Old Farmers Ball

These cows are smiling for a reason – Come dance with us!

All event community calendar: Please check menu for specific dance events and locations

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Feb
22
Fri
Contra – Landmark Hall
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall
TBA with TBA Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!
Contra – Landmark Hall
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - Landmark Hall

WINDMILL (Laurie Fisher and Steve Trisman) with DIANE SILVER

Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!

Feb
23
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Feb 23 all-day
Contra - River Falls Lodge

STEAMSHOVEL (Roger Gold, David White) with DAVID WINSTON

Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!

Feb
24
Sun
Roots Contra JAM!
Feb 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roots Contra JAM!

Every 4th Sunday come out to the Harvest House for Asheville’s only traditional New England social dance music jam hosted by contra dance fiddler Laura Lengnick. Share some of your favorite tunes and learn some new ones at this gathering devoted to celebrating the traditional dance music of New England, French Canada, Cape Breton, Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia. Beginners are welcome, but this jam is for musicians that can play up to dance speed. Listeners are welcome to join us!

Feb
25
Mon
Boys of Buncombe with Beth Molaro calling
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Feb
28
Thu
Contra Ceili with Terry Doyle calling
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mar
2
Sat
Contra – River Falls Lodge
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

CROOKED PINE (Craig Bannerman, Troy Harrison, Frank McConnell and Marion Boatwright) with REBECCA VICKERS

Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!

Mar
3
Sun
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: George Schissler, fiddle & concertina; Lisa Smith, flute; Linda Schissler, piano.
Mar 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD Bob Thompson, Leader. Music: George Schissler, fiddle & concertina; Lisa Smith, flute; Linda Schissler, piano.

3:30pm-4:00pm, Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Callers Collective (Occasional 1st Sundays)
Mar 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Callers Collective (Occasional 1st Sundays)

The Callers Collective hosts a gathering for callers on occasional first Sundays of the month from 6-8 pm. Led by caller Beth Molaro, the collective provides opportunities and guidance for experienced and developing dance callers to share resources and practice together. We welcome anyone who would like to learn to call, work on their calling skills, practice new material or just “talk shop” about calling for dances.

Mar
4
Mon
Stollen Gold with Jack Mitchell calling
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Mar
7
Thu
SteamShovel with Dave Winston
Mar 7 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mar
10
Sun
Family Dance
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Family Dance

A community dance especially aimed at families with school-aged children. Circles, mixers, long-ways, squares, singing-and-clapping games, and other set dances, carefully chosen considering the motor skills and social development of children ages 6-12. (Younger kids may need a little more parental support, but will still have fun).

All dances are taught and called; no experience is necessary and all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but adults do NOT need to be accompanied by a child. It’s great fun to dance with children and watch the wonder unfold.

Also, the Family Dance is open band, so if you play contra dance music, come on out. We encourage youngsters who play an instrument to give it a try as well. Energetic, wholesome, high quality, home-made entertainment.

Roots Contra!
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Roots Contra!

Roots is the OFB’s monthly dance celebrating the New England roots of contra dancing. What’s different about Roots? Think small, sweet dance hall, traditional acoustic dance music, and a house band and caller that know how to make contra dance magic by keeping it close to the floor! Laura Lengnick and Karen Gaughan start warming things up a little before 7 pm with a few couples dances and then Diane Silver calls contra dances old and new to the fabulous New England tunes that have inspired generations of dancers. This dance is free of charge.

Mar
11
Mon
Gluten Free (Laurie and Chelsea) with Tom and Myra calling
Mar 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Mar
14
Thu
Dancing Bears with Barbara Groh calling
Mar 14 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Mar
16
Sat
Spruce Pine St Patty’s Contra Dance @ Cross Street Commerce Center
Mar 16 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Band is “Down the Hall”, Roberta Kruger, caller – theme will be all Irish music
Water, sodas and snacks will be available for purchase
(beginner lesson from 6:30 to 7)
All profits go to Mitchell County Schools kid’s needs programs
Wear Green! A variety of restaurants are minutes away in downtown Spruce Pine, if you want to come early.

Contra – River Falls Lodge
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

THE DANCING BEARS (John Culp, Lew Gelfond, Jeff Hersk, Mark Langner) with BARBARA GROH

Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!

Contra – River Falls Lodge
Mar 16 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Contra - River Falls Lodge

TBA with TBA

Instruction period 7:30-8:00, beginners welcome!

Mar
17
Sun
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Gretchen Caverly, fiddle; Paul More, piano.
Mar 17 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
ECD AnneMarie Walter, Leader. Music: Gretchen Caverly, fiddle; Paul More, piano.

3:30pm-4:00pm, Pre-Dance Workshop – Regular dancers assisting Beginners with basic ECD dance figures.

4:00pm-6:30pm, Dance

$7/$6 for OFB Members

All are welcome; no partner necessary; wear comfortable clothes and shoes; bring a snack from time to time to share; fragrance-free dance.

Community Waltz
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Community Waltz

Come dance with friends and work on your waltz moves. Or, come play waltz tunes with the open waltz band. We are refining skills as both waltzers and musicians. All levels are welcome. Enjoy learning from each other in an informal setting. Live music as available; recorded music as needed. Doors open at 6:45 for the band to gather. Led by Suzanne Hosch.