Presenting the acclaimed old-time, Southern Appalachian string band The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers!
Welcome in the Spring with a square dance benefit & silent auction with proceeds going to preserve the Piedmont and stop fracking from coming to North Carolina.
lesson at 7:30 p.m. dance at 8:00 on Saturday April 27th with a silent auction.
Location: The Paperhand Puppet Intervention Studio
6079 Swepsonville Saxapahaw Rd. in Saxapahaw, NC
Entrance: $10-20 donation $5 for kids under 16
Square Dance FAQ:
Is square dancing hard?
A: Most beginners feel that old-time square dancing is pretty easy. All you need to do is learn a few simple moves like “do-si-do” and “swing yo’ partner”. You can jump in and learn while dancing, or come early for the 7:30 intro to learn all you need to know. No fancy footwork is required and the caller tells you everything to do.
A: It’s a friendly scene – if you come all by yourself you’ll meet new people who like to dance and have fun.
A: Well now that you made it through puberty try it again, my friend. No puffy costumes required here, but for the full desired effect you must be willing to get hog wild.
A: Wear something comfortable that expresses your personality. To say we’re an informal bunch is an understatement. Just make sure your private parts are covered and you are wearing some sort of shoes.
A: You ought to wear soft-soled shoes. Shoes with smooth, thick leather soles or are preferred. Some tennis shoes or dress shoes with rubber soles could be okay if they have smoother, non-sticky soles. Please avoid wearing boots, tap dancing shoes, soccer cleats, ice-skates, or any other kind of footwear that will scuff the floor. Sandals usually don’t work too well. Bare feet present a high risk of pain and disfigurement, which may or may not be to your liking.
A: The two styles of dance are pretty similar and there is a lot of overlap in the crowds that attend each. There are a few differences, however:
Square dance callers tend to focus on traditional southern dances that can often be traced back through the centuries. Most contras are modern dances composed within the last 15 years that have been optimized to keep dancers walking through figures continuously, up and down a big line.
In old-time square dancing it is common for the caller to improvise calls on the fly, allowing for a dynamic interaction between the caller and the dancers. Contra dances are highly repetitive, which some people like because they can trance out as they move and up down the line. Old-time squares also have more “space” in the figures for dancers to express themselves with freestyle footwork.
At a typical square dance there will be more variety in dances, often including squares, half-sets, round dances, reels, waltzes, two-steps, and other regional dances that defy categorization. Most contra dances focus on long-line dances with occasional waltzes.
Old-time square dances feature string bands playing straight-up, hard-driving, old school banjo and fiddle music. Contra dances have more variety in the types of bands that play, but tend towards a more modern mix of Celtic, New England, and Old Time music, and often have keyboards and percussion in addition to fiddles