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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Salsa Classes With 2umbao Wednesdays - Level 1 will be 7:30-8:30pm and Level 2 will be 8:30-9:30pm. Our New Location is at Terpsicorps Studio at 1501 Patton Ave. in Asheville. Everyone will be placed in a level that best fits them and can move up at the end of a session by an authorized instructor. These will be Fun Relaxed classes as always with our 2umbao team! Drop-ins are $10/class or $40/6 wk series. For drop-ins when you attend your first class ask us about our Loyalty cards: Pay 5 drop-ins get your 6th Free. Please check the Facebook page for updates. More info: send an email or call 828-484-2016.

Swing Classes & Workshop Schedule: starting Monday, Dec 5 7-8pm, 3 Weeks, 1 Hour Group Lessons $40pp. You will learn basic and intermediate steps, under-arm turns, and a variety of other cool moves. Learn to dance in a fun, easy and supportive setting. No partner needed. Call John at 828 712 0791 to reserve space! See the website for details. All classes at the Asheville Ballroom, 991 Sweeten Creek Rd. in Asheville.

Shag Classes & Workshop Schedule: Wednesdays, Dec 7 & 14, 7-9pm (1 1/2 Hr Advanced Workshop / $20 each or $35 for both). A great introduction to the Shag, even for the non-dancer. Learn start steps, turns, timing, styling and footwork. Get some cool moves going with this super-fun social dance. Taught in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere with an easy to learn method. Regular Shag Lessons begin Jan 4 (6 weeks, $75 pp). No partner required. Call John at 828 712 0791 to reserve space! See the website for details. All classes at the Asheville Ballroom, 991 Sweeten Creek Rd. in Asheville.

6 Week Intro to Spinning Pole Series - at Danceclub Asheville (9 Old Burnsville Hill Road, Suite 3, Asheville NC 28804) begins Thursday, December 15 at 5:30pm. This series is great for anyone brand new to the spinning pole. Take the opportunity to play with the magic, amazing fluidity and power of spin pole. This series will no doubt make you stronger and introduce you to some of the most beautiful spins, climbs and shapes that can be made on the pole. Lucy, the instructor, has been studying spin pole for over 10 years and has so much to offer everyone no matter what your level. Learning with the same group each week in a supportive, fun environment is encouraging and can increase your ability to build skills more quickly! This 6 week series is a great way to learn as it is cumulative and consistent, adding new skills and techniques each week. $96 for 6 weeks. Sign up online or call 828-275-8628.

Metamorphosis Program - For three months, every Monday night from 6-8pm, we’ll carve out a warm, inviting, soul-inspiring sacred space for YOU. You’ll create a different relationship with yourself through the lens of movement, which will be involved in every class, but we’ll use a variety of exercises, techniques, and sweet little surprises to clear the path to your best self and deepen your drive to getting there. Held at at 54 Ravenscroft Drive Jan 9-March 27 - More info at this page.

Winter 2017 Classes with Christine Garvin Dance + Transform at 54 Ravenscroft Drive - Jazzy Cabaret with Christine * Performance Class Tuesdays Jan 10-Mar 14 (no class Valentine's Day; Please Note This Is A 9 Week Class. Costumes Will Also Need To Be Purchased) $108, 3 installments of $39. Dance Conditioning with Amy Winter Tuesdays Jan 10-Feb 14 (6 weeks) 7-8pm, $77 regular, 3 installments of $28, drop-in $13. This class is suitable for all levels of dance experience and physical fitness. Belly Balance - Winter Tuesdays Jan 10-17, and Jan 31-February 21 6-7pm (PLEASE NOTE: No Class On Jan 24) $77 regular, 3 installments of $28. BellyBalance is a unique mix of Belly Dance and Yoga. Hip Hop Soul & Funk Express Tuesdays Jan 10-Feb 14 5:15-6pm, $48, $9 drop-in. Contemporary Hip Hop Flow Thursdays Jan 12-Feb 16 7:30-8:30pm (6 weeks) $77 regular; 3 installments of $28, Second level, so previous dance experience is required (not necessarily this class). Storytelling Modern Dance Thursdays January 12-February 16 6:30-7:30pm, $77 regular, 3 installments $28 each. All levels. Deep Power Stretch Thursdays Jan 12-Feb 16 8:30-9pm, $24 for 6 classes, or $5 drop-in. Jazzy Showgirl 101 Tuesdays March 14-Apr 4 8-9pm $44 regular; 2 installments of $25. Suitable for beginning-intermediate dancers *Prerequisite for performance classes! More info and to sign up for installment plan: see this page.

Give The Gift Of Clogging! I will teach in January 2017 on Fridays, Jan 13, 20, 27 and Feb 3 in downtown Asheville at a studio with a wooden floor and mirrors. Beginner Clogging/Flat Foot 11:15-12:15 ; Intermediate Clogging/Flat Foot 12:30-1:30pm. All classes are $60/4-week Series. Advanced payment holds your spot. When you register, I will send you more information about what to wear, bring with you, and what to expect. Private lessons can be arranged at a time and location convenient to you. Depending on the location, private lessons run $35-45/hr. I am a current member of the Green Grass Cloggers in Asheville and have performed with them since 2009. Before that, I performed for 10 years with the Cub Hill Cloggers, 2+ years with the Crabtown Cloggers, and 1 year with the Stump Jumpers in the Baltimore/DC area. I won the Hoppin' John Fiddler's Convention Dance Contest in in 2012 and came in 2nd in 2015! For more info or to register contact Linda Block by email.

Blue Ridge Dance Lab Regular Schedule (Tues & Thurs 5:30-6:30pm & Wed 5-6pm) includes: Tues-Swing, Thurs-West Coast Swing, Fri-Salsa, Zumba, admission $5. Studio is at 141 Twin Springs Dr, Hendersonville, NC 28792 (just minutes off the Fletcher exit). More info: see this page.

Ecstatic Dance w/ Alexandra Griffin Mondays 7:3-8:30pm at Veda Studios on Merrimon Ave. Ecstatic dance, often nicknamed Movement Yoga, encourages free-form movement in a nonverbal, judgement-free space. The music is reminiscent of the rise and fall of a wave: it begins slowly, reaches a peak, and settles the mover back down into their body. All movers are welcome to dance alone or with others, but be sure to receive consent before doing so. Info: see the website.

Community Hip Hop 3-6pm last Sunday of every month at Veda Studios on Merrimon Ave. Everyone is welcome to express themselves in the form of Hip Hop and dance. There will be break dancing, and a community hip hop cypher. Come speak your truth and bust a move! Free/Donation - we are wanting to give a space to the community; if you can donate we would be very gracious. If you can't, it's all good; come and speak some rhymes.

Gypsy Rose Beginner Belly Dance Series with Michelle Adair Friday 5:45-6:45pm at Veda Studios on Merrimon Ave. This 6 week course will introduce the beginner dancer to basic belly dance techniques. Styles of traditional dance and music such as Egyptian, Turkish, Iranian, Arabian, American Tribal, Classic Indian, and also Tahitian Dance. Check out the Dance page on our website for more info on all Veda dance classes!

Salsa Class Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm at Veda Studios on Merrimon Avenue in Asheville. Lesson taught by Amber Nicole. $10 Drop In or Free for Veda Studio Members. Register: see the website.

Classes At Empyrean Arts in downtown Asheville. Beginning Level Pole Classes: Sundays 5:45-6:45pm; Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm; Thursdays 11am-noon; Saturdays 11am-noon. Beginning Level Aerial Arts Classes: Tuesdays 6:30-7:45pm; Wednesdays 4:15-5:15pm; Thursdays 5-6:15pm; Saturdays 1-2:15pm; Sundays 4:15-5:30pm. Liquid Motion Dance Class With Amber Victoria: Wednesdays 8-9:15pm; Bring knee pads if you have them. No experience required and drop ins welcome. Go to our website at the website call/text us at 828.782.3321, or stop by at 32 Banks Avenue Studio 108 for more information or to sign up and register.

Elevate Arts Academy Dance Classes - $24/month: Monday 4pm Clogging (K-5th) ; Tuesday 3pm Hip Hop 1 (K-5th), 4pm Beg Silkworms (Ages 7-12), 5pm Int. Silkworms (Ages 8-12) ; Wednesday 4:30 pm Ballet/Jazz (K-5th) ; Thursday 10:30am Intro to Ballet & Creative Movement (K-2nd), 12pm Intro to Ballet & Creative Movement (3rd-6th), 5pm Irish Step (K-5th). $32/month: Tuesday 6pm Adult Aerial Silks (Ages 13+) ; Wednesday 2pm Music Theater Dance (6th-12th grades), 5pm Hip Hop 2 (Ages 13-19). $41/month Wednesdays 6pm Ballet Conditioning (Ages 12+) 90 min class. Elevate Enrichment Dance Classes (12-week semesters) - $24/month Tuesdays 4pm Hip Hop (K-5th) ; Wednesdays 3:45 Pre Ballet (4-5 yrs) ; Thursdays 9:30am Pre Ballet (3-5 yrs), 4pm Pre Ballet (3-5 yrs), 4pm Music Theatre Dance (3rd-5th grades). Classes are held in Downtown Asheville at 46 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801. To register online see the website, or call 828-318-8895.

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.

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, 8pm Tap Series. TUESDAY: 9am Hip Hop Fitness, 4:30pm Teen Bellydance 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, 4pm Girls Hip Hop 5pm Teen Hip Hop 7pm West African Intro. SATURDAY: 9:30am Hip Hop Fitness 10:45 Electronic Yoga Fitness. SUNDAY: 3pm Tap 2 Series, 6:30pm Vixen Workout Series. 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.

Zydeco Dance Lesson Series by Deborah Swanson ~ Learn How To Partner Dance Through Zydeco - For questions and registration, contact: Deborah Swanson by email (preferred) or text or call 828 778-4878. Private or group lessons in Zydeco, Cajun, Two-step, & Partner dancing available.

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 - High Beginner Contemporary Line Dancing - Wednesday evenings - 5:30-6:30pm - Lakeview Center (downstairs) on Lake Tomahawk, 401 Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain, NC. No experience necessary. No partner required. Just bring your love of dance! Variety of music & styles from, Pop, Ballroom, Latin, Country, Rock, etc. Allow yourself to learn at your own pace. My main focus is Fun! Requested donation, $5 per class. For more Info: 828-669-9610, or contact Instructor, Cindy Hady by email.

Black Mountain - Improver Level, Contemporary Line Dancing - - Tuesday evenings - 5:30-6:30pm - Lakeview Center (upstairs) on Lake Tomahawk, 401 Laurel Circle Drive, Black Mountain, NC. Improver is a bit more challenging level than High Beginner. Some dance experience is helpful, but not mandatory. Allow yourself to learn at your own pace. My main focus is Fun! Requested donation, $5 per class. For more Info: 828-669-9610, 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.

Ballroom and Shag Dance Classes - at the Hendersonville Racquet Club. 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.

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 - Instructor, Cindy Hady. 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! If you are experienced with Beginner, High Beginner and Improver level line dancing steps, then this next level is for you! Challenging and Fun! For more info, call 828­350­2051 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Dec 2 (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.

Dec 2 (Friday) SWING ... Hendersonville Swing Dancing 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.

Dec 2-3 (Fri-Sat) PERFORMANCE... The Nutcracker and the Mouse King 7:30pm each night and 2:30pm Saturday at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Based on ETA Hoffman's original story, this version of the ballet is quirky, dramatic and above all, fun. A wonderful family event showcasing Asheville Contemporary Dance Theatre's dancers and New Studio of Dance students of all ages. ACDT thrilled audiences last year with their original version of The Nutcracker. Though The Nutcracker might be the world’s most famous ballet, if it is being performed by ACDT you can guarantee it is something you haven’t seen before. $28 General Admission, $23 Seniors, $20 Children & Students. More info: see this page. Make your reservations early by calling Diana Wortham Theatre's box office at (828) 257-4530.

Dec 2 (Friday) VINTAGE ROCK ... 3 Cool Cats 7:30-10:30pm at Byrish Haus & Pub, 1341 Patton Avenue in West Asheville. Also Friday, Dec 23.

Dec 2 (Friday) SWING / LATIN ... The Gypsy Swingers 8:30pm at Cork & Keg in downtown Asheville. up tempo jazz/latin/bossa nova/30s pop, playing in a style reminiscent of the European swing jazz scene started by Django Reinhardt in the '30s featuring diverse vocal styles in an acoustic format. Lady Q sings everything from Latin standards to New Orleans.

Dec 2 (Friday) JAZZ / SWING ... 42nd Street 8-11pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Cole Porter Era Jazz. No cover.

Dec 2 (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.

Dec 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 The Stuff (Gretchen Caverly & Nic Coker) with caller Janet Shepherd. Experienced Dancers Only - Not For Beginners Or New Dancers. $8.

Dec 3 (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.

Dec 3 (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.

Dec 3 (Saturday) SQUARE DANCE ... Southern Lights Square and Round Dance Club Babes in Toyland Dance at the Whitmire Activity Building, Lily Pond Rd, Hendersonville. Toys will be collected for The Salvation Army. 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 Facebook page.

Dec 3 (Saturday) COUNTRY / HONKY TONK... Hearts Gone South 9pm at The Crow & Quill in downtown Asheville. Suggested $5-$10 donation at door.

Dec 3 (Saturday) BLUES / FUSION... Blues Fusion Dance at Veda Studios on Merrimon Ave. in Asheville. DJs for the evening will be Camber Isaac and Kat Holloway! 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. From 8-9pm is a Blues Dance Instructional w/ Camber Isaac. From 9-12am is the Blues Dance. $5 At the door, $5 for the Lesson. To register see this website.

Dec 3 (Saturday) DANCE PARTY... DJ AVX 10pm-2am at Asheville Music Hall in downtown Asheville. Free. Details: see this page.

Dec 3 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by S.A.L. (Suzi Gott, Art Shuster, Laurie Fisher) with caller George Segebade. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Dec 3 (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 Unusual Suspects (Bob Buckingham banjo, mandolin, Bobby Scott guitar & Chris Liakos fiddle) with caller TBA. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

Dec 3 (Saturday) CAJUN / ZYDECO... ACZA Holiday Party & Dance with Jamabalaya Cajun Band at the Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs (Atlanta area), GA 30328. Welcome in the holiday season right with “the men in the red suspenders”: the Jambalaya Cajun Band. Fiddler Terry Huval is one of Cajun music’s finest fiddlers and songwriters. He and the band have been playing every weekend since 1977. So put on your dancing shoes for their high energy performance. Dance 8–11 pm; Free Lesson 7-8pm. $18/$5 students/$14 active military. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Authentic Cajun/Creole food for sale. Sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association (ACZA), or see this page. For further information send an email or 877-338-2420.

Dec 4 (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.

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

Dec 4 (Sunday) BLUES ... Zen Cats 7-10pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Funky jump-swing band playing Chicago Jump, New Orleans Creole, Zydeco, slow blues, originals. $3 cover. Also Sunday, Dec 18.

Dec 4 (Sunday) SWING / TWO-STEP / SHAG / CLOG... Deep River 8pm at The Grey Eagle in 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. 10% of net ticket sales will benefit Brother Wolf. More about the band: see this page.

Dec 5 (Monday) CONTRA... Monday Night Contra Dance 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Beginners Lessons at 7:30. Music by Ryan McKasson & George Paul with caller Terry Doyle. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

Dec 5 (Monday) INTERNATIONAL... International Folk Dancing 2:15-4pm Monday afternoons (except holidays) at City of Asheville's Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road. No partner, no cost. Dances from all over the world. Wear comfy clothes, shoes, and a smile. Most of the dances we do are easy to learn and suitable for all ages. More info: (828) 350-2051 or see this page.

Dec 5 (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.

Dec 6 (Tuesday) DANCE PARTY... A Versace Reading Day: '80s Revival 10pm-2am at Scandals Nightclub in downtown Asheville. We will be hosting a party for students, so make sure to bring a Student ID! Make Reading Day Rad Again! Get out your bright colors and get ready for a gnarly night! All students will be allowed a +1 (someone who does not have a Student ID) at the door. There will be a bar, so if you are of legal age, make sure to bring a valid driver’s license. Find your own transportation, and don't forget if you live on campus you have free rides back, contact Transportation Services at 828-251-6710. $5 (age 18+ event). Details: see this page.

Dec 6 (Tuesday) BLUES ... Blues Night w/ Remedy 8-11pm Tuesdays at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Band 8-11pm. $3pp cover charge. Free parking in bank lot across street.

Dec 6 (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.

Dec 6 (Tuesday) INTERNATIONAL... Asheville International Folk Dancers 7:30-9:30pm every Tuesday at Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Rd., Asheville. No partner, no cost. We do a variety of dances from all over the world but mainly line dances from Eastern Europe, particularly the Balkans. Contact Lee or Gail Hyde at 828-253-4933 or send an email ; or Michael or Mary Goodman at 828-645-1543 or send an email.

Dec 6 (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.

Dec 7 (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.

Dec 7 (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.

Dec 8 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by John Wheeler and friends with caller Tamara McGovern. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Dec 8 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. Music by Sparrow and Her Wingmen. $7 / $5 members. Level 1 and 2 Classes 7:30pm. Class: $10. For more see the website and this page .

Dec 8 (Thursday) SALSA ... Weekly Intermediate Salsa Lesson and Dance Dance lessons from 7:15p-8:15p, Dancing from 8:15p-11:30p at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. $10 class only / $5 social only. All ages event. Details: see this page.

Dec 8 (Thursday) DANCE PARTY ... Michael Filippone's Guest Artist Night 7:30-10pm Thursdays at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Rockin' country funk soul ballad music and swingin' Shagadelic East Coast Blues. No cover.

Dec 8 (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

Dec 9-11 (Fri-Sun) BALLET... Asheville Ballet presents The Nutcracker 7:30pm Friday, 2:30 and 7:30pm Saturday and 2:30pm Sunday at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. North Carolina’s oldest professional non-profit ballet company presents the full length classical holiday tradition with stars, story and sugarplums. Clara’s magical journey to the Lands of Snow and Sweets, featuring the traditional Tchaikovsky score, has become a favorite holiday family tradition. Adults $50/$35/$25, Students $15, Children 12 & under $15. More info: see the website.

Dec 9 (Friday) VINTAGE ROCK ... 3 Cool Cats 8-11pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville.

Dec 9 (Friday) LINE DANCE ... 4th Annual Holiday Line Dance Party 6:30-9:30pm at Lakeview Center (on beautiful Lake Tomahawk) 401 Laurel Circle Drive- Black Mountain, NC. Open to all Dancers & Non Dancers! (bring a snack to share!) $5 pp. All proceeds benefit Lakeview Center Senior Programs. Info: 828-669-8610.

Dec 10 (Saturday) BALLET... Sexy Holiday Striptease Workshop 4:30-6:30pm at Danceclub Asheville (9 Old Burnsville Hill Road, Suite 3, Asheville NC 28804) with bubbly, chocolate and pasties! In this 2 hour workshop you will learn an entire striptease to Brenda Lee's sexy sweet "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" while sipping bubbly. Stripteases are a super fun gift to surprise your lover with. But if you prefer to keep it for yourself feeling confident stripping to Christmas music is an important skill to have! It's perfect, fun, girly time using boas and glitter and chairs and custom made jingle bell pasties to take home with you! Don't let the Holiday season get away from you without seductively undressing to at least one Christmas jingle! Sign up online or call 828-275-8628.

Dec 10 (Saturday) DANCE PARTY... Kid Hop Hooray! Wintertime Indoor Dance Party 10am-1pm at The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. Featuring 2 special performances by the Underdog Crew, Asheville’s bboy and bgirl dance crew! Open Floor Dance Party for Kids with a Live DJ! Drop in anytime. Playing Child-Appropriate FUN dance music! There will be FREE Glow accessories for your little dancers, plenty of room to run, dance, and get their sillies out while it’s cold outside, and snacks for purchase from Asheville Pizza Co and the Hop Ice Creamery! And of course, The Orange Peel bar will be open for mom and dad’s refreshments (and/or kids' juice boxes). Padded area available for crawlers and new walkers to play and explore. The music will be especially chosen to appeal to kids from ages 2 to 10, but the whole family is more than welcome! $5 adults / $2 kids / under 2 free. Details: see this page.

Dec 10 (Saturday) COUNTRY / SWING / ETC ... Smoky Mountain Dance Club 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 dance December 31. Details: see the website.

Dec 10 (Saturday) DANCE PARTY ... Dance Party & Drag Show 10pm-3am at BOILER ROOM and Scandals Nightclub - two venues, one price! DJ’s playing the best dance music from Top 40 to Popular Throwbacks, House, Hip Hop and more! $10 ($3 discount for Premium and/or FREE for Gold Club Members).

Dec 10 (Saturday) JAZZ ... 42d Street Band 8-11pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Cole Porter Style Swingin' Jazz.

Dec 10 (Saturday) CONTRA... Harvest Moon Contra Dance 8-11pm at River Falls Lodge above Marietta, SC in northern Greenville County. Presented by the Harvest Moon Folk Society. Music by SteamShovel (David White fiddle/banjo & Roger Gold guitar) with caller Terry Doyle. Instruction Period: 7:30pm. Ages 14 and above - $8.

Dec 11 (Sunday) ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE... OFB English Country Dance End Of Year Celebration at Homewood Event and Conference Center, 19 Zillicoa St., in the Montford area, Asheville. Music by Cathy Arps, Lisa Smith, Atossa Kramer with leader Bob Thompson. Come out and join us for our festive End-Of-Year Celebration of another very fine year of English Country Dancing! Wear your finest bling and glitter! Dance fancy! No partner necessary. More info: see this page.

Dec 11 (Sunday) MOTOWN / SOUL / R&B ... Red & Black Ball w/ West Sound 5-9pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. For e-tickets call (828) 258-2295 (Tickets $25 couples / $15 single).

Dec 12 (Monday) WALTZ... Annual Benefit Waltz 8pm at The Grey Eagle in Asheville. Lots of great musicians playing waltzes all night long. Dress relentlessly elegant, bring some potluck snacks, contribute some money for the benefit fund, and enjoy a very special Asheville dance/music event. More info: see this page.

Dec 13 (Tuesday) PERFORMANCE ... Studio Zahiya Winter Show 7:30-9pm at The Orange Peel in downtown Asheville. Details TBA. More info: see the website.

Dec 13 (Tuesday) WORKSHOP ... Santa Baby Workshop 6:30-8pm at 54 Ravenscroft Drive. The sexy Christmas classic is back! Give yourself a little break in the middle of the holiday madness, learn a sassy routine to the ultimate showgirl Christmas song, sip on champagne, and bond with other wonderful women, shining our brightest lights as we head into the darkest part of the year. We’ll begin this workshop with a sweet, simple meditation to stoke those internal fires, stretch mightily to only the best holiday tunes, and then blast out our sexiest moves to Eartha Kitt’s version of Santa Baby. We’ll end the class with a cool down that includes a chocolate tasting meditation. *Please note: Pre-registration is required.* Cost: $20. More info and registration: see the website.

Dec 15 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Dancing Bears (John Culp mandolin, Lew Gelfond fiddle, Mark Langner guitar) with caller Barbara Groh. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Dec 15 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. DJ Night! Swing Jam. $7 / $5 members. Level 1 and 2 Classes 7:30pm. Class: $10. For more see the website and this page .

Dec 15-16 (Thur-Fri) PERFORMANCE... BCA's Nutcracker 4:30pm and 7:30pm each night at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Presented by the Ballet Conservatory of Asheville. Details and tickets: see this page.

Dec 16 (Friday) CONTRA... OFB Advanced Dance 8-11pm at Bryson Hall, Warren Wilson College. Music by Good & Plenty (Laura Lengnick & Karen Gaughan) with caller Diane Silver. OFB members $5, Non-members $6, Warren Wilson students $1. Advanced Dances are complex dances with little or no walk-throughs and no beginner instruction. The contras will be challenging and are aimed at experienced dancers. More info: Old Farmers Ball website.

Dec 16 (Friday) ZUMBA... ZUMBA w/ Francisco Flores and Dream Team 7pm-10pm at Scandals Nightclub in downtown Asheville. 3-hours of Zumba! $8 presale, $10 at the door and $7 for ZIN members.

Dec 16 (Friday) JAZZ / SWING ... 42nd Street 8-11pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Cole Porter Era Jazz. No cover. Also Dec 23 and Dec 30.

Dec 16 (Friday) VINTAGE ROCK ... 3 Cool Cats 7:30-10:30pm at Stone Road Restaurant and Bar, 328 New Leicester Hwy. Also Friday, Dec 30.

Dec 17 (Saturday) DANCE PARTY ... 10th Annual Holiday Liquor and Dance Party 8pm at New Mountain Asheville. What started out as a few college buddies deciding they wanted throw an old-school, throw-down dance party in a garage, has become a community-wide celebration of dancing, great music, and fun with friends. Many have called it the "best dance party in Asheville." Details: see this page

Dec 17 (Saturday) JAZZ / POP / MOTOWN ... Crown Jewels w/ Paula Hanke 8-11pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. 1920s-1990s dance music featuring Paula Hanke, Lee Griffin, Michael Filippone, and Jason DeCristofaro. Also Saturday, Dec 24.

Dec 17 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Crooked Pine (Craig Bannerman bass, Frank McConnell guitar, hammer dulcimer, Marion Boatwright fiddle, Troy Harrison banjo, mandolin) with caller David Winston. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Dec 19 (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) with caller Beth Molaro. Admission $7. More info: see this page and this page.

Dec 19 (Monday) BHANGRA... Beer (or Cider) 'n Bhangra 7-8pm at Colourfield, 54 Ravenscroft Dr. in downtown Asheville. Ready to learn this super fun dance from the Punjab region of India, with a little extra holiday cheer? We're gonna sweat it out and learn some Bhangra basics, and top it off with a holiday-edition beer or cider (please note your choice when you sign up! Open to all levels of dancers. Pre-registration required! $13. More info: see this page.

Dec 22 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Asheville Open Contra Band led by Dennis Merritt (bass) & Laura Light (fiddle) with Open Mic for callers. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Dec 22 (Thursday) SWING... Swing Asheville Dance 8:30-11pm Thursdays at Club Eleven on Grove in downtown Asheville. Russ Wilson & His Famous Orchestra. $7 / $5 members. Level 1 and 2 Classes 7:30pm. Class: $10. For more see the website and this page .

Dec 22 (Thursday) DANCE PARTY ... Holiday Vybz 9pm-2am at The One Stop (at Asheville Music Hall) in downtown Asheville. Presented by Lionized Events & Positive Youth Movement, Featuring DJ Atreau (Bay Area) with Local Support from Haiku Bastard (AVL). Hosted by: Klose. Hiphop * Reggae * Dancehall * Top 40. No cover (Donations accepted at the door). Details: see this page.

Dec 24 (Saturday) DANCE PARTY ... Christmas Eve Dance Party 10pm at Tiger Mountain in downtown Asheville. More info: see the website

Dec 25 (Sunday) MOVEMENT... AMC Holiday Dance & Supply Drive for Our VOICE with the Asheville Movement Collective - at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville. Come and dance the holiday together in support of Our VOICE, who serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy and education. Dancers are invited to bring supplies for survivor kits that Our VOICE provides to people served by their programs. A list of supplies will be provided prior to the dance. First Dance: 8:30am warm-up, 9am dance, $8-20. Second Dance: 10:30am warm-up, 11am dance, $8-20. Details: see this page.

Dec 26-Jan 1 (Mon-Sun) CONTRA / ETC ... Winter Dance Week at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown NC, seven miles east of Murphy. All Star Staff: Kalia Kliban, Kathy Anderson, Charlotte Crittenden, Roo Lester, Larry Harding, Suzannah Park, Nathan Morrison, Char Bostrom, Rachel Bell, Eileen Nicholson, Andrew VanNorstrand, Daron Douglas, Karen Axelrod, Beverly Smith, John Grimm and Annie Fain Barralon. Ring in the New Year at the Folk School! This popular year-end traditional dance and music celebration will feature American contras & squares, English country dancing, longsword, morris, partner dance technique, group singing, jam sessions, and more - all set to glorious, live music by Foxfire (Daron Douglas & Karen Axelrod), Seaglass (Andrew VanNorstrand, Rachel Bell, & Eileen Nicholson), fiddler Char Bostrom, and old-time musicians Beverly Smith and John Grimm. Winter Dance Week offers a unique combination of top-notch callers, teachers, and musicians - along with beautiful surroundings, good food, comfortable accommodations, and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. A Gala New Year's Eve Party and New Year's morning breakfast will finish off the week. Visit the “Dance Events” page of our website in for more detailed information. SKILL LEVEL: Participants should have previous contra dance and/or English country dance experience (such as our “Learn to Contra Dance” weekend class, being offered November 18-20, 2016). Standard Tuition: $398* Early Bird Special: Register on or before November 1 and get a special rate of $318! Limited work exchange scholarships are available. Send an email for more information. Details: see the website.

Dec 29 (Thursday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Thursdays at Warren-Wilson College. Starts at 8pm. Beginners Lessons at 7:30pm. Music by Good & Plenty (Karen Gaughan piano & Laura Lengnick fiddle) with caller TBA. Non-members $6, OFB members $5, Warren Wilson students $1. More info: see the website

Dec 31 (Saturday) DANCE PARTY ... Retro Future 828 NYE Party 10pm at Tiger Mountain in downtown Asheville. More info: see the website

Dec 31 (Saturday) DANCE PARTY ... New Years Eve Gala - 3 Cool Cats w/ Paula Hanke 8pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville. Elegant Attire. Tickets $20.

Dec 31 (Saturday) CONTRA ... Old Farmer's Ball Special New Year's Dance at Warren-Wilson College. Theme is Moulin Rouge. Doors open 7pm, Music 8pm-12:30am by Buddy System with caller Vicki Herndon. Continue into the wee hours (until 2am) with Rushfest! by Emily Rush. Tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door. More info: see the website

Jan 1 (Sunday) MOVEMENT... AMC New Year's Day Live Music Ecstatic Dance with the Asheville Movement Collective - at the Asheville Masonic Temple, 80 Broadway St. in downtown Asheville. Let's start the year dancing in community together with a live music ecstatic dance wave. First Dance: 8:30am warm-up, 9am dance, $8-20. Second Dance: 10:30am warm-up, 11am dance, $8-20. Details: see this page.

Jan 1 (Sunday) DANCE PARTY ... Russ Wilson's Hangover Party 8pm at Olive or Twist in downtown Asheville.

Jan 6-7 (Fri-Sat) CONTRA... A New Years Affair at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Buddy System & Playing with Fyre with callers Will Mentor & Beth Molaro. Flexible session prices available. $40, $30 students and Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members. More info: see the website.

Jan 14 (Saturday) WORKSHOP ... Babes & Bottles: Missy & Mimosas 4-6pm at 54 Ravenscroft Drive. This 2-hour dance workshop will celebrate the amazing Missy Elliott, led by CG D+T instructor and track suit enthusiast, Michelle Grasty-Colont. Work It alongside a group of awesome women, get the Partyime going with mimosas and cupcakes, and be ready to yell out "I'm Really Hot!" with a choreographed piece inspired by the Queen of Hip-Hop. Come see what all the Gossip Folks are saying about this workshop series and register today! Pre-registration strongly encouraged. Cost: $20. More info and registration: see the website.

Jan 21 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Groove Contraption 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.

Jan 25-26 (Wed-Thur) PERFORMANCE... 'Shadowland' by Pilobolus 8pm each night at Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville. Night. A small house on a modest street. A teenage girl prepares for bed. While to her parents she is still a little girl, she longs for her independence. Thus begins Shadowland, a signature Pilobolus performance that with the fluid logic of a dream, the grace of an acrobatic dance, the humor of a child’s cartoon diversion, and the heart of a love story, celebrates the strange and wonderful power of the dark to show us who we are in unexpected and utterly thrilling ways. Pilobolus’s spectacular talent, in turns intensely dramatic and comedic, shines in the groundbreaking mastery of Shadowland. Enhance your experience: Pre-show discussions will be held in conjunction with these performances. Tickets: Regular $50; Student $45; Child $20. Details and tickets: see this page.

Feb 4 (Saturday) CONTRA... HJDS Contra Dance 7:30-10:30pm at Jonesborough Visitors Center in Jonesborough, TN. Music by Windmill (Laurie Fisher & Steve Trismen) with caller TBA. Class for beginners at 7pm. Admission $7, $5 Historic Jonesborough Dance Society members and $5 students. More info: see the website.

Feb 11 (Saturday) WORKSHOP ... Happy Galentine's Workshop 5:30-7:30pm at 54 Ravenscroft Drive. It's time to give yourself a little gift: a Valentine's treat to your body, mind, and soul... with your girlfriends! In this workshop, we'll explore breathwork, stretches that awaken your body (and ones you can put in your pocket for anytime you want to get in the mood), and a short dance routine you can use anytime you want to feel stronger and sexier, for someone else's pleasure or just your own! This workshop will be a reminder that you are your own incredible goddess that will be with you throughout this life, and if you treat her well, she'll treat you well back. Includes chocolate and champagne, but of course. 'Cause you deserve it! Cost: $20. More info and registration: see the website.

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