The Morgantown Friends of Old-Time Music invite you to come dance with us. Beginners and singles are encouraged to attend. Each dance is taught with a brief walk through before the music begins. Dances are generally a mix of old time squares, contras, circle dances and waltzes. Dress is casual and children are welcome. We dance with strangers!Spring 2015 Old Time Dances in Morgantown,WV
|January 10||Larry Spisak and friends||Dave Shombert|
|February 14||Rachel Eddy and friends||Ron Buchanan||Valentine's Day dance|
|February 28||festival musicians||Taylor Runner|| at
Worley Gardner Festival
- South Middle School
|March 15||Wee Bluet||Marianne Odoherty, Joyce Rossbach||Irish Dance and Contras|
|April 11||Allegheny Highballers||Mike Costello|
|May 9||Allegheny Hellbenders||Becky Hill||Flatfoot workshop @ 7:30|
Directions to Marilla from I-68: Take Exit to Sabraton. Follow Rt 7W to stoplight next to Hardees. Turn left. Go about 200 yds and where main road bears left you should stay straight. About 1/2 mile turn left across little bridge over creek, then turn immediate right. Follow road through park past swimming pool, and Marilla Center will be on your right.
We feature mainly old time square, circle and contra dances. This is fun, interactive dancing that can be done by all ages. Remember the do-si-do and allemande left? We dance with partners but you don't have to come with one since it is expected that you will change partners, sometimes even within a dance! We have some "regulars" but there are always novices at our dances. Everyone feels secure because instruction precedes each dance and then the dance is called to the music. Music is always live. If you don't feel like dancing, it is still fun to watch and listen!
Our dances offer the best in smoke-free, inter-generational social events. Children are welcome and encouraged to join in the dances.
Worley Gardner Festival - South Middle School, Mississippi Ave., February
Annual June Moon Dance Weekend ~~ June 27-29, 2014 ~~ Morgantown, WV
Pattyfest ~~ June 08, 2013 ~~ East Fairmont High School, Fairmont, WV
West Virginia Mountain Music Concert Series (Dominion Post Article)
Chestnut Ridge Park (near Morgantown) ~~ Every other Saturday from June to Sep, 6:00pm to 8:30pm.
Bluegrass, Newgrass, Appalachian, Traditional, Original, Celtic and Old-time.
Admission is $5, free to kids ages 12 and under. Lawn seating-bring chair or blanket.
West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Friday Nights: Folk, Bluegrass
Polka Radio Show ~~ Wheeling, WV ~ WWVA 1170 AM ~ Sundays 10am
Polka Heaven -- Event listings
Charleston Contra Dances, St John's Episcopal Church,1105 Quarrier St, Charleston, WV
First and Third Friday of each month, October through May, 8:00 to 11:00 pm.
Beckley Ballroom Dancing, Gilley's, 1126 Hancock Dr, 1126 Hancock Dr, Beckley, WV (Behind Flowers by Nancy, off Eisenhower Dr.)
Tuesdays - Beginner Lessons - 7:00-7:30, Intermediate Lessons - 7:30-8:00, open dance practice and individual help - 8:00-9:00. Dress is casual, $2.00 Members, $4.00 Non-members
Monthly Dances - 2nd Saturday, 7:00-10:00 pm. Dressy Casual, $5.00 Members, $8.00 Non-members
Zumba for Life
$6.00 a single class ---- $25.00 for 6 classes ---- $45.00 for 12 classes ---- $65.00 for 20 classes
Monday - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Chestnut Ridge Church (Cheat Lake exit) in the gym (main floor)
Thursday - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Chestnut Ridge Church (Cheat Lake exit) in the gym (main floor)
Saturday - 8:30 am - 9:30 am - Northern West Virginia Performance Arts Academy (950 Parkway Dr, left off Dorsey Ave from the Kingwood Pike/Greenbag Road 4-way)
Belly Dance Classes ~~ at the Earth Movement Studio, 1008 Summers School Rd., Morgantown, WV ~~ see website for details
Ballroom Dancing Nights ~~ Wheeling Island, Wheeling, WV ~~
Select Sundays, call for schedule ~~ 2-5pm ~~ Beginners and experienced dancers welcome. ~~ (877) 946-4373 for more info.
FOOTMAD Fall Fling ~~ September 17-19 2010 ~~ Fayette County Park / 4H Camp, Beckwith, WV ~~ Dances, Jams, Open Stage, Workshops, and more
Ongoing Pittsburgh dance opportunities ~~
Augusta Heritage Center
Worley Gardner Winter Festival (Old Time music)
Bluegrass Midi Files
Taylor's Traditional Tunebook
Bob's Contra Page - Dance Page Listings by State
USA Dance - Ballroom
Contra Corners Web Site - Dance locator map and other info
Rehoboth, MA Contra Dance Links
Pittsburgh Contra Dance Schedule
Appalachian Clogging, Square Dancing, and Old-Time Music
Lark In The Morning - musical instrument catalog
Joe Dobbs-Fret'N Fiddle-Music From The Mountains
Kanawha Valley Friends Of Old Time Music and Dance
Charleston Gazette Online - Music and Dance happenings
Folk dancing in West Virginia
West Virginia Calendar of Events
Polka events in Western PA area
Wheeling Waterfront Wednesdays - music and dance
WVU Lifetime Activities Program - offers a few dance classes
Kathy Fletcher's Dance Page
For more Dance Links see http://www.wvnet.edu/~mswim/bookmark.html#Dance.
See the article from the February 2005 issue of Wonderful West Virginia entitled FOOTMUSIC.
See the Jan. 11, 2001
WVU "Mountaineer Spirit" for articles on the Square Dances and other musical topics.
Also, if you can get it, check out WVU Intranet Music for additional info and sound clips from the articles.
Any square dance callers or bands out there who want to do a dance for us?
Drop me an e-mail!