Come to the next contra dance!

Dances start at 8:00 PM with a lesson at 7:30 PM, unless otherwise noted.

Date: Thursday May 25

Location: Reality Center

Description: Special Thursday dance, 7 to 10pm, lesson at 6:30pm

$12 for students, $15 for others, no free passes. No TCD member discount.

Swallowtail has long been recognized as one of the best contra dance bands in the U.S. As a caller, George Marshall is renowned for his knack of matching music to the dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation. Tim Van Egmond provides the delightful sound of the hammered dulcimer, and shares the calling duties. Ron Grosslein’s fiddle and mandolin soar through the tunes while Timm Triplett’s piano drives dancers’ feet across the floor. David Cantieni supplies a myriad of creative woodwind sounds, especially when his renowned bombard boosts the energy to a whole new level. Blend it all together, and an evening with Swallowtail is an enthralling experience!

Music: Swallowtail on tour from New England, featuring George Marshall, concertina and bodhran; Ron Grosslein, fiddle; Tim Van Egmond, hammered dulcimer; Timm Triplett, piano; David Cantieni, saxophone, flute, bombard, whistle, oboe, feet, and more. link

Caller: Calling by George Marshall & Tim Van Egmond

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Carrboro Commons Documentary Video of TCD: link

NPR's All Things Considered: Youth Flock To Contra Dancing : link

To see a PBS report on contra dancing in Maine, click here.

Whoopin' It Up! Students at the Center for Documentary Studies interview Linda Cooper about contra dance:


Carrboro Century Center videos.

Reality Center videos.

Pleasant Green videos.

CulBlu's contra dance videos created by Dequan Powell