Come dance ‘til your heart’s content in Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee. From contra dancing, square dancing and Irish dancing, it all can be found right here in East Tennessee. Dance lessons are also available for those who have two left feet, so there’s no excuse not to put on your dancing shoes.
The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society was chartered in the fall of 2005 as a non-profit, educational organization to promote a better understanding and appreciation of American folk dancing. HJDS is a group affiliate of the Country Dance and Song Society. Community contra dances are held on the first and third Saturdays every month in the auditorium of the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 117 Boone Street. The contra dances are open to the public and feature live music in a smoke and alcohol free environment. No experience is necessary and you don’t even need a partner. Each dance is taught by the caller for the evening. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended.
Also experience our annual Tartan Days celebration which features Irish dancing, music, food and culture. Similar to a feis, an Irish festival that includes folk music, dancing and sports, this is a great way to get the Celtic experience right here in the Appalachian Mountains. Jonesborough’s history relates back to the Scotch-Irish immigrants who began the development of the oldest town in Tennessee.
Folks come from all around to discover the art of dance in Jonesborough; from Johnson City, Bristol, Kingsport and surrounding areas. For more information on dancing the night away in Historic Jonesborough, visit historicjonesboroughdancesociety.com to get a complete dance schedule.
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