English Country Dance
There are only a few English Country dances left this season.
The grand finale will be the formal evening ball on Saturday May 21st at:
The Masonic Temple
80 Broadway, downtown Asheville
Formal attire is not required, but those choosing to so adorn themselves will be admired by all.
Come out an enjoy the elegance, formal flirtation, and laughter of this wonderful dance genre.
Dances will resume in September
When done right, a contra line is more fun than a carnival ride.
The trick is to be always ‘giving weight.’
Consider one of those dances where you allemand left your neighbor, allemond right
the next in line, allemond left, etc.
If you are leaning out with your left hands
joined, you can launch each other into the
next where you catch right hands and lean
on them. It’s a really sweet sensation, like
Tarzan and Jane swinging through the
And if you give each other a little push,
you’ll naturally add a twirl in the transition.
That same feeling can be had in any of
the contra moves where you’re touching.
Consider chaining the ladies into a lefthand star. If you give weight on the
courtesy turn you can use that momentum to catch on to the star, which then
turns like a spinning playground ride.
One of the most sublime feelings of the
dance is to be propelled out of the last
group of four, into a new neighbor, and you
catch each other in a swing or allemond
with perfect timing and weight.
editor: Dennis Merritt
Sign up now for Splash Dance 2011. This
year promises to be one of the best yet.
The stage will provide a tremendous
opportunity for all aspiring musicians to
play along with some of our best local
The musicians leading the jam bands, include names like:
Roger Gold, Laura Lengnick, Lew
Gelfond, and Nic Coker from bands such as:
Steam Shovel, Land of Sky and Appalachian Storm.
See the Web site for a full list.
For the dancers, the music will carry the excitement generated by these talented musicians
backed by a wall of sound you simply can’t get with a small band.
The calling will be coordinated by:
so the program will contain an excellent mix of
dances, delivered by a variety of experienced and up and coming callers.
All happening in a family friendly, affordable, relaxing, summer camp environment.
why many of the regulars consider this to be the best dance weekend of the year.
Register Online, or by Mail
Playing Contra Music
Laura Lengnick has written a great introduction to the art of playing for a contra dance.
So You Wanna Play Dance Music
Thursday Car Pooling
The price of gas is going up! Ride together
to the Thursday OFB dance from Asheville.
Meet at Earth Fare in the West Asheville
Westgate mall before 7:30 to share a ride.