Alaska band to perform for contra dance in Jonesborough

10:09 am | June 24, 2013

The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society will present a contra dance during the annual Jonesborough Days Celebration on Saturday, July 6, at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center, 117 Boone St.

Admission to the dance is $7 per person, or $5 for HJDS members and full-time students. An entire family can gain admission for only $15. A class for beginners will be held at 6 p.m. The dance will run from 6:30-9:45 p.m. finishing in time for the fireworks show at 10 p.m. No partner is necessary. All dances are taught by the caller. All dances are smoke, alcohol and fragrance free.

“Being a part of Jonesborough Days gives us a chance to showcase our dance program to everyone in the region,” said event organizer David Wiley. “Our dancers come to enjoy the traditional music and dance, get some exercise and to be a part of a dance community that is intergenerational and family oriented.”

Now in its eighth year in Jonesborough, the HJDS has organized some 200 dances.

“We are so lucky to catch a touring band from Alaska for this event,” Wiley added.

Eel House, from Fairbanks, Alaska, is a progressive contra dance band that plays a mix of traditional Celtic, jazz, rock and fiddle inspired tunes. The band consists of Eric Barker, Susie Hallinan, Chazz Gist and Alisa Williams. All four musicians grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska, and were immersed in music since before they could remember, and played music with their families.

Anne Marie Walter is a long-time caller in the area of Asheville, N.C. She also helps to organize and call for the monthly English country dance there.

For more information, call Wiley at 534-8879 or follow the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society on Facebook.

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