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Dancing Bears to play Jonesborough contra

Staff Report • Aug 16, 2013 at 3:46 PM

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a community contra dance on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Coming to Jonesborough to perform for the dance will be the Dancing Bears from Asheville. Calling for the dance will be the popular Barbara Groh from Asheville.The evening will begin with a family dance from 5:30-6:45 p.m. The family dance is a family event where parents or grandparents and children ages 4 and up learn traditional dances. The dance will consist of easy steps for participants of all ages. The goal is to teach the fundamentals of dancing with a focus on having fun and placing less of an emphasis on dance techniques. Types of dances include circles, long-ways sets, squares and odd number sets. All dances will be taught and called with high-energy live music from students in the ETSU Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program. Class for beginning contra dancers will happen at 7. The dance will run from 7:30-10:30 with a waltz and Klondike Bar break at 9.The Dancing Bears consists of Lew Gelfond on fiddle, Mark Langner on guitar, John Culp mandolin and banjo. Groh has been calling contra dances all over the Southeast since 1989. She has called such festivals as the Charleston Bug Stomp, Gotta Dance, the Summer Soiree, the Black Mountain Music Festival, Moon Dance and the Gypsy Meltdown. Her smooth style, clear teaching and collection of interesting dances will help you achieve Contra Nirvana.She has been immersed in the traditional music and dance scene for three decades. She became an avid square dancer at age 13. In college she fell in love with contra dancing and learned to play old-time banjo. As a caller, her patience and ability to give precise dance instructions stem in part from her 15 years as a classroom teacher and private tutor. She currently works with children of all ages who have dyslexia.Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance, join the potluck dinner or just to listen. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. As always, dances are smoke and alcohol free. Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full-time students. Families with their own children are all admitted for $15. For more information call event organizer David Wiley at 534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on Facebook.

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