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
February 24
Reality Center Two of the most experienced traditional musicians in the Triangle, and one of the newest, will provide a fresh, lively sound to get our feet moving. Fiddler Mara Shea is a virtuoso of Celtic music who has lent her talents to a slew of the best traditional music groups in the country. Dean Herington is an amazingly versatile local musician who plays piano, clarinet, and sax, and is a founding member of Footloose. Jared made his TCD debut earlier this year, and his percussion work will keep feet flying across the floor. George Segebade will provide the teaching and calling to make this dance a success.
Music: Mara Shea, Dean Herington, and Jared Kirkpatrick (Mara Shea (link), fiddle, Dean Herington (link), keyboard, and Jared Kirkpatrick, percussion
Caller: George Segebade
Saturday
March 4
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Monday
March 6
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
March 10
Carrboro Century Center Coracree is one of the most heralded contra dance bands around. The band melds a transatlantic mix of traditional Celtic, Old-time, European, and original music with a playful, improvisational style. Coracree features the lively fiddling of Jane Rothfield, the driving swing of Bill Quern on tenor banjo, mandolin and melodeon, Sarah Gowan’s inventive guitar stylings, and the melodic and rhythmic stand-up bass playing of Allan Carr. Emily Rush’s lively and upbeat calling will ensure this is a fun evening!
Music: Coracree (Jane Rothfield, fiddle; Bill Quern, tenor banjo, mandolin & melodeon; Sarah Gowan, guitar; Allan Carr, stand-up bass), link
Caller: Emily Rush
Friday
March 17
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Music: The Donnybrook Lads
Saturday
March 18
Binkley Baptist Church Community contra dances for kids, teens and grownups of all ages! Community dance page: link
5:30-6:30 Potluck supper for all - Please bring a generous dish to share. Drinks, plates, and utensils provided.
6:30-9:00 Dance, dance, dance!
Break for door prizes, a story or song, and some jokes. We'll have fun and easy circle and line dances earlier, simple contras and squares later. All dances are taught. No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. The cost is $5/person or $15/family.
Our community dances are run by volunteers. Please contact Ruth at 919-967-9917, or e-mail communitydance@tcdancers.org, if you can help out.
Friday
March 24
Reality Center In the band WheelHouse, Jim Harrington of the band Rhythm Road releases the energy of his accordion, while Rya Martin of Ricochet on keyboard and Kathy Boyer on clarinet round out the band. Look to have a rollicking good time with this group. Caller Warren Doyle is a widely respected expert on traditional dance and music.
Music: WheelHouse (Rya Martin, keyboard; Kathy Boyer, clarinet, flute, and pipes; Jim Harrington, accordion), from Virginia
Caller: Warren Doyle, link
Friday
March 31
Reality Center 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. Dancers all over the country will testify that when Beth Molaro calls, the dance is always a party! Her enthusiasm is contagious and she makes any dance more energetic and exciting.
Music: Jackson, Davis, Head (Kenny Jackson, fiddle; LaNelle Davis, bass and vocals; and Bobb Head, guitar, banjo)
Caller: Beth Molaro from Asheville!, link
Saturday
April 1
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Friday
April 14
Carrboro Century Center Tempest blends traditional tunes with inventive, progressive grooves and harmonies that draw from jazz, world music, and pop/R&B. Tempest's core band is Tim Ball on fiddle, Chuck Abell on guitar, and veteran sideman Harry Aceto (Clayfoot Strutters, Wild Asparagus, and many others) on bass. The caller, Pacific Northwest-based Rich Goss, says, “My goal is to call fun accessible dances with clear concise teaching, always with a good-natured, easy-going style.”
Music: We've got the lineup for Tempest as Tim Ball, fiddle; Chuck Abell, guitar; Harry Aceto, bass. link
Caller: Rich Goss is from Portland, Oregon, link
Monday
April 17
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
April 21
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Friday
April 21 -
April 23
Other - see description Spring Dance Romance (SDR), TCD's annual dance weekend, link
Save the Dates! April 21-23
At Camp Millstone, Ellerbe, NC.
We are very excited to have Pete's Posse (Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon, Tristan Henderson) at SDR. This trio really know how to get folks dancing with their amazing sounds and rhythms! And we are lucky to have Boom Chuck (Laurie Fisher, Nick Coker, TJ Crow) providing very tight, high-energy fiddle, guitar, and hot keyboards. Calling will be the incredible Adina Gordon from Burlington Vt, along with the energetic Rick Mohr.
Music: Pete's Posse and Boom Chuck
Caller: Rick Mohr and Adina Gordon
Friday
April 28
Reality Center The Dead Sea Squirrels is a versatile band that plays the traditional music of the American South, both instrumental and vocal, a rich stew of archaic British transplanted ballads; haunting modal tunes and songs, African-rooted rhythms and blues; Cajun waltzes two-steps; Celtic-influenced guitar nuances; and old-time fiddle and banjo tunes – driving and stately, bouncy, quirky and often eerily beautiful. Experienced caller Clinton Ross has a wide variety of dances in his repertoire.
Music: Band is the Dead Sea Squirrels (Cathy Mason on fiddle, Henry Yoshimura on guitar, and Craig Edwards on fiddle, banjo, button accordion, guitar, and mandolin), on tour from Melrose, Mass. link
Caller: Clinton Ross
Saturday
May 6
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Friday
May 12
Carrboro Century Center
Friday
May 19
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Monday
May 22
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.
Thursday
May 25
Reality Center Save the Date: Swallowtail!
Friday
May 26
Reality Center
Saturday
June 3
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Monday
June 5
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
June 9
Carrboro Century Center
Friday
June 16
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Friday
June 23
Reality Center
Friday
June 30
Reality Center
Saturday
July 1
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Thursday
July 13
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
July 14
Carrboro Century Center Save the Date: ContraForce!
Friday
July 21
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Friday
July 28
Reality Center
Thursday
August 3
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.
Saturday
August 5
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Friday
August 11
Carrboro Century Center
Friday
August 18
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Friday
August 25
Reality Center
Saturday
September 2
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Friday
September 8
Carrboro Century Center
Friday
September 15
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
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
Friday
September 29
Reality Center
Saturday
September 30
Carrboro Century Center Save the Date: Wild Asparagus!
Saturday
October 7
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Friday
October 13
Carrboro Century Center
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
Friday
October 27
Reality Center
Saturday
November 4
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Friday
November 10
Carrboro Century Center
Friday
November 17
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Friday
November 24
Reality Center
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 Save the Date: ContraForce!
Sunday
December 31
Carrboro Century Center New Year’s Eve at Carrboro Century Center: Ring in 2018 with ContraForce!