to everyone who made the
39th annual Knoxville Dance weekend
SPARKLE and SHINE.
The organizers, the volunteers, the musicians, and callers and most of all - the
dancers who came out to play with us. We hope you will join us again
when we have
Welcome to Knoxville Contra Dance, click for tips on technique
and etiquette. Join our Facebook Group: Knoxville
We dance to live music every
Monday night, 8-11 pm, at the Laurel Theater (16th St. and Laurel Ave.
$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!
dancers, click here for videos and tips! Watch the videos at ContraUSA.com.
* The caller will hold an introductory session at ~ 7:30 pm.
Jun-Aug schedule: Printable PDF
For Monday night scheduling and
booking inquiries, contact
Fay Campbell faheetagal @ gmail.com.
All other questions:
KnoxContraWebmaster @ yahoo.com.
With very rare exceptions
we dance every Monday night from 8-11 pm
at the Laurel Theater
at 16th Street and Laurel Avenue [directions].
Beginners are welcome,
(it helps to show up
early), and no partner is required.
All dances will be
taught. "If you can walk, you can contra
Admission for all dances is $7 ($3 for
can burn a lot of energy on the dance floor, so we recommend
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
you wear or bring clean, non-marking, soft-soled or leather shoes for
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
"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!"
Dervishes at the Contra Dance"
August 15, 2010, sermon by
and contra dancer Chris Buice
dance night partners newbies, pros"
an article in the News Sentinel
by Greg "Not Into Dancing" Wood
Val Pendergrast, “Dance ,
Metro Pulse (vol. 6, no. 33), August 15–22, 1996
See our own Miss Vicki
featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel's: Picture
Bob Bennett's Photo
More Dancing Around Knoxville
English Country Dancing at
the Laurel Theater
Scandinavian Couple Dancing at the Laurel Theater
Ridge International Folk Dancers
Knoxville Swing Dance Association
and the Swing Facebook
Greater East Tennessee Dance
KCD Mailing Address - our
new mailing address is:
P.O. Box 32817
We're proud to be an affiliate
Updated Jan 2013
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