Contra Dance – Friday, July 19th. Join us for a contra dance and watermelon at 3906 Peachtree Drive. Our lively music will be provided by the River Ghost Revue. River Ghost Review specializes in rural American folk music. Our unique sound comes from a blending of elements from bluegrass, country & western, and singer-songwriter Americana. We strive to create music that would work as well in Washington Square as it would on a front porch in the Ozarks. We like songs that ramble. Songs that shuffle. And songs that fight back. We’re not a throwback group, but rather a tip of the hat to the music that’s come before us. As always, we’ve got four new tires and a tank of gas, so grab your banjo and come along…with Robert Watson (on guitar, mandolin, and vocals), Joel Watson (on mandolin, bass, guitar, and vocals), and Andy Smith (on fiddle, dobro, and banjo). Note: Photos below by Kevin Dingman.
Our caller will be Jim Thaxter. Jim developed an interest in traditional dancing about the same time he was discovering the banjo. One thing led to another and he was a regular on the dance floor at the old-time contra dances about 40 years ago. Calling started about 10 years later. Numerous calling workshops at dance camps and dance weekends helped hone his skills. Calling for beginners groups made him more aware of the needs of the dancers for clear instruction. Calling is a great way to bridge the gap between listeners’ tapping toes and the lively rhythms from live musicians.
Beginners are encouraged to come to an introductory lesson at 7:00 p.m. Everything is explained. You do NOT need to know how to dance before you come. You also do NOT have to bring a partner.
Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia, 3906 Peachtree Drive. Admission is $8 for the public, $5 for students and ages 16-25, with free admittance for children 15 and under.
No dance experience is needed and folks of all ages are welcome! No partner is necessary, as dancers switch partners for most dances. Every dance is taught and called throughout the evening to live music. Dancers should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and soft-soled or leather-soled shoes to preserve the floor—no spike heels or cowboy boots. (Please carry-in appropriate dance shoes as needed.)