Sept. 29, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (in 8 days)
Mountain City, TN, US


The BooneDoggle Contra Dance is an affordable, high-energy, all-day dance event in the Southern Appalachian Mountains held on Saturday, September 29th. On-site accommodations are available - consider staying the night to experience some of the area’s wonderful outdoor attractions (hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia Creeper Trail, Appalachian Trail, numerous waterfalls and swimming holes, and the beautiful Watauga Lake, just to name a few).

The hall will be filled with the music of Playing with Fyre(George Paul & Rob Zisette) and Turnip The Beet (Kelsey Wells and Jeremy Lekich). Callers are the talented Terry Doyle and Valerie Helbert. We are thrilled to have them all!

  • Does 12 hours of dancing seem like more than you can do?We have half day pricing options, and the Appalachian Folk School is a great place just to relax and enjoy the mountains.
  • On a tight budget? In addition to being one of the most affordable dance events in the region, we offer student discounts and volunteer opportunites. Contact Amy Walker at to volunteer.

About the venue: The dance will be hosted at the Appalachian Folk School. The open air dance pavilion is accessed by walking through a historic red barn, and has all of the Appalachian charm that we love about our regular venue, the Apple Barn (if not more!). The hall can accommodate more dancers, has on-site overnight accommodations, and the open-air pavilion offers a cooler dancing environment. As a bonus, the neighbor’s cows might come and watch us dance!

Accommodations: For those coming from out of town, or wanting to stay on site, there are a variety of sleeping accommodations available on the beautiful AFS property (private cabins, bunkhouses, barn lofts, camping, etc.). Accommodations are available both Friday and Saturday night. To ensure the accommodation of your choice, be sure to register online. Contact the Appalachian Folk School for info about cabins, or check out other local options for housing!

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Detailed dance ScheduleDirections, and What to Bring: coming in August

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Dance Pass

Full day passes include dancing from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.. Half day passes can be used in the morning session (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.) OR in the afternoon session (5 p.m. - 11 p.m.)

Overnight Accommodations

Shared bunkhouse, camping (sleep in your car or bring your own tent), and private cabins are available Friday and / or Saturday evenings. Email to reserve the private cabins.

Catered Dinner

Hearty spaghetti dinner with salad and fresh bread. Utensils and drinks included. Vegetarian options available.