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Calling all dancers: Group aims to bring folk dance into 21st century

In this week's Carolina Moment, photojournalist Kristi Harper got caught up in the action of contra dance in River Falls, South Carolina. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The Callers Collective here in Asheville is a group of folk dance enthusiasts who meet to learn, discuss and otherwise further the tradition of callers for folk dancing in the region. .

They meet every third Sunday at the Harvest House Recreation Center in Asheville. People can learn to call, get practice performing the moves and learn about the many forms of folk dancing that is unique to the U.S. and western North Carolina.

In this week’s Carolina Moment, photojournalist Kristi Harper sat down with Phil Jameson and Emily Abel to find out a little more. She also attended a dance performance from Contraforce, a South Carolina contra dance band bringing a modern flavor to this dance form.

If you would like to find out more about the culture or even attend a dance, click here.

Phil Jameson, who appeared in the piece is a professor at Warren Wilson College and has written a book about Southern Appalachian Dance styles titles "Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics."

If you’re interested in obtaining a copy, click here.

And if you enjoyed the music in the piece, you can find it here.

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