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Contra Dances at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis Continue This Weekend on Saturday

By Emily Willis

Get ready to dance at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis on Saturday, Aug. 20! Whether or not you know how to contra dance, everyone is encouraged and welcomed to come out and have a turn at it, starting with a beginners dancer workshop at 7:30 p.m. and the dancing continues from 8-11 p.m.

Boone Contra Dancers
Boone Contra Dancers

Contra dance is a traditional dance that is mainly found in Appalachian and New England areas. The dances consist of live music and a constant rhythm of dancing.

John Pertalion, the director of music, says, “It got started in New England as a folk tradition and it percolated down through the Appalachian Mountains.”

Everyone that is involved with the monthly dances enjoy hosting a party at the Apple Barn, and it is a great way to socially interact with other dancers and the variety of people who attend.

Pertalion also says, “It’s a social thing that you can engage in with a family environment. It’s just tons of fun!”

The admission is $7 for adults, $5 for high school students, and kids 12 and under are free. The schedule for monthly dances can be found at Boone Country Dancers.