Monthly dances set in September

In September, the Elkins Country Dance Society will begin hosting monthly community dances on the second Friday of each month through May. The Elkins Country Dance Society has been staging community dances for over 30 years in Elkins, including contras, squares, honky-tonk, two-steps and cajun dances. Dancing kicks off at 8 p.m. with a beginner’s workshop slated for 7:45 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for AmeriCorps, $2 for students and free for Davis & Elkins College students. All dances are beginner and kid-friendly.

No experience is necessary and no partner is needed.

On, Friday, Sept. 13, there will be a square dance at the Augusta Dance Pavilion on Davis & Elkins College campus. The dance will feature the D&E string band, Appalachian Spirit, under the direction of Gerry Milnes. Students involved are Kaia Kater-Hurst of Toronto, Canada, on banjo, Rebecca Wudarski of Tucker County on guitar, Scotty Leach of Centralia, Wash., on fiddle, and Leanna Price on fiddle and Lauren Price on mandolin, of Fly, Ohio.

You can expect to hear hard-driving old-time fiddle tunes and beautiful bluegrass harmonies. The D&E clogging team will also perform a few numbers in between square dances. Square dances will be called by a rotating cast of Elkins best callers.

Save the date for upcoming dances: Friday, Oct. 11, the Sweetback Sisters will be playing a night of honky-tonk at the Augusta Dance Pavilion on D&E’s campus at 8 p.m., and on Nov. 1, the Halloween Square Dance will be back at the Randolph County Community Arts Center.

These dances are part of Mountain Dance Trail of Augusta Heritage Center and D&E. This project preserves and promotes local square dances from just over the Virginia line to the Ohio border. The 2013 Mountain Dance Trail season will run from January to November. For more information, pick up a brochure near you, call 304-637-1349, or visit: