Schedule

Our dances are open to the public. You do not need a partner. Members: $8.00, Non-members: $10.00 (cash or check only). Dances start at 8:00 PM with a lesson at 7:30 PM, unless otherwise noted.

Shoe policy

To protect our floors:

Volunteer!

Your dance group is a volunteer organization. If you would like to get involved, click here.

We'd Like Your Feedback!

Please tell us more about what you liked or didn't like at any TCD contra dances. Your experiences will help us make our dances a better experience for everyone! To send us your opinion (anonymously if you wish) just click here.

When Where What
Friday
August 18
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Friday
August 25
Reality Center The Deep Valley Drifters make their TCD premiere, but the soaring sound of Ted Ehrhard's fiddle has delighted us often at TCD dances. One of the most evocative performers of clawhammer (drop-thumb) banjo in the modern age, Maria Fairchild brings subtle sophistication to this ancient technique. Triangle favorite Eileen Thorsos does a great job of calling dances that are fun for everyone!
Music: Deep Valley Drifters (Ted Ehrhard, fiddle, and Maria Fairchild, piano, banjo and guitar)
Caller: Eileen Thorsos
Saturday
August 26
NC State Talley Ballroom, NC State U. campus. link. $8 general admission, $6 for NCSU staff and students. Lesson at 6:30 pm, dancing 7 -10 pm.
Music: Rushfest! Contra dancing to pop music! DJ/Caller Emily Rush will lead contra dances to recorded music -- pop hits for every generation, from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga.
Saturday
September 2
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Friday
September 8
Carrboro Century Center Chapel Hill-based Big Celtic Fun is seeking the eternal quest for “The Big Fun” from the music of Ireland, Scotland, New England and Canada. Clinton Ross does a fine job of teaching and calling dances.
Music: Big Celtic Fun (Tim Smith, piano, flute, tin whistle, concertina; Eileen Regan, fiddle and waltz vocals; Drew Pilant, all manner of percussion, and Scott Walker, fiddle, cello, guitar and concertina).
Caller: Clinton Ross
Friday
September 15
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Saturday
September 16
NC State Talley Ballroom, NC State U. campus. link. $8 general admission, $6 for NCSU staff and students. Lesson at 6:30 pm, dancing 7 -10 pm.
Music: The Deep Valley Drifters (Ted Ehrhard on fiddle; Dean Herington on keyboard and clarinet; Maria Fairchild on keyboard and banjo)
Monday
September 18
Carrboro Century Center Rushfest! at Carrboro Century Center: Contra dancing to pop music! DJ/Caller Emily Rush will lead contra dances to recorded music -- pop hits for every generation, from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm! $10 general admission, $6 students / discretionary.
Friday
September 22
Reality Center Mara Shea and Julie Gorka are two of the best musicians in our region, and they are sure to make this evening enchanting. We also welcome Kyle Johnston, who is quickly making a mark as a caller in our area; this will be his debut as the headline caller for a TCD dance!
Music: Copious Notes (Mara Shea, fiddle, Julie Gorka, piano).
Caller: Kyle Johnston
Friday
September 29
Reality Center Wild Asparagus is an iconic contra dance band. They have inspired American folk music enthusiasts with contra dance music for more than three decades. George Marshall is known for his amiable and clear teaching. Wild Asparagus has such a wide, creative repertoire that both evenings are sure to be special!
Music: Wild Asparagus (Becky Tracy, fiddle; Anne Percival, piano, guitar, and vocals; David Cantieni, flutes, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard; Mark Murphy, bass; George Marshall, concertina; with special guest Keith Murphy on guitar, mandolin, and foot percussion), link
Caller: George Marshall
Saturday
September 30
Carrboro Century Center Special Saturday dance with Wild Asparagus!
Wild Asparagus is an iconic contra dance band. They have inspired American folk music enthusiasts with contra dance music for more than three decades. George Marshall is known for his amiable and clear teaching. Wild Asparagus has such a wide, creative repertoire that both evenings are sure to be special!
Music: Wild Asparagus (Becky Tracy, fiddle; Anne Percival, piano, guitar, and vocals; David Cantieni, flutes, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard; Mark Murphy, bass; George Marshall, concertina; with special guest Keith Murphy on guitar, mandolin, and foot percussion), link
Caller: George Marshall
Saturday
October 7
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Friday
October 13
Carrboro Century Center Boomchuck drew rave reviews at Spring Dance Romance, and we are to see them back in Carrboro to propel TCD dancers across the floor! And we are glad to welcome back nationally known caller Jonathan Thielen.
Music: Boomchuck (Laurie Fisher, fiddle, Nic Coker, guitar, and Geraud Barralon, bass).
Caller: Jonathan Thielen
Monday
October 16
Carrboro Century Center Rushfest! at Carrboro Century Center: Contra dancing to pop music! DJ/Caller Emily Rush will lead contra dances to recorded music -- pop hits for every generation, from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm! $10 general admission, $6 students / discretionary.
Friday
October 20
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Saturday
October 21
NC State Talley Ballroom, NC State U. campus. link. $8 general admission, $6 for NCSU staff and students. Lesson at 6:30 pm, dancing 7 -10 pm.
Friday
October 27
Reality Center Music: The McKenzies (Woody, fiddle, banjo and guitar; Marcia, keyboard, guitar, whistles and bodhran; Keenan, keyboard and saxaphones), link
Caller: Dancing Thread: Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg, from Asheville and Ontario! link
Saturday
November 4
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Friday
November 10
Carrboro Century Center Some easy Irish set dances are planned too. Come check 'em out!
Music: Rip the Calico (Alison Arnold, Irish flute and whistles; Gordon Arnold, cello, guitar and banjo; Mairead Brady, fiddle; Tyler Johnson, tenor banjo, guitar and mandolin), link
Caller: Bree Kalb
Friday
November 17
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Friday
November 24
Reality Center
Friday
December 1
NC State Talley Ballroom, NC State U. campus. link. $8 general admission, $6 for NCSU staff and students. Lesson at 6:30 pm, dancing 7 -10 pm.
Caller: Linda Cooper
Saturday
December 2
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Monday
December 4
Carrboro Century Center Rushfest! at Carrboro Century Center: Contra dancing to pop music! DJ/Caller Emily Rush will lead contra dances to recorded music -- pop hits for every generation, from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga. Lesson at 7 pm, dancing 7:30-10:30 pm! $10 general admission, $6 students / discretionary.
Friday
December 8
Carrboro Century Center
Friday
December 15
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Friday
December 22
Reality Center
Friday
December 29
Reality Center ContraForce is one of the most-acclaimed bands on today’s contra dance scene. Caller and teacher Charlie Harvey said of them: “ContraForce brings a fresh new take on contra music for dancing. These young men are innovative musicians who represent what is new and fresh in an ever-evolving dance, and bring a new world beat and contemporary sound to what was once called a ‘traditional folk dance.’”
Emily’s calling style is characterized by clear, direct instruction brightened by eager enthusiasm and tempered by patience. She strives to put together varied and interesting programs, changing them as needed to suit the experience level of the dancers and the creative musings of the band.
Music: ContraForce
Caller: Emily Rainbowface Abel
Sunday
December 31
Carrboro Century Center New Year’s Eve at Carrboro Century Center: Ring in 2018 with ContraForce!
ContraForce is one of the most-acclaimed bands on today’s contra dance scene. Caller and teacher Charlie Harvey said of them: “ContraForce brings a fresh new take on contra music for dancing. These young men are innovative musicians who represent what is new and fresh in an ever-evolving dance, and bring a new world beat and contemporary sound to what was once called a ‘traditional folk dance.’”
Emily’s calling style is characterized by clear, direct instruction brightened by eager enthusiasm and tempered by patience. She strives to put together varied and interesting programs, changing them as needed to suit the experience level of the dancers and the creative musings of the band.
Music: ContraForce
Caller: Emily Rainbowface Abel