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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 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.
Oct 24 Gretchen & Austin / Frannie Marr (California)
Oct 31 Jennifer & David Lane/ TBA (Costumes encouraged)
Nov 7 NO CONTRA DANCE – FLOOR WORK
Nov 14 Nic & Gretchen / Stephanie Marie
Nov 21 Windmill/ Dean Snipes
Nov 28 Redbud Ramblers/ Dean Hooks Jr
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
To Be Announced
Saturday Night Contra Dances
Oct 22 Rip the Calico / Gretchen Caldwell
October 22 is our Halloween costume dance with prizes. Starts with a pot-luck, followed by a beginner lesson at 7:30, and dance at 8pm.
Also, this Saturday we will be having a sound workshop lead by David Digiuseppe at 4:15pm. This is a free event to anyone interested in learning more about the sound board.
Dec 3 Rushfest! / Emily Rush
There is no pot-luck for the Rushfest! Saturday dance. Beginners lesson at 7:30pm, dance at 8pm.
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!
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