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: Contra Dance July 2, 2016

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a picnic, dance, sky watch and midnight movie at Serenity Knoll, 542 Bacon Branch Road in Jonesborough, TN on Saturday July 2, 2016.

The event will begin with a potluck dinner starting at 5pm. Then a contra dance will ensue from 7:30-10:30pm with touring band, ANADAMA (From Boston) bringing the tunes with Vicki Herndon calling. Admission $7 for all comers.

Bring food, swimsuit (in case we have waterslide or pool) binoculars, telescope and mosquito repellent.

After the dance, we will have couples dancing to recorded music that will include swing, hip-hop and other partner dances.

Of course, there will be fireworks not only on the dance floor but throughout the valley below.

When things calm down at midnight, Stargazer columnist, Mark Marquette will lead us in a special "Contra Cosmic Connection," The evening of dance will be enhanced with the naked eye stargazing of constellations and telescopic views of Venus Jupiter and the gibbous Moon.

And when the lights go out in the dance hall there will be a chance for some serious stargazing of galaxies and nebulae through telescopes provided by Bristol and Bays Mountain amateur astronomers led by local sky popularizer Marquette. Bring your own telescope and the experts will show you how to properly use it.

At midnight, we'll show the movie DIRTY DANCING on the big screen with hot popcorn for all.

Free camping is available.

Posted by: David Wiley on June 23, 2016