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New gym, same contra feeling

Miles Kovarik, staff writer

Junior Genevieve Vesely dances with her partner last Thursday at the Old Farmers Ball, which is being hosted by the Fairview Community Center while Bryson Gym is repaired.

Junior Genevieve Vesely dances with her partner last Thursday at the Old Farmers Ball, which is being hosted by the Fairview Community Center while Bryson Gym is repaired.

“Allemande Right, Balance, and Swing,” and “Promenade, Courtesy Turn, and Do-Si-Do!” If you are sad about not having heard these terms in awhile then you may want to join the group of students driving over to the Old Farmer’s Ball contra dance on Thursday nights.

The Old Farmer’s Ball has been traditionally held in Bryson Gym. After Bryson collapsed this summer, the event was moved to the Pavillion. With the onset of cold weather, the weekly contra dance has once again moved, this time to the off campus Fairview View community center.

Most people attending the contra dances now have attended them before. I talked to one dancer named Alex who explained, “This is my first time back to Contra since it moved to the Fairview community center, and besides the acoustics, it still feels great.”

“I am a regular, and I have been to all three locations: Bryson Gym, the Pavilion, and now the community center; all have been fun times,” another dancer named Tony said.

One dancer explained how this was her first Contra dance ever. “It is never too late to start dancing, this is the first dance I have gone to and it is quite enjoyable,” she said.

The floor is less crowded, so there is less running into other dancers than there was at the Pavillion. Thanks to the efforts of Junior Bethan Kannapell and Sophomore Rachel Scarano, students from Warren Wilson College can now get a ride to the Contra Dances. The bus leaves at 9:00 p.m. from Sage Circle, and there is a $1 entry fee at the door. Next week will be the Thanksgiving Dance featuring the band Chicken Tractor with Jennie Wakefield.

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