pm: 7:30 pm- Beginner lesson/orientation; 8:00 pm - 10:30/11:00 - Dance. Rates: $10/adult (children 12 and under, free). Location: The Link, 12018 Lee Highway (PO Box 21). For more information, please call Sylvie Rowand at 540-987-9750 or e-mail. firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: http://www.rnpc.org/.
Staunton: September thru April, third Saturdays (mostly) - Workshop 7:30; Dance 8:00-11:00 Admission: Adults $8.00; Teens 12-18 & students with ID $4.00; Children $3.00; Mary Baldwin students with ID $1.00. Place: Mary Baldwin Physical Activities Center. Call 540-280-2330 [cell] or 540-280-2335 [cell] or 540-350-4344 [home] with questions). Web site: https://www.contracorners.com/staunton.
Staunton - Squares - The Kettle: Dances at The Kettle, 19 W. Beverley St, Staunton, Virginia 24401 from 8pm to 10:45pm. Only $5! Beginners very welcome, no partner necessary. Wooden Floor, great sound! Tickets on sale AT THE DOOR. *The Kettle does not serve alcohol* - Web site: https://www.facebook.com/KettleCoop/.
Stephens City: Dance at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley at 6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City, VA 22655. It's just a hop and a skip, or a balance and a swing, south of Winchester. The dance is from 7-10. All are welcome! Web site: None.
Triangle - Prince William Forest Park Heritage Festival: A bit of contra and square dancing is one of the activities of this one-day festival held at the Park in mid-October. Also included are heritage crafts, CCC crafts, children's crafts and games, antique cars and more. Web site: http://www.nps.gov/prwi/index.htm.
Virginia Beach - Calling Workshop: Contra Dance Caller's Introductory Workshop from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Invite your friends to come dance for us from 1:00-3:00) at the Lynnhaven Colony Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 2217 West Great Neck Road. $10.00 donation requested to cover the cost of the hall and the printing. Please register at 757-380-6979 or email@example.com so I know how many to expect. Web site: None.
Virginia Beach - Lynnhaven: Come "Welcome Spring" with Music and Dancing at a special Contra Dance with instruction 3 3:00pm and dancing starting at 4:00pm at the Community Center, Lynnhaven Colony Congregational UCC Church, 2217 West Neck Road in Virginia Beach (near the intersection of Shore Drive. Admission $5 donation/ $20 for family. Pizza and sodas will be available for purchase. Suggest wear or bring smooth-sole shoes to dance on carpet. Web site: None.
Virginia Beach - Temple Emanuel: Dance at Temple Emanuel, 424 25th St, Virginia Beach, VA. 7:30pm to 10:00pm dancing. $8 for nonmembers, free for members. More info: Larry Weinstein firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: http://tevb.org/.
Virginia Beach - Riptides Square and Round Dance Club: Free Open House Dance at the Bayside Presbyterian Church, 1400 Ewell Road, Virginia Beach, VA. 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome at the Open House Dance. Singles and couples, from 10 to 100. No square dance experience is necessary. For more information, Dave Hinde 757-642-6722 or email@example.com - Web site: None.
Virginia Beach - Thumpers Square and Round Dance Club: Free Open House Dance at the Foundry United Methodist Church, 2801 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA. 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome at the Open House Dance. Singles and couples, from 10 to 100. No square dance experience is necessary. For more information, Bob Worley 757-467-2557 or firstname.lastname@example.org - Web site: None.
Warm Springs: Free Contra Dance in Bath County at the Old Dairy Barn at the Homestead Preserve in Warm Springs. Dance is from 8:00 pm-11:00 pm (beginners walk-through at 7:30). Beverages and light fare will be provided free of charge by the Bath County Historical Society. The Old Dairy Barn is located 1/8 mi. south of the junction of Rts. 220 and 39 on the west side of Rt. 220 in Warm Springs. More directions: www.homesteadpreserve.com or call (540) 474-3245. or http://www.bathcountyhistory.org (but nothing about the dance there). Web site: None.
Warm Springs - Garth Newel Center: Dance is part of the Old Dairy Heritage Festival. Location: Herter Hall at the Garth Newel Center, Route 220, Warm Springs, VA. 6:30pm Picnic Supper; 8pm-11pm Contra Dance. Ticket Price Picnic Supper: $10 (Barbeque Chicken Dinner); Contra Dance: FREE. Reservations are required by October 5 for dinner & dance: Contact Tama at (540)839-5018 or email@example.com - Web site: http://www.garthnewel.org.
Warrenton: Barn dance with contras and squares is at the Lasley Centre for the Performing Arts, 7112 Lineweaver Road, Warrenton, VA from 7:00pm to 10:30pm, lessons included. No experience necessary, no partners needed. Admission is $10, young adults from 12-17 is $6. Web site: http://lasleycentre.com/.
Warrenton - Lutheran Church: Dance at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 6194 Dumfries Road, Warrenton, VA from 7-10 p.m. Web site: https://www.contracorners.com/.
Williamsburg - First Night: Dance as part of Williamsburg First Night hosted by Friends of Appalachian Music (FOAM). Web site: http://www.firstnightwilliamsburg.org.
Williamsburg - William and Mary: Contra dance at William and Mary's Sadler Center (formerly the University Center), Tidewater Room, 2nd floor at 8 PM. The regular November FOAM Contra Dance has been canceled because both Norge Hall and the Walsingham Academy gym have been scheduled for other uses. Web site: None.
Wilson - Grayson Highlands: Barn Dance at the the Grayson Highlands State Park in the Homestead of the Picnic Area. Beginner workshop from 5:15pm to 5:45pm. Dance from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Mix of contras, squares and old-time flatfooting. Admission is free with parking fee, but donations welcome to support the band and GHSP interpretative programs. Web site:
Wirtz - W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center: Benefit dance at W. E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center - 775 Hermitage Road, Wirtz, VA 24184. Proceeds will go to District Camp Scholarships at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake. Event begins at 8pm. Web site: http://retreatatsmithmountainlake.com/.
Yorktown: Dance at the Watermen's Museum at 7:00pm. Web site: None or maybe http://www.watermens.org.
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.