First, we are sad to have lost our good contra dancing friend, supporter and sound man, Michael Campbell. Look for information about a soon coming memorial dance to celebrate his life with us. Meanwhile, you may want to attend visitation and services Friday and Saturday and donate in his memory.
Michael Campbell Obituary
FEET RETREAT 2019 was fantastic! You should make plans to attend next year’s weekend retreat. Especially if the words, “Wild Asparagus” and “Contraforce” excite you!
Please take a few moments to read the
FEET RETREAT 2019 EVALUATION AND FUNDRAISING APPEAL
or download it:
FEET RETREAT EVALUATION AND FUND RAISER
Photos of the wonderful times we had will be posted soon.
To look ahead to future dance dates, click on “Local Dances” in the top menu or see future dance dates here.
Contra Dance – What to Expect
All the dances are so much fun with people of all ages dancing including quite a few new people each time, whom you’ll enjoy meeting. Every dance has a different mix of people, caller and band and is unique – don’t miss any!
Here is a video of the fun we have!
Contra Dance Fun at Salem College
Getting Started in Contra Dancing
Its easy to get started if you’ve never done any kind of dancing before! We have a FREE beginner’s lesson (more of an orientation) 30 minutes before the dance every time. We say: “If you can walk, you can dance.” So, you can do this!
Each individual dance is taught, then called (to keep everyone on track) while the band plays lively music and you walk patterns at a vigorous pace with partners, neighbors and other dancers. You’ll interact with them by way of many hand holding as well as non-touching ways. Its the easiest type of dancing there is and most fun and accessible because there is no fancy footwork and no leading required! Once you come a few times you’ll learn the terms and begin to feel like you’re getting it, then the hardest part is remembering your left from your right. : )
Remember: “Everyone makes mistakes, but nobody cares!”
No partner necessary!
This is a community dance in which it is traditional to switch partners after each 8-9 minute dance. If you’re new, dance with experienced dancers who will help you through the moves and you’ll learn quickly. Anyone can ask anyone to dance – its an equal opportunity activity.
Please bring clean, soft soled, non-marring, shoes without spiked heels (heels should be 3/4″ width minimum) to preserve the fine floors we’re privileged to dance on and to make dancing comfortable and more fun for you.
Is received at the door with most people paying CASH, but CHECKS are also accepted.
Admission Rates if you are not a member:
Student Admission: (23 and under) at all venues $6
Children 12 and under – FREE at all weekly dances
Greensboro Saturday and
Salem College Sunday 3 hour dances: $10
Clemmons Tuesday 2 1/2 hour dances: $9
(Salem students and faculty $3 at the Sunday dance!)
Admission Rates for Members (those dancers who are current on their dues) at all venues:
Student – $5
Regular – $8
Become a Member any time and begin saving on the spot!
Memberships are prorated so you may join any time at a discount if you have not already.
$24 regular or $12 full time student 23 and under.
Many have already renewed, helping our dances to continue and we thank you!
New and renewed memberships carry you through May 31, 2020
Saves you $1 – $2 per dance!
Supports some of our normal annual expenses.
Allows you to take leadership positions.
Allows you to vote in annual elections.
Mail your dues check made out to “Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers” to the treasurer:
205 Retnuh Dr.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
Alternatively, you can bring a check or cash to the next dance.
It is Fund Raising season for us again so please consider making a donation by mailing or bringing a check, donating cash in person or using the donate link below through PayPal.
If you would like to have contra dancing or circle dances at your event, please contact one of us! Those type of events reach out to the community at large and introduce new people to this wonderful activity, helping to grow our dance.
About Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers
The Fiddle & Bow Country Dancers, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non- profit organization which sponsors several contra dances (usually 3 per month) in Clemmons, Winston-Salem or Greensboro on select days and times. We also sponsor a special annual weekend getaway, FEET RETREAT, at beautiful Camp Millstone where you can enjoy many dances with music and calling by top national talent, great related workshops, delicious meals and fellowship in a laid back atmosphere! Our 2020 Fabulous Feet Retreat will be September 25.-27.
Donations are always accepted and very much appreciated! Thank you for helping to make this dance viable, bringing this wholesome activity that all can enjoy into our communities.
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