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Salsa Classes with 2umbao! Wednesdays at Extreme Dance Studio, 856 Sweeten Creek Rd. Suite H, in Asheville (New Location). New six weeks starts January 7! Beginners class 7:30-8:30pm & Intermediate class 8:30-9:30pm. Classes taught by Jennifer and Hector. $10/class ; $40/6wk class. More info: send an email, see this page or call 828-674-2658.

Clogging and Flatfooting - Mondays (through Dec 22) - Dance and Movement for kids (ages 5&6) at 6 PM and Beginner clogging at 6:30 at Weaverville First Presbyterian Church. 30 Alabama Ave, Weaverville NC. $40/4 weeks. Call 410-271-6022 for more information. See the website.

Burlesque 101 Class starting January 4th-February 8th, building a character and act with a graduation show to debut your progress. It will span 6 weeks on Sunday nights from 7-9pm at the Colour Field Studio (54 Ravenscroft). The course is $100. For more info see the website.

Jazzy Showgirl Booty Camp - In this introductory class, you’ll learn the fine art of Jazzy Showgirl, which is a combination of Cabaret and jazz, with hints of Burlesque and Hip Hop. You’ll also get a great workout, as this is an exercise-based class. Every class begins with a warm-up and stretch, followed by a standing/dancing abs workout. Then, we’ll work on a fun and sexy choreographed routine that we’ll build on week-to-week. Suitable for new dancers and fitness enthusiasts. Anytime Fitness, 805 Patton Ave., Asheville. When: Tuesdays, Jan 6th-Feb 3rd. Cost: $55 until Dec. 31st; $60 Jan. 1 and after. Sign-up at this page.

Swing Dance Lessons: It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing - Triple Step into the new year with our newcomers swing class at Asheville Ballroom. No Partner Required. Starts Jan 5 at 6:30pm for 1 hour, 6 weeks. $75 pp. Call Now to enroll or to obtain a Gift Certificate. Introductory Classes / Special Offer as Seen on Groupon!: $25 for two people - Two 1/2 hour private lessons and a Practice Party. Private lessons, Wedding Dance Packages and Gift Certificates available for all budgets. More info: 828 712 0791.

Shag Dance Lessons: Shag Dance Year! Open up a new world of friends, places and parties from here to Myrtle Beach and back! Shagging is the fun, cool dance of the South. Learn the basics and some new fancy footwork in a supportive relaxed setting. 1 hour Classes at Asheville Ballroom start Jan 7 at 7PM for 6 weeks. $75pp. No partner needed. More info: 828 712 0791.

Cardio Salsa at Cheshire Fitness every Monday and Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm. This low impact class uses real Latin dance moves to give you a fun and productive workout. Includes cardio, weight sculpting and core work. All ages (16 and up) and experience welcome. End your day with a smile! Taught by Christey Carwile.

Bokwa® Fitness is taking off at Christine's Cardio Fitness! Join us for this high energy dance fitness class using repeated patterns instead of dance choreography. Feel the energizing power of the African warrior as we bounce, bounce our way to a great workout. Check the website for current schedule.

New Fusion Dance Company! Are you interested in being a part of an exciting new fusion professional dance company in Asheville that will combine different dance forms, political, emotional, and spiritual expressions? The company will perform as many dance styles as the members know, create, fuse and teach each other. We will perform locally at a range of events and festivals, and will also travel for performances when the opportunity presents itself. The company will put on at least one large-scale show in Asheville in 2015. Interested? Go to this page for more information, and mark your calendars for Sat., Jan 10th for try-outs!

Burlesque with Liz! Wednesdays 7-8 starting Jan 14 at Studio Zahiya, 90 1/2 N Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville. Want to learn how to tantalize and tease like a burlesque starlet? In this class we will go over history, character development, classic burlesque dance moves, props, and costume design in a safe and comfortable environment. Students will guided through making their very own solo act with the option to perform it for their class mates. Heels recommended but not required. $80 for 8 weeks. For more information see this page.

EnMotion Ecstatic Dance on Wednesday Nights! at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St. in Asheville. The rhythm of the music, and the movement of our breath inspires the dance of our bodies. A free form moving meditation to bring you back to yourself of inspiration, creativity and inner guidance. This is a practice of simplicity. Please come join us. We dance 6-8pm Wednesday evenings: Warm up 6pm, Circle at 6:30pm. Sliding scale $7-10. For more info email Karen and see this page.

5Rhythms Discovery Class on Thursday Nights! 5Rhythms is a movement meditation practice taught all around the world. 5Rhythms offers an on-going journey of self-discovery with Barbara Marlowe, certified 5Rhythms teacher in Asheville, NC. Experienced movers, beginners of all ages and body types welcome. Learn to dance like yourself! Bring water, wear comfortable clothing, Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St. Time 6-7:30pm, Sliding scale $7-12. Contact Barbara Marlowe by email.

Morris Dancing - Learn traditional English Morris Dance and become a member of Asheville Morris or Ashgrove Garland Dancers as a dancer or musician. Music instruction provided to experienced musicians. Free Info: see the website or send an email or call 828-545-5510.

The Dances of Universal Peace are joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that rejuvenate the spirit and awaken the heart, danced to live music and the singing of the participants. The group is taught the words, melody, meaning, and the movements of each Dance. Please join us. Monthly gatherings for Dances of Universal Peace happen, locally - 3 times & locations: ~2nd Sunday: 7pm at Town & Mountain Center, 261 Asheland Ave. in Asheville (Contact Najimah for more information at 828-484-9161) ; ~3rd Saturday: 7:30pm at Nourish & Flourish, 347 Depot St. in Asheville ; ~4th or last Sunday: 7pm at Office of Dr. Rebecca Nunley, 108 West 10th Avenue, (downstairs at the lower level) in Johnson City, TN (Contact Rabia at 423-737-2169).

Dance Company Auditions - Amina Olushola Heckstall has recently moved from NYC to NC and is interested in continuing the work she did there, here! Currently, she is looking for dancers and drummers familiar with or interested in being trained in West African dance, song, drum/ percussion, and culture. She also seeks modern dance trained performers as well. To find out more information about Amina and her work, see the website. Her company is called Ballet International Africans and is open to all levels, ages, and nationalities with a love for the cultural and performing arts. Please send a letter of interest, a bio, or a resume by email.

Seeking dance instructors in various styles to teach courses for college students at the beginner level. Must have advanced degree or significant professional experience to qualify. Prior teaching experience is preferred. Styles include, but are not limited to: Salsa, African, Hip Hop, Modern, Swing. Please email questions, resume, and supporting materials (video links, references, etc). No phone calls, please.

Spiral Spirit Dance with Cassie - Tuesday Mornings 9:15-10:30am at French Broad Food Co-op Movement & Learning Center in downtown Asheville. Life moves in spirals. These spirals begin from a place of our internal landscape and move outward reflected in the world around us. In the territory of the dance, we use our bodies as the vehicle to explore, to initiate and to integrate. It is a full journey in between. The music inspires us, but the body and breath are our greatest guides in this swirl of life. This current of life moves swiftly. How are you navigating these tides? This is an invitation to take in life through a different body of wisdom. Please come join us. Sliding Scale $8-12. For more info send an email and see the website.

Absolute Beginner Line Dancing - with Cindy Hady - Lakeview Center on Lake Tomahawk- 401 Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain, NC. Wednesdays 10:15am-11:15am. You'll learn the basic line dance steps- No experience necessary- No partner required- Just bring your love of dance! Variety of music & styles from; Pop, Rock, Country, Latin, Ballroom. For more info, please call Lakeview Center at 828-669-8610 or contact Instructor, Cindy Hady by email.

Black Mountain Center for the Arts Ballet Studio - Adult and Children's Classes ­ Pre-ballet: Sat. 9 - 9:30 am (1/2 hour lesson for 3-4 year olds) $40 a month. Primary: Sat. 9:30 - 10:00 am (1/2 hour lesson for 5-7 year olds) $40 a month. Cecchetti: Sat. 10:00 - 11:00 pm (1 hour lesson for 8-12 year olds) $46 a month. Cecchetti: Sat. 11:00 ­ 12:30 pm (1.5 hour lesson for teens & adults) $50 a month. Pointe: Sat. 12:30-1pm (1/2 hour lesson for teens & adults) $40 a month. Adult Ballet: Mon. and Wed. 9 ­ 10:30 am (1.5 hour lesson); $50 a month. Call ahead to pre-register. Drop in: $12-17 per class. Teacher: Casey Kristofferson Littlejohn. Location: 225 W. State Street, Black Mountain. More info: 828/669-0930 or see website.

Contemporary Dance for Children at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts taught by Amy Maze. All classes $40 per month/ $12 drop in. Attire: Comfortable clothes, clean-soled sneakers or bare feet, NO blue jeans. Pre-registration required. Kids in Motion ages 3-5 Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm: Combination of creative movement and basic acrobatics. Helps develop coordination, increase spatial and rhythmic awareness, flexibility, perception and memory. Beginning Dance ages 6-10 Thursdays 4:30-5:30pm: Up-beat combination of hip hop and contemporary/modern dance styles allowing for freedom of expression while learning basic dance skills. Intermediate Dance ages 6-10 Mondays 4-5pm: Geared towards students with some previous dance experience, this class is an extension of the concepts learned in Beginning Dance. Teen Dance ages 11-15 Mondays 5-6 pm: Suitable for middle school and up. No previous experience necessary. Classes alternate between athletic contemporary and hip hop styles to improve coordination, musicality and develop core strength. Dance Troupe ($30) ages 6 and up Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm: Gives dancers performance opportunities in the community. Dancers must be enrolled in a class. The Arts Center is located at 225 W. State Street. To register call 828/669-0930.

T¹ai Chi Qi Gong: taught by Charles Pannell at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. $40 monthly/ $12 drop in. Thursdays 10 am. Practice the art of moving meditation, a set of simple movements that serve to improve blood flow and increase circulation, boost concentration and energy, restore balance, lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and calm the mind and heart. The owner of the Thrifty Taoist, he has studied traditional and classical Chinese medicine for years and been teaching QiGong since 2007. Join at any time. Location: 225 W. State Street, Black Mountain. More info: 828/669-0930 or see website.

Birth Dancing Classes - Thursdays, 2-3:15pm at West Asheville Yoga. For all interested women - Learn the ancient and empowering technique of dancing to ease all phases of the birth journey (conception, pregnancy, labor and recovery). Cost is $72 for 6 weeks or $15 drop-in. All women are welcome to attend. Registration Required. To register for classes and/or workshop or for more info send an email, call 664-9564 or see this page. Skype Lessons Available upon request - $45 for one hour session or $120 for three one-hour sessions.

Argentine Tango and Salsa Workshop held every third Saturday 2-4pm at the Asheville Ballroom and Dance Centre, 991 Sweeten Creek Rd Asheville. Level: Beginner; Teachers: Rick Harris & Amber Nickole. Contact: Rick Harris (828) 770-3177 or send an email.

Trysh Ann offers belly dance basics, a class for women of all ages and encouraging women over 40! This belly dance class is for you if you want to: learn basic belly dance movements, improve your hip and upper body flexibility, have fun getting a moderate cardio workout, AND strengthen your core: back, abs, and bones. Short choreography combos the last 15 minutes. Come find your dance joy every Sunday from 5:30-6:30pm. Location: The Colourfield Studios - a new performing artists studio at 54 Ravenscroft, just a few blocks from The Orange Peel, off of Hilliard Ave. Drop in, send an email, call or text 828-273-4312 for more info.

Ballroom Lessons with professional instructor Paulette Cole - Private and semi-private lessons taught in Hendersonville/Flat Rock. Free group lessons on Fridays at Hendersonville Ballroom Dance Club give you a great opportunity to meet her first. Phone: 828-989-0643 or send an email.

Dance at Studio Zahiya at 90 1/2 N Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville, NC. MONDAY: 6-7pm Hip Hop Fitness with Josh; 7-8pm Tai Chi Fan with Elizabeth Ripley; 7:00-7:25pm with Mahsati: Practice for Better Belly Dance: Conditioning & History; 7:30-9pm with Mahsati: Belly Dance Level 1 – Essentials. TUESDAY: 9-10am Hip Hop Fitness with Lisa; 6-7pm Introduction to Bellydance with Lisa; 7-8pm Level 2 Belly Dance: Intermediate Drills with Lisa; 8-9pm West African Dance with Barakissa. WEDNESDAY: 6-7pm Level 3 Belly Dance: Drills & Skills: Advanced with Lisa; 7-8pm Drills with Zills with Sparrow: 7:00-7:25pm with Mahsati: Practice for Better Belly Dance – Conditioning/History; 7:30-9pm with Mahsati: Belly Dance Level 2 – Elements. THURSDAY: 9-10am Hip Hop Fitness with Lisa; 4-5pm Kids' World Dance with Lisa; 6-7pm Introduction to Belly Dance with Sera Sahara; 7-8pm West African Dance with Barakissa; 8-9pm Lindy Hop. SATURDAY: 9-10am: Hip Hop Fitness with Josh; 10:30-11:30am Shimmy with Charlotte. SUNDAY: 10-11am West African Dance with Barakissa. Details: See website for information.

Music & Bellydancing 7-10pm every Friday and Saturday at Jerusalem Garden Cafe in downtown Asheville. Details: see this page.

Admiral Dance Party 9pm every Friday and Saturday night at The Admiral in West Asheville. For more info call (828) 252-2541 or see this page.

Saturday morning Hip Hop Zumba 9am with Josh McClure at Studio Zahiya on Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville. $5 drop-in. Get sweaty and have a blast with this fun Zumba-based Hip Hop class.

Line Dance with Denna Yockey and Jean Vick at Harvest House Recreation Center, 205 Kenilworth Rd. Beginners/high beg: Mondays 12:00 - 2:00pm; intermediate/adv: Wednesdays 12:00-2:00pm; Music: Pop, Funky, Rock, Country, Latin & Ballroom. For more info, call 828-350-2051, email Denna or email Jean.

Forge Mountain Cloggers - If you can clap, you can clog! Come join our award-winning clogging team! Instantly recognizable for our Converse clogging shoes, we are an intergenerational group of dancers that come from Asheville, Arden, Brevard, Hendersonville, Edneyville, Etowah, Fairview, Fletcher, Mills River, Pisgah Forest, Skyland and other parts of Western North Carolina(WNC). We perform at a variety of festivals, fundraisers, churches, retirement facilities and other events throughout the year. Call (828) 891-2487 or cell: (828) 388-1708. See the website, See Facebook page and send an email.

Belly Dance Classes with Mahsati - Weekly group classes in classical, modern, and folkloric belly dance styles held at Studio Zahiya, 90 1/2 Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC. Belly Dance Level 1 - Mondays: 7:30-9pm; Belly Dance Level 2 - Wednesdays: 7:30-9pm; Belly Dance Auxiliary - Mondays and Wednesdays: 7-7:25 pm. Drop-ins welcome. See the website or contact Mahsati by email or call 828-423-0883.

Capoeira for Kids and Adults - offered by Capoeira Asheville at 2 Sulphur Springs Rd in West Asheville. Capoeira combines martial arts, gymnastics, music and dance. Children learn to sing in Portuguese and play traditional, afro-brazilian instruments. Classes are Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm. Please arrive 10-15 min. prior to class. Adult classes are offered weekly on M, W, F from 7-9 pm. Beginners welcome Mondays. For more info: Visit the website.

Ongoing Dance Classes with Kathleen and I Do Dances: Classes at Loretta's Cafe, third floor, 114 N. Lexington Ave.: Mondays: 6-7 PM, "Dance Undercover", series starts over every 8 weeks, learn a funk dance to the best dance songs ever! Tuesdays: 6:30-7:30 PM, "Dance and Sweat", drop-in funk class, keeping the body moving learning a different routine each week ; Wednesdays: 6-7:15 PM, Beginner Modern Dance, 7:30-8:30PM Burlesque Series starts over every 8 weeks; Thursdays: 10-11 AM, Booty Camp, Boot Camp style exercise class with emphasis on booty toning; Everyday: Personalized Choreography and private instruction for couples getting married! Check out this website for more info!

Tribal Fusion Bellydance Classes with SamiTe' - Monday: 7-8:15pm Bellydance Drills and Tribal Fusion Combos - all levels * drop in $15/ $50 for 4 classes ; Thursdays: 7-8pm Level 1 Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS), 8:15-9:15pm Level 2 Improvisational Tribal Style (ITS) - drop in $12/ $40 for 4 classes. Classes are held at SamiTe's home studio. For more information see the website.

Basic Ballet Class: Ballet for Yogis with Claire Elizabeth Barratt Tuesday evenings 6:30-8pm at Weaverville Yoga. "Ballet for Yogis" is a meditational ritual of Ballet exercises with lots of deep breathing, repetition & stretch. You can come on a class-by-class basis – or buy a Weaverville yoga class card to use for any classes at the studio. For all the details, please see the website.

Contact Improv: Lab & Play Every Tuesday 4-6pm @ the FBFC Movement and Learning Center. A chance to experiment with and explore the underlying principals of contact improvisation through an array of improvisational structures, games and play. All are welcome to bring their musings, curiousities, ideas, and movement toys! It's a build your own adventure open format lab and play time! Participants should wear comfortable, well fitting, soft clothes and plan to remove or tape jewelry. By donation. Suggested $5 per participant. Send an email for details or see this page.

Roots of Belly Dance Series with Michelle Dionne - Tuesdays at the French Broad Food Coop in downtown Asheville. $15 drop-in). A meditative, fun practice to learn how to move the healing vital life force energy through our bodies. Please register by email. For more info, see this page.

Blues Jam every Tuesday at Westville Pub in West Asheville. Sign up between 9-10 to jam with other blues aficionados from the Asheville area and beyond, or hang out and dance to the wide range of instruments and players that stop in each week. For more info call (828) 225-9782.

Nia at Nourish and Flourish: 11 am Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. $12/drop in, $60 6-class card (two month expiration). Nourish and Flourish is located in Asheville's River Arts District, 347 Depot Street, Suite 201. For more info: see the website or call 828-255-2770.

Contra & Square Dancing 7-8pm most Tuesdays in the Community Room of the Keith House at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC (near Murphy). Free introduction to Contra, Square and Circle Dances to live music. Beginners, couples and singles are welcome. Please arrive promptly at 7pm. There will be no dances Tuesdays November 25, December 2, 16, 23 and 30. Details: see this page.

Kung Fu Lion Dance program - Mark Small's Montford Rec. Center classes are on Tuesdays from 6-8pm. Send an email, call Mark at 828-285-2929 or see this website. Mark is a certified teacher, teaching locally for over 20 years.

Greenville Swings ... Tuesdays at Grace Hall in Greer, SC, $8 cover; and Wednesdays at Landmark Hall in Taylors, SC, $5 cover. Lesson at 7pm, dancing at 8-11pm. For more information send an email or see the website and this page.

Clemson International Folk Dancing every Tuesday, 6-8pm in Clemson, SC. $1 per session; the first time is FREE. Partners not needed; beginners welcome. Teaching and review as well as request dancing. Please wear clean, non-marking, smooth-soled shoes. For directions and more information, visit our website or contact Theresa at 864-508-0617 or send an email.

Mountain Thunder Cloggers are a family-oriented, precision, non-profit clogging team from Asheville, NC. No experience necessary and no partner required. Affordable classes for all ages. Wednesdays: Beginner 7:15-8pm. Only $45/8-week session (2 full months!) and additional family members 1/2 price at the Oakley Recreation Center. Classes taught by nationally certified instructor, Kate Guzy. Call 828-490-1226 or visit see the website

Nia Classes with Annie, Nia Black Belt. Oh, the joy! Sweat and swirl to an endless variety of movement, music, magic... jazz, modern, duncan, tai-chi, tai kwondo, aikido, and more! No two classes are ever the same. Wednesdays 9:30am, Fridays 9:15am, and Saturdays 10:30am at Training Partners, 863 Merrimon Avenue. Tuesdays and Fridays 11am at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville. Call 828-768-8809 or send an email.

Dancing at Scandals in the Grove House complex, 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville. DJ Dance Party 10pm-3am Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday $8/$5 members; Saturday $10/$7 members. Thursday and Sunday held in Boiler Room, no cover. 18+. For complete info see the website.

Shimmy with Charlotte - Shimmy shimmy shimmy! Saturday mornings 10:30-11:30am at Studio Zahiya in downtown Asheville. A fun, body-positive, beginner-friendly dance class. Includes lead and follow songs, technique, shimmy drills, and more! No experience required. With instructor Charlotte Louise. Drop in, $13 or purchase a Studio Zahiya class card.

Foundworld Bellydance Ongoing, All Level Bellydance Classes - held at 191 Lyman St, Studio 116 in Asheville. Thursdays: 6-7pm Happy hour, an hour of energetic movement and stretch, the focus is on using dance, not a breakdown or technique class, just lots of fun. Sundays: 2-3pm Basics and Techniques of belly dance; 3-4pm Rhythm and combinations ; 4-5pm Props and Choreography hour. Feel free to just drop in! We are an open door group, and welcome all comers of all ages to feel good together. For more info send an email or call Claire at 828-989-0615.

Beach Night at the American Legion in Hendersonville - 7-10pm Last Saturday night of every month at the American Legion in Hendersonville, 216 Fourth Ave. David Hadden is the DJ, playing oldies and beach music. Great dance floor and table seating. $5 cover. Bar and grill open 6pm. Questions? Contact Sandee Carpenter by email.

Flamenco! Asheville's only flamenco class. All levels welcome. Come be part of this passionate, rhythmic dance form. We'll do basic steps, sevillanas and more. Saturdays, 1:30-3pm at In His Steps studio, 159 Church St. in Asheville. Contact Daniela by email.

The Sylvan Squares have been square dancing in Transylvania County for 34 years. They do Modern Western Square Dance. They host regular dances on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Brevard, with Marty Northrup calling. If you have an interest in learning this fun and friendly form of exercise, call Bill Strang at 828.808.0645 or send an email. More info: see the website.

Land of Sky Square Dance Club meets the 2nd and 4th Fridays at the Senior Opportunity Center (not for seniors only), 36 Grove Street, downtown Asheville near the Federal Building. Cuers are currently Don and Linda Hichman. More info: see this website.

Rococo Ballroom is a brand new, beautiful, 1600 sq ft dance studio located on Reynolds Mountain in North Asheville. We teach any and all partner dances and are open to students of all experience levels - from Newcomers all the way through Gold! We are currently offering a FREE SAMPLE LESSON to any new student in the school - regardless of level - as part of a Grand Opening Promotion. Call 828-575-0905 or send an email to schedule! See the website.

Black Cat Ballroom Xcetra - Coming soon to a new location! Lisa Puckett Bader, Owner/Instructor. American Style Smooth & Rhythm (Latin). DVIDA Syllabus. By Appointment 828-243-6613.

First Wedding Dance Steps - Impress your spouse to be and your wedding guests. Learn simple choreography for your Wedding Day or event. Individuals, couples or groups. Call your professional choreographer today for pricing. Rachel Blattner (828) 691-1148 or send an email.

Tango Argentino, Merengue, Salsa ... and Beyond with Liliana Castro and Bob Zullo - Dance Classes - Private or create your own Group. Learn to dance with seasoned instructors whose passion is to get you really dancing. Enjoy the process of leading or following from the basics to more sophisticated moves. More info: send an email or call (828) 778-5711.

It's a Great Day for Dancing! I take pride in providing a welcoming, fun filled, low pressure learning environment. Whether preparing for a wedding, social event, or just exploring a new exciting hobby, my job is to making learning fun and easy for any type of learner and create real progress with every lesson. I teach Shag, Swing, Tango, Hustle, Cha-Cha, Foxtrot, Waltz, etc. along with easy to learn wedding dances. Professionally trained at Fred Astaire Franchised Dance Studios, certified DIVIDA instructor. More info: send an email and see the website.

Zydeco, Cajun and two-Step Dance Lessons - Occasional 4 week series, private, group, or event lessons in Zydeco, Cajun, Two-Step, & Couples dancing available. Contact Deborah Swanson by email or call 778-4878 for information or to be added to the email list to be alerted about any of these dance opportunities.

Tai Chi with Roberto Vengoechea - in Black Mountain, NC. Roberto has been teaching in the area for 18 years. Tai Chi Chuan, Yang Family style is taught to a dedicated group eager to learn the secrets that can only be achieved through practice. For further information please contact Roberto Vengoechea at 828-275-7835.

Accelerate your learning, relieve back pain, improve posture... The Alexander Technique improves coordination of mind and body. Enhance your dance, exercise, meditation, self-expression! Contact Theta at 828-712-2804; see the website.

Private and Semi-private Dance Instruction with Amber Nickole - Social/ Competitive Ballroom, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and more. Fusion program for training youth and adults in the performing arts. Audition required prior to group entry for level placement. Contact Amber (828) 424-9807 or send an email. See you on the dance floor!

Beginning Ballet and Ballroom Classes - "Exploring the Dance Floor" - Ages 4-6, 7-12, 13-18, semi-private classes by Amber Nickole. Children/Youth learn foundations of Ballet and/or Ballroom. Opportunities for performances and competition. Please contact Amber at (828) 424-9807 or send an email to register your child. Space is limited to six per class.

American Dance Club - Come join us for the best in ballroom and social dancing in Greenville! For more info: send an email or see our website.

American Tribal Style (ATS) bellydance classes with Ani - American Tribal Style (ATS) Bellydance is a fun, cooperative, lead-and-follow style of dance. This empowering dance was developed by Carolena Nericcio and FatChanceBellydance to showcase the strength, beauty, and power of the dancers. Ani is certified through Teaching Training II and is an official Sister Studio to FatChanceBellyDance, based in San Francisco. Please contact Ani for more information by email or call 828.595.6987.

Dance Meetup Group: Meet other folks who love to dance in the new Social Dance meetup group. See bios of other dancers and who's RSVPing to go where. 4 or more meet-up get togethers are scheduled each week. See this page or just go to meetup.com and do a search for dance. There are also several other great meetup groups dedicated to latin, west coast swing, shag etc.

Argentine Tango Classes and Private Lessons: Rick Harris has studied Tango extensively in Argentina and the US. He focuses on the fundamentals and traditional movements of authentic Argentine Tango. His partner Kimberly Giernacky assist in teaching the class and is an experienced dancer in Tango, Ballroom, Modern and Ballet. They are available for group classes, private lessons and performances. Call 828-779-3177 or send an email or see the website for current classes and workshops.

Easy Dance with C.J. Stancil - Quickly learn to social dance so that you can enjoy all that Asheville has to offer. Concentrate on swing or latin or learn all the popular nightclub and ballroom dances to expand your fun and nightlife. Ask about 3 lesson Introductory special. Call 828-712-0325 or send an email.

Dancing Creek Dance Studio, a Ballroom Instruction Studio located in Fletcher NC, provides personalized professional private and semi-private Ballroom Dance Instruction. We also host occasional party dances. For more information and party dance announcements please call (828) 654-9708 or visit the website.

Rachel Blattner, Founder of Salsa Diva teaches private and/or semi-private groups lessons. Certified Salsa Dance Professional. For more info Send an email, see this page.

Healing Dance Sessions with Michelle Dionne, teacher of Sacred and Healing Dance since 1998. For individuals, couples or small groups - incorporating different styles of world dance and spontaneous movements to promote transformation on all levels. Sessions held within ceremonial format, outdoors whenever possible. Please visit this page or call (828) 664-9564.

Dancing Feete Ballroom & Latin Dancing - inside of Elite Dance Studio, 23 South Crossing Way in Flat Rock, NC (Part of South Crossing Commercial Park on Spartanburg Hwy: North on 25 from Greenville, take exit 7, go left a block, Elite Studio on left; South on 25 from Hendersonville, take exit 7, go right a block, Elite Studio on left). * Private Lessons * Sprung Floor * Specializing in leading & following technique( The secret to an unforgettable partnering experience) * Arthur Murray trained-18yrs. More info: Contact Eric Foote at 828-674-5253 or send an email.

Pilates at Cisco Pilates: 50% off first private lesson or Buy 3 get 1 FREE! Certified classical Pilates instruction. Private lessons on equipment and group mat classes. Free parking! Just off Merrimon on Hillside Street near downtown Asheville. See the website, send an email or call 828-407-0133. Like Cisco Pilates on Facebook!

Dance classes with Christine Garvin Old School Hip-Hop, Intro to Bhangra, and Jazzy Showgirl Booty Camp. Join us in working out in the fun, freeing, and sassy way - low stress and lots of laughter to get you through the holidays! For more information and to sign up, go to this page, or send an email.

Learn to Bellydance with Master Instructor Lisa Zahiya - Learn this fun, sensuous and joyful dance form in a beautiful non-competitive environment. All classes held at Studio Zahiya in downtown Asheville. Complete Details: see the website or call 828-242-7595.

Southside Dance Studio in Fletcher Serving Asheville, Hendersonville & Fletcher. We welcome students from age 4 through adult and offer professional training in * Ballet * Tap * Jazz * Hip-Hop . Restricted Class Sizes. Personalized Instruction. Located at 4110 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher, NC 28732. For info call Kevin Overbey at (828) 684-2118 or visit the website.

InterPlay Asheville Classes - InterPlay is a playful way to tap into your creativity and embodied wisdom. Step-by-step, we create in the moment - songs, stories, dances. It's play as prayer, discovery and FUN together. In InterPlay, you can't do it wrong. Really! More info & classes at this website, call 828-253-5575 or 828-279-8977 or send an email.

Asheville Pilates - Individual and Group Reformer Classes Taught by certified Pilates Instructor Dianne Rose with over 25 years of teaching experience. Call 828-333-2223 for more info.

The Asheville Clogging Company - classes in Clogging, Irish Step Dancing, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet. Preschool-Adult classes ongoing. Check out our website or call 828-329-3855.

Shall We Danz Private dance lessons with Missy Lindsey. Instruction in Ballroom Dance, Country Western Dance and Line Dancing. Choreography for wedding couples and wedding parties. Also, available to teach at special events or parties - Cell number (828) 712-8121 or send an email.

Ballroom Dancing (Social and Competition), Argentine Tango, and Performances - Contact Ted and Kimberly Ross at (828) 333-8333 or send an email. For more information about classes and events please see the website.

Argentine Tango Call Karen (828) 215-1177, or send an email. For info see the website

Blue Ridge Ballroom - For more info call (828) 253-9108 (please call after noon) or see the website

Scott Baxla of Let's Dance - Dance events & Instruction, Primarily waltz. For info send an email or see the website.

DANCE EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
Dec 19 (Friday) BALLET... Ballet Conservatory presents The Nutcracker 4:30pm and 7:30pm at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. A magically festive, full-length Nutcracker, featuring professional classical dancers and the Ballet Conservatory's celebrated pre-professional company. Premiering new 'Waltz of the Snowflakes' choreography by Amanda Edge (New York City Ballet dancer for 15 years). Adults $28/$20, Seniors $25/$20 Students & Children $15/10. Details and tickets: see this page.

Dec 19 (Friday) CONTRA... OFB Advanced Dance 8-11 pm at Bryson Hall, Warren Wilson College. Music by Steamshovel (David White, Roger Gold) with caller Charlotte Chrittenden. OFB members $5, Non-members $6, Warren Wilson students $1. Advanced Dances are complex dances with little or no walk-throughs and no beginner instruction. The contras will be challenging and are aimed at experienced dancers. More info: Old Farmers Ball website.

Dec 19 (Friday) WORKSHOP ... Contemporary Master Class with Kathryn McCormick 4-6pm at WNC Dance Academy on Sweeten Creek Road. Kathryn is most recognized for her work as an all-star on SYTYCD and her lead role in Step Up Revolution. The class will be 1.5 hours with a 30 minute Q & A time following. This is the perfect treat for intermediate and advanced dancers ages 12 and up. Registration is $30. To hold your spot, please call 828-277-7452.

Dec 19 (Friday) LINE DANCE... Holiday Line Dance Party 7-10pm at Lakeview Center - upstairs, 401 Laurel Circle Drive in Black Mountain. Hosted by Cindy Hady & the Lakeview Center. DJ - Jean Vick. Cost: $5.00 per person. All proceeds benefit programs at the Lakeview Center. More info: call (828) 669-8610.

Dec 19 (Friday) BALLROOM ... Hendersonville Ballroom Dance Club 7:30-10PM Fridays at Opportunity House, 1411 Asheville Hwy. in Hendersonville. Paulette Cole will be teaching free lessons 6:30-7:30pm. (Dec 19 Rhumba; Dec 26 and Jan 2 NO DANCE; Jan. 16 and 23 Swing Classes). Lessons are free. Admission to dance at 7:30 is $7 non-members and $5 for members. Everyone welcome: singles, couples, the somewhat curious and the scared silly! (we aren't "pros", but we do have fun). Check out Facebook and see the website for more info or call Kathy 828 698 0165.

Dec 19 (Friday) MOVEMENT... AMC Friday Dance with the Asheville Movement Collective at Asheville Ballet Studio on Weaverville Highway (right where Merrimon merges toward Woodfin) - New Location. Beginners welcome and encouraged! 7pm warm up, 7:30 circle. $7-15 (Your second dance is free.) Details: see this page.

Dec 19 (Friday) MOTOWN / R&B / ETC... WestSound 8-11pm Fridays, Dec 19, Jan 9 and Jan 16, at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. More about the band: see this page.

Dec 19 (Friday) SWING / ETC ... The Red Hot Sugar Babies 8:30pm at Cork & Keg Bar in downtown Asheville. The Red Hot Sugar Babies perform vocal and instrumental jazz of the roaring '20s-'30s including Vintage Jazz, Blues, Swing, Ragtime, Dixieland, New Orleans. Influences: Ethel Waters, Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, Jelly Roll Morton. Details: see this page.

Dec 19 (Friday) SWING / ETC ... One Leg Up 8-11pm at The Bywater in Asheville. One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions. $5. More about the band: see this page.

Dec 19 (Friday) DANCE PARTY... Festivus Dance Party 10pm at O.Henry's/The Underground in downtown Asheville. Dance to the amazing wonders of DJ Betty Toker. Details: see this page.

Dec 19 (Friday) ELECTRONIC / BENEFIT... The Holiday BASS Brigade 9pm-2am at Timo's House. A dance benefit for Eliada Children's Home. DJs include Alien DNA, Beat Rex, iXNéE, DJKoollaid & Secret_NC. $2-3 suggested donation, all proceeds plus 10% of bar sales will be donated to Eliada Home and we will have a donation box for toys and needed supplies. 21+. Details: see this page.

Dec 19 (Friday) GARAGE / MOTOWN / FUNK... Soul Garage Dance Party 10pm every Friday at Tiger Mountain in downtown Asheville. No cover.

Dec 19 (Friday) LATIN... Live Latin Black Tie Gala 11pm-2am at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Latin Event of the Season! Live Latin Band playing the Top 20 hits of today and classics, out of this world music! Dress to impress, sip champagne, and dance the night away! Cover $10 in advance and $15 at the door (10% goes to Brother Wolf). We will be happy to work with groups for discounts based on guaranteed attendance numbers. Details: see this page.

Dec 19 (Friday) ELECTRO SWING / ETC... Fusion Fridays 11pm-2am at Lex 18 in downtown Asheville. An evening of Swing, Blues and Gypsy fusion with DJ Cosmo Q. Details: see this page.

Dec 19 (Friday) LATIN... LAVA Nights doors open 10:45pm Fridays at Mela in downtown Asheville. Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia and more. 21+, ID Required. Details: see this page.

Dec 20 (Saturday) WORKSHOP ... Contemporary Master Class with Dale Lam - classes for ages 7-12 at 12-1:30pm and for ages 13 and up 2-4pm at WNC Dance Academy on Sweeten Creek Road. Dale Lam is one of the most respected names in the dance industry. As the artistic director of the Columbia City Jazz Company and faculty at the University of South Carolina her extensive training includes greats like Frank Hatchett, Mia Michaels, Desiree Robbins, Robin Dunn, Ed Kresley and Joe Tremaine – just to name a few. Registration is $25. To hold your spot, please call 828-277-7452.

Dec 20 (Saturday) CONTACT IMPROV ... Contact Improv Class and Open Jam 4-6pm every Saturday at French Broad Food Co-op Movement & Learning Center, 90 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville. Beginners welcome and encouraged! This is a great way to get some experience and expand your edges with movement. $5. Details: see this page.

Dec 20 (Saturday) SWING / ETC ... One Leg Up 6:30-8:30pm at Highland Brewing in Asheville. Free. More about the band: see this page.

Dec 20 (Saturday) JAZZ / SWING ... 42nd Street - Swing and ballroom dancing 8-11pm Saturdays at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. More about the band: see this page. Dance Party 11-2 with music from the '80s-present, Cover Charge.

Dec 20 (Saturday) SWING / ETC ... Drayton and the Dreamboats 8:30pm at Cork & Keg Bar in downtown Asheville. Come out this night for lovers of vintage string/swing jazz, as well as classical, folk, and old school country music. Drayton and the Dreamboats play a wide variety of classics and lesser known gems from the '20s, '30s, '40s, and '50s. Members include: Drayton Aldridge, Luke Norton, Dailey Toliver. Dancing encouraged! Details: see this page.

Dec 20 (Saturday) SWING / ETC ... The Red Hot Sugar Babies 10pm-1am at Westville Pub in West Asheville. Join The Red Hot Sugar Babies for a night of hot jazz & sultry blues to swing into the darkest night of the year! It's also Wendi's birthday weekend and the holy daze are upon us, so there is plenty to celebrate. Put on your dancing shoes & dance the dark away with us! Details: see this page.

Dec 20 (Saturday) ELECTRONIC / ETC... SHELLSHOCK 10pm at The Underground/O.Henry's in downtown Asheville. Asheville's premier Goth / Industrial / EBM / Alternative dance night returns with DJ Drees and Queen April spinning all your old and new favorites! $5, 21+. Details: see this page.

Dec 20 (Saturday) BENEFIT ... Winter Solstice Dance Party 8pm at 185 King Street in Brevard. A Benefit for Muddy Sneakers Featuring DJ DOGG. $10. All proceeds will support Muddy Sneakers programming with schools in Transylvania County. Details: see this page.

Dec 20 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Eric the Cat with caller Warren Doyle. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. Waltz 6-7pm. More info: see the website.

Dec 21 (Sunday) MOVEMENT... AMC Sunday Morning Dance with the Asheville Movement Collective at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville. First Dance: 8:30am warm-up, 9am dance, $7-15. Second Dance: 10:30am warm-up, 11am dance, $7-15. (Your second dance is free.)

Dec 21 (Sunday) ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE... Winter Solstice Dance 4-6:30pm, 3:30pm beginners' session, at Homewood Event and Conference Center, 19 Zillicoa St., in the Montford area, Asheville. Elegant attire, if you desire! Leader AnneMarie Walter with music by Mara Shea & Atossa Kramer. $6/$5 for OFB members. Dress comfortably. No partner necessary. More info: see this page.

Dec 21 (Sunday) FOLK / WORLD / HOLIDAY... A Swannanoa Solstice 2 & 7pm at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Award-winning recording artists Al Petteway & Amy White (pictured) and Robin Bullock are joined by the talents and voices of special guest musicians, storytellers, dancers, and host and founder of The Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College, Doug Orr, for a joyous and contemplative performance featuring seasonal Appalachian, Celtic, Scots-Irish, and world-influenced music. Regular $40; Students $35; Child $15.Details and tickets: see this page.

Dec 21 (Sunday) SWING / ROCK ... DJ Dance Party 8pm Sundays at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Swing and oldies rock.

Dec 21 (Sunday) ELECTRONIC / ETC... Sunday Sessions 10pm-2am Sundays at Timo's House. Presented by Asheville Drum n Bass Collective. 21+.

Dec 21 (Sunday) SWING / JAZZ ... The Roaring Lions Trio 7-9pm at 5 Walnut in downtown Asheville.

Dec 22 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Free Association (Bill Porter, Bob Kirkman , Steven Carlberg) with Andrea Nettleton calling. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

Dec 22 (Monday) INTERNATIONAL... International Folk Dancing 2:15-4pm Monday afternoons (except holidays) at City of Asheville's Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road. No partner, no cost. Dances from all over the world. Wear comfy clothes, shoes, and a smile. Most of the dances we do are easy to learn and suitable for all ages. More info: (828) 350-2051 or see this page.

Dec 23 (Tuesday) HULA... The Sacred Art of Hawaiian Hula 6:30-8pm Tuesdays at the UNC Massage School at 131 McDowell Street, #302 in Asheville. A New Day & Time. Experience this sacred dance with its graceful & flowing movements & rich and beautiful culture that is all about community and caring for each other. This ancient storytelling form is also an energy dance similar to the Chinese Tai Chi. No dance experience is necessary. Taught by Kaleo Wheeler. $15 for a single class; $45 for a package of four consecutive classes. For more information, contact Kaleo at 812-929-8898, send an email and see this page.

Dec 23 (Tuesday) SHAG... The Mountain Shag Club Tuesdays at Showtime Saloon, 97 Underwood Rd, Fletcher, NC. We have Free Lessons from 6:30-7pm and rotating DJ's from 7-10pm. No partner needed. $5 Cover Charge. See the website for more info.

Dec 23 (Tuesday) INTERNATIONAL... Asheville International Folk Dancers 7:30-9:30pm every Tuesday at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville. No partner, no cost. We do a variety of dances from all over the world but mainly line dances from Eastern Europe, particularly the Balkans. Contact Lee or Gail Hyde at 828-253-4933 or send an email ; or Michael or Mary Goodman at 828-645-1543 or send an email.

Dec 23 (Tuesday) JAZZ / SWING ... The John Henrys 8-10pm Tuesdays at 5 Walnut in downtown Asheville.

Dec 24 (Wednesday) ELECTRONIC / ETC... Spectrum 10pm-2am Wednesdays at Timo's House in downtown Asheville. Join us for another night of Asheville's premier EDM weekly! 21+ Free. Details: see this page.

Dec 25 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Eric the Cat (Alan Dillman fiddle, Karen Gaughan piano, Terry Maluk percussion, Wes Maluk guitar, tenor banjo, percussion) with caller Diane Silver. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website.

Dec 25 (Thursday) JAZZ ... The Michael Filippone Trio 8-11pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Michael Filippone on upright bass and vocals, Bill Gerhardt on piano, Sonny on drums, and Sharon Lamotte on vocals! Will prove to be a fabulous evening! No cover.

Dec 26 (Friday) SWING / ETC ... One Leg Up 8:30pm at Cork & Keg Bar in downtown Asheville. One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions. Come join us and dance on our 1925 narrow plank hardwood floor! More about the band: see this page.

Dec 26 (Friday) LATIN... Latin Late Night Band 11pm-2am Dec 26 and Fridays in January at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville.

Dec 26-Jan 1 (Fri-Thurs) SWING / ETC... Lindy Focus XIII at Crowne Plaza in Asheville. The Lindy Hop, Balboa, Blues and Jazz Dance Camp and New Year's Party. Details and registration: see this website and this page.

Dec 26-Jan 1 (Fri-Thurs) CONTRA / ETC ... Winter Dance Week 8-11pm at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC, seven miles east of Murphy. Featuring American contras & squares, English country dancing, waltz & other couple dances, swing dance & clogging, harmony singing, & jam sessions. Ring in the New Year dancing to the glorious live music of Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, Anna Patton, Bruce Rosen, Mick Kinney, Geraud Barralon and FOXFIRE! Not for beginners. Standard Tuition: $376 ($300 before Nov 2), Local Tuition: $188. Evening Dances are open to our local dance community. EXPERIENCED Contra Dancers Only, Please. Dec. 26-29: 8-11pm, $10; Dec. 30: 8-10pm, $10; New Year's Eve Dance Dec. 31: 8pm-1am, $15. Details: see this page.

Dec 27 (Saturday) TECHNO CONTRA ... Techno White Out 6 Doors 8pm, Dance 9pm-1am at the Masonic Temple in downtown Asheville. Featuring DJ Jor-D with caller Jesse Edgerton. $11 advance, $15 at the door. Dress: White. More info: see this page.

Dec 27 (Saturday) COUNTRY / HONKY TONK ... Buddy Davis & the Session Players 8:30pm at Cork & Keg Bar in downtown Asheville. Put on your dancing shoes and come ready to two-step with Honky Tonk & Classic Country!

Dec 27 (Saturday) CELTIC ... Jamie Laval's Christmas in Scotland 8pm at Isis Music Hall in Asheville. Jamie Laval's Christmas in Scotland captures the beauty and atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands during the holidays, weaving a tapestry of music, dance, and stories that hearken back to the ancient Celtic celebrations associated with the Winter Solstice and Christmas. $24 adv / $28 DOS / $12 under 12. More info: see this page.

Dec 29 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Indian Summer (Austin Murray guitar, Taya Ricker fiddle) with Lauren Kriel calling. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

Dec 31 (Wednesday) CONTRA... OFB New Year's Eve Dance at Bryson Hall, Warren Wilson College. Hollywood Theme. 7-8pm waltzing, 8-12:30 contra dancing! Music by Perpetual e-Motion (Ed Howe Fiddle, John Cote Guitar) with caller Lisa Greenleaf. More info: Old Farmers Ball website.

Dec 31 (Wednesday) SOUL / WORLD / ETC ... New Year's Eve: "Illuminate your Intentions" with Celebration & Ceremony 8:30pm-midnight at Om Sanctuary in Asheville. Presented by OM Sanctuary & Asheville Percussion. Musical performance by Soulful Vocalist Lizz Wright, Percussionist River Guerguerian, Multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser and special guest John Vorus. "Ceremony of Intentions" by Shelli Stanback. Chef Michael Gentry presents a beautifully radiant table of Savory & Sweet Foods. Auspicious Tea Ceremony – Tea provided by Dobra Tea. Fire and Drum Circle; Circle Dances led by Tarleton Brooks; Sacred Dance Performance by LunaSpiral. Bring your dancing shoes. This is an Alcohol Free Event. $35 until Dec 26 / $40 after Dec 26, available online and at Malaprops. Tickets and details: see this page.

Dec 31 (Wednesday) VINTAGE ROCK ... New Year's Eve: 3 Cool Cats Elegant Evening at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Must purchase tickets in advance at Olive or Twist $20: They sell out early every year - includes hats, noise makers and champagne toast. Band plays 9pm-1:30am (no lesson this week). Come early to order dinner.

Dec 31 (Wednesday) FUNK / ROCK / SOUL ... New Year's Eve w/ Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band & The Broadcast 9pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is known for their raucous live shows and outrageous stage wear; their music is a mix of deep funk, high energy rock, plus a little old school rap and soul thrown in for good measure. The Broadcast, led by female powerhouse Caitlin Krisko is breaking new ground across the country with their infectious energy and authentic approach to rock & roll. All Ages. Standing room only. $25 ADV / $30 day of show.

Dec 31 (Wednesday) FUNK / ELECTRONIC / ETC ... Asheville New Years Eve 2015 Masquerade 9pm at New Mountain Asheville. Featuring Empire Strikes Brass & Push Pull, Aligning Minds, Disc-Oh!, KRI, Nex Millen of Digable Planets, Hank West & The Smokin' Hots, Brett Rock, Medisin, In Plain Sight, Shuhandz & more! $19.99 - Tickets and info: see this page

Dec 31 (Wednesday) FUNK / ROCK / AFROPOP ... The Fritz And Zansa: New Year's Eve 2014 8pm at Asheville Music Hall. Join us for an epic night at Asheville Music Hall as we bring in the New Year with an All-Star Asheville mix of Afropop and Funk-Rock! $15 ADV / $18 DOS. Details: see this page.

Dec 31 (Wednesday) LATIN / ROCK / INDIE POP ... New Years Eve Celebration with Stephaniesid & The Juan Benavides Group 9pm at Isis Music Hall in West Asheville. Juan Benavides Group (pictured), playing at 9pm, blends traditional and new Flamenco and Middle Eastern styles with a modern soul/rock edge. Stephaniesid, playing at 10:30pm, is an indie pop band from Asheville. $55 Dinner and Show; $15 Show only)

Dec 31 (Wednesday) DANCE PARTY ... Bywater New Years Eve Black-Light Party 9pm at The Bywater in Asheville. Featuring The Secret B-Sides (Asheville's experimental soul collective, they bridge R+B, soul, and hip-hop) playing with Common Foundation Horns. It's gonna be a funky good time! 4th Annual Midnight Ball Drop... 100ft crane + a lighted ball larger than Time Square's = awesomeness. Black Light Party: We supply the body paint - bring your glow sticks. Largest, Hottest, Baddest Bonfire. $10. Details: see this page.

Dec 31 (Wednesday) HONKY TONK / CAJUN ... The Cisco Playboys 9:30pm at Barley's Taproom in downtown Asheville. The Cisco Playboys will play Honky-Tonk, Cajun, & Western Swing favorites. Formed in 2005, the band includes Don Rawson (fiddle, lead vocals), Steve Burnside (guitar, accordion, vocals), Brent Sevier (bass), Scott Sharpe (steel guitar) and Sticks McNabb (drums). Free admission.

Dec 31 (Wednesday) BLUES / ROCK / SOUL ... NYE Party with Goldie & The Screamers and Pleasure Chest at 5 Walnut in downtown Asheville. NYE Pre-Party w/ Pleasure Chest, 6-9pm (Blues/Rock/Soul) - NYE Party w/ Goldie & The Screamers (pictured), 10pm-1am (Soul/R&B).

Dec 31 (Wednesday) DANCE PARTY... Grove House New Years's Eve 8pm-3am at The Grove House in downtown Asheville. Midnight champagne toast, 3 Balloon Drops, 4 bars, 5 DJs, and over $1000 in cash prizes. Three clubs - one price: $25 cover ($5 discount for members), 18 and up. Details: see this page.

Dec 31 (Wednesday) DANCE PARTY... New Year's Eve Celebration w/ DJ Cosmo Q at Lex 18 in downtown Asheville. Early prix fix delicious four course supper between 5:30-9:30pm. From 9:30pm on, we offer additional packages for groups, couples and singles to experience our dance, champagne and appetizers. For guests who have partied all night, a Southern Breakfast menu is available 1-4am. Elegant dress code or period costume suggested. Details: see this page.

Jan 1 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by The Bare Knuckle Quartet (Connell Sanderson, David Polechko, Laurie Fisher, Taylor Johnson) with caller David Winston. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Jan 1 (Thursday) R&B / BEACH / ETC ... Pop the Clutch Band Thursdays in January at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. R & B, Motown, beach, Swing Dancing.

Jan 2 (Friday) SWING / OLD TIME / ETC ... The Resonant Rogues 8:30pm at Cork & Keg Bar in downtown Asheville. Gypsy jazz and traditional eastern European music blend seamlessly with American folk traditions like old-time, blues, and vintage hot jazz. Come join us and dance on our 1925 narrow plank hardwood floor! More about the band: see this page.

Jan 2 (Friday) ZUMBA... Zumba in Da Club New Year's Party 7-10pm first Fridays at Scandals Nightclub in downtown Asheville. It is a New Year and a New You! Come Celebrate 2015 with us! Join us for 3 hours of Zumba® Fitness with lots of great instructors! Tickets $10 at door, $7 for ZIN members with ZIN card shown at the door. Details: see this page.

Jan 2 (Friday) MOTOWN / R&B / ETC... Free Flow 8-11pm Fridays, Jan 2 and Jan 30, at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Latin from 11-2, Cover Charge.

Jan 2-3 (Fri-Sat) CONTRA... A New Year's Affair: HJDS Special Mini Dance Weekend at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Perpetual e-Motion and The Buddy System (pictured) with callers Charlotte Crittenden and Will Mentor. Friday 7:30-11:30pm contra with both bands. Saturday 10:30am-noon Flow + Glide contras w/ Buddy System acoustic; 1-1:45pm waltzing w/ Perpetual e-Motion and friends; 2-5pm Challenging contra dance w/ Perpetual e-Motion; 5:15-6pm snacks and Fusion dance with blues, swing, waltz, etc w/ Buddy System and friends (acoustic); 8-11pm Techno contra w/ Buddy System. Presented by the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society. $40 per person, $30 for HJDS Members and Students for all events; $15/$10 each for Friday night, Saturday day and Saturday night. More info: see this page and this page.

Jan 3 (Saturday) BLUES / ETC... Blues Night w/ Goldie and the Screamers 11pm at Mela in downtown Asheville. Start off 2015 with your dance shoes ON. Think you can't dance? You won't be able to stop yourself. $5 Cover, 18+. Details: see this page.

Jan 5 (Monday) SWING... West Coast Swing Lessons and Dance Mondays at Aloft Hotel, 51 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville (new location!) 7:30pm intermediate lesson, 8pm beginner lesson, and social dancing from 8:30pm until 10-10:30pm. All FREE! Rotating instructors each week to offer different tips and styling. (No lessons or dance Dec 22 and Dec 29.) More info: see this page.

Jan 7 (Wednesday) VINTAGE ROCK ... 3 Cool Cats Wednesdays in January 8-11pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville.

Jan 7 (Wednesday) LATIN... Fuego Nights 9pm-2am Wednesdays (resumes Jan 7) at Room Nine in downtown Asheville. Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia and more. Featuring DJ Carlos Carmona. 21+ More info: see this page.

Jan 8 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Curious George (Laura Lengnick fiddle, Paul Moore piano, Steve Kemble drums) with caller Diane Silver. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Jan 8 (Thursday) TANGO... Tangogypsies Fundamentals Classes and Practilonga at Club Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St, Downtown Asheville, off Patton Ave. New Night! 7-8:30pm "Fundamentals" Class. Practilonga 8:30-10pm. $10 class ONLY / $12 class & practilonga / $5 practilonga ONLY after 8:30pm. Full time students $10 class/practice. Details: see the website and see this page.

Jan 8 (Thursday) MOTOWN / R&B / ETC... WestSound 9pm Thursdays in January at Tressa's Downtown Jazz and Blues in Asheville. More about the band: see this page.

Jan 9 (Friday) COUNTRY / HONKY TONK... Country Night at the Mothlight 8:30pm at The Mothlight in West Asheville. Featuring Hearts Gone South and The French Broad Playboys plus a pie walk and 2-step Dance instruction at 8:30pm! Bands start at 9:30pm. $7. Details: see this page.

Jan 9 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Advanced Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Good & Plenty (Karen Gaughan, Laura Lengnick) with caller David Winston. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Jan 10 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Speaking In Tunes (Dave Heath, Martha Nelson, Rich Pettus, David White) with caller Lindsay Morris. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Jan 15 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Cailen Campbell & the Pond Brothers with caller Laurie Fisher. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Jan 15 (Thursday) ELECTRONIC / POP... Cherub 9pm at The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. The pair behind the ambitious and emphatic Nashville duo Cherub craft hooky electro-pop that lyrically captures the risque, pleasure-seeking impulses of their youth, while their studio expertise results in grooves so alluring, even your parents can dance to them. Mystery Skulls & ForteBowie open. 18+, $16 adv / $18 DOS.

Jan 16 (Friday) CONTRA... OFB Advanced Dance 8-11 pm at Bryson Hall, Warren Wilson College. Music by Dancing Bears (Lew Gelfond fiddle, Mark Langner guitar, John Culp mandolin) with caller Barbara Groh. OFB members $5, Non-members $6, Warren Wilson students $1. Advanced Dances are complex dances with little or no walk-throughs and no beginner instruction. The contras will be challenging and are aimed at experienced dancers. More info: Old Farmers Ball website.

Jan 17-18 (Sat-Sun) CONTACT IMPROV... Alicia Grayson Workshop Noon-7pm Saturday at JCC (Jewish Community Center), 236 Charlotte St in Asheville, and 10-6pm Sunday Jan 18, at Asheville Ballroom & Dance Center, 991 Sweeten Creek Rd. Inner World, Outer Expression, Systems, Skills and States in CI: An All Level Contact Improvisation Workshop. Sliding scale $75-$135 for the whole weekend. Students $75 - Professionals $135. $50-80 for Saturday only. More info: see this page.

Jan 17 (Saturday) SWING / ETC ... One Leg Up 8-11pm at The Bywater in Asheville. One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions. $5. More about the band: see this page.

Jan 17 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Contraforce with caller Margaret Matthews. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Jan 17 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music and caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Jan 22 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Honey Badgers (Beth Molaro, David Lynch, Vollie McKenzie) with caller John Combs. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Jan 23 (Friday) SWING... Djangofest: 6th Annual Django Reinhardt Birthday Party 7pm at the Grey Eagle in Asheville. Featuring performances from Hot Club of Cowtown, One Leg Up, Hot Point Trio and The Page Brothers! The GypsySwingers will be playing in the bar (acoustic) before the show and in between sets. Tickets $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Details: see this page.

Jan 23 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon CityDance 8-11PM at Landmark Hall in Taylors, SC. Music by The Unusual Suspects (Bob Buckingham, Chris Liakos) with caller Rachel McCandliss. Beginner Session: 7:30, Dance 8-11pm. Ages 14 and above $8. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society.

Jan 24 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Blue Ridge Rounders (Amy Buckingham, Bob Buckingham, Josh Johnson, Becky Osteen) with caller Margaret Mathews. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Jan 29 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Warren Wilson Student Band with caller Phil Jamison. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Jan 31 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Eric the Cat (Alan Dillman, Karen Gaughan, Terry Maluk, Wes Maluk) with caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Feb 1 (Sunday) CONTRA... HJDS 6th Annual FOOT BALL Contra Dance 2:30-5:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music TBA with caller Christi Bothwell. More info: see the website.

Feb 2 (Monday) SWING... West Coast Swing Class 7-8pm Mondays starting Feb 2 at Asheville Ballroom Dance & Event Centre, 991 Sweeten Creek Road. Drop-In classes with Jason and Amy Barnes. Cost is $12/pp. For more information call (828) 274-8320 or see the website.

Feb 5 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Dancing Bears (John Culp mandolin, Lew Gelfond fiddle, Mark Langner guitar) with caller Barbara Groh. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Feb 6 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Advanced Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Firefly (Loren Oppenheimer, George Paul, Rob Zisette) with caller Terry Doyle. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Feb 7 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music and caller TBA. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Feb 7 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Firefly (Loren Oppenheimer, George Paul, Rob Zisette) with caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Feb 12 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Open Band led by Laura Light & Roger Gold. Open callers led by David Winston. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Feb 14 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Boom Chuck (Nic Coker, Laurie Fisher and Ric Cooper) with caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Feb 19 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Gold and Light (Laura Light fiddle, Roger Gold guitar) with caller Chuck Abell. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Feb 20 (Friday) CONTRA... OFB Advanced Dance 8-11 pm at Bryson Hall, Warren Wilson College. Music by Hot Sonata (Laura Lengnick fiddle, Karen Gaughan piano, Art Shuster mandolin) with caller TBA. OFB members $5, Non-members $6, Warren Wilson students $1. Advanced Dances are complex dances with little or no walk-throughs and no beginner instruction. The contras will be challenging and are aimed at experienced dancers. More info: Old Farmers Ball website.

Feb 21 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Cailen Campbell & The Pond Brothers with caller TBA. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Feb 21 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music and caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Feb 26 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Speaking-in-Tunes (Dave Heath, David White, Jeff Hersk, Martha Nelson, Rich Pettus) with caller Phil Jamison. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Feb 27 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon CityDance 8-11PM at Landmark Hall in Taylors, SC. Music and caller TBA. Beginner Session: 7:30, Dance 8-11pm. Ages 14 and above $8. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society.

Feb 28 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Steamshovel (Roger Gold and David White) and caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

March 7 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music TBA with callers Tom Calwell and Myra Hirschberg. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

March 7 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Kudzoo (Roger Gold, Jeff Hersk, Fred Stoll, Pam Stoll) with caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

March 13 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Advanced Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by The Stringrays (Stuart Kenney, Rodney Miller, Max Newman) with caller Will Mentor. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

March 14 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by The Stringrays (Stuart Kenney, Rodney Miller, Max Newman) with caller Will Mentor. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

March 21 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Party of Three with caller TBA. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

March 21 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Avant Gardners (Laura Light, Paul Moore, Loren Oppenheimer) with caller Eric Black. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

March 27 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon CityDance 8-11PM at Landmark Hall in Taylors, SC. Music by Contrarians (Paul Epstein, Will Carter, Gary Reynolds and John Longwell) with caller TBA. Beginner Session: 7:30, Dance 8-11pm. Ages 14 and above $8. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society.

March 28 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Contrarians (Paul Epstein, Will Carter, Gary Reynolds and John Longwell) with caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8. Info hotline including cancellations due to weather recorded by 2 PM at 864-836-2986.

Apr 4 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Atlantic Crossing with caller Diane Silver. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

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