Street Dances in Waynesville, NC

Downtown Waynesville Association

August 6th, there will be a buzz on the streets of Waynesville, North Carolina. The section of main street in front of the courthouse is closed off, bleachers are placed, and stages are erected. Bands get ready, the dancers warm-up, and Joe Sam Queen tests his microphone. When the street is covered in cornmeal… it’s time for some good old-fashioned square dancing and clogging. Deep in the roots of Southern Appalachian culture and the traditions of our Scots-Irish ancestors is the Round Dance.

Understanding the caller‚Äôs instructions is part of the fun and can be challenging to new dancers. Just as his father did in the 1930‚Äôs, Joe Sam Queen becomes the street caller and shouts ‚ÄúCircle Up!‚Äù and the dancers circle around‚Ķ then you could hear “swing your partner”, which doesn‚Äôt mean the partner you started with, but the person standing beside you.¬† Or you could hear, ‚Äúswing your corner‚Äù. The lady on a man’s left is his corner, and likewise the man on a lady’s right is her corner. So when you hear, ‚ÄúBow to your partner, Bow to your corner.‚Äù, well you get the idea.

Come to the last Friday Night Street Dance of the season, it’s from 6:30 until 9:00pm. You can sit and soak and take it all in, or better yet, join in!  Right in front of the Historic Court House in Waynesville, NC