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New Year’s dance events

Sparkling New Year’s Contra Dance

When: 8-11 p.m. Dec. 29

Where: Sautee Nacoochee Center gym, 283 Ga. 255 N., Sautee

How much$8 adults, $4 students with IDs, free younger than 8

More info:, 706-754-3254

New Year’s Eve Square and Round Dance

When: 8:30 p.m.-midnight Dec. 31

Where: First Presbyterian Church Gym, 800 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville

How much: $10 advance, $12.50 at door

More info:, 404-808-8689

If you’re looking for a place to move your feet, two area events will help you start the new year by kicking up your heels.

A “Sparkling New Year’s Contra Dance” is set for 8-11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, in the Sautee Nacoochee Center historic gym. Live music and easy-to-follow calling will help even the biggest wallflower. The dance is open to people of all ages, with a free welcome lesson offered at 7:30 p.m.

Adult tickets are $8; students with IDs can get in for $4, with children younger than age 8 free.

Attendees are encouraged to dress in festive attire, and don’t need a partner to join in the dancing.

“These community dances draw 100-175 folks from White, Habersham, Rabun, Lumpkin and Stephens counties, as well as from Athens, Gainesville, Atlanta, Dahlonega and beyond,” dance organizer Julianne Wilson said.

The gym is located at the Sautee Nacoochee Center, Ga. 283 and Ga. 255 North, a quarter-mile off Ga. 17 in Sautee. More information can be found at, or by calling 706-754-3254.

If you are looking to tap your toes in Hall County, head to the First Presbyterian Church Gym, 800 S. Enota Drive in Gainesville, for the Lakeshore Squares of Gainesville’s New Year’s Eve Square and Round Dance. The dancing starts with early rounds at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 and continues until midnight. Special callers will be Ken Perkins, Ray Mauney and Randy Ramsey with cueing by Shirley Wilson.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided as the countdown to 2013 begins. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12.50 at the door.

For more information on the Lakeshore Squares, visit or call 404-808-8689.

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