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We dance to live music every
Monday night, 8-11 pm, at the Laurel Theater (16th St. and
Laurel Ave. [directions])
$7 ($3 for students). If
this is your first time, come a few minutes early and join
our new dancer workshop, where we teach the basics.
Beginners are welcome, no partner
or experience required. It's easy and fun!
New dancers, click
here for videos and tips! Watch the videos at ContraUSA.com.
||$8 / $4
||Owl on a Train
||$7 / $3
Erath & Donna Calhoun*
||$7 / $3
||$7 / $3
||$7 / $3
* The caller will
hold an introductory session at ~ 7:30 pm.
For Monday night
scheduling and booking inquiries, contact
Fay Campbell faheetagal @ icloud.com.
All other questions: kcdwebmaster
With very rare
dance every Monday night from 8-11 pm
at the Laurel Theater at 16th Street and Laurel Avenue [directions].
(it helps to show up early), and no partner is
All dances will be taught. "If you can walk, you
can contra dance."
Admission for all dances is $7 ($3 for
You can burn a lot of energy on the dance floor, so we
wear loose fitting comfortable clothing with layers
that you can remove.
To save your self some time in the water line, bring a
couple of bottles of water with you.
We dance in the historic Laurel Theater, to preserve our
dance floor, we request that
you wear or bring clean, non-marking, soft-soled or
leather shoes for dancing.
Check out the New KCD
Brochure (tri-fold version here)
In the event that the KCD board decides that road
conditions are too hazardous to hold a dance, there will
be a notice posted on this page and our facebook
page . We will post this information no later than
4pm the day of the dance.
What is Contra Dancing? Contra dancing is a uniquely American
community event that has its roots in traditional European
and American country dancing. Each dance consists of a
series of figures that are done using a smooth, easy walking
step to the rhythm of the music. The caller teaches
each dance by walking the dancers through the moves before
the music begins. He/she continues to remind the
dancers what figure is coming next until everyone has picked
up the flow of the dance. The dance music is provided
by a live band made up of acoustic
musicians, many of whom are also dancers.
According to noted
caller Diane Silver
"You take the long lines from English country dances, as
seen in Pride and Prejudice,
put in the moves you learned in junior high school
about square dancing,
set it to the driving beat of River Dance, and drop
all this right in the middle of Woodstock!"
at the Contra Dance"
August 15, 2010, sermon by Unitarian minister
and contra dancer Chris Buice
night partners newbies, pros"
an article in the News Sentinel July 2009
by Greg "Not Into Dancing" Wood
by Val Pendergrast, “Dance
, Dance, Dance”,
Metro Pulse (vol. 6, no. 33), August 15–22, 1996
See our own Miss Vicki
featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel's: Picture
Also see Bob
More Dancing Around Knoxville
Country Dancing at the Laurel
Scandinavian Couple Dancing at
Ridge International Folk Dancers
Swing Dance Association
and the Swing Facebook
East Tennessee Dance
KCD BYLAWS adopted Monday April 21
Knoxville Contra Dance
P.O. Box 32241
Maryville, TN 37930
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August 2014 ... Send comments
or corrections to kcdwebmaster @ gmail.com