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The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society was chartered in the Fall of 2005 as a non-profit, educational organization to promote a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing, its music, its history and related folklore. HJDS is a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. We are an all-volunteer organization based in Jonesborough, the oldest town in Tennessee.

We will hold community dances on the first and third Saturdays every month in the auditorium of the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. Our dances are open to the public and feature live music in a smoke and alcohol free environment. No experience is necessary. Each dance is taught by the caller for the evening. You do not have to bring a partner. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended. Snacks and beverages are for sale in the visitors center. For more information about Jonesborough, please visit their website that can be found in our links section.


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Next Event: Feb 6, 2016

Jonesborough Contra Dance! Shake those winter blues on the dance floor!

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra dance on Saturday February 6, 201 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street at 7:30 PM. Dot-Dot-Dash will play the tunes while Phoebe Williams will do the calling. Admission is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. A special family package for members is now offered for a total of $15. Parents and all of their own children under age 18 can gain admission for one price. All dances are taught. The event is smoke, alcohol and fragrance free.

Dot-Dot-Dash has been playing contra dances in the Southern Appalachian region for over 12 years. From a whisper to a growl, they play a variety of traditional dance music as have a large and growing repertoire of original tunes. Band members include Bill Anderson on fiddle (Boone, NC), Matt Livingston on mandolin (Roanoke, VA), and Patrick Turner on bass (Blacksburg, VA). Special guest pianist, Kerry Morgiewicz will be joining Dot Dot Dash on keyboards for this event.

Phoebe Williams hails from Blacksburg, Virginia where she is a big part of the traditional dance community. Phoebe was born into a contra dance family. She started calling about five years ago and now
teaches swing, waltz, Irish set, Irish step, Scottish country dance.

As a caller, Phoebe focuses on the community aspect of dance, the overall pattern of the dance and making beginners feel welcome.

After the dance gets going, Phoebe has a knack for teaching style points as a refinement.

Posted by: David Wiley on January 22, 2016