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Dance Society to hold contra/family dance

Staff Report • Jul 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will hold a contra and family dance on Saturday, July 20, at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.

Admission to the dance is $7, $5 for HJDS members and $5 for full time students. All dances are smoke and alcohol free. No partner is necessary. Families and children are welcome.

The evening will begin with a family dance from 5:30-6:45 p.m. The family dance is truly a family event where parents or grandparents and children ages four and up learn traditional dances. The dance will consist of easy steps for participants of all ages taught by Christi Bothwell. 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.

Admission to the family dance is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Family package costs $15 for parents and all their children. If the participants wish to stay for the regular dance, their Family Dance admission can be applied to the regular admission costs.

Performing for the contra dance will be Stoll ’N Gold, which consists of Roger Gold on guitar, percussion, Pam Stoll on fiddle, recorder and Fred Stoll on fiddle, mandolin and banjo. For the contra dance, caller Cary Ravitz will conduct a class for beginners at 7 p.m., where newcomers and experienced dancers alike will learn the basic steps, formations and flow of contra dance. The contra dance will run from 7:30-10:30 p.m.

Pam Stoll has fiddled for dances since 1992. She has played with Stringdancer, Brittany Bay, Pigtown Alley, KudZoo and Queen City Consort while living in Cincinnati.

Fred Stoll has been playing for contra and square dances for 30 years in Florida, Virginia and Ohio. His playing draws on a variety of traditional fiddle styles, and well as jazz-inspired improvisation, and he enjoys developing intricate two-fiddle harmonies with Pam. He has won the Florida state rustic-style fiddle championship.

For more information, contact event organizer, David Wiley, at 534-8879 or visit www.historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org and Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on Facebook.

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