In the Appalachian tradition, dancing is a social event for people of all ages. Join us for contra, square and circle dances taught by experienced callers. Live bands play energetic traditional tunes. A fun-filled aerobic activity for people of all ages. Family friendly. Newcomers welcome. No experience or partner needed.
About the September Dance
Please join us for our first community dance of the season, Friday, September 9, 7:00-10:00 pm at St. Timothy's-in-the-Valley Episcopal Church, 3434 Teays Valley Rd., Hurricane. Beginners' lesson at 6:45 pm.
Traditional contra, square and circle dances. No partner or experience required. Please wear soft-soled shoes. We request that all dancers be fully vaccinated. Masks optional.
Suggested donation--$10. Under age 13 free
Our band is The Wild Ones --Paul Epstein (fiddle), Rita Ray (keyboards) and Paula Bickham (accordion and percussion). Our caller Mike Miller has been calling square and contra dances around the U.S., Canada and beyond for the past 35 years.
Please tell your friends. If we have a good turnout, we'll plan another in October or November.
Directions to St Timothy's on the church's website
Soft-soled shoes please
What is contra dancing?
A short introduction to contra dancing showing a sample of two dances and interviews with a few of the dancers. No experience or partner is necessary to join in this fun filled aerobic activity that is enjoyed by people of all ages. And we welcome newcomers. Because you typically interact with most of the people in the room during the dances you truly becomes part of a community. To quote one dancer, "You will mess up and no one will care! Welcome to contra dancing."
Contra dance documentary
By Grace duVal Johnston - Documentary video created for a documentary studies class.
Why we contra dance
Chattahoochee Country Dancers (CCD) tell Why We Contra Dance. Short clips featuring several CCD contra dancers and couples. CCD is located in Clarkston, Georgia.
PO Box 1684
Charleston, WV 25326
2022- 2023 Dance Coordinator
FOOTMAD appreciates Fund for the Arts major donors (10,000+) who keep culture strong in the Kanawha Valley: City of Charleston, Cecil I Walker Charitable Trust, Daywood Foundation, Spilman Thomas Battle, PLLC.