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Hendersonville Street Dance kicks off tonight in downtown

The Street Dance in Hendersonville began in 1918 when local citizens took to the street to welcome home the soldiers from WWI.

A tradition that showcases the deep roots of Appalachian music and dance in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina will continue during July and August in historic downtown Hendersonville.

The 102nd season of the Street Dance will come alive tonight, July 12, at 7 p.m. at the Visitor Center at 201 South Main Street with square dancing, clogging and traditional bluegrass music by Lynn Goldsmith & The Jeter Mountain Band.

The Street Dance caller gives simple steps and movements for attendees to follow during the square dances. A fun recreational activity for the whole family to enjoy, square dancing provides an opportunity to encourage an appreciation of folk culture and inspire future generations. And special appearances by area clogging teams make for an entertaining, foot-stomping evening.

Admission is free and attendees are encouraged to bring a chair. The seating area opens at 5:30 pm, with no early admission. No alcoholic beverages, backpacks or coolers are allowed. In case of inclement weather, the dance will be postponed until 8 pm, If weather conditions do not improve by 8 pm, the performance will be canceled.

2021 Street Dance Schedule:

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July 12 – Lynn Goldsmith & The Jeter Mountain Band / Southern Lights Square & Round Dance Club

July 26 – Blue Ridge Tradition / Southern Connection Cloggers

August 9 – Lynn Goldsmith & The Jeter Mountain Band / Lake Lure Cloggers

August 23 – Blue Ridge Tradition / Southern Connection Cloggers

The Street Dance series is sponsored by Burger King, Firehouse Subs, Echo Mountain Inn, Kathy Watkins of Preferred Realty & Henderson County Tourism Development Authority.

For more information, go to visithendersonvillenc.org or call 800-828-4244.

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