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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! 2umbao will be taking a break from classes for the summer starting July 13! We will start back with a New 6wks October 5th! We still will have every 3rd Saturday workshops and socials each month with out of town guests! Please check FB page to keep up to date on things happening. More info: send an email, see this page or call 828-674-2658.

Open Call For Talent - now through July 1: Clan Destiny Circus is seeking performing artists in a variety of disciplines for upcoming performance opportunities: Aerial Artists with experience in Partner Acrobatics ; acrobats with experience in Aerial Arts ; Skilled Dancers/Movement artists with a desire and ability ; Skilled Circus Artists with one or more performance-quality acts ; Comic actors/actresses with circus skills. Most jobs are located in Asheville, but some may require travel, so flexible schedules are preferred. Compensation is based on experience level. To Apply: Please send us an email introducing yourself, along with links to any videos you have available by email. Performance/training resumes and/or bios gladly accepted but not required.

Folkmoot USA Looking for Volunteers - If you’ve ever wanted to experience the inner Folkmoot (held July 21-31) - behind the scenes, backstage, traveling with the dance troupes, intense cultural education – this is the way! For information about available positions or to apply please see the website or call 828-452-2997.

What Is Buti Yoga? - This calorie-scorching workout fuses power yoga with cardio-intensive tribal dance + body sculpting primal movement. Buti Yoga utilizes the Spiral Structure Technique to sculpt + tone the deep abdominal muscles that stabilize and strengthen the body. Instead of linear movements, it favors movements that challenge the body along all planes of motion - THE RESULT - long, lean muscle with sexy feminine curves. With Buti Yoga we believe the only way to transform your body in a sustainable way is to fall in LOVE with your workout + wellness lifestyle. To me, Buti Yoga isn’t a workout - it’s my chance to create - let go - connect - and sweat with intention. Every time you step on your mat, you have a chance to break through the emotional or physical barriers that set you free. This class is for women and we create a tribe-like vibe where you can come together sweat, connect in a non-competetive way. Classes held 6:45pm Tuesdays at Well.Fit Asheville, 239 South Liberty St. in downtown Asheville. Buti yoga pass is 4 for $60. For more info see this page and this website.

Free Classes At Empyrean Arts! at 32 Banks Avenue, Studio 108, in downtown Asheville. Friday July 1 at 7:45pm - FREE Chair Dance Class with Jennifer Bronson + students receive a free Catawba Brewery beer coupon afterwards! Perfect for Ladies Night Out - 8 students maximum per class, and no advance registration needed as free classes are on a first come first serve basis. Tuesday July 5 at 5pm - FREE Routine Procedure Class with Laura Marie Souther - Routine Procedure is a brand new aerial dance focused class where students will learn specific choreography to music utilizing aerial apparatus, and each week will build upon the previous week's choreography. Drop ins and all levels welcome - 6 students maximum per class, and no advance registration needed as free classes are on a first come first serve basis. Celebrity Circus Saturday July 23 at Empyrean Arts - Doors 6pm, Show 6:30pm - Empyrean Arts 1 year anniversary celebration and our first student showcase - Pole, Aerial, and Dance performances + Aerial Bartending - Sliding scale admission. More info: the website or call/text us at 828.782.3321.

Ballroom and Shag Dance Classes - New Sessions Start July 7 at the Hendersonville Racquet Club. Beginning Ballroom is for newcomers or those who would like a little refresher course. Class will cover the elements of style and basic patterns for Waltz, Foxtrot, Rumba, Salsa, Swing and more. Learn in fun, supportive setting, no partner is required. Class begins at 7pm. Shag Classes begin Thursday evenings starting July 11, at 8pm. Learn the fundamentals of the Carolina’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. Classes are $75 per person, no partner required. Classes presented John Dietz, a DVIDA certified ballroom dance instructor, trained by Fred Astaire franchised dance studios. In addition to Ballroom Dancing, Yoga, Pilates, SilverSneakers, Muscles in Motion, Zumba, and hula classes are also available - see the website. For more information on dance classes call 828 712-0791 or visit this website.

Summer Classes at Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre, 20 Commerce Street in downtown Asheville - Butoh Dance - Our Missing Body Taught by Constance Humphries July 24 1-5pm, $25/class. For more information see this website. Adult Ballet Classes Taught by Sara Keller Thursday evening sessions available (attend the full session or drop in any class) 2nd session (4 weeks) - Aug 4-25; 5 classes for $85 or a $20 drop in fee. Butoh/Modern-Fusion Class Taught by Jenni Cockrell Tuesdays (6 week session) July 5-Aug 9 6:30-8pm, Fee is sliding scale. Fencing Classes Taught by Giles & Matthew Wednesday evenings all summer from 6-7:30pm.

A Technique For Butoh Dance - 6-Week Session Monday Evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, continues July 11, 18, 25 at French Broad Studios, 475 Fletcher Martin Road in Alexander, NC. Based on exercises and improvisations from Butoh training, Noguchi Gymnastics, and Modern Dance, this course aims to develop a method for training and preparing the body to dance butoh. Classes will introduce, explore, and expand physical skills and anatomical theories of the body. Graham’s contract/ release theories, Humphrey /Limon’s concepts of fall /recover /rebound /suspend, Cunningham’s isolation and articulation practices, as well as Noguchi’s work with body as a water bag will provide material to assist in developing alignment, control of the center, and balance which are necessary for any dance or theatre performance. We will explore how to shape space through the timing and effort of our own creative energy, applying it in collaboration with gravity, and other physical forces. Cost: $100 for entire series OR $20 per session. For more information, send an email, see the website or call 828-683-1377.

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 5-26, 8-9pm, 6:30-7:30pm. Where: Colourfield, 54 Ravenscroft. Sign up: see this page.

Teen Dance Performance Camp at Studio Zahiya 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.

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 Intercultural 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.

Southern Lights Square and Round Dance Club Workshops 7-9pm Tuesdays starting Sep 13 at the Salvation Army Gym, 3rd Ave. in Hendersonville. Two FREE fun nights on August 30 and September 6. For information and directions see the website.

Music City Masquerade 2016, Nashville Country Dancers' Halloween Contra Dance Weekend, will be held Fri-Sun, Oct. 28-30, at The Cohn School in Nashville, TN. Music by The Latter Day Lizards and Nashville Ceili Band with callers Diane Silver and Charlotte Crittenden. More information: see the website.

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 Zydeco 7pm Bellydance/Hip Hop Fusion Series, 8pm Tap Series. TUESDAY: 9am Hip Hop Fitness, 6pm Intro to Bellydance Series, 7pm Intermediate Bellydance Series, 8pm Advanced Bellydance. WEDNESDAY: 9am Hip Hop Fitness 5:30pm Hip Hop Fitness 6:30pm Bhangra Series 7:30pm POUND 8pm Contemporary Series. THURSDAY: 9am Hip Hop Fitness, 7pm West African Intro. FRIDAY 7pm Bachata. SATURDAY: 9:30am Hip Hop Fitness. SUNDAY: 3pm Tap 2 Series, 6:30pm Vixen Workout Series 7:30pm Vixen Workout Series. Details: See website(http://www.studiozahiya.com/) for information.. Details: See website for information.

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.

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.

Mountain Thunder Cloggers are a family-oriented, precision, non-profit clogging team based out of the Oakley Community Center in Asheville, NC. No experience necessary and no partner required. Affordable classes for all ages. Visit our website for current class days/times. $50/8-week session (2 full months!) and additional family members 1/2 price. Classes taught by nationally certified instructor, Kate Guzy. For more information, call 828-490-1226 or visit 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.

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
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

June 30 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. Music by The House Hoppers. Tonight's Dance is the Blue Ridge Bal Pre-Party! 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 .

June 30 (Thursday) BLUES ... Thursday Night Blues Dancing w/ Jesse Barry and The Jam 9pm-midnight Thursdays at Tressa's in downtown Asheville. More info: see this page

July 1 (Friday) SWING ... Friday Night Barn Dance 5-9pm Fridays at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Swing dancing to live music by Sparrow & her Wingmen. Dinner menu will be available from 5-8pm, and the band will play from 6-9pm. Don't forget to bring the kids. Aside from stomping around on the dance floor, we've got plenty to do, such as saying hello to the baby piglets, going down the tunnel slides, and knocking around the tether ball. Admission $5 / kids under 10 free. Details: see this page.

July 1 (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.

July 1 (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.

July 1 (Friday) CAJUN / ZYDECO... Bayou Diesel 8:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville. The Asheville-based band has always focused on performing the powerful Cajun, Zydeco and Mardi Gras style dance music of Louisiana. $10. More about the band: see this page.

July 1 (Friday) ECSTATIC DANCE... Primal Ecstatic Dance w/ Bonfire & Drum Circle in Fairview. We encourage you to discover which anscestral root(s) you feel the most connected to and embody it (this could link back to your blood line OR past lives.) Is it Celtic? Native American? Viking? Samurai? Incan? Greek/Roman? African? All of the above? Opening circle at 6:30pm with discussion / exercises to tap into primal, warrior and fire energy and sacred sexual energy of the earth. Guided journey to meet inner warrior/anscestral guide at 7:30pm, Primal/Warrior body paint/adornment at 8pm, Warrior Dance/Chant Activation Circle at 9pm, Primal Ecstatic Dance around bonfire at 10pm and Free dance / drumming from 11pm on. $17 per person. Children 16 and under free. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will go off sale at noon on July 1. Camping available. Details: see this page.

July 1-3 (Fri-Sun) BALBOA / SWING... Blue Ridge Bal - 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. 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.

July 1 (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.

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 Possum & Playing With Fyre with callers Beth Molaro, Emily Abel & Terry Doyle. Also, two Rushfests. More info: see the website.

July 2 (Saturday) WORKSHOP... Belly Dance and Sex Magic - Things You Wish You Had Learned as a Teenager - Day-long retreat with Michelle Dionne - 10am-5pm in Black Mountain. Learn the fundamentals of using Belly Dance and Sex Magic as highly transformative, healing processes - $75-150 sliding scale - More info: see this page

July 2 (Saturday) OLD TIME... Shindig On The Green 7-10pm Saturdays, July 2, July 9, July 16, July 23, Aug 13, Aug 20, Aug 27 and Sep 3. Bring your instruments, families, friends, lawn chairs and blankets and join us at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Enjoy unique music and dance performances on stage, and informal jam sessions. Come celebrate the treasured cultural heritage of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Free. For more information see the website

July 2 (Saturday) SQUARE DANCE ... Southern Lights Square and Round Dance Club Red, White and Blue Dance 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 the website.

July 2 (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.

July 2 (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.

July 2 (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.

July 2 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Picnic, Contra Dance & Sky Watch at Serenity Knoll in Jonesborough, TN. Potluck dinner starting at 5pm. Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm with music by Anadama and caller Joy Greenwolfe. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. After the dance, we will have couples dancing to recorded music that will include swing, hip hop and other partner dances. Fireworks in the valley. Stargazer columnist Mark Marquette will lead us in a special "Contra Cosmic Connection," naked eye stargazing of constellations and telescopic views of Venus Jupiter and the gibbous Moon. At midnight, we'll show the movie "Dirty Dancing" on the big screen with hot popcorn for all. Free camping is available. More info: see the website.

July 3 (Sunday) SWING / TWO-STEP / SHAG / CLOG... Deep River 7:30pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville. Deep River features soaring lead and harmony vocals from its three female singers coupled with the top-notch musicianship of its instrumentalists to make a traditional Southern country ‘stew’ of covers and originals flavored with rock, blues, Cajun, folk and bluegrass notes so you can swing, two-step, shag or clog the night away! $10 adv / $12 DOS. More about the band: see this page.

July 3 (Sunday) VINTAGE DANCE MUSIC... Sparrow & Her Wingmen Album Release Party 7-11pm at The Mothlight in West Asheville. There will be a FREE hour long balboa dance class right at 8pm, followed by 2 hours of great swing music. $10. Details: see this page.

July 4 (Monday) FESTIVAL... Ingles Independence Day Celebration noon-10pm at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. Music by Nikki Lane, Savannah Smith and Kevn Kinney (from Drivin' n Cryin'). Fireworks at 9:30pm. Splashville Fountain will be on from 2-6pm. Picnics welcome. Free. No pets. Details: see this page.

July 5 (Tuesday) SACRED DANCE... Akashic Dance Alchemy: Awaken to the Rhythms of Your Soul with Inaiya Ray 7-9pm Tuesdays, July 5-26, at Veda Studios on Merrimon Ave. in Asheville. Akashic Dance Alchemy is an international soul movement modality that guides participants into greater integration and embodiment for their true Divine nature through evocative music, sound and a guided inner and outer ecstatic dance journey. Using the alchemical keys of music, sound, touch, and inquiry you are invited to expand your consciousness and bring awareness to the multidimensional aspects of self to then embody and deepen connectivity to one's Authentic Self, Soul's Journey, and connection to Sacred Community. The Akashic Dance is about flow, tuning in to deeper psychic, emotional, and spiritual energies that exist within each of us and allowing these inner forces to move into expression. $14 per Class / $50 to Pre-register for the 4-part series. Details: see this page.

July 5 (Tuesday) BLUES ... The Remedy Tuesdays at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Blues dance lesson at 8pm, Band 8:30-11pm. $3pp cover charge.

July 5 (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.

July 5 (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.

July 5 (Tuesday) HULA... Hawaiian Hula - The Dance of the Heart - For Every Woman, Every Age, Every Size And Every Ethnicity 6-7:30pm Tuesdays at the Hendersonville Racquet Club, 88 Oak Creek Lane, Hendersonville. Hula is a path of spiritual development through the flowing movements of your hands and body. It is 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 and their ancient Ancient Storytelling . It is also Wonderful Low-Impact Exercise and No Dance Experience Is Necessary. Taught by Kaleo Wheeler. Basics $18/drop-in; $60/monthly, HRC Members: $15/drop-in;$55/monthly. For more information, see this page. Contact the The Heart of Aloha Halau at 812-929-8898 send an email.

July 6 (Wednesday) DANCE PARTY ... LEAF Global Citizens Dance & Art Series Wednesdays at Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. Dance-based Art in the Park program series from 6-7pm. Visual and performing artists will present a free series of public dance workshops, accompanied by art activities hosted by the Easel Rider beginning at 5:30pm. The LEAF teaching artists will represent a variety of dance styles including hip hop, salsa, bhangra, belly dance and African dance. Each artist has mindfully designed interactive sessions suitable for all audiences. June 29: Scratching and Mixing Free-style dance with DJ Kutzu. Easel Rider: Cristal Fox & Abby Shuler. Free. Details: see this page.

July 6 (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.

July 6 (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.

July 7 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Anadama (Amelia Mason fiddle, Bethany Waickman guitar, Emily Troll accordion) with caller Diane Silver. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

July 7 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. Music by The Grove House Band. Led by a 3-piece horn section and piano, this band will play swinging favorites the 1st set, then open up to sit-ins the 2nd set. 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 .

July 8 (Friday) ROCK / SOUL / BLUES ... RiverMusic 5:30-9:30pm at the RiverLink Sculpture and Performance Plaza in the River Arts District. Lineup includes Tim Easton, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Patrick Sweany. Details: see this page.

July 8 (Friday) COUNTRY / HONKY TONK ... Country Night at The Mothlight at The Mothlight in West Asheville. Two Step Dance instruction with Deborah Swanson at 9pm, Bands at 9:30pm. Music by Hearts Gone South (pictured) and J.P. Harris & the Tough Choices. Country/Honky Tonk DJ Greg Cartwright (of The Oblivians/Reigning Sound) before & after bands. PIE WALK! $10. Details: see this website.

July 8 (Friday) ECSTATIC DANCE ... Dance w/ Morphonic and Mafio at Jubilee! Community Church in downtown Asheville. Dance your Body ... Dance your Mind ... Dance your Heart ... Just Dance! 8:30pm Warm Up, 9-11:30pm Dance. $6-$16 Donation. Wave by DJs Morphonic and Mafio. Details: see this 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 by Gretchen Caverly & Austin Murry with caller Diane Silver. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8.

July 9 (Saturday) WORKSHOP... Bollywood Workshop with Rabia Foreman 1-3pm at Studio Zahiya in downtown Asheville. Bollywood dance is an aerobic, energetic, and colorful dance form based out of India. It is often seen in many Indian films, and is the fusion of traditional and classical Indian dances with other popular dance forms from around the world such as hip hop, jazz, and bhangra. Learn the basic moves, technique, and a short choreography. This class is for all levels and no prior experience is needed! Cost: $20. Register Online.

July 9 (Saturday) DANCE PARTY ... Great Gatsby Gala at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Let's all dress up 1920s style and dance to period tunes. Costume contest and special photo ops. Themed dinner and drinks starting from 6-8pm. Live band and dancing from 8-11pm. No cover.

July 9 (Saturday) COUNTRY / SWING / ETC ... Smoky Mountain Dance Club - NEW LOCATION - now at Erwin Hills Lions Club, 188 Erwin Hills Road in Asheville. 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 July 9 and 23, Aug 13 and 27, Sep 10 and 24, Oct 8 and 22, Nov 12 and 26, December 10 and 31, 2016.. Details: see the website.

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 9 (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 Anadama (Amelia Mason, Emily Troll, Bethany Waickman) with caller Jesse Edgerton. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

July 9 (Saturday) CAJUN / ZYDECO... ACZA Dance with Terry & The Zydeco Bad Boys at the Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs (Atlanta area), GA 30328. Dance 8–11 pm; Free beginners dance lesson 7-8pm. $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.

July 10 (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 George Schissler, fiddle and concertina; Suzanne Hosch, flute; Linda Schissler, piano. Beginner's session at 3:30pm. Dance, 4-6:30pm. $7/$6 for OFB members. No partner necessary. More info: see this page.

July 11 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Whistlin Rufus (Ann Whitley, Cindy Olsen, Doug Olsen, Peter Jenkins) with caller Doug Singleton. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

July 11 (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.

July 14 (Thursday) IRISH CEILI ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week Staff with Siobhan Butler. Irish Ceili dance! Experience the folk dance from Ireland! Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

July 14 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. Music by Sparrow & her Wingmen. 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 .

July 15 (Friday) STREET PARTY... Downtown After 5 5-9pm every third Friday through September on North Lexington Ave. in downtown Asheville. Music tonight by Anderson East - Classic soul mixed with youthful enthusiasm. Asheville's own Sweet Claudette opens - harmonies combined with brilliant songwriting and outstanding musicianship set them apart from the crowd. Free. No Pets. Details: see this page.

July 16 (Saturday) WORKSHOP... Bollywood Workshop with Rabia Foreman at Studio Zahiya in downtown Asheville. 1-3pm: Twerking 101 - Designed to literally get that booty moving! We'll start with a booty workout and then cover the mechanics of twerking, bounce and more! Learn a fun choreo! Cost: $20. 3:30-5:30pm: So You Think You Can Twerk? Advanced twerking with a focus on bounce and floorwork. Learn a choreography for performance. Cost: $20. For the Brave Soul: take both for $35! Register Online.

July 16 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Joseph Sobol & Lee Bidgood 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.

July 16 (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 Whistlin Rufus (Ann Whitley, Cindy Olsen, Doug Olsen, Peter Jenkins) with caller Doug Singleton. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

July 18 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Good & Plenty (Karen Gaughan piano, Laura Lengnick fiddle, Terry Maluk percussion) with caller Warren Doyle. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

July 21 (Thursday) CLOGGING ... Free Introductory Clogging Class 4:15-5 PM for ages 10 & up at Center Stage Dance Studio. Come learn what precision clogging is all about. Taught by Nationally Certified Clogging Instructor, Kate Guzy. For more information call 828-654-7010 or see this page

July 21 (Thursday) SQUARE DANCE ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Swannanoa Gathering Old Time Week Staff with Phil Jamison calling. This will be an Old Time Mountain Square Dance. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

July 21-31 (Thur-Sun) FESTIVAL... Folkmoot USA a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance. 33rd Anniversary! More than 250 international performers from ten countries with performances in 11 Western North Carolina communities: Waynesville, Clyde, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Bryson City, Cherokee, Franklin, Hickory, Asheville and Hendersonville. “Folkmoot Promenade at Pack Place” Friday, July 29: The City of Asheville, Asheville Rotary and LEAF Community Arts welcome Folkmoot dancers and musicians to Pack Place Park for a promenade before the 7pm performance at the Diana Wortham Theater. International Dance Party Saturday, July 30 at the Orange Peel, with DJ Oso Rey of Allequal Productions: More than 250 dancers from around the globe will enjoy an evening at the Orange Peel with DJ Oso Rey sharing popular and classic tunes from the cultures of Folkmoot’s resident dancers and musicians ($15). For complete info and schedule call 877-365-5872 or see this website.

July 22 (Friday) DANCE PARTY ... The Digs Disco Funk Soul Dance Party 10pm at Asheville Music Hall in downtown Asheville. 21+, Free. Details: see this page.

July 22 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon CityDance 8-11pm at Landmark Hall in Taylors, SC. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Good & Plenty (Karen Gaughan, Laura Lengnick, Terry Maluk) with caller Emily Abel. Lesson at 7:30pm. $8.

July 24 (Sunday) WORKSHOP... Balady/Sha'abi Workshop with Lisa Zahiya 1-3pm at Studio Zahiya 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.

July 24 (Sunday) WORKSHOP... Path to Tango 1-5pm at FBFC Movement and Learning Center, 90 Biltmore Ave. in downtown Asheville. Introduction to Argentine tango social dancing with Tangogypsies' Karen Jaffe. Information, technique, practical application to help you get out onto the social dance floor at the milonga (the social dance) and enjoy this wonderful dance! Including technique for the embrace, walking, pivoting and turning, with a strong emphasis on comfort, connection, navigation and musicality. Must have a minimum of 10 pre-registered to run the workshop. EARLY Registration - $40/individual- $70/couple - ends Wednesday, July 20. Door pricing after July 20 - $50/ind- $90/couple. More info: see this page.

July 24 (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 Jovial Beggars (Laurie Fisher, Nic Coker, Esther Holsen, Michael Garner, Karen Gaughan). Beginner's session at 3:30pm. Dance, 4-6:30pm. $7/$6 for OFB members. No partner necessary. More info: see this page.

July 25 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Turnip the Beet (Jeremy Lekich, Kelsey Wells) with caller Beth Molaro. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

July 28 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Ricochet (Rya Martin piano, Walter Hojka fiddle) with Beth Molaro calling. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

July 30-31 (Sat-Sun) FESTIVAL... 2nd Annual LEAF Downtown AVL in downtown Asheville, starting Saturday at 9AM with a LEAF 5K Run & Family Relay! Two days filled to the brim with music, art, workshops, family activities, and creative collaborations amongst an amazing host of local partners. Lineup includes WAR, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Broadcast, Bill Myers & The Monitors, Jon Stickley Trio, Juan Benavides Group, Laura Blackley & the Wildflowers, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, AJ Ghent Band and more! Free. Details: see this page.

July 30 (Saturday) FUNK / SOUL ... James Brown Dance Party 9pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. An All-Star Tribute to James Brown led by The Chase Brothers that features a rotating cast of musicians from band including James Brown Band, Kool And The Gang, Sly And The Family Stone, Trombone Shorty, Trey Anastasio Band, Galactic, Lettuce, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Snarky Puppy, Rubblebucket, Saturday Night Live Band, Phil and Friends, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chromeo, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Kung Fu, Turkuaz, Deep Banana Blackout, Strange Design, American Idol and more! All Ages. $12 adv / $15 DOS. More info: see this page

July 30 (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 Turnip the Beat (Jeremy Lekich, Kelsey Wells) with caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

Aug 1 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Ricochet (Rya Martin piano, Walter Hojka fiddle, feet, Brian Hamshar) with caller AnneMarie Walter. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

Aug 1 (Monday) SWING... West Coast Swing Lessons and Dance Mondays (resumes Aug 1) 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.

Aug 4 (Thursday) CONTRA / SQUARE DANCE ... Old Farmer's Ball Barn Dance Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Swannanoa Gathering Fiddle Week and Mandolin/Banjo Week Staff with Kathy Anderson calling. Barn Dance (mix of squares and contras). Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Aug 4-6 (Thur-Sat) FESTIVAL... Mountain Dance and Folk Festival 7pm each night at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. The best of the region's traditional and old-time musicians, ballad singers, mountain dance groups and cloggers. For details see this page.

Aug 4 (Thursday) DANCE PARTY ... BoNKeRS 9pm-2am at Timo's House in downtown Asheville. Join us for a night of high energy eclectic digital fun. Several of Western North Carolina's finest, including DJs Murkury, Fighted, Invader-Slim, EPOCH & Kool-Laid, will be manipulating the vibrations though a multi-genre dance music collaboration. Whether you are searching for your inner most self or just need to blow off some steam, let's get Bonkers! No cover, 21+. More info: see this page

Aug 5 (Friday) DANCE PARTY / ETC... The Unicorn Ball 9pm-4am at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. You’re invited to step through to the other side for one exceptional evening of sparkly things, fashion runway, and all the bass your body can take. Featuring live DJ sets until 4am, glitter wrestling, live local performers, runway costume contest, photo booth, tarot readers, cuddle puddle space - and surprises we don't want to spoil. Come dressed in your best Unicorn drag and party until 4am. No horn, no entry. $15 adv / $20 DOS. More info: see this page.

Aug 5 (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 Entwyned (Twy Bethard, John Paolillo) with caller Ken Gall. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8.

Aug 6 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Ricochet with caller Brian Hamshar. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Aug 6 (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 Entwyned (Twy Bethard, John Paolillo) with caller Ken Gall. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

Aug 7 (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 TBA. Beginner's session at 3:30pm. Dance, 4-6:30pm. $7/$6 for OFB members. No partner necessary. More info: see this page.

Aug 8 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by SteamShovel (David White fiddle/banjo, Roger Gold guitar) with caller Diane Silver. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

Aug 11 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Windmill (Laurie Fisher fiddle, Steve Trisman fiddle) with caller Diane Silver. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Aug 13 (Saturday) WORKSHOP... Hula Workshop with Tatiana 1-3pm at Studio Zahiya in downtown Asheville. Come share the joy of aloha! We'll be learning one Hula Kahiko (traditional) and a simple Hula Auana (modern) to experience the two unique variations of hula. Bring a comfortable skirt or pa'u if you have one! $20. Register Online.

Aug 13 (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 Crooked Pine (Craig Bannerman bass, Frank McConnell guitar, hammer dulcimer, Marion Boatwright fiddle, Troy Harrison banjo, mandolin). Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

Aug 15 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Joyful Noise (Cailen Campbell fiddle; George Paul piano) with caller Terry Doyle. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

Aug 18 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by SteamShovel (David White fiddle/banjo, Roger Gold guitar) with caller Charley Harvey. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Aug 19-21 (Fri-Sun) BELLYDANCE... Bellydance Summer Camp Friday 6-8pm Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-3pm in Asheville. Summer camp for bellydancers with Lisa Zahiya and Charlotte Louise! This is a dance summer camp for grown ups! In this fun, silly weekend, we will explore the history, dance and practical elements of being a bellydancer. Activities will include: Make up and costume playtime ; History of bellydance ; Video/wine party ; Folkloric Dance Class ; Prop Bonanza ; Personal Development ; Field trip to a gig with Lisa ; and we will wrap it all up with a pool party! $150 for the weekend, $100 if you are an active, enrolled memeber is Studio Zahiya classees (will need to be enrolled in fall session.) Limited to 15 dancers. Register Online.

Aug 19-20 (Fri-Sat) FESTIVAL... Dirty Dancing Festival at Lake Lure. This family-friendly weekend is dance-packed from lessons and games to competitions and entertainers. Complete festival info: see this website and this page.

Aug 20 (Saturday) PERFORMANCE / DANCE PARTY... Hot Summer Nights 2016: '80s Meets '90s! 8-11pm at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in West Asheville. Presented by Christine Garvin Dance. You'll see Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Bhangra and Bellydance all WORKED OUT to the best in '80s and '90s music. Then you'll have time to get yourself on the dance floor, and break it on down to the stylings of DJ How D Bot (aka Juan Daniel Holladay of the Secret B-Sides). Tickets on sale soon - $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina AND Girls Rock Asheville. More info: see the website.

Aug 20 (Saturday) CONTRA... Boone Country Dancers 8-11pm at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, approximately 10 miles from downtown Boone. Music by ContraForce with caller Emily Abel. New Dancers Workshop at 7:30pm. Admission $7, $5 for high school students, free for 12 and under. Hosted by Boone Country Dancers.

Aug 20 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music TBA with caller Phoebe Williams. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Aug 20 (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 (Barbara Davis guitar, Julia Weatherford fiddle, Laurel Willoughby bass, Pearl Shirley fiddle, low whistle, vocals). Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

Aug 21 (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 TBA. Beginner's session at 3:30pm. Dance, 4-6:30pm. $7/$6 for OFB members. No partner necessary. More info: see this page.

Aug 22 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Firefly (Barbara Davis guitar, Julia Weatherford fiddle, Laurel Willoughby bass, Pearl Shirley fiddle, low whistle, vocals) with caller Clinton Ross. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

Aug 25 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by New Caledonia (Janet Muse piano, Julia Weatherford cello, fiddle, Laura Light fiddle) with caller Beth Molaro. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Aug 26-28 (Fri-Sun) CONTRA... Splash Dance 2016 at Camp Ton-a-Wandah in Hendersonville. A laid-back end-of-summer weekend of musical jamming and dancing. The program has three contra dances, Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday afternoon, and a variety of other dances, including a kid-friendly session, swing on the beach and late night blues. Complete info and registration: see this page.

Aug 26 (Friday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon CityDance 8-11pm at Landmark Hall in Taylors, SC. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Goose Bone Prophets (Nic Coker, Laura Lengnick, Celia Wycoff) with caller TBA. Lesson at 7:30pm. $8.

Aug 29 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Hot Sonata (Art Shuster mandolin, Karen Gaughan piano, Laura Lengnick fiddle) with caller Lauren Kriel. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

Sep 2 (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 Entwyned (Twy Bethard, John Paolillo) with Ken Gall. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8.

Sep 3 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Zeke's Fancy with callers Charlotte Crittenden & Charley Harvey. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Sep 4 (Sunday) CONTRA... Contrathon XX 11am-11pm at Serenity Knoll Farm in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Joyful Noise & Zeke's Fancy with callers Charlotte Crittenden & Charley Harvey. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Sep 9-11 (Fri-Sun) FESTIVAL... Asheville Goombay at Pack Place Park in downtown Asheville. Asheville's annual celebration of African and Caribbean culture, featuring an eclectic lineup of national, regional, and local music acts and a special gospel-inspired Sunday lineup including a number of local and surrounding gospel choirs. For details: see this page.

Sep 9-11 (Fri-Sun) CONTRA... Moondance 2016 6pm Friday-3pm Sunday at Table Rock State Park near Pickens, SC. Hosted by Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by Maivish (pictured) and Playing with Fyre with callers Cis Hinkle and Jesse Edgerton. Pre-Registration Required. For details see this page.

Sep 11 (Sunday) CONTRA... Boone Country Dancers Sunday Afternoon Contra Dance & Potluck 4-7pm at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, approximately 10 miles from downtown Boone. Music by ContraForce with caller Emily Abel. Potluck afterwards. Bring a dish to share. Admission $7, $5 for high school students, free for 12 and under. Hosted by Boone Country Dancers.

Sep 17 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Joseph Sobol & Trae McMaken with caller TBA. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Sep 22 (Thursday) DANCE PARTY... All Ages Dance Party 6-8:30pm at The Hop Ice Creamery on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Come dance with the Underdog BBoy/BGirl Crew. Details: see this page.

Sep 23 (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.

Sep 24 (Saturday) CONTRA... Boone Country Dancers 8-11pm at the Apple Barn in Valle Crucis, approximately 10 miles from downtown Boone. Music by George Paul & Cailen Campbell with caller Terry Doyle. New Dancers Workshop at 7:30pm. Admission $7, $5 for high school students, free for 12 and under. Hosted by Boone Country Dancers.

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