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’ve moved!

The new address is 1609 East 5th St., Charlotte NC, 28204. 

We are dancing in the Belk Hall building off of Park Drive. There is parking on the street, a small lot by the hall and directly across the street at a school.

*If you are on a mobile device, and need directions, click on “view larger map” for directions in Google maps.

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 Caldwell Memorial Presbyterian Church,
1609 5th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204, in the Belk Hall building entrance off Park Dr. There is parking on the street, a small lot by the hall and directly across the street at a school.

 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.

NEW PRCING: Monday dances are $8 for all adults, seniors and students – $6 for teens 18 and younger.  Saturday dances are $9 ALL admission. We will run specials from time to time. 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.

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

July 17   Band: The Stuff / Caller: Dean Hooks, Jr.

July 24   Band: TuneRider / Caller: Dean Snipes

Saturday Night Contra Dances

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

July 22   Band: George Paul and Friends / Caller: Stephanie Marie

Waltz Wednesdays

The next Waltz Wednesday is August, 9th.

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 PM, Beginner Lesson: 7:00 PM

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 to attend, however we recommend a $3 donation to help pay for the sound person.

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