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.

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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!
$15 general admission / $12 for TCD members. Special offer: a discount package for both Wild Asparagus dances: $25 general/$20 TCD (paid on Friday night ONLY).
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!
Dancers can enjoy more of Wild Asparagus at CCC! This great contra dance band has such a big repertoire you can be assured you'll hear new tunes and try new dances!
$15 general/$12 TCD members
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
Thursday
October 5
UNC-CH Student Union UNC Chapel Hill Contra Dance Club
All dances are located in the Great Hall of the Student Union:
209 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Lessons are at 6:30, dances are from 7-10pm
$10 General Admission, $8 All students with a valid ID
Parking in the Cobb Deck on Paul Green Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Music: TuneRider
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
Music: The LAGOMORPH QUARTET
Caller: EILEEN THORSOS
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
Thursday
November 2
UNC-CH Student Union UNC Chapel Hill Contra Dance Club
All dances are located in the Great Hall of the Student Union:
209 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Lessons are at 6:30, dances are from 7-10pm
$10 General Admission, $8 All students with a valid ID
Parking in the Cobb Deck on Paul Green Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Music: Rushfest with Emily Rush
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
Thursday
November 30
UNC-CH Student Union UNC Chapel Hill Contra Dance Club
All dances are located in the Great Hall of the Student Union:
209 South Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Lessons are at 6:30, dances are from 7-10pm
$10 General Admission, $8 All students with a valid ID
Parking in the Cobb Deck on Paul Green Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Music: Mara, Dean & Jared
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
Friday
April 27 -
April 29
Other - see description Save the Date for Spring Dance Romance: April 27, 28 and 29, 2018

With the hot California band KGB

And it will be in the Triangle!

More details soon!