The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society holds two dance events each month at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor Center. Contra Dances are usually held on the first and third Saturdays each month and attract dance fans from the region as well as visitors. The Jonesborough Visitor Center has a cushioned wood floor and is a wonderful dance venue.
Contra Dancing is considered a form of American folk dance that evolved from old English country dancing. Dances usually are performed off of two parallel lines which run the length of the wall. You can come with or without a partner because you will dance with a variety of partners throughout the evening. The live music is a great attraction with bands playing traditional jigs, reels, and horn pipes from the Scots-Irish tradition with fiddlers often being the lead instrument.
Contra Dancing is great for the entire family and children are encouraged to participate. This is another activity in Jonesborough where visitors and locals can join together in a family-like atmosphere and have a great time with great music and friendly people. Everyone is welcome – there is always a variety of levels of experience and skill and no one should feel out-of-place.
The Contra Dances are usually held at the Historic Jonesborough Visitor Center. The Visitor Center is located on Boone Street, a main entrance into the historic downtown, between the US-11E four-lane and Main Street.
The dances are normally held the first and third Saturdays of each month. The dance is held from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m., however, a beginner’s workshop is held at 7:00 p.m. before every dance to teach newcomers the basic steps.
Each dance event is $7 for adults and $4 for students. Advance ticket purchases are not necessary for regular dances.