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'Contra Dance 101' a workshop for beginners set for March 2

staff report • Feb 25, 2013 at 10:05 AM

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will offer a free three-hour comprehensive workshop for people interested in learning how to contra dance. This event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Saturday, March 2 at the Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St., Jonesborough.

Leading the workshop will be Warren Doyle from Mountain City, Tenn. Doyle has more than 40 years of experience as an educator, contra dancer, dance instructor/caller and dance event organizer.

The workshop is designed to help maintain and improve the overall dancing level in Jonesborough, and in the region, by discussing and demonstrating the:

• Importance of listening, timing and grace (gentle strength) in dancing.

• Barriers common to smooth and joyful movement.

• Challenges of creative, individual movement within the collective structure.

• Reasons people contra dance

The class/workshop will be relaxed but meaningful with a healthy balance of discussion and dancing. Not only are beginners welcome, but also experienced dancers who wish more in-depth training in the art of contra dance.

Participants are encouraged to attend the entire session. However, if that is not possible, it is preferred that people who cannot stay the whole time be there for the beginning orientation at 3 p.m. Late arrivals will have to join in progress.

Adults and children are welcome. No pre-registration is required.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for the evening contra dance with music performed by Good & Plenty from Asheville with the dance being called by Doyle.

A class for beginners starts at 7 p.m., with the dance running from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Admission is $7, and $5 for Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and full-time students $5.

For more information, call event organizer, David Wiley at (423) 534-8879.

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