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Date: Friday March 31

Location: Reality Center


It is with heavy hearts that we note the passing of one of the leading lights of the Triangle Country Dancers community, Louie Cromartie, who died on Friday morning. It is nearly impossible to sum up how large of an impact Louie had at TCD, and throughout the contra dance world. She was a beloved caller, locally and nationally: fun and easy-going with the ability to call great contras and squares to any experience level. She also was a favorite dance partner -- someone to laugh with and enjoy the moment.

She was a also a leader in the dance community. She served on the TCD board several times, most recently as the president of the board in 2014. She cooked amazing food, grew fabulous plants, was a doting mother and supportive wife, encouraged many people to give their best to the community, and loved her UNC men's basketball. Many of us will miss her greatly.

Our Friday, March 31 contra dance will be dedicated to Louieā€™s vibrant life and indomitable spirit, with caller Beth Molaro helping to dedicate the evening to Louie. There will also be similar memorials at the First Saturday Dance in Carrboro.

On Saturday, there will be a more traditional memorial service at 11 a.m. at the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist: 106 Purefoy Rd, Chapel Hill NC 27514. Google map link. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Three veterans of the band Big Medicine join us for the dance. Known for her full-on, driving bass lines and singing, LaNelle Davis has performed and recorded with numerous prize winning and nationally known old-time bands and individuals. Bobb Head is a Texan transplanted to North Carolina, contributing top-notch guitar, banjo picking, and harmony vocals. Fiddler Kenny Jackson is also a compelling singer, guitarist, and banjo player, distinctive in his interpretation of traditional music while being deeply rooted in old-time sources from the southern mountain region.

We are happy that Beth Molaro will be on hand to call this special dance. She is just the right person to lead us on this night of remembering someone who meant so much to our community.

Music: Jackson, Davis, Head (Kenny Jackson, fiddle; LaNelle Davis, bass and vocals; and Bobb Head, guitar, banjo)

Caller: Beth Molaro from Asheville, link

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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