Contra Dancing in Charlotte, N.C. since 1973

Welcome, to the
Charlotte Dance Gypsies!

We love to dance. Take a look.

Here is a little bit about what we have to offer. If you like what you see, why not drop us a line. Or better yet, come out to dance.

* We would like to make an important announcement.  There are rumors going around that Chantilly Hall is being sold. We want to let everyone know that the rumors are true. This is the bad news – the good news is that we will continue to dance at Chantilly Hall until will find a new home or through the end of June.  We are putting together a search committee to find a suitable space to hold our dances.  Since the Charlotte Country Dancers are a totally volunteer organization we need your help. 

If you would like to be part of the search committee please let any of the board members know.  The board members are Tom Ross, Dean Snipes, Carol Deacon, Lisa Faryadi and Kristin Edwards.  We are asking everyone in the community to be on the lookout for a suitable place to dance. If you know of a space please contact any of the board members. The kinds of spaces that are most commonly used by other dance communities are church gyms, community centers, event centers, lodges, etc.

Thank you for your help, The Charlotte Country Dancers Board Members

A Little About Us

The Dance Gypsies have been hosting contra and folk dances in the Charlotte area since 1973.

Dances are held every Monday night at Chantilly Hall,
2101 Shenandoah Ave, in the Plaza-Midwood area of downtown Charlotte.

 A Saturday dance/potluck is held once a month, as well as Waltz Wednesdays. See our Upcoming Dances page for upcoming dances.  

All dances start at 8pm, and are preceded by a free beginner’s lesson at 7:30pm.

Admission is $8 ($9 for special Wednesday and Saturday dances). $6 for students and seniors over 65. All Wednesday waltzes are free.

Newcomers are welcome and you don’t need to bring a partner!

Charlotte also hosts a New Years Eve dance, occasional electro- or techno-contras, and the annual Gypsy Meltdown dance weekend held in March.

Spring-Summer 2017 Band/Caller Schedule

Below is a brief listing of our upcoming dances. For more information about our dances, visit our Upcoming Dances page.

* We are currently looking for people willing to host our out-of-town bands and callers. Hosting a band is not only a great thing to do to support the dance community, but it’s super fun meeting and hanging out with talented musicians! And you get into that dance for free!

Anyone who has an extra bedroom or that is willing to help out please contact Lisa Faryadi at lisafaryadi@hotmail.com, or any of our board members board@charlottedancegypsies.org.

All dances are on Monday nights unless otherwise indicated.

Time: 8:00 – 10:30 PM, Beginners Lesson at 7:30 PM

May 22   Band: Tessarae / Caller: George Segebade (tentative)

May 29   Band: The Stuff / Caller: Stephanie Marie

June 5   Band: Nic Coker + George Paul / Caller: Clinton Ross

June 12   Band: Eat More Chicken / Caller: Gretchen Caldwell

June 19   Band: Playing with Fyre / Caller: TBA

June 26   Band: TuneRider / Caller: TBA

July 3   Band: Windmill / Caller: TBA

July 10   Band: Red Bud Ramblers / Caller: TBA

July 17   Band: The Stuff / Caller: TBA

July 24   Band: TuneRider / Caller: TBA

Waltz Wednesdays

The second Wednesday of every month is Waltz Wednesday! From 7 – 9pm, come out to practice your waltzing moves, no partner necessary. Introductory lesson included. This event is free!

The next Waltz Wed will be June 21st.  7:00-7:30pm Introductory Lesson 7:30 -9:00 pm Waltzing | Free! 

Special Touring Band Events with Traveling Callers

Once a month, we have a Wednesday AND Saturday dance with traveling bands and callers. It’s a real treat to experience these bands/callers from other regions.

Wednesday Night Contra Dances

Time: 8:00 – 10:30 PM, Beginners Lesson at 7:30 PM

June 14   Band: Atlantic Crossing / Caller: Diane Silver

Saturday Night Contra Dances

Time: 8:00 – 11 PM, Beginners Lesson at 7:30 PM, Pot-Luck 6:30 PM

May 27   Band: The Deep Valley Drifters

(Ted Ehrhard and Maria Fairchild) / Caller: Joy Greenwolfe

Chantilly Hall

Chantilly Hall, the home of the Charlotte Dance Gypsies, was leased by the group in 2007. Once a Catholic elementary school, the gym has been converted into a dance hall which frequently accommodates over 100 dancers. The sprung wood floor was rescued from storage in Charleston, and was laid down and refinished in Charlotte.

Chantilly Hall – 2101 Shenandoah Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

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