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Our aim is to share information about all types of dance events, classes, workshops and performances, both locally and regionally. The DanceAsheville website is updated most weekday mornings, and our email newsletter usually goes out on Friday mornings. The newsletter is free. Publicizing events is free as well - please see our guidelines for submissions.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Salsa & Bachata Classes with 2umbao! - Come Dance! Learn Salsa & Bachata in a fun and relaxed environment! Wednesdays at Veda Studios, 853 Merrimon Ave. in Asheville, Beginners Salsa 7:30-8:30pm & Bachata 8:30-9:30pm. Drop in's are always welcome. $10/class or $40/6wks (for full 6wks, you must pay $40 within the first or second wk of classes). If you would like to take both Beginners Salsa & Bachata you may for $15/both single classes or $60/both for the 6wks! No reservations ahead needed; just show up and be ready for a fun class! More info: More info: send an email, see this page or call 828-674-2658.

"Maniac" from Flashdance! - at DANCECLUB Asheville - 8 Week Series starts May 5, 7:30-8:30pm. Learn an entire dance to the "Maniac" song with totally '80s moves inspired from the movie. Have a chance to perform/flashmob at the end. $80 for 8 weeks, DANCECLUB Asheville: 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd., Suite 3. Sign up: see this page or send an email.

Mini Group Private Lessons - Newcomers Social Ballroom Dance: Couples Only, Limited to 4 People Per Class. All the benefits of a closed private lesson at a fraction of the cost. Private Room & Personalized Instructor Attention. Learn all the steps in privacy without the crowd. Hands-on instruction guides you quickly and smoothly through Waltz, Swing, Cha Cha & more in a fun and supportive environment. 1/2 the cost of a private lesson, comparable to large group class fees. $99 per person, 6 weeks, 1 hour lessons. Two sessions available starting Thursday, May 5 at 6 PM and 7 PM at Asheville Ballroom. Contact John: 828 712 0791 with questions or to reserve space or see the website.

It's a Great Day for Dancing! - Classes at Asheville Ballroom: Newcomers & Intermediate Swing Class Mondays May 9-June 13 at 6:30pm - Learn the fundamentals of America’s favorite dance! Basic steps, turns, spins and some cool moves just for beginners or those wishing to polish their game. Lot’s of fun, taught in a relaxed and supportive setting. Shag Class – Beginners and Intermediate Wednesdays May 11-June 15 at 7pm. The official NC state dance (along with clogging) – a great class for beginner and experienced Shaggers as well. Learn new steps, refresh what you already know and have a great time in this fun class jam packed with smooth moves and fancy footwork. 6 Weeks for 1 hour each week, $75 pp. SPECIAL Swing Work Shop! Saturday May 14 - Cool Moves! Neato Tricks! Rule The Dance Floor And Become A Master Of America's Funnest Dance! For Basic & Intermediate & Dancers: New Turns, Spins, Amalgamations - Lots for Advanced Styling and Technique - 2 hour workshop from 1-3pm at the Asheville Ballroom, $25 pp / No Partner Required. For Advance Registration or More Information Call John 828 712 0791, send an email and see the website.

Lake Eden Arts Festival (LEAF) coming up May 12-15 at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. Headliners include Juan De Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All-Stars, Shovels & Rope, Marchfourth!, Sarah Jarosz, Fatoumata Diawara, River Whyless, Jon Stickley Trio and many more. Contra dancing, Cajun, Swing, Celtic, African, Latin, Clogging, Hip-Hop, Step Dance, Zydeco, Waltz and more! For complete info or to order tickets online: see this website or call 828.68-MUSIC (686-8742).

RAW-(Material) "The raw material of the performing artist is the Self ... as Living Art" at Weaverville Yoga Studio, 7 Florida Ave. May 14 & 15. Weaverville Yoga’s Ballet teacher, Claire Elizabeth Barratt, who also happens to be the director of Cilla Vee Life Arts, is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Practice with the Transart Institute. She has been developing a method for creating and teaching performance art. Her method is based on investigating the Self as a “raw material” with which to create living art. Please join us at Weaverville Yoga studio as she shares her final project. Saturday: Dance & music performance at 7pm ; Sunday: Living Art movement workshop at 2pm – 5pm and video screening at 6pm. Installation will be open for viewing for one hour before and after events. There will be a brief Q&A session and reception after each event. The Living Art workshop is open to all – no performing arts experience necessary. By donation. More info: see this website.

Appalachian Dance Class 101 - Experience the beauty and history of Appalachian dance at Folkmoot. Appalachian Dance Class 101 features instruction in square dance formations and basic flat-foot and clogging styles unique to the Haywood County mountains. Kim Ross, Director of the J. Creek Cloggers, is the instructor. Classes are from 6-7pm at the Folkmoot Community Center in the Multi-Purpose Room, 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville. Each 4-week class costs $40. Soft shoes with slick bottoms are preferred for easy movement, but are not mandatory. Ages 16 and up: May 17, May 24, June 31, June 7. Register by telephone at 828-452-2997 or via email. More info: see the website.

Hendersonville Racquet Club Ballroom Dance Lessons - May 19-June 23 at 6:30pm, 6 weeks, Beginner / Refresher Class: $99 per person, no partner required. Learn the elements of style, timing, dance positions and dance etiquette. Waltz, Foxtrot, Swing, Cha-cha and more taught in a fun, supportive environment. This class will give students a basic knowledge of American Smooth and Latin Dancing. The objective is to build confidence and poise for newcomers to the dance floor for social events and any occasion where people enjoy dancing. East Coast Swing Hendersonville Racquet Club May 19-June 23 7:30 PM Beginning & Intermediate East Coast Swing - Six Weeks, 1 Hour Group Lessons $75pp. You will learn basic and intermediate steps, under-arm turns, shines and a variety of other cool moves. Learn to dance in a fun, easy and supportive setting. No partner needed. Classes held at Hendersonville Racquet Club, 88 Oak Creek Lane. More info: (828) 712 0791 or (828) 693-0040, send an email and see the website.

Balady/Sha'abi Workshop with Lisa Zahiya 2-4pm Sunday, June 26 in downtown Asheville. In this workshop participants will explore the movement style, history and evolution of shaabi and balady. Lisa will teach movement, technique and combinations which will culminate in a fun and sassy choreography. Cost: $20. Register Online.

Kids Summer Camps at Studio Zahiya - Around The World In Dance with Lisa Zahiya and Charlotte Louise (Rising Grades 9am - 12pm 1-5 June 27 - July 1: Explore dance and culture from Latin America, India, The Middle East, & more! Each day includes dance, creative movement, playtime and a snack. $125 Register Online. Teen Dance Performance Camp with Lisa Zahiya and Charlotte Louise (Rising Grades 5-9 July 25 - July 29 12-4pm: Dancers will learn two dances, one hip hop and one bellydance. They will also co-create costumes and choreography and be inviited to perform at a show on July 30. Cost: $175 Register Online.

Blue Ridge Bal July 1-3 - Asheville is hosting its first all-balboa weekend complete with workshops and dancing. There will be 3 tracks of workshops over 2 days (including a beginner track) with world-class instructors, and the music will include Michael Gamble's Rhythm Serenaders (one of the hottest dance bands in the country right now). Registration is open, and we have discounted tickets for Swing Asheville members. More details will be coming soon - see the website and see this page.

80s vs. 90s Flash Mob - Learn a bunch of different hip hop and jazz-based dances from the 1980s and 1990s to one song from each, and burst onto the dance floor with your favorite 80s and 90s gear. Details on the performance opportunity to be announced soon! Class size is limited, that is why we are offering this on both Mondays and Thursdays. Sign-up soon to grab the night you want! Some previous performance experience recommended, though not required. When: Mondays, June 20-Aug. 15 and Thursdays, June 16-Aug. 18, 7-8pm. Where: Colourfield, 54 Ravenscroft. Cost: Early bird by May 6th: $89; regular: $98; 3 installments of $36; video access $9. Sign up: see this page.

Hip Hop Fitness - Want to learn some basic Hip Hop moves while getting a seriously good and sweaty workout? In this class, we focus on moving as much of the time as possible, learning a simple yet layered routine that you will have down to a T by the end of class. Sometimes the class will have a theme, like '90s female artists, and other times, we’ll just be playing with the latest and greatest Hip Hop hits. Requests welcome! Great for the beginning and experienced dancer alike. Bring your water bottle and be ready to drop some sweat on the dance floor! When: Tuesdays from 6-7pm ; Where: Colourfield, 54 Ravenscroft in Asheville ; Cost: 1 month pass: $44; 2 month pass: $72; drop-in: $13. Sign up: see this page.

Mini-Meta: Stretch, Strengthen, and Move - Interested in the Metamorphosis program, but aren’t sure if you are ready to commit? Check out this 4-week “mini-meta” class, which gives you a sampler of what the full program is all about! We’ll start each class with the Metamorphosis Ritual Groove (MRG), which consists of stretching from toe to head, dancing out your chakras, core strengthening, deep breathing, and visualization in a 20 minute program you can replicate at home! Then we will dive into personal inner work, using tools such as the Enneagram, nutrition, chocolate meditation, and Ayurveda, among others. We’ll use the last part of class to dance it all out to some funky mixes! It’s a true total body-mind-soul workout! When: Tuesdays, July 5-26th, 8-9pm, 6:30-7:30pm. Where: Colourfield, 54 Ravenscroft. Sign up: see this page.

Learn to Two-Step, Honky-Tonk Style w/ Kari Sickenberger Friday-Sunday, July 29-31 with Live Music by Vollie McKenzie & The Western Wildcats at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. Do you enjoy classic Country Western music and Honky Tonk? Want to learn to dance the two-step or gain techniques to improve your style? This weekend-long class will offer enjoyable lessons on basic two-step, as well as several types of turns and tricks. Don your dancing boots (or shoes) and prepare to have fun kickin' up your heels to the live music by Vollie McKenzie & the Western Wildcats. Some physical fitness is required - but a partner is not. Saturday Evening Honky Tonk open to the public. Tuition $200 / To Register Call: 828-837-2775 or Register Online.

Folkmoot International Dance Party featuring DJ Oso Rey 8pm Saturday, July 30, at The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. Join Oso and 200 dance ambassadors from Mexico, Ghana, Japan, France, Romania, Dominican Republic, Peru, China, Poland, Finland and Cherokee for an international dance party with iconic American and international dance music. 16+, $15. Details: see this page.

DANCECLUB Asheville - "A dance studio playground for adults!" 9 Old Burnsville Hill Rd., #3, Asheville, 28804. Right down the street from UNCA. We specialize in pole dancing, jazz, burlesque, flashmobs, modern and fun fitness. Monthly specials! MONDAY: 4:15pm Open Pole, 5:15pm Spinning Pole 1, 6:30pm Beginner Invert, 7:30pm Intro to Pole. TUESDAY: 9am Booty Camp, 11am Open Pole, 12pm Pole Fix, 5:30pm Classic Jazz, 6:45pm Dance and Sweat, 7:45pm Burlesque/High Heels. WEDNESDAY: 4:30pm Open Pole, 5:30pm Beginner Climb and Spin, 6:30pm Int. Climb and Spin, 7:30 Slinky Sexy Pole. THURSDAY: 12pm Pole Fix, 1pm Open Pole, 5:30pm Flexibility, 6:30pm Spinning Pole 2, 7:30pm Jazz/Funk/Flashmob series. FRIDAY: 9am Booty Camp, 11am Open Pole, 5pm Climb and Spin Drills, 6pm Dancey Climb and Spin. SATURDAY: 10am Flexibility, 11am Climb and Spin Drills, 12pm Pole Choreography, 1:30pm Intro to Pole. Check the website for more info or call 828-275-8628.

Dance at Studio Zahiya at 90 1/2 N Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville. Number 1 Place to Take a dance class 2013, 2014 & 2015. MONDAY: 5pm Ballet Fitness, 6pm Hip Hop Fitness, 7pm Bellydance/Hip Hop Fusion Series, 7:30 Bellydance 8pm Tap Series TUESDAY: 9am Hip Hop Fitness, 6pm Intro to Bellydance Series, 7pm Intermediate Bellydance Series, 8pm Advanced Bellydance 8pm Hip Hop Choreography Series WEDNESDAY: 9am Hip Hop Fitness 5:30pm Hip Hop Fitness 6:30pm Bhangra Series, 7:45pm Hula Series, 8pm Contemporary Series THURSDAY: 9am Hip Hop Fitness, 4pm Kids Dance, 5pm Teen Hip Hop, 7pm West African Intro, 8pm WestAfrican Adv/Int FRIDAY 7pm Bachata SATURDAY: 9:30am Hip Hop Fitness, 10:45am POUND Fitness, SUNDAY: 3pm Tap 2 Series 6:30pm Vixen Series. Details: See website for information.

Pole Dance & Aerial Dance Classes at Empyrean Arts , 32 Banks Avenue, Studio 108, located in the South Slope District of downtown Asheville. * Trapeze & Lyra (all levels) - Tuesdays 6:30pm and Saturdays 1:45pm. * Flexibility/Contortion (all levels) - Tuesdays 8:00pm and Wednesdays 5:15pm. * Intro and Beginning Pole - Wednesdays 6:45pm, Thursdays 11:00am, Saturdays 11:15am. * Pole Dance 1 - Fridays 5:15pm. Sign up at the website or send an email.

Elevate Life and Art - Passionate Teachers, Affordable Prices - We have some great dance classes being offered this semester. Currently in session (open to new students): $24/month - Wednesdays: 2PM Music Theater Dance (6th-12th), 3:45PM Silks (K-5th); Thursdays: 11:45 AM Music Theater Dance (Ages 10+), 6PM Aerial Silks (Ages 11+). $36/month (90 min classes) - Wednesdays: 4:45PM Contemporary Forms (Ages 13+); 6:15PM Intermediate Ballet (Ages 12+). Starting Feb 8: $24/month - Mondays: 9:30AM Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-5), 4PM Clogging (K-5th); Tuesdays: 2:30PM Kids Hip Hop (K-5th); 4PM Hip Hop (Ages 12+); Wednesdays: 3:45PM Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-5); 3:45PM Ballet 1 (Ages 6-10); 4:30PM Pre-Ballet (Ages 3-5); 6:15 PM Adult Ballet (Ages 18+); Thursdays: 4PM Irish Step (K-5th), 4PM Hip Hop Dance Party (K-5th). Classes are held in Downtown Asheville at 46 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801. To register online see the website, or call 828-318-8895.

LilaDance! is simply practicing the Art of Play through Movement! at Veda Studios on Merrimon Wednesdays 10:15-11:15am and Fridays 5:30-6:30pm, Drop-Ins $10. First Friday Nights of Each Month: Family Jam! 7-8pm. Suggested Donation $5-10. Lila means ‘Divine Play’ in Sanskrit. LilaDance is a guided journey through song, stretching, movement, and storytelling. It is an opportunity to practice getting out of our heads and being Happy in the NOW. Details: see this page.

A-Coeur-Dance: With Cassie - Most of us know movement as medicine. There is also a way to experience movement as meditation. We open from the inside out, warming up our body's and finding fluid breath. Moving in all directions, we are guided on how to let go and move with our own current. The music offers an invitation to explore our internal and external landscapes. How do we connect with others? More importantly, how do we connect with ourselves. The Dance brings us on a journey through a kaleidoscope of sound and texture and new ways to move the creativity that is uniquely you. No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome. A-Coeur-Dance: Moving through the language of the body and into alignment with the dance of the heart. Cassie has been practicing a variety of movement modalities for the last 11 years. 5Rhythms, SoulMotion, and Dance Meditation have offered her a broad color pallet and range of experiences for her inspiration on the dance floor. Tuesdays 9:15am at French Broad Food Co-op 90 Biltmore Ave 28801 $8-12. For more info send an email and see the website.

Wedding Dance Specials - Your Wedding Dance can become one of the most memorable of life’s moments. We will help you look wonderful on the dance floor, giving you the poise and confidence you need as you dance your first dance. A wedding dance can be fun, romantic, elegant, passionate, all or any of the above! We will take you step by step through your dance, matching easy to learn choreography to your special song. Wedding Lesson packages are available in three levels for all budgets and styles of dance. Dance lessons make a wonderful gift for the new couple. Wedding Gift Certificates are available, please call John @ 828 712-0791, see the website or send an email.

Black Mountain - Beginner Contemporary Line Dancing 5:30-6:30pm Wednesday evenings at Carver Center, 101 Carver Ave. in Black Mountain, NC. You will learn Basic Line Dance Steps and start dancing the very first class. No experience necessary. No partner required. Just bring your love of dance! Variety of music & styles from, Pop, Ballroom, Latin, Country, Rock, etc. My main focus is Fun! Requested donation, $5 per class. For more Info: 828-669-2052, or contact Instructor Cindy Hady by email.

Easy Beginner Contemporary Line Dancing with Instructor, Cindy Hady. Thursdays 1-2pm at Senior Opportunity Center (downtown Asheville), 36 Grove Street, Asheville (1 block south of Patton Ave.) You will learn Basic Beginner Line Dancing Steps and start dancing the very first class. No experience necessary - No partner required - Just bring your love of music & dance! Variety of music & styles from; Pop, Ballroom, Rock, Latin, Country, etc. Plenty of free parking (south side of the center). Suggested donation $5 per class. More info: call 828-350­2062 or by email.

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. $15 / $10 sliding scale for seniors. Contact Barbara Marlowe by email and see the Facebook page.

New Hoop Dance class series Wednesdays at Toy Boat Community Arts Space in Asheville. Beginners Class 5:30-6:45pm; Advanced class 7-8:15pm. $13 drop in; $90 full series (8 classes). More info: see this page or send an email.

Bokwa Fitness with NC's Bokwa Education Specialist Trainer - Christine is teaching Bokwa at the YWCA of Asheville, Mission Wellness, Scandals Nightclub and Bokwa Platinum at River Arts Ballet. Try something new and if you love it, Christine can certify you to teach it. Schedule a Master Class, Demo, or Bokwa Certification today. Send an email or see the website for more info.

5Rhythms Sweat Your Prayers on Wednesday Nights: - Sweat Your Prayers™ is a gathering where we move through the rhythms of Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical and Stillness with intention and in community. Led by 5Rhythms teachers, the intention of this class is to have relatively little formal instruction, relying on the individual to create and support one’s own and therefore one another’s dance. Come explore the endless boundaries of the 5Rhythms. “The more you dance, the more you sweat. The more you sweat, the more you pray. The more you pray, the closer you come to ecstasy”. ~ Gabrielle Roth, Sweat Your Prayers. Held at Homewood, 19 Zillicoa St. in Asheville. Sliding scale fee $10-20, Students w/ID and Elders 65+ $8. Warmup 6pm, Wave 6:30pm. With Karen Chapman, Susan Campbell and Barbara Marlowe. For more info email Karen.

Beach Night in Hendersonville 7-10pm 2nd Saturday Each Month at Hendersonville American Legion - Upstairs, 216 4th Ave. West, Hendersonville. For anyone who loves beach music - Everyone welcome. DJ - David Hadden. Grill and Bar opens at 6pm. For info: see the Facebook page or send an email.

Dancing at Scandals Nightclub in the Grove House complex, 11 Grove St. in downtown Asheville. Legendary DJ Dance Party with Drag Show 10pm-3am Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Drag show at 12:30am). 18+. Free Thursdays and Sundays; $8/$5 members Fridays; $10/$7 members Saturdays. For complete info see the website.

Line dance classes with Denna Yockey at Stephens Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave. in Asheville. Beginner Tuesdays noon-1pm; Improver 1-2pm; Great exercise for your mind and body! For more info, call 828-350-2058 or email Denna.

Ballet Fit with Claire Barratt - 6:30-8pm every Tuesday at Weaverville Yoga, 7 Florida Ave., opposite the Well Bred Bakery. Everyone is welcome. Develop poise, strength, grace, and flexibility. A weekly practice that centers you and lifts you up. See you at the barre! Contact Weaverville Yoga at 828-348-4171 or send an email.

BALLROOM DANCE LESSONS at Rococo Ballroom in North Asheville. Professional competing couple Jake & Meghan Lavender welcome students of all levels - beginners through Gold - interested in learning to dance! Rococo offers instruction in American style Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Country Western dancing. We are now offering a $25 sample Private Lesson for couples and individuals! Call 828.575.0905 or inquire at the website to schedule TODAY and never have to sit out a dance again!

Thursday Night Shag 7-9:30pm Last Thursday Each Month at American Legion Post 77 - Upstairs 216 4th Ave. West in Hendersonville. Music by DJ David Hadden. All dancers and lovers of beach music are welcome. Cover $5. American Legion Grill open 6-8pm; Bar Open until 9:30pm. For info: see the Facebook page or send an email.

Intermediate / Advanced Contemporary Line Dancing - Instructors; Denna Yockey and Cindy Hady. DJ is Jean Vick. Wednesdays noon-2pm; Harvest House Recreation Center, 205 Kenilworth Rd. Variety of styles of dance, e.g. Swing, Cha Cha, Waltz, Rumba, Pop and more! Previous knowledge of Intermediate/Advanced Line Dancing Steps, recommended. For more info, call 828­350­2051, email Denna or email Cindy.

Nia Fitness Classes with Lia in Hendersonville - A blend of dance arts, martial arts and healing arts to create a healthier YOU. No previous experience required; beneficial and fun for everyBody. Mondays 6:45-7:45pm and Saturdays 11:30am-12:30pm at Henderson County Athletics and Activity Center Dance Room, 708 South Grove St. First class is FREE, $64 for 8 classes. For more information 828-697-7449 or see the website.

ZUMBA - Zumba is a Latin and international dance party that will make you SWEAT! We will shake it to fun, heart-pumping music and dance "como loco" (like crazy) in the course of an hour. Latin rhythms like Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Samba, and Electro Latino will fill your heart with tropical sunshine and la fiesta latina. No experience or coordination required... simply move, smile, and have fun! Join Adena and Katie every Monday and Thursday from 6:30-7:30pm at Anytime Fitness, 805 Patton Avenue, Asheville. First class is free; $5 Drop-in. More info: see the website or send an email.

"Deb au Nare's Burlesque Academy of Asheville" - Offering Burlesque classes for all levels, including Burlesque 101 & 102, Burlesque Chair Fitness, private classes, burlesque parties and more! Classes are held at the dance studio at Colourfield (54 Ravenscroft). For more information, visit the website.

Cardio Salsa at Cheshire Fitness every Friday 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. More info: send an 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).

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

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.

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

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. 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. Capoeira combines martial arts, gymnastics, music and dance. Children learn to sing in Portuguese and play traditional, afro-brazilian instruments. Classes are Wednesdays from 6-7:30pm at Burton Street Community Center, 134 Burton St. in West Asheville (All Levels, $6); Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm at Broad River Community Center, 44 Broad River VFD Rd. in Black Mountain and Saturdays 10am-noon in Pack Square Park (first class free, $9/dropin, $40/month). Please arrive 10-15 min. prior to class. For more info: Visit the website.

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.

Kung Fu Lion Dance program - Mark Small's Montford Rec. Center classes are on Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm. 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 Swamp Rabbit Crossfit, 25 Peden St. in downtown Greenville, 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, 5:30-7:30pm in Clemson, SC. $2 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 9:30am, and Saturdays 10:30am at Training Partners, 863 Merrimon Avenue (underneath Stein Mart Shopping Center). Call 828-768-8809 or send an email.

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.

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 7pm 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.

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.

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.

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 Michele at 828-712-2804; see the website.

American Tribal Style (ATS) bellydance classes with Ani - American Tribal Style 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. Classes are held in West Asheville Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm. Please contact Ani for more information by email or call 828.989.2991.

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. He is available for private lessons and performances. Call 828-779-3177 or send an email or see the website for current classes and workshops. Rick teaches at the Asheville Ballroom and Event Center, 991 Sweeten Creek Rd. in Asheville.

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.

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.

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

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

DANCE EVENTS & WORKSHOPS
May 5 (Thursday) DANCE PARTY / BENEFIT... Rent Party w/ The Chuck Beattie Band 5:30pm at the YMI Cultural Center in downtown Asheville. Proceeds benefit Pisgah Legal's efforts to help thousands of low-income families in WNC keep decent, safe and affordable housing. Dance to Live Blues and enjoy Southern eats, wine and craft beer. Tickets $20 (includes entertainment, food, and beverage). Details: see this page, send an email or call 828-210-3444.

May 5 (Thursday) PERFORMANCE... Zoe Jakes' House of Tarot: A Theatrical Dance Production presented by Studio Zahiya - 7:30pm at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. House of Tarot is the brainchild of Zoe Jakes of Beats Antique, who is the choreographer, dancer, music composer, costume/set designer, and inspiration for this project. Three years ago, while poring over a favorite deck of Tarot cards, Zoe Jakes was inspired to create a work of art as powerful as the cards themselves. Finally, after years of creative process, House of Tarot has been created, placing the captivating energy of the Tarot deck onto members of the belly dance community. House of Tarot is true performance art, a mutable dance theater performance imbued with ritual and the mysteries of Fate. The archetypes of the Tarot come to life in dynamic choreographies, stunning set design, various theatrical props, and an original score of music by Zoe Jakes. $25. More info and tickets: see this page.

May 5 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Zeke's Fancy (Mark Barsamian fiddle, viola, Nick Weiland percussion, Paul Brown banjo, fiddle, Zeke Hutchison mandolin) with caller Diane Silver. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

May 5 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. Community Jam - Dance to the swinging music of our open community jazz band, led by assorted members of the Low Down Sires! All musicians are welcome to join in. Level 1 and 2 Classes 7:30pm. Class: $10. Dance: $5 for Swing Asheville members, $7 general public. For more see the website and this page .

May 5 (Thursday) JAZZ / SWING ... 42nd Street 8-11pm Thurdays at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. No cover. More about the band: see this page.

May 6 (Friday) FUNK / SOUL / WORLDBEAT / ROCK... RiverMusic 2016 5:30pm at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District. Lineup includes Greyhounds (pictured, funk and soul), Les Amis (members of Toubab Krewe and Zansa) and Major and The Monbacks (rock, psychedelic). Details: see this page.

May 6 (Friday) MOVEMENT... AMC Friday Dance with the Asheville Movement Collective at NYS3, 2002 Riverside Dr. Beginners welcome and encouraged! 7pm warm up, 7:30 circle. Flex ticket $8-20. Details: see this page.

May 6 (Friday) SWING ... Hendersonville Swing Dancing usually 7-11pm Fridays at the Henderson County Athletic Center, 708 South Grove St. in downtown Hendersonville. Lesson 7-8pm; open dance floor 8-11pm, $5. Details: see this page.

May 6 (Friday) MOTOWN / R&B ... WestSound 8-11pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. No cover.

May 6 (Friday) CAJUN... Cafe Sho 8:30-11pm at Cork & Keg in downtown Asheville. Serving up the tunes are Barry Benjamin - accordion, McLean Bissell - guitar, Hannah Seng and Cailen Campbell - fiddle, and Cary Fridley - bass. Details: see this page.

May 6 (Friday) FUNK / R&B / ETC... The California Honeydrops 9pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville. Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. $12 adv / $15 DOS. Details: see this page.

May 6 (Friday) LATIN... LAVA Nights 11pm-2am Fridays at Mela in downtown Asheville. Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia and more. 21+, ID Required. Details: see this page.

May 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 Zeke's Fancy (Mark Barsamian, Dave Borowski, Zeke Hutchison, Nick Weiland) with Diane Silver calling. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8.

May 7 (Saturday) CONTACT IMPROV ... Contact Improv Class and Open Jam 4-6pm every Saturday at French Broad Food Co-Op in downtown Asheville. $5. Beginners welcome and encouraged! This is a great way to get some experience and expand your edges with movement. Details: see this page and see the website.

May 7 (Saturday) BALLROOM ... Hendersonville Ballroom Dance Club Dance 7:30-10PM Saturdays at the Hendersonville Elks Lodge, 546 N. Justice St. in Hendersonville. Paulette Cole teaches free lesson 6:30-7:30pm. Admission to dance at 7:30-10pm 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). See Facebook page and see the website for more info or call Kathy at 828 698 0165.

May 7 (Saturday) JAZZ / SWING ... 42nd Street 8-11pm Saturdays at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Late Night Saturday Dance Party 11:15pm-2am Hip Hop/Rap-to present (Cover Charge). More about the band: see this page.

May 7 (Saturday) SQUARE DANCE ... Southern Lights Square and Round Dance Club Cinco de Mayo Dance at the Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Rd, Hendersonville. Adv dance at 6pm. Early rounds at 7pm. Squares and rounds at 7:30pm. Caller: Stan Russell. Cuers: Lou and Al Krech. For information and directions see our website.

May 7 (Saturday) BLUES / FUSION... Fusion/Blues Dance with DJ Cosmo Q 9pm-midnight at Veda Studios on Merrimon Ave. in Asheville. Dynamic unstructured partner dancing~ Rooted in blues dancing, with an emphasis on creative expression. No experience necessary! Perfect for anyone looking to learn how to partner dance. Blues Dance Instructional w/ Camber Isaac 8-9pm. $5 at the Door. More info: see this page ; to register see this page.

May 7 (Saturday) COUNTRY / SWING / ETC ... Smoky Mountain Dance Club at Asheville Moose Lodge, 1 Moose Heart Lane, (off Leicester Hwy). Country Two Step, Triple Two, East & West Coast Swing, Waltz, Cha Cha, Nightclub Two, Line Dancing. Dance 7-10:30pm; $10. All Welcome. Next dances May 7 and 21, June 4 and 18, July 2 and 23, Aug 13 and 27, Sep 10 and 24, Oct 8 and 22, Nov 5 and 19, December 3, 17 and 31, 2016. Details: see the website.

May 7 (Saturday) SWING / JAZZ / BLUES... Red Hot Sugar Babies 8:30pm at Cork & Keg in downtown Asheville. The Red Hot Sugar Babies perform sassy jazz and sultry blues of the roaring '20s-'30s including Vintage Jazz, Blues, Swing, Ragtime, Dixieland, New Orleans. Details: see this page.

May 7 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at the Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Zeke's Fancy (Zeke Hutchinson, Nick Weiland, Mark Barsamian, Dave Borowski) 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.

May 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 Stoll'n Gold (Roger Gold, Fred Stoll, Pam Stoll) with Annemarie Walter calling. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

May 7 (Saturday) CONTRA... Boone Country Dancers 8-11pm at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, approximately 10 miles from downtown Boone. Music by Bob Kogut and Friends with caller Stephanie Marie. New Dancers Workshop at 7:30pm. Admission $7, $5 for high school students, free for 12 and under. Hosted by Boone Country Dancers.

May 8 (Sunday) MOVEMENT... AMC Sunday Morning Dance every Sunday morning with the Asheville Movement Collective at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville. First Dance: 8:30am warm-up, 9am dance, $8-20. Second Dance: 10:30am warm-up, 11am dance, $8-20. Details: see this page.

May 8 (Sunday) BLUES ... Blues Dance Party 6-9pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Live band. $3 cover.

May 9 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by The Stringrays (Matthew Kenney percussion, Max Newman mandolin, guitar, Rodney Miller fiddle, Stuart Kenney bass, banjo) with caller Will Mentor. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

May 9 (Monday) SWING... West Coast Swing Lessons and Dance Mondays at Aloft Hotel, 51 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville - 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. More info: see this page.

May 9 (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.

May 10 (Tuesday) BLUES ... The Remedy Tuesdays at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Blues dance lesson at 8pm, Band 8:30-11pm. $3pp cover charge.

May 10 (Tuesday) SHAG... The Mountain Shag Club Tuesdays at 550 Tavern & Grille, 550 Airport Road in Fletcher. We have Free Shag Basic Lessons from 6:30-7pm and rotating DJ's from 6:30-9pm. No partner needed. $5 Cover Charge. Call 828-298-9382 for location and info or see the website.

May 10 (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.

May 10 (Tuesday) HULA... Hawaiian Hula - Embodied Spirituality, A Source of Joy to Dancers and Beholders Alike Tuesdays at the Hendersonville Racquet Club (NEW LOCATION), 88 Oak Creek Lane, Hendersonville. Hula is a path of spiritual development. It is the Dance of Love, like a breath of life that helps us to deepen our understanding of ourselves, especially as women. It is the Heartbeat of the Hawaiian People; Ancient Storytelling through the flowing movements of your hands and body and wonderful low-impact exercise. It is truly for Every Woman, Every Age, Every Size And Every Ethnicity. No dance experience is necessary. Basics $18/drop-in; $60/monthly, HRC Members: $16/drop-in;$56/monthly. For more information, see this page. Contact the The Heart of Aloha Halau at 812-929-8898 send an email.

May 11 (Wednesday) BALLROOM / SWING / SHAG... Phil Noland & Sonny Day at "TopSide" 7-10pm every Wednesday at the VFW Post 5026, 900 N Main Street in Hendersonville, NC (on the hill above Pop's Diner at 5-Points intersection). Ballroom, Swing, Shag and more. Your requests are always welcome! The best $5 dance party around. Cash bar is available. For more information call (828) 777-7445.

May 11 (Wednesday) VINTAGE ROCK ... 3 Cool Cats 8-11pm Wednesdays at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Free dance lesson (swing) 7:30pm by Bobby Wood.

May 12 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by The Stringrays (Matthew Kenney percussion, Max Newman mandolin, guitar, Rodney Miller fiddle, Stuart Kenney bass, banjo) with caller Will Mentor. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

May 12 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. All-Star DJ Night - Come on out to hear some of the best swing music ever recorded, tailored for your dancing pleasure. Level 1 and 2 Classes 7:30pm. Class: $10. Dance: $5 for Swing Asheville members, $7 general public. For more see the website and this page .

May 12 (Thursday) COUNTRY / ROOTS / HONKY TONK... The Deslondes w/ Hearts Gone South 9pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. $10 adv / $12 DOS. Details: see this page.

May 13-14 (Fri-Sat) PERFORMANCE... Trillium Dance Company at LEAF - Presenting four new pieces by Trillium Dance Company at the Spring LEAF Festival in Black Mountain. Friday, May 13 at 9:25pm (Lakeside Stage); Friday Overnight, May 13/14 1:15-2:30am (Eden Hall w/Kaya Project); and Saturday, May 14 at 5:20pm (Lakeside Stage). Festival details: see this page.

May 13 (Friday) ROCKABILLY... Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 9pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys bring with them a brand of American music that has earned them an induction into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, several national television appearances, guest spots on The Grand Ole Opry, and a slew of adoring fans. $12 adv / $15 DOS. More info: see this page.

May 13 (Friday) SWING / JAZZ / LATIN... The Gypsy Swingers 8:30-11pm at Cork & Keg in downtown Asheville. Lady Q sings everything from Latin standards to New Orleans blues and plays the kazoo and light percussion. Mario Piccolo plays a Selmer style guitar working off the rhythms created by Magic Sean (guitar) and Craig Sandberg on bass. Drayton Aldridge weaves in striking violin melodies. Details: see this page.

May 13 (Friday) ELECTRONIC... Rebirth 37 10pm-2am at Boiler Room in downtown Asheville. Introducing fresh DJ talent from around the galaxy and underground techno/house all night long! Featuring DJ’s Luis Armando and more to be announced! Free (ages 18+ event).

May 14 (Saturday) COUNTRY / HONKY TONK... The Return of Country Night at The Mothlight in West Asheville. Featuring The Jon Hatchett Band, Alison Self & Hearts Gone South. Two Step Dance Instruction at 8:30 w/ Deborah Swanson, bands start at 9pm. Pie Walk! Contests! Prizes! $8 adv / $10 DOS. Details: see this page.

May 15 (Sunday) ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE... OFB English Country Dance at Homewood Event and Conference Center, 19 Zillicoa St., in the Montford area, Asheville. Leader is Bob Thompson with music by George & Linda Schissler and Suzanne Hosch. Beginner's session at 3:30pm. Dance, 4-6:30pm. $7/$6 for OFB members. No partner necessary. More info: see this page.

May 16 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by The Buddy System (Julie Vallimont piano, Noah VanNorstrand Fiddle, Mandolin, Feet) with caller Jesse Edgerton. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

May 18 (Wednesday) WALTZ... Wednesday Night Waltz 7-9pm third Wednesdays at White Horse Black Mountain. A relaxing evening of waltzing to live music. $8. Waltz Lesson 6:30-7pm, $5. For more information contact Suzanne Hosch at 828-215-3625 or send an email.

May 19 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Charlie and the double LL's (Charlie Pilzer Keyboard, Laura Lengnick fiddle, Laura Light fiddle) with caller Beth Molaro. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

May 19 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. Music by One Leg Up. Level 1 and 2 Classes 7:30pm. Class: $10. Dance: $5 for Swing Asheville members, $7 general public. For more see the website and this page .

May 20 (Friday) NEW ORLEANS / FUNK... Downtown After 5 5-9pm every third Friday through September on North Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville. Music tonight by CHA WA (pictured) - Traditional Mardi Gras Indians meets street-level funk. Jeff Thompson Band opens - Part singer/songwriter, part poet, this Asheville musician's New Orleans roots shine through in his music. Free. No Pets. Details: see this page.

May 20 (Friday) CONTRA... OFB Advanced Dance 8-11pm at Warren Wilson College. Tonight's dance is on the Pavilion! Music by Steamshovel (Roger Gold, David White) with caller Jesse Edgerton. 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.

May 20 (Friday) DANCE PARTY... Calvin's Birthday Celebration 10pm-2am at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. Dance to a live DJ playing Ole Skool Hip Hop, RnB, Soul, and Funk. This is for grown folks only (ages 30 and over), so dress to impress! $10 (ages 30+ event).

May 21 (Saturday) WORKSHOP... Bronson's Red Bottom Boogie - Dancing in Heels with Jennifer Bronson 1-3pm at Studio Zahiya in downtown Asheville. Dust off those red bottom pumps and come meet Jennifer Bronson at the mirror. Red bottom boogie is a hip hop choreography based class all done in heels. Learn the technique needed to be able to dance as hard as you'd like while at the same time maintaining balance and poise. So grab those boots, pumps, stilettos, and red bottoms and come boogie with Jennifer Bronson. $20. More info and signup: see the website.

May 21 (Saturday) SALSA / BACHATA... Salchata Nights in Collaboration w/ 2umbao - Ready for a full day of salsa and bachata fun! Workshops will be held at Veda Studios, 853 Merrimon Ave.: 2-3pm Intermediate Salsa w/ Rumbao (from Charlotte) and 3pm-4pm Sensual Bachata w/ Step by Step (Greenville SC). Evening Social w/ Performances at Melas Indian Restaurant in downtown Asheville - doors open at 11pm until 2:15am! Performances at Midnight! DJ Carlos Carmona will be playing the best salsa and bachata! Full Pass only $25 (2 classes and party). For social, ID Required, 18+ to dance / 21+ to drink! More info: send an email, call 828-674-2658 or see this page.

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

May 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 The Dancing Bears (John Culp, Lew Gelfond, Jeff Hersk, Mark Langner) with caller Barbara Groh. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

May 21 (Saturday) CAJUN / ZYDECO... Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble at the Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs (Atlanta area), GA 30328. Dance 8–11 pm; Intermediate Zydeco Dance Lesson with Anthony Lewis 6:30-7:15pm ; Beginning Zydeco Dance Lesson with Cheri Mullinex 7:15-8pm. $18/$5 students/$14 ACZA members. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Authentic Cajun/Creole food for sale from Fusions Catering. Sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association (ACZA), or see this page. For further information send an email or 877-338-2420.

May 22 (Sunday) WORKSHOP... Veilwork for Beginners and Beyond with Charlotte 2-4pm at Studio Zahiya in downtown Asheville. Dust off those red bottom pumps and come meet Jennifer Bronson at the mirror. Red bottom boogie is a hip hop choreography based class all done in heels. Learn the technique needed to be able to dance as hard as you'd like while at the same time maintaining balance and poise. So grab those boots, pumps, stilettos, and red bottoms and come boogie with Jennifer Bronson. $20. More info and signup: see the website.

May 22 (Sunday) PERFORMANCE / ETC... Wicked Geisha presents: A Vision of Xanadu 8pm at Crow & Quill in downtown Asheville. A reading of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan, followed by a hypnogogic dreamscape of music, dancing, and performance. Are you the dreamer... or the dream? Adorning Your Being Is Highly Encouraged. Special Guests are Billy Zanski on Guzheng (Chinese Harp), Didgeridoo and Dun Dun Drums; and Casey Campfield (Narrator of the Poem Kubla Khan). Donations Gratefully Accepted at the Door. Details: see this page.

May 23 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Dancing Bears with caller Barbara Groh. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

May 24 (Tuesday) HOT JAZZ / WESTERN SWING... Hot Club of Cowtown 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. The Hot Club’s influences are as much the smoky bistros of 1930s Paris as they are hoedowns and Western swing. $15 adv / $18 DOS. More info: see this page.

May 26 & June 2 (Thursdays) TANGO ... Turn Your World Around - Tangogypsies Next Step Workshop 7:30pm Thursdays, May 26 and June 2, at FBFC Movement & Learning Center in downtown Asheville. Turns and turning movements - Technique and vocabulary for the social dance floor. Beginning with review of fundamental technique, we will quickly progress into deeper technique exploring various turns, working in both open and close embrace. Individual registration is $50, Couples $90 if paid by Monday May 16. Door prices $60pp May 16-May 26 (No drop ins after May 26). For registration send an email. Cash, check or paypal accepted. Details: see this page.

May 26 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays 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 David Winston. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

May 26 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. Music by Megan and her Goody Goodies. Level 1 and 2 Classes 7:30pm. Class: $10. Dance: $5 for Swing Asheville members, $7 general public. For more see the website and this page .

May 27 (Friday) SALSA / LATIN... Hot Bachata Nights 9:30pm-2am at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. We are back again for our monthly Social! Come on out and enjoy the company of Asheville Salsa Dance Community, the wonderful dancers of Asheville, Johnson City, Charlotte, and the region. $10 (ages 18+ event), Student & Military discount with ID.

May 27 (Friday) ELECTRONIC... Rebirth 38 10pm-2am at Boiler Room in downtown Asheville. Introducing fresh DJ talent from around the galaxy and underground techno/house all night long! Featuring DJ’s Luis Armando and more to be announced! Free (ages 18+ event).

May 27 (Friday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at the Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll in Jonesborough, TN. Contrathon XIX Kickoff dance! Music by Pete's Posse with callers Janine Smith & Emily Abel. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

May 27 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon CityDance 8-11pm at Landmark Hall in Taylors, SC. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Sycamore Flats (Ray Adams, Hilary Dirlam, Mary Gordon) with caller Jacob Lagrone. Lesson at 7:30pm. $8.

May 28 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Pete's Posse with callers Janine Smith & Emily Abel. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

May 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 Chris Liakos and Friends with caller Jesse Edgerton. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

May 29 (Sunday) CONTRA... Contrathon XIX 11am-11pm at Pavilion @ Serenity Knoll in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Pete's Posse with callers Janine Smith & Emily Abel. Register Online. Presented by Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

May 30 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Rhythm Road (Jim Harrington accordion, Buddy Thomas guitar, Kevin Walsh bass, Richard Adams horns) with caller Terry Doyle. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

June 2 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Rhythm Road with callers Charley Harvey and Terry Doyle. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

June 3 (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 Rhythm Road (Richard Adams, Jim Harrington, Buddy Thomas, Chris Wray) with caller Terry Doyle. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8.

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

June 4 (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.

June 6 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Grey Lark (Austin Murry and Luke Payne) with caller Beth Molaro. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

June 9 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Inexplicabillies (David White fiddle/banjo, Joel McConnell mandolin, tenor banjo, Wes Maluk guitar, tenor banjo, percussion) with caller Clinton Ross. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

June 11 (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 Irregulars (Dana Hartshorn, McKinley James, Chris Krag, Oliver Scanlon) with caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

June 11 (Saturday) CONTRA... Boone Country Dancers 8-11pm at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, approximately 10 miles from downtown Boone. Music by Boom Chuck with caller Warren Doyle. New Dancers Workshop at 7:30pm. Admission $7, $5 for high school students, free for 12 and under. Come early for In-depth New Dancer Workshop 3-6pm led by Warren Doyle. Hosted by Boone Country Dancers.

June 12 (Sunday) ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE... OFB English Country Dance at Homewood Event and Conference Center, 19 Zillicoa St., in the Montford area, Asheville. Leader AnneMarie Walter with music by Atossa Kramer, Gretchen Caverly & Lisa Smith. Beginner's session at 3:30pm. Dance, 4-6:30pm. $7/$6 for OFB members. No partner necessary. More info: see this page.

June 13 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Party of Three (Lilly Pearlman fiddle, Neil Pearlman piano, Joe Depaolo percussion) with caller Jack Mitchell. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

June 14 (Tuesday) DANCE PARTY... All Ages Dance Party 6-8:30pm at The Hop Ice Creamery in West Asheville. Come dance with the Underdog BBoy/BGirl Crew. Details: see this page.

June 15 (Wednesday) WALTZ... Wednesday Night Waltz 7-9pm third Wednesdays at White Horse Black Mountain. A relaxing evening of waltzing to live music. $8. Waltz Lesson 6:30-7pm, $5. For more information contact Suzanne Hosch at 828-215-3625 or send an email.

June 16 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Party of Three (Lilly Pearlman fiddle, Neil Pearlman piano, Joe Depaolo percussion) with caller Jack Mitchell. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

June 18 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music TBA with caller Joy Greenwolfe. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

June 19 (Sunday) ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE... OFB English Country Dance at Homewood Event and Conference Center, 19 Zillicoa St., in the Montford area, Asheville. Leader Bob Thompson with music by Davie & Robbin Marcus and Beth Magill. Beginner's session at 3:30pm. Dance, 4-6:30pm. $7/$6 for OFB members. No partner necessary. More info: see this page.

June 20 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Sugar (Laura Light fiddle, Paul Moore piano, Julia Weatherford cello) with caller Gregory Frock. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

June 23 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Boom Chuck (Laurie Fisher fiddle, Nic Coker guitar, fiddle, Ric Cooper bass) with caller Beth Molaro. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

June 24 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon CityDance 8-11pm at Landmark Hall in Taylors, SC. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music and caller TBA. Lesson at 7:30pm. $8.

June 25 (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.

June 27 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Crooked Pine (Craig Bannerman bass, Frank McConnell guitar, hammer dulcimer, Marion Boatwright fiddle, Troy Harrison banjo, mandolin) with caller David Winston. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

June 30 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays 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 Tamara McGovern. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

July 1-8 (Fri-Fri) CONTRA... Summer Contradancers Delight Holiday at the brand-new open-air dance pavilion at the Appalachian Folk School nestled in the scenic mountains of northeastern TN. A very affordable, flexible contradance week! Music by Great Bear Trio, Toss the Posssum & Playing With Fyre with callers Beth Molaro, Emily Abel & Terry Doyle. Also, two Rushfests. More info: see the website.

July 2 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Anadama with caller Joy Greenwolfe. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

July 8 (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 and caller TBA. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8.

July 9 (Saturday) CONTRA... Boone Country Dancers 8-11pm at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, approximately 10 miles from downtown Boone. Music by The Stuff! (Nic Coker and Gretchen Caverly) with caller Stephanie Marie. New Dancers Workshop at 7:30pm. Admission $7, $5 for high school students, free for 12 and under. Hosted by Boone Country Dancers.

July 16 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music TBA with caller Stephanie Marie. 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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