Contra Dance Links for
Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi,
Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas
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This page is devoted to listing contra dances in the south central
region of the United States along with bands, musicians, callers, and
organizations that are based in the region. URLs and e-mail addresses
are listed when available. New entries, additional information, and
changes in information are always welcome. Links to other pages in
the www.contradancelinks.com web site are listed at the bottom of the page.
New links are simply new to me, not
necessarily new to the World Wide Web. Change
in URL means that a link has changed its WWW address or
- The Birmingham Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance holds New England contra dances, Western square dances, Appalachian circle dances in Birmingham on the various Saturdays of each month. In addition, they also host The Mentone Old-Time Music and Dance Weekend at Camp Saddlerock in Mentone in mid-August. Change in URLs (January 2, 2017)
- North Alabama Country Dance Society holds dances in Huntsville on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th (Blue Moon) Saturdays of each month. They also host a Blue Moon Weekend, in mid-to-late May. [Blue Moon for 2018 has been canceled due to the hall not being available] Updated mention of Blue Moon (November 10, 2017
- They are dancing in Montgomery on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at the Montgomery Area Square Dance Association "MASDA" Building.
- The Fayetteville
Traditional Dance Society generally holds dances on the 3rd Saturday
of the month. There is the occasional special dance such as the
Valentine's Day dance.
- The Arkansas Country Dance Society (ACDS) sponsors contra dances, old time squares, and English country dances in North Little Rock on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Fridays. In addition they sponsor or participate in several special events such as the Mountain View Dance Festival in
early-mid September. Stephanie Maloney handles the Web duties.
- There a Facebook group for the series of contra and square dances in and around Baton Rouge with listings for other dances in Louisiana.
- Louisiana Contras and Squares covers events in Baton Rouge and Lafayette. New entry (August 28, 2015)
- Martha Edwards and Greg Rohde provide information about
the Cape Girardeau dances which are held (generally) on the 1st Saturday and some 3rd Saturdays of the month.
- The Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers hold contra dances on the
1st and 3rd and 5th Fridays of the month in Columbia, for the most part from mid-September to mid-June. They host the Spring Breakdown in the spring in March and family dances from time to time.
- The CrossCurrents Contra Dance Committee hosts dances in Kansas City on the 4th Saturday of each month. Change of URL (May 15, 2014)
- The Folk School of St. Louis holds occasional barn dances in Maplewood as part of their many activities.
- There are dances on various dates in Maryville, generally on Fridays. Updated description (July 12, 2014)
- The Traditional Dance & Music Society dances continue on the 1st
and 3rd Saturdays of the month in Springfield. In addition
to their monthly dances, they will be hosting the October Sole Fest in late October/early November.
- The Childgrove Country Dancers host contra and square dancing in
St. Louis on various Saturdays and Sundays each month plus waltzing and English Country sessions and calling parties on many Wednesdays of the month. Martha Edwards and Greg Rohde provide web support.
- They also hold the Kimmswick Dance Weekend each year, in the spring (usually Memorial Day Weekend). It is held at Cuivre River State Park near Troy.
- The Chattanooga Traditional Dance Society presents contra dancing on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month plus an occasional dance on other dates. They also have information about a separate series of dances on 1st Fridays.
Also try this alternate site. Added alternate site (March 8, 2015)
- The Historic Jonesborough Dance Society holds dances on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.
- The Knoxville Country Dancers sponsor weekly dances on Mondays and host a Knoxville Dance Weekend in mid-February. Change in URL (July 14, 2018)
- The Memphis Contra Dancers host dances on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Fridays of each month. Ernest Kelly hosts the page. Change in URL (September 7, 2015)
- The Nashville Country Dancers have a contra dance every Friday night except for those preempted by a Saturday dance, a holiday or a special event. There is English Country Dancing available every Monday night. In addition, the group sponsors a Playford Ball in March, and the Fall Dance Weekend in October.
- The Lloyd Shaw Foundation hosts Cumberland Camp in Pleasantville at the NaCoMe Camp and Conference Center in late July which includes contras and a wide variety of other dances. Change in location (January 19, 2015)
- The Sewanee Contra Dancers on the Mountain occur on various dates, generally on a Friday later in the month. Directions: Mary Sue Cushman Room at Women's Center on the campus of the University of the South. From 41A, turn onto University Avenue and stay on until you reach Mississippi. Turn on Mississippi and building will be on your right. All dances are free!
- The Flat Creek Dancers meet Tuesday nights from 7pm to 9pm for English and American and square dancing at Flat Creek Community Center in Shelbyville. Revised and updated (June 10, 2018)
- The Traditional Austin Area Dance Association covers contra dancing in Austin including the 3rd Saturday dances, 2nd Sunday waltzes a few times a year, along with the Fire Ant Frolic. Change in information (July 12, 2014)
- The Austin Barn
Dancers host dances on Wednesday nights along with the Dance in the Park in
- On 1st Saturdays, there is a dance in Bryan/College Station. Stan provides the information.
- The North Texas Traditional Dance Society promotes contra dancing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and hosts dances, mostly contra, with a healthy smattering of English Country, Square, and folkmixers thrown in. They dance almost every Saturday of the month and include information about the non-NTTDS dances on the 4th Saturday of the month in Fort Worth. They also hold a festival called When In Doubt, Swing in early April and a weekend at the end of the year called
- The Houston Traditional Dance Society hosts contra dances on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month. William F. Simmons maintains the site. In addition, they sponsor the Bayou Bedlam in mid-February.
- The Huntsville Contra Dance Connection holds dances on 4th Saturdays at the Crazywood Gallery, 1416 Sam Houston Ave. New entry (March 26, 2015)
- Hub City Contra in Lubbock hosts dances one Saturday of each month. New entry (June 9, 2018)
- The folks in San Antonio dance on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the International Folk Culture Center. Change in information (November 2, 2014)
- Dances occur in San Marcos on the afternoon of the 4th Sunday of the month.
- Steve Horn has a page on Dallas Area
- Ed Baggot is a fiddler in Huntsville, Alabama.
- Bambi in the Headlights is a new band out of Dallas, Texas.
- Cathy Barton and Dave Para play a range of music from the lively dance tunes they have collected in their home region to old ballads to new songs. They are based in Missouri.
- Boogertown Gap plays Old-Time Appalachian String Music and Celtic Music throughout East Tennessee and the local "Great Smokies" area at a variety of events and functions.
- While the initial focus of Boru, a San Antonio, Texas band, was music in the Irish tradition, the set list now draws from a much more varied body of musical traditions.
- Cactus Canyon is San Antonio's local long-standing contra band, formed in 1985. They've played mostly for contra dances, but have also played for the annual Victorian Gala (and other Fiesta events), the San Antonio Folklife Festival, and for various other public events as well as for the occasional wedding. Change e-mail to URL (July 12, 2014)
- The Cantrells
feature Al and Emily Cantrell and play bluegrass, western, western
swing, Irish fiddle tunes, original contradance tunes, jazz
standards, and even an occasional Broadway "hit." They are based in
- While Clan White
Thorn plays mostly at Civil War (United States) dances, it does
play at the occasional contra dance.
- Matt Combs plays fiddle and mandolin with the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, groups such as Sub-ID and has taught at the Blair School of Music and Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp. He is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Change of URL (July 12, 2014)
- The Cumberland Tenderfoots play for dances and other events in Nashville, Tennessee.
- The Farmertones is a collection of the metro St. Louis, Missouri area’s finest traditional acoustic stringband musicians. Geoff Seitz and Marc Rennard head up the fiddle section. Curt Buckhannon and his brother Dennis Buckhannon play mandolin and guitar respectively. Dave Landreth plays the banjo. New entry (July 2, 2016)
Jenny, from Birmingham, Alabama includes Jim & Joyce Cauthen and
Duncan Blair and plays old-time string band music. The site is
maintained by Jim and Joyce Cauthen.
- The Free Range Chickens is a Dallas based old time band featuring Ray Quigley on fiddle, Jim Cadorette on mandolin and fiddle, Tevis Kriechbaum on clawhammer banjo, and David Kesterson on guitar.
- Leela and
Ellie Grace play mandolin, guitar, fiddle, and banjo and have taught percussive dance styles that include Appalachian clogging, Irish Step Dancing, and Rhythm Tap. They occasionally play at a contra dance and are
based in Missouri.
- Steve Horn has a page on Happensdance which features Mimi Rogers and Allison Hicks.
- Hazel and the Delta Ramblers play on a regular basis across Louisiana. Facebook page. Change in URL (July 12, 2014)
- Thom Howard plays guitar with a variety of musicians at dances in Missouri.
- The Ill-Mo Boys, consisting of Geoff Seitz on fiddle, Curtis Buckannon on mandolin, and Jim Nelson on guitar play, as you might guess, in Missouri, Illinois, and nearby venues. Change in URL (July 12, 2014)
- Jalapeño Honey formed in the Fall of 2005 to fill a need in Bryan-College Station, Texas for a local community band for Contra Dance. Traditional jigs, reels, and hornpipes from the Scots-Irish tradition on both sides of the Atlantic form its basic repertoire.
- Kaleidoscope is a band based in Huntsville, Alabama, with a fiddle-piano core (Chuck and Katrina Weber). The band name is a nod to the diversity of their music and musicians, since they're often joined on the spot by various other musicians. They play for contradances (and other events), mainly in the southeastern US. Change from URL to e-mail (July 20, 2014)
- The Kaubells (pronounced "Cowbells") are a 2-person husband and wife (Matt Kaufmann plays the piano, and Holly Bell plays the fiddle) band playing a mix of original and traditional tunes.
- Missouri fiddle player Dave Landreth has a page about old-time tunes, his CD and his other endeavors.
- The Kim and Jim Lansford includes information about both musicians (Jim passed away in 2012). They (and Kim continues to) play old-time music, including music for dances and are based in the Ozarks of Missouri. The Old-Time Herald has a lengthy article about and their careers and music. Updated information (July 12, 2014)
- The Laughing Lizards Old Time String Band hails from Houston, Texas and features old-time fiddle and banjo tunes, Appalachian mountain music, early swing and ragtime, "roots" Louisiana Cajun music, American ballads, and old Gospel songs. New entry (May 14, 2016)
- Pippa Letsky has been playing bluegrass music on the guitar (mandolin, bass, or fiddle) since she was 12 and is in bands such as Three Around Three. She is based in Missouri. New entry (May 28, 2016)
- As Locust Honey, Chloe Edmonstone and Meredith Watson bring their experience in Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Pre-War Blues to both their original material and the traditional songs and tunes of the American Southeast. The band is from Nashville, Tennessee. New entry (July 2, 2016)
- The Lone Star Ceili Band is one of Texas' custodians of traditional Irish music and dance.
- The Lost & Nameless Orchestra is based in Austin, Texas.
- Based in Huntsville, Alabama, the Maple Hill Band has been playing Celtic and old-time music since 2003. new entry (July 1, 2016)
- Missouri Compromise is a 6 piece band focusing on Civil War Era appropriate music, ready, willing and able to perform in period dress, (or at least an increasingly reasonable facsimile thereof). It is available for Civil War Reenactment Balls, and other events reflecting that period, as well as Contra Dances. From North East Missouri /West Central Illinois. Contact Dale or Sarah McUmber-House at 573-985-4141. See our 'alter-ego', Ralugerri.
- The Mound City Slickers are an old-time string band based in St. Louis who play for dances throughout the Missouri and Illinois areas and are looking to expand to other midwest states. New entry (September 16, 2013)
- The Mumbillies play at dances in and around Tennessee. (e-mail only) Change from URL to e-mail (September 19, 2015)
- As might be expected, the Nashville Ceili Band plays in and around Nashville, Tennessee. Change from e-mail to URL) (July 12, 2014)
- New Bad Habits with Dave Landreth, Chirps Smith, Tim Foss, Andrew Gribble and Dot Kent, play old-time, the music that combines the traditions of immigrants bringing their music to America for more than two centuries; music intended to accompany ethnic as well as uniquely American dances. The members hail from Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri. Change of URL (July 12, 2014)
- The Old 78's are Curly Miller and Carole Anne Rose who play an unusual style of Old Time fiddle and clawhammer banjo, Hillbilly Fiddle Rags, Classic Banjo duets, Irish, Scottish, Celtic, World and historic music. The group is based in Arkansas.
- Oui Bis is a band that provides popular music reflecting the populus. Oui Bis focuses on nostalgic styles from American culture, from modern days reaching back as far as the Civil War. They are based in Texas. New entry (May 15, 2016)
- Perfect 5th features
Willie Simmons on guitar, bass, and piano; Keith Holmes on piano,
accordion, and clarinet; Gail Huggett on hammered dulcimer and piano;
Cheryl Cleary on whistle, flute, recorder, and percussion and Teresa
Henrichs on fiddle and viola and is based in Houston, Texas.
Wave is a contra dance band located in the Houston, Texas area.
- Elsie Peterson is a
musician in Alabama (e-mail only).
- Ralugerri is a 6 piece band focusing on Irish Traditional and Celtic music. It is available for Contra Dances and other events from North East Missouri/West Central Illinois. Contact Dale or Sarah McUmber-House at 573-985-4141. See our 'alter-ego', Missouri Compromise.
- Bart Ramsey & Neti Vann
play a great collection of contra-versial jigs, reels and waltzes.
Bart's contra-puntal piano rhythm will add bounce to your dance
steps, and Neti's violin keeps the energy going in the New Orleans,
- Red Mountain plays traditional string band music in Alabama. The site is maintained by Jim and Joyce Cauthen.
- The Reel McCoy, featuring Joel Kaserman, Ritchie Schuman, Bethann Miller, Harry Johnson, Cheryl Parker and Julia Wallis, frequently plays at the dances in Memphis, Tennessee. Change in URL (July 12, 2014)
- Reel Women are
basically dance musicians, and have considered refusing to play when
people won't get up and dance, and are comprised of Martha Edwards
and Kristin Graham and are based in Missouri.
- The River Ridge String Band plays a mix of traditional, old-time, celtic, folk and bluegrass. Instrumentation includes hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bodhran and other folk percussion and is based in Jefferson City, Missouri.
- Geoffrey J. Seitz is a violinmaker and fiddle player in Missouri.
- The Shortleaf Band began in about 1995 in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and finds its foundation in the driving, energetic music required for dancing.
- The Skirtlifters authentically recreate the music of the 19th century riverboat, stage and parlor, enlivened by period humor, skits, songs and percussive dance. Their repertoire includes jigs, reels, rags, galops, marches and waltzes. The band is based in Arkansas.
- Squirrelheads in Gravy plays delicious old-time music in Texas with Jack Izen, Ray Quigley, Neia Lively Izen, Greg Breiland and Joe Izen stirring the pot.
- Martha Edwards provides information about Stringdancer, a
band based in Missouri.
- Tuberville is
Elaine and Mark Davis, Leon Ashley Peek, Brian Horn and Steve Horn
and is based in Texas.
- Dance music from the Upper South (Knoxville, Tennessee), with fiddle, banjo, guitar, and percussion is the basis of the duo Turnip the Beet New entry (May 29, 2016)
- The Vigortones include Jim Nelson, Chirps Smith, and David
Landreth. The web site Old Time Music
has information about the band. They are based in Missouri (?).
Britches, from Birmingham, Alabama, plays what they call old-time
music, meaning the traditional music style of the southern
Appalachians, first recorded in the late 1920's and early '30's. They
feature Kurt Kinbacher (guitar and banjo), Allen Peterson (fiddle),
Terry McGinn (fiddle), Bobby Weathers (upright bass), and Carter
Laney (banjo and guitar).
- Fiddler Charlie Walden is from Missouri and plays at contra dances, festivals and music weeks.
- Based in Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama, and Clemson, South Carolina, Waxwing plays for dances all over the Southeast and beyond. Their music spans many styles, including Celtic, Up East, Quebequois, Old Time, and contemporary tunes with a little classical, jazz, pop, and reggae stirred into the mix.
- Marc Airhart has called at various dances in Texas since 1998. Check with San Antonio dancers for more info. (e-mail only)
- Dan Wally Baker calls square dances and teaches dance in New Orleans, Louisiana. New entry (August 11, 2017)
- Joe Barziza calls at the dance in Dallas, Texas and other locales. (e-mail only (take out the (at)))
- Lissa Bengston started calling in Tulsa in the early 1990's and is now based in San Antonio, Texas. Change from URL to e-mail (January 2, 2010)
- Chrissy Davis-Camp calls
teaches and calls dances all around the southeast U.S.; English Country Dance, Contra Dance, Community Dance for all ages. She is based in Nashville, Tennessee. Change from e-mail to URL (April 9, 2011).
- Harry Delugach
calls from Huntsville, Alabama.
- Eddie Doss calls in and around Nashville. (e-mail only)
- Jane Ewing is from
the Huntsville, Alabama, area and calls there and in other locales
across the South and sometimes in other parts of the United States.
- Kat Difoxfire teaches and calls Irish set and ceili dancing, and American Contra dancing. She has been leading the Central Missouri Celtic Arts Association set/ceili dance club. (e-mail only)
Goodyear calls in Walhalla, South Carolina and in Texas on a
regular basis. Slight change in URL (January 2, 2010)
- Jerome Grisanti moved to Marhyville, Missouri in 2006 and has been calling in the Kansas City and Lawrence area dances and before that in the Louisville region, including Lexington and Cincinnati, and has ventured as far as Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina to call dances since 2002.
- Jim Hawkins calls in Springfield and around the Missouri area. (e-mail only)
- Vicki Herndon calls on a regular basis at the dances in Tennessee and throughout the southeastern United States. Change of URL (July 12, 2014)
- Jef Hodge calls in
Alabama. (e-mail only)
- Keith Holmes is a Houston-based caller whose calling style is enjoyed by contra dancers throughout Texas. Check the San Antonio dancers for more information.
- Steve Horn is a caller in the
Dallas, Texas area. (e-mail only)
- Susan Kevra is
contra, square and English dance caller, musician and singer
currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee.
- Tim Klein is a caller from
Knoxville, Tennessee. (e-mail only).
- Toby Koosman calls
from Knoxville, Tennessee. (e-mail only)
- Joanna Laney of
Birmingham, Alabama calls on a regular basis in that area. (e-mail
- Abigail Malone calls at the monthly dance in McKinney, Texas and plans to branch out to events in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. (e-mail only) New entry (March 28, 2015)
- Paula McFarling calls on a regular basis in Columbia, Missouri along with calling in St. Louis and
Kansas City. (e-mail only)
- Mac McKeever calls at the St. Louis, Missouri dance and
at other venues. (e-mail only)
- Linda Mrosko has been calling contra dances all over Texas (and Oklahoma) for over 15 years.
- Martha Quigley is caller from the Dallas, Texas area. (e-mail only (take out the (at)))
- Dale Rempert calls in
Texas including Austin and Houston. (e-mail for the caller) Change in e-mail (March 9, 2018)
- Chuck Roth calls in Austin, Texas, San Antonio and other locations. (e-mail only)
- Ann Sarmiento resides in Austin, Texas and draws on ten years of dancing experience to fuel her passion of sharing the dance with others. (e-mail only)
- Barb Smith is a contra dance and vintage dance caller in Houston, Texas. (e-mail only)
- Ted Steele calls on a
regular basis in St. Louis,
Missouri and other locales. (e-mail only)
- Sandy Strand started
contra dancing in 1983 with the Lawrence, Kansas Barn Dance
Association and started calling contras since 1994 in the environs of Kansas and Missouri. She now is based in Washington State. (e-mail only (take out the AT))
- T-Claw calls for beginners and well seasoned dancers. T-Claw Calling strives to keep the moves accessible for a mixed crowd, and entertains with ferocious fervor. He is based in Tennessee.
Claw focuses on traditional mountain styles but has many other tricks to employ. New entry (September 25, 2016)
- Jim Thaxter calls in Kansas City and Columbia, Missouri and other area dances.
- Keith Tuxhorn calls in the Austin, Texas area. (e-mail only)
- Eric Vidacovich lives in Richmond, Texas and calls in the Houston area. (e-mail only)
Weatherly calls from Birmingham, Alabama. (e-mail only)
- FolkFire, a Folk and
Ethnic, Dance and Music Resource for St. Louis and the Central States
includes listings for
dances in the area and nearby states.
- Jubilee Community
Arts is a regional, community cultural center, dedicated to
preserving and nurturing the evolving traditional arts and cultural
communities of the Southern Appalachian region near Knoxville.
is a non-profit corporation in Kansas City, Missouri which is
dedicated to people creating their own culture, even if it means
preferring crude vigor to polished banality. They produce concerts,
plays, and community events.
- The Austin Friends of
Traditional Music is dedicated to encouraging the performance,
appreciation, preservation, and sharing of all genres of traditional
/ folk / ethnic / international music and dance. From Old-Time,
Celtic, Bluegrass, and traditional Jazz to Latin American, Zydeco,
Cajun, and Gospel, AFTM has provides the Austin community with a
sampling of musical and dance expressions from folk cultures the
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Produced by Charlie Seelig
Last updated on June 21, 2018