Eric the Cat and his band of human musicians will set feet moving and bodies grooving during the monthly contra dance in the North Georgia mountains.
Eric, who really is a cat, has four musical humans doing most of the work to entertain spectators and dancers alike. Members include Karen Gaughan on piano; Alan Dillman on fiddle; Wes Maluk on tenor banjo, mandolin, whistle and guitar; and Terry Maluk on percussion and banjo. Each member has been playing for contra dances around the country for longer than he or she care to admit, But the group enjoys making music that inspires dancers.
Rob Harper will call the dance, which is an easy-to-learn blend of country folk dancing and square dancing. About a dozen basic steps are intermixed into fun patterns. No experience is necessary.
Harper’s calling is quite familiar to the Sautee regulars. In the late 1990s, he was watching a nationally known caller lead a family dance. He thought, “I want to do that!” He’s been going at it ever since. From local family dances to national festivals, Harper peppers things with his own style and energy throughout the Southeast.
A free introductory lesson will be at 7:30 p.m., followed by the dance from 8-11 p.m. in the historic gym at Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 North. No partner is needed.
Admission is $9 for adults or $7 for Sautee Nacoochee Community Association members. Students receive a $5 discount. Youth 12 and younger are admitted free.
For more information visit www.snca.org or call Walter Daves at 706-754-3254.