Square dance set for Feb. 15

Do you have cabin fever? Well dancing is a great way to get it out. On Feb. 15, the Elkins Country Dance Society will host their monthly square dance, featuring the local Randolph County dance band, Red Run, with square dance caller Matthew Kupstas.

Kupstas is an award-winning flatfoot dancer and clogger, director of the Davis & Elkins College clogging team, Appalachian Spirit, and an aspiring square dance caller. Red Run features Bob Smakula on fiddle, Denice Reese on piano and Joey Hochgesang on upright bass with special guest banjo and guitar players.

Smakula has won numerous awards at the Appalachian Stringband Festival and West Virginia State Folk Festival, among others. Red Run will play a mixture of waltzes and hoedown tunes interspersed between squares. If you are familiar with the Augusta Heritage Center, Red Run has been a mainstay for years, playing for the Saturday night Augusta Festival dance.

The dance, Feb. 15, will be at the Randolph County Community Arts Center on Randolph Avenue at 8 p.m. with a beginners workshop at 7:30 p.m. All square dances are beginner and family friendly.

Caller Mack Samples said, “These old dances are simple, you can learn them in no time.”

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for AmeriCorps, $2 for students and free to Davis & Elkins College students. Attending a dance whether to participate or just listen and watch helps keep this dance tradition alive.

Randolph County has a rich heritage of square dancing in Elkins, Harman and Helvetia. These dances are part of The Mountain Dance Trail of Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College. Square dances are held on the second Friday of each month in Elkins. The next dance will be held on March 8. To see the 2013 schedule visit: www.mountaindancetrail.org, or request a brochure by calling 304-637-1349.