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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When Where What
Friday
June 23
Reality Center David DiGiuseppe and George Paul are two of the best musicians around. David is a nationally recognized accordionist known for his fiery and emotive playing, and George has thrilled TCD dancers many times with his dynamic keyboard music.
Nick Boulet has been calling since the late 1990s, and is known for quick walk-throughs and lively energetic dances.
Music: David DiGiuseppe and George Paul
Caller: Nick Boulet
Saturday
June 24
Other - see description Halle Center, 237 N Salem St, Apex, NC; Family dance, with Connie Carringer calling, with top local musicians. At this family dance there will be a variety of fun, easy dances for an inter-generational community. 7-9 pm. $2 individual, $5 family. link
Friday
June 30
Reality Center Turnip the Beet is a dance band duo from Nashville, Tennessee. Expect to hear an organic mix of eclectic tunes from the American South, Ireland, Cape Breton, Quebec, and Scandinavia, as well as a half-bushel of grooving, homegrown originals.
Way back when, Barbara Groh was caller coordinator for TCD, and she learned to call while filling in when there was no one available to call a dance. She became very passionate about calling dances and sharing the joy of contra dancing in venues all over the East Coast.
Music: Turnip the Beet
Caller: Barbara Groh
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 ContraForce is one of the most dynamic and creative contra dance bands anywhere. They started with traditional and Celtic music, added healthy dose of rock, psychedelic, electronic, Middle Eastern, and surf to the mix, and have continued to grow and expand their music every since.
Music: ContraForce (Andrae Raffield, fiddle and more; Jimi Periano, guitar; Joey Dorwart, percussion, tabla, and saxophone); link
Caller: Stephanie Marie Von Cannon, from Charlotte
Saturday
July 15
Other - see description Waltzing with ContraForce -- 7:30-11 pm, Northside Elementary School, 350 Caldwell Street, Chapel Hill (about 5 minutes by car from Century Center). ContraForce is a great waltz band. Their Star Waltz last year was a delight, and this year’s promises to be just as much fun. $12 general admission, $8 student/discretionary.
Music: ContraForce (Andrae Raffield, fiddle and more; Jimi Periano, guitar; Joey Dorwart, percussion, tabla, and saxophone); link
Friday
July 21
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Music: The Donnybrook Lads
Caller: TBA
Friday
July 28
Reality Center TuneRider features two highly talented, young North Carolina musicians who have rocked the hall whenever they’ve played for TCD. Joy Greenwolfe will move things along with her bright and lively calling.
Music: TuneRider (Austin Murry, guitar, and Gretchen Caverly, fiddle)
Caller: Joy Greenwolfe
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 Pam Stoll has fiddled for dances since 1992 and has played with an array of top bands. Fred Stoll draws on a variety of traditional fiddle styles, as well as jazz-inspired improvisation, and he enjoys developing intricate two-fiddle harmonies with Pam. Roger has long been a Triangle music favorite, especially with The Elftones and SteamShovel. Jack is known for his fast walk-throughs, clear calling, and his ability to match dances to the ability of the crowd.
Music: Stoll ‘N Gold (Fred Stoll, fiddle, mandolin and banjo; Pam Stoll, fiddle and recorder; Roger Gold, guitar and foot percussion)
Caller: Jack Mitchell, link
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 Music: Wild Asparagus (Becky Tracy, fiddle; Anne Percival, piano, guitar, and vocals; David Cantieni, flutes, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard; Harry Aceto, bass; George Marshall, concertina), link
Caller: George Marshall
Saturday
September 30
Carrboro Century Center Special Saturday dance with Wild Asparagus!
Music: Wild Asparagus (Becky Tracy, fiddle; Anne Percival, piano, guitar, and vocals; David Cantieni, flutes, tin-whistle, oboe, saxophone and bombard; Harry Aceto, bass; George Marshall, concertina), link
Caller: George Marshall
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!