Welcome to the Asheville Area Family Dance!
Current Family Dance efforts are being organized under the auspices of the Old Farmer's Ball. For more information, please visit the OFB website. Look for the YMCA dances on the schedule, and click YMCA Dance on the right sidebar for more details.

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We will not spam you, or sell the list, or anything else. The list is used solely for Family Dance information, and is managed by a real live person who respects your privacy.
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Circles, mixers, contras, squares, and other set dances.

All dances taught and called
with high-energy live string band music!


This dance is aimed at beginning dancers and families with kids.
If you're looking for a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere to enjoy easy dances with solid teaching, this is it!


All ages welcome; no experience necessary.


Admission is free, with suggested donation of ~$10.00 per family -- or whatever it's worth to you. Donations go to pay the band and caller. Consider what you would pay for an evening of entertainment for the whole family at other venues. Consider what you would pay for a live concert or a storyteller or other facilitator and donate accordingly.

General Format

young dancers
6:00 - 7:30: Family Dance, aimed at families with children under 10.   Long sets, scatter dances, singing games, etc.
7:45 - 8:15: Adult Contra Dance Workshop
8:15 - 10:15: Join the regular adult contra dance.

For safety reasons, non-dancing children need to stay off the dance floor. Parents' assistance is requested in this matter.

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Location -- see below for directions

Please see the OFB website -- look for the YMCA dances on the schedule.

We suggest comfortable casual clothing and closed-toed supportive shoes with a slick sole (as opposed to good tread). Avoid rubber-soled athletic shoes.
You also may appreciate having a water bottle.

The Asheville YMCA
30 Woodfin St., Asheville, NC 28801

Questions? Call 828-298-7084 or

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Diane Silver
Family Dance caller Diane Silver, dancing and calling.
Photo by Bob Bennett

Thanks to Cinnamon Kennedy for the photos on this page.

If you or your child are in a photo on this page, and you prefer not to have your picture posted, please e-mail me and I will be happy to remove the photo.
-- Diane Silver