The Crooked Road will present the banner to representatives of the Blacksburg Square Dance on Saturday, November 2, at 9:00 p.m. The Blacksburg Square Dance is located at the YMCA, 1000 North Main, Blacksburg, Virginia. There is a $5.00 admission fee and the dance starts at 8 pm. The band this week is Happy Hollow String Band with fiddler Emily Reisinger and Ginger Wagner will be the caller.
For several decades, Blacksburg’s place in traditional music has been characterized by a strong connection between the musician community and the dance community,” said Jack Hinshelwood, director of The Crooked Road. “I know first-hand how that connection has enriched the lives of so many people over the years, because this is where I first learned to love and appreciate old time music and dance.”
“The idea for the Square Dance came while we were having an old time music jam at Jim Lawrence’s house about 1981,” said Ginger Wagner, one of the Square Dance leaders. “That group included Jim, Dorsey Worthy, Judy Chaudet, Luke Ward and John and Sue Luna. John was a dance caller. That initial discussion led to everyone pitching in to make all the arrangements for the very first dance on Valentine’s Day 1981. Now here we are over 30 years later still dancing.”
The dance has had many homes over the years including schools, the recreation center, and now the YMCA. “There have been a number of folks who have been instrumental in keeping this going for so long, like Phil Louer, Scott and Susan Nelson, and Bill Richardson. It’s been a real community effort,” Wagner said.
The live music for the monthly dances is provided by old time string bands, and the dance is directed by experienced callers who know how to tailor the dances to the skill level of the dancers.
“I could not be more thrilled than to recognize the Blacksburg Square Dance as a new Affiliated Venue of The Crooked Road. As life seems to speed up more and more every day, the more I appreciate things of value that endure like this dance tradition has,” said Hinshelwood.
The Crooked Road’s mission is to support tourism and economic development in Southwest Virginia by celebrating and preserving this Appalachian region's unique musical and cultural heritage. A complete listing of the Affiliated Venues and Festivals and the Major Venues of The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail can be found at www.thecrookedroad.org.