The Mountain Dance Trail project promotes coummunity square dances, shares the heritage of square dancing and perserves this unique art form.
A statewide project of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College, the Mountain Dance Trail celebrates West Virginia as the only Appalachian state which maintains a strong community dance tradition. The Dance Trail began in April of 2012 and just started it’s third season in January 2014.
The route follows a trail from the Potomac Highlands in the east to the Ohio River in the west, connecting ten communities that host old-time mountain square dances. The towns involved are Marlinton, Dunmore, Monterey, Blue Grass, Franklin, Upper Tract, Circleville, Riverton, Harman, Elkins, Helvetia, Pickens, Ireland, Sutton, Glenville, and Henderson.
These destinations will host a series of scheduled dances for local dancers and visitors alike, where locally based musicians and callers will provide the music and figure calling. Square dance styles vary throughout the state from the “Mountain Circle” or “Big Circle” dances in the east, to Appalachian four couple squares in the west. “Round Dances,” like waltzes and two steps are played between squares at most locations.
Please join us at a dance! Attending a dance, whether to participate, watch, or listen, supports The Mountain Dance Trail. Beginners are always welcome! Every weekend there is an authentic West Virginia dance taking place! We hope to see you on the dance floor!
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