This is high-energy community dancing with a cool dance club atmosphere and cutting-edge music (live band or DJ B-Ham) that goes well beyond the traditional jigs and reels for extra energy, but with the same community feel and inclusiveness that is the foundation of contra dancing. DJ music is carefully edited and remixed for contra dancing, borrowing from various genres like top 40, modern electronica, house, disco, retro pop, classic rock ... even remixes of traditional tunes. You'll experience club lighting including black lights, and rich sound with extra bass. Dress comfortably for vigorous dancing! Blacklight-reactive clothing (especially white) is definitely suggested.
The dances are easy to learn and loads of fun. No dance experience or partner is required.
Mon., Feb. 13 - 7 pm - Harrisonburg (DJ B-Ham & Brian Hamshar calling)
Mon., Mar. 13 - 7 pm - Harrisonburg (DJ B-Ham & Brian Hamshar calling)
(both part of the regular Monday night Harrisonburg contra dance)
DJ B-Ham (Brian Hamshar) is ASCAP/BMI licensed to play copyrighted music for dances.
For information/feedback or Lost and Found, contact Brian (below).
|Sun Jan 30, 2011* NoteIntro 6:00, dance 6:30||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||DJ Solar Sound|
|Fri Feb 11, 2011||MAC||Brian Hamshar||DJ Solar Sound|
|Sat Mar 05, 2011||MAC||Brian Hamshar||DJ Solar Sound|
|Fri Mar 11, 2011||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||DJ Solar Sound|
|Sat Apr 02, 2011||MAC||Brian Hamshar||DJ Solar Sound|
|Sun May 01, 2011||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||DJ Solar Sound|
|Mon May 30, 2011* NoteSpecial afternoon/evening dance with both dJ improper AND Perpetual e-Motion!||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar & guests||Perpetual e-Motion & dJ improper||Ed Howe, John Cote; Jeremiah Seligman|
|Sun Aug 07, 2011* NotePreview of the new season: 2 dances in 1!||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||DJ B-Rye & DJ Nu B||DJ B-Rye aka Brian Hamshar (classic rock/retro/pop); DJ Nu B aka Brian Murphy (electronic/house)|
|Sun Sep 04, 2011||Greenwood||Eileen Thorsos||ElectroTrad||DJ Eileen Thorsos|
|Thu Sep 08, 2011* NoteSpecial Thursday Pre-FootFall dance! (8-11 pm)||Greenwood||Ted Hodapp||Perpetual E-Motion||Ed Howe, fiddle John Cote, guitar and percussion|
|Sun Oct 02, 2011||Greenwood||Jack Mitchell||dJ improper|
|Sun Nov 06, 2011||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||DJ Nu B|
|Sun Dec 04, 2011||Greenwood||Janine Smith||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
|Mon Jan 02, 2012||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||Firecloud||Julie Vallimont (piano, effects); Andy Reiner (fiddle, effects)|
|Sun Feb 05, 2012||Greenwood||Eileen Thorsos||ElectroTrad||DJ Eileen Thorsos|
|Sun Mar 04, 2012||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||DJ Nu B|
|Sun Apr 01, 2012||Greenwood||Will Martin||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
|Sun May 06, 2012||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||DJ Nu B|
|Sun Sep 02, 2012* NoteThis dance is right after Paul & Cindy's open wedding contradance!||Greenwood||Diane Silver||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
|Sun Jan 20, 2013* NoteMidwinter Club Contra in honor of Martin Luther King!||Greenwood||Janine Smith||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
|Sat Mar 23, 2013* NoteMore info at https://sites.google.com/site/roanokecontradancers/||Roanoke Y||Brian Hamshar||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
|Sat Apr 06, 2013* NoteNew series of occasional contra dances in Fluvanna! 7:30 pm.||Scottsville VFW||Brian Hamshar||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
|Sat Jun 29, 2013* NoteCONTRAPHORIA! Doors open at 4:00. Open waltz and potluck followed by 7:00 contra dance with PeM followed by late-night techno contra.||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar & guests||Perpetual e-Motion; DJ B-Ham||Ed Howe (fiddle), John Coté (guitar, didgeridoo, feet); Brian Hamshar (PC)|
|Fri Feb 28, 2014||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
|Sun Apr 06, 2014||Greenwood||Brian Hamshar||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
|Wed Jan 07, 2015* NoteThe evening progresses from largely acoustic to "live techno." The Lodge is at 116 4th St. NE (2nd floor), above Market St. Market. Doors open at 6:30; dance 7-10.||Odd Fellows Lodge||Will Mentor||The Buddy System||Noah VanNorstrand (fiddle, feet, didgeridoo, vocals); Julie Vallimont (computer, piano, synths, accordion, jawharp)|
|Mon Feb 13, 2017* NoteThe evening will feature a combination of great recorded music including nationally known contra dance bands and non-traditional music such as pop, rock 'n' roll and Latin.||Massanetta Springs||Brian Hamshar||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
|Mon Mar 13, 2017* NoteThe evening will feature a combination of great recorded music including nationally known contra dance bands and non-traditional music such as pop, rock 'n' roll and Latin.||Massanetta Springs||Brian Hamshar||DJ B-Ham||DJ Brian Hamshar|
Directions>MASSANETTA SPRINGS CONFERENCE CENTER: Please see the Harrisonburg tab.
>GREENWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER: 865 Greenwood Road, Greenwood VA
DO NOT rely solely on mapping websites or GPS for accurate directions! You've been warned!
Take I-64 to Exit 107 (Crozet). Turn onto US-250 West (toward Waynesboro) for 1.6 miles. Turn right on Greenwood
Station Rd (Rt. 690) for 1.1 miles. Turn right on Greenwood Rd (Rt. 691). The dance is just over the hill on the right.
>ODD FELLOWS LODGE: 114 4th St. NE, Charlottesville VA (2nd floor, above the Market Street Market)
This historic building has a lovely wood dance floor, well known to swing and Scottish dancers.
From I-64, take Exit 120 (5th Street) toward Charlottesville. Continue to Market Street/Preston Avenue and
turn right. The Lodge is on the right, above the Market Street Market, one block past the public library.
Street parking on Market Street, or try the B&T Bank one block north on Jefferson Street.
>SCOTTSVILLE VFW POST: 2997 West River Road, Scottsville VA
From Charlottesville at I-64 Exit 120: Turn onto VA-20 South toward Scottsville, for 18 miles until you arrive in Scottsville.
Just before the James River bridge, turn left on VA Route 6 East for 3.3 miles. The VFW will be on your left.