ELKINS - The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College will host its first dance of the new year on Friday, January 19 in Myles Center for the Arts Creative Commons on the College campus. The dance will feature live old-time music by Josh Wanstreet, Kevin Chesser and Nate Druckenmiller, with square dance calling from Nevada Tribble, Andrew Carroll and Tyler Crawford.
“This square dance is going to feature two young square dance callers who have learned from several master West Virginia square dance callers at both Dare to be Square West Virginia and Augusta Heritage Center summer sessions,” said Becky Hill, events coordinator for Augusta Heritage Center. “This dance will highlight how Augusta preserves passing on these traditions and we are certain it will be a fun evening for all.”
A beginners’ workshop is set for 7:45 p.m. and the dance starts at 8 p.m. All dances are beginner and family friendly. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for students and AmeriCorps members, and free to Davis & Elkins students, faculty and staff. Participants do not have to come with a dance partner and listeners are welcome. To help protect the studio floor, dancers are asked to bring clean dance shoes to change into.
Elkins is part of the Mountain Dance Trail, a heritage tourism project of Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. The project preserves and promotes 15 local community square dances from the Virginia line to the Ohio border. The Mountain Dance Trail hosts a square dance almost every weekend somewhere in West Virginia. The February Augusta Heritage Center dance is a square dance and Cajun two-step, scheduled for February 9 with music by Bob Smakula and Stand Bayou. The 2018 Mountain Dance Trail schedule is available online at www.mountaindancetrail.org and in the brochure. For more information, call the Augusta Heritage Center at 304-636-1209.
Programs offered by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College are presented with financial support from Davis & Elkins College, the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.