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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.
Below is a brief listing of our upcoming dances. For more information about our dances, visit our Upcoming Dances page.
All dances are on Monday nights unless otherwise indicated.
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
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
June 14 Band: Atlantic Crossing / Caller: Diane Silver
Saturday Night Contra Dances
May 27 Band: The Deep Valley Drifters
(Ted Ehrhard and Maria Fairchild) / Caller: Joy Greenwolfe
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