Community Contra Dance - June 11

Saturday, June 11
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Free - Registration required
Donations welcome

Contra Dancing is a form of American folk dance in which the dancers form a set of two parallel lines which run the length of the hall. Each dance consists of a sequence of moves that ends with couples having progressed one position up or down the set. As the sequence is repeated, a couple will eventually dance with every other couple in the set. Contra Dancing was all the rage in 1800s America.

Experienced caller, Roberta Kogut, and award-winning fiddler, Bob Kogut, will lead this community Contra Dance. This amazing couple has been preserving the Applachian Contra Dance for decades now, teaching all over North Carolina and Tennessee. Bob Kogut and Kogut Violins are both Blue Ridge Heritage Area Award Winners and featured in the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. 

This event is in partnership with the Hickory Music Factory String Band, led by Liam Bailey. The Band has a repertoire of Appalachian, Scots-Irish, and Scandinavian fiddle tunes. Instrumentation will include, but will not be limited to, fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and acoustic bass. 

Liam Bailey graduated from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Film Scoring and got his start writing for PBS, HBO, and ESPN. After that, he toured with country artists Rodney Atkins and Brett Eldredge and has performed for audiences at The Grand Ol Opry, Radio City Music Hall, and Times Square on New Year's Eve.

Join us at this wonderful family-friendly event with live music and dancing!

**This event is the same day as our Salt Making class from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. if you want to do both!  Register for Salt Making here

Common Questions:

  1. Is Contra Dancing similar to Square Dancing?
    Yes, the only difference is that Square Dancing has 4 couples. Contra can have as many as the room can hold. 

  2. What if I have never danced before? 
    Each dance is taught by the caller before it is danced and then repeated while the dance is happening. This style of dancing has a lot of repeated moves so that it is easy to get the hang of. Beginner and experienced dancers will dance together. 

  3. How should I dress?
    However you like. 

  4. What if I don’t have a partner?
    That’s alright. Dancers are encouraged to dance with many different partners.