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Musical trio to inspire dancing
Bethany Davis spins around her partner Charlie Jameson during a contra dance on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the old gym in Sautee-Nacoochee.

Contra dance
When: 7-11 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sautee Nacoochee Community Association’s historic gym
Cost: $9 adults, $7 SNCA members, $5 students and free for youth 12 and younger when accompanied by a supervising adult
Contact: or 706-754-3254.

The dynamic, Atlanta-based trio “Renewable Energy” will have dancers rocking and rolling to their sounds this weekend at the monthly contra dance Aug. 24 at the Saute Nacoochee Community Association’s historic gym.

Members of the band include Irish fiddler Bella Issakova, concertina player Dave Marcusis and pianist Robbin Marcus. With a few collective centuries of playing for contra and other dancing, Renewable Energy is the place where hot Irish reels meet cool American jigs and bring French-Canadian fiddle tunes out for a joyride around the dance floor.

Along with the musical tempo, Caller Jesse Edgerton, originally from the Asheville, N.C., will act as caller for the evening. He is well-known for his great calling of contra dances and his delightful and energetic flat-foot dancing.

Contra dancing will be from 8-11 p.m. Saturday after the 7:30 p.m. introductory lesson.

Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for SNCA members, $5 for students and free for youth 12 and younger when accompanied by an adult.

The next Saturday dance will be Saturday, Sept. 21, with music by the Cage Free String Band and Doug Singleton calling.

Sautee contra dances consist of a dozen basic steps called in different combinations to Appalachian and Celtic tunes. No partner is required and no experience is necessary.

Dancers in their 70s and 80s may be seen dancing with high school and college students and all ages in between.

In addition to the Saturday dances, mid-week dances are on the first and third Tuesdays of each month as part of the center’s “Learn and Dance” series. The dances run from 7:30-9:30 and cost $4 per person.

In the months where there are five Tuesdays, SNCA offers a special “Fifth Tuesday Waltz Workshop” from 7:30-9:30 for $5 per person.

For more information, visit or call Walter Daves at 706-754-3254.

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