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?
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.
I’m so shy, what happens if I come to the dance all by my lonesome?
A: It’s a friendly scene – if you come all by yourself you’ll meet new people who like to dance and have fun.
Square dancing? Ha ha! Isn’t that the hokey cheeze we done in grade school PE?
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.
What kind of clothes should I wear?
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.
What kind of shoes should I wear?
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.
What’s the difference between contra dancing and old-time square dancing?
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,
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
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.
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.
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