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
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
Free admission with an $8 suggested donation. We take cash, card and venmo.
Parking in the Cobb Deck on Paul Green Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Music: Mara, Dean & Jared
Caller: Valerie Helbert
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.
Music: The Elftones with David DiGiuseppe
Caller: Linda Cooper
Saturday
December 2
Carrboro Century Center First Saturday dance sponsored by FootLoose/Contrazz - $10
Sunday
December 3
Carrboro Century Center Waltz Sunday
Dec 3, 4-6pm
Carrboro Century Center
Beginner lesson at 3:30

Open to all who love to waltz. All skill levels welcome. No partner needed.

Live music with Ted Ehrhard, David DiGiuseppe and Dean Herington..

No admission fee, though $10 donations is requested.
Music: Ted Ehrhard, David DiGiuseppe and Dean Herington
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 With roots in Celtic and Appalachian music, The Contrarians have inspired dancers with genre-bending grooves featuring sax, fiddle, mandolin, electric and acoustic guitar, stick bass, foot percussion and more. Calling will be Dean Snipes, a North Carolina contra icon who has written dances that are called far and wide. We hope Dean will call one of his own dances!
Music: Contrarians (Paul Epstein, fiddle; Will Carter, bass; Andy Park, guitar; John Longwell, mandolin, tenor banjo, fiddle), link
Caller: Dean Snipes from Charlotte
Saturday
December 9
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.
Music: TBA
Caller: TBA
Friday
December 15
Carrboro Century Center Third Friday dance sponsored by Carolina Song & Dance Association (Buz Lloyd) - $10
Friday
December 22
Reality Center For the “Lads,” Buz Lloyd on fiddle and Alison Arnold on flute and whistles provide melody and counterpoint driven by the dynamic guitar and cittern of Jeff Engel and the driving bodhran and jaw harp of Colin Cannell. Dancers will feel like Whoopin' It Up! (link) when TCD founding-member Linda Cooper calls dances that are fun for all.
Music: Donnybrook Lads (Allison Arnold, flute and whistle; Colin Cannell, drum and jaw harp; Jeff Engel, guitar and bouzouki; and Buz Lloyd, fiddle)
Caller: Linda Cooper
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 -
January 1
Other - see description New Year’s Eve at the Beach—20th Annual Bogue Banks Boogie
Come celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Trinity Center located at Pine Knoll Shores, NC. Dance, Room on the 31st, Dinner New Year’s Eve, Breakfast and Lunch on January 1. The Band will be David DiGiuseppe on accordion, Roger Gold on guitar, and Ted Ehrhard on Fiddle. Jesse Edgerton from Asheville will be calling.
Flyer
For more information and registration contact Steve Benezra, steveb919@earthlink.net
Music: David DiGiuseppe, Roger Gold, Ted Ehrhard
Caller: Jesse Edgerton
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 Seattle band KGB

And it will be in the Triangle!

More details soon!