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.

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 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.

Fall-Winter 2016 Band/Caller Schedule

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

Dec 5     Gretchen and Austin/ Jacob LeGrone

Dec 12     Windmill/ Lesly Bower

Dec 19     Groove Contraption/ Dean Hooks Jr

Dec 26     Windmill/ Gretchen Caldwell

Jan 2    Band: Tesserae (Jennifer & David Lane)/ Caller: Stephanie Marie

Jan 9    Band: Dragonfly/ Caller: Clinton Ross

Jan 16   Band: Eat More Chicken/ Caller: TBA

Jan 23    Band: The Stuff/ Caller: George Segebade

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!

Wednesday December 14 – 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

Jan 4    Buddy System/ Will Mentor

Saturday Night Contra Dances

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

Dec 10      Christmas Contra Dance + Pot Luck / George Paul & Friends

Dec 31      New Year’s Eve Contra Ball / Toss the Possum / Valerie Helbert

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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