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Dance into the Christmas spirit! Historic Jonesborough Dance Society presents Christmas contra

Contributed • Dec 13, 2018 at 12:00 AM

At a Glance: 

• Who: Baba Yaga’s Sstew (music), Charley Harvey 

• What: Contra dance and waltz 

• Where: Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St. 

• When: Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. 

• How much: $7 general admission, $5 for students 

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society and the Jolly Ol’ Elf will hold a dance extravaganza on Saturday  at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone Street. Live music for the waltz and contra dance will be provided by “Baba Yaga’s Stew” with Charley Harvey calling the contra dance. A class for newcomer contra dances will run from 7-7:30 p.m. The dance will go from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Dancers are invited to bring their favorite holiday desserts for the 9 p.m. intermission. This event will cap a 13-year run of contra dances in Jonesborough. 

Dancers are invited to waltz from 6-7 p.m.

“We do country dance waltz compared to ballroom style waltz” offers David Wiley, event organizer. “When people say ‘I can't waltz,’ they're probably thinking back to their ballroom dancing days. But a ballroom waltz is quite a different animal from a country dance waltz.” 

Baba Yaga's Stew has tunes boiling and bubbling from all over the world. Like many Midwest contra bands, Baba Yaga’s Stew was created when Lucia Thomas and Dianna Davis were introduced at the Sugar Hill contra weekend in 2014 in Bloomington, Indiana. It was musical love at first note, and even though they lived in two different cites, they immediately made plans to play music together soon. A year later, the idea for the contra band Baba Yaga’s Stew was born. 

The contra dance will include several historic dances that have a Christmas theme including “Holiday Jig” by Ted Sanella, “Christmas Eve Quadrille” by Tom Hinds and “Christmas Hornpipe” by Ralph Page. Baba Yaga’s Stew also has adapted several Christmas Carols for contra dance.

For more information on Saturday’s dance or any upcoming events, please call David Wiley at 534-8879 or visit historicjonesboroughdancesociety.org. or Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on Facebook.

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