Contra 101

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Article Published: Apr. 18, 2013 | Modified: Apr. 21, 2013
Contra 101

The Boone Country Dancers are hosting a free, in-depth workshop, ‘Contra 101,’ which is designed for contra dance beginners and other dancers who wish to fine-tune their skills.

Photo by Caroline Ghetes

The Boone Country Dancers are known for, well, dancing.

Now, they can add teaching to their résumé.

A free, in-depth workshop, called “Contra 101,” is designed for contra dance beginners and other dancers who wish to fine-tune their skills.

The Boone Country Dancers will offer this three-hour workshop from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis. Adults, teens and children are welcome, and no pre-registration is required.

The workshop will be led by Warren Doyle, of Mountain City, Tenn., who boasts more than 40 years’ experience as an educator, dance instructor, caller and dance event organizer.

According to the Boone Country Dancers’ website, “The workshop’s purpose is to help maintain and improve the overall dancing level in Boone and in the region.”

The group plans to do this by discussing and demonstrating the “importance of listening, timing and grace (gentle strength) in dancing, barriers common to smooth and joyful movement, challenges of creative, individual movement within the collective structure and reasons why people contra dance.”

According to Boone Country Dancers’ Marilyn Derr, “The workshop will be relaxed but meaningful with healthy balance of discussion and dancing. Not only are beginners welcome, but also experienced dancers who wish more in depth training in the art of contra dance.”

Another word of advice? Wear shoes with minimal tread.

Participants are encouraged to attend the entire season, Derr said. However, if that is not possible, it is preferred that people who cannot stay the whole time be there for the beginning orientation at 3 p.m. Late arrivals will have to join on progress.

Attendees are encouraged to stay for the evening contra dance at 8 p.m., with music from Asheville-based Boom Chuck and calling by Warren Doyle. A class for beginners starts at 7:30 p.m.

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