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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.
Tickets for the 2017 Gypsy Meltdown are now available online!
UPDATE: As of 2-24-17 there are 8 tickets remaining to this event.
EARLY BIRD ticket pricing in in effect through February 28th! Regular ticket pricing starts March 1, ends March 17 at 3PM.
Click on the link above to take you to the Eventbrite page. Thanks everyone for your patience!
If you would prefer to not pay online, you can click HERE to download a PDF of a brochure to fill out and send in with a check to reserve your tickets. Please click on the image below for more details.
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 Events 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.
Below is a brief listing of our upcoming dances. For more information about our dances, visit our Upcoming Events page.
All dances are on Monday nights unless otherwise indicated.
Feb 27 Band: Chris and Friends / Caller: Dean Snipes
Mar 6 Band: Austin and Friends / Caller: Jacob LeGrone
Mar 13 Band: Windmill / Caller: TBA
Mar 20 Band: East More Chicken / Caller: TBA
Mar 27 Band: Chris and Friends / Caller: TBA
Apr 3 Band: The Stuff / Caller: TBA
Apr 10 Band: Windmill / Caller: TBA
Apr 17 Band: Chris and Friends / Caller: TBA
Apr 24 Band: Nic Coker & Laura Light / Caller: TBA
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!
Wednesday February 8 – 7:00-7:30pm Introductory Lesson
7:30 -9:00 pm Waltzing | Free! Live music with Kris and Scott Stewart!
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
Coracree, on tour from Philadelphia, is one of the most heralded contra dance bands around. The band melds a transatlantic mix of traditional Celtic, Old-time, European, and original music with a playful, improvisational style.
Coracree features the lively fiddling of Jane Rothfield, the driving swing of Bill Quern on tenor banjo, mandolin and melodeon, Sarah Gowan’s inventive guitar stylings, foot percussion and concertina, and the melodic and rhythmic stand-up bass playing of Allan Carr. www.coracree.com
Saturday Night Contra Dances
Feb 25 Band: Contraforce / Caller: Emily Able
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