June 28 - July 5 (2019)

(Seven Nights & Eight Days)

Dear dancing friends,

It starts with a peaceful place – the beautiful mountains of northeastern TN and the nearby Mt. Rogers National Recreation Area/Grayson Highlands.

It continues with a vision to create a special space where like-minded people can gather, learn and celebrate with each other.

It then moves forward with five years of hard work and financial sacrifice to realize the vision – we have built it and we hope you will come.

Be part of the fourth summer version of our popular Contradancers Delight Holiday at our singular, large, open-air dance pavilion.  Good music, lively dancing, competent calling and fine fellowship were experienced during our first three years and we certainly expect the same this year.

The folk school is ready with its 150 beds, barn, classrooms, picnic pavilions, shower house and camping areas. There are numerous other lodging options within a 15-20 minute scenic drive (i.e. vacation homes/cabins; bed & breakfasts; motels).  For meals, on-site participants can bring/cook your own food or help the local economy by eating at a variety of dining establishments nearby (a list of meal/lodging options is posted under Lodging and Meals on our website).

June 28 - June 30 will be your typical dance weekend program (except for the affordable prices). July 1-5 will have a morning dance and an evening concert/dance.

Afternoons (Monday-Thursday) can be spent just relaxing or exploring the beautiful countryside whether it be hiking on the Appalachian Trail, biking on the Virginia Creeper Trail, swimming in water holes and lake beach fronts, paddling, caving, or seeing professional theatre (i.e. Barter).

There also will be afternoon workshops in dance and musicianship. (The workshop schedule will be determined by the participants).  The event will end with a morning dance on Friday July 5th with the hope that many of the participants will make the 2.5 hour drive northward to the Roanoke Railroader dance weekend.

And this year Summer CDH partners with True Color Cooking (TCC) to provide a unique opportunity. The True Colors Compassionate Communication Contra Dance Retreat will be offered in tandem to the full SCDH program. Join us for a unique experiential learning opportunity to explore how compassionate / nonviolent communication (NVC) can increase comfort, connection, and fun on the dance floor and in your daily life. Your presence and enthusiasm for dance will shape this experience and create community. TCC will be crafting hearty, healthy meals for NVC workshop participants only.

We'll provide daily workshops between dances plus healthy meals from True Color Cooking (TCC). This retreat is **Limited to 50 participants**

We humbly ask you to support our vision which is finally being realized and our sincere effort to present contra dance experiences that are both affordable and flexible (unlike other summer dance week experiences). We hope you attend all or part of 2019 SCDH.

For hands touching, smiles reflecting and eyes connecting,
Terry & Warren