Contra Dance Becomes Signature Program At The Community Center

The Community Center of Abingdon has added a new signature program for 2017: Contra Dance! Dances will be held twice a month on the second and fourth Saturday of each month in the new year. Times will alternate between afternoon dances from 3-6pm and evening dances 6-9pm to accommodate all schedules. A live caller and band will be on hand for added fun. All ages and levels are welcome.

January dances will be held on Saturday, January 14th from 3-6pm with Caller Davey SpiceintheWind Bar-Simon and musicians Lee Bidgood and Joseph Sobel and January 28th from 6-9pm, caller Clinton Ross, musicians to be announced. Admission is $7 and full-time students are $5.

Join us for lessons and country dance waltzing an hour before each dance with Ashby Dickerson. A lesson for beginner contra dancers will be held in the first 30 minutes of each event. Snacks will be available for purchase. Come as you are; wear soft flexible shoes for dancing. Come to dance or just to listen and watch. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught. This dance is smoke and alcohol free.

“When we hosted our first dance in December, we saw all ages and walks of life join hands and dance together at The Community Center. It was really a joyous experience, even if you were just watching! It turns out, if you can walk, you can contra. Our vision for the Community Center is to bring the community together. Contra Dance helps us achieve that vision and is precisely why we are making it our Signature program. We are committed to bridging generational gaps and serving as a resource to Washington County and beyond, said Christine Webb, marketing director.

Webb also added the Community Center is committed to it’s charitable flagship program, Meals on Wheels, and has plans for expansion for it in the new year thanks to an outpouring of community support in 2016.

For further information call The Community Center of Abingdon at 276-628-3911 or email


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